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With hundreds of styles from the biggest athletic and designer footwear brands, you’ll find the best selection of basketball shoes at Jimmy Jazz.
Browse timeless silhouettes from Nike, Jordan, adidas, Puma, Converse, Reebok, Fila, and more. If you’re aiming to step up your game, you’ve come to the right place.
What to look for in a good basketball sneaker.
Whenever you’re shopping for basketball shoes, you need to focus on three things: performance, comfort, and style.
Performance is essential. Your shoes need to keep up with your playstyle while providing your feet with enough protection to keep you in the game. One of the first things to consider is whether you want a high-, mid-, or low-top shoe.
High-top sneakers tend to be a bit more rigid, extending above the ankle and providing extra support. The trade-off is that you’re now dealing with more material. As a result, you might feel a bit more restricted than you would with a lower cut shoe.
Low- and mid-top sneakers give you a greater range of motion than you’ll get with a high-top, but they don’t offer the same level of ankle support. At the end of the day, whether you go high, mid, or low comes down to personal preference. Instead of getting hung up on “high vs low vs mid,” focus on shoes that are lightweight and comfortable.
Outsole grip and traction is another consideration. If your shoes don’t grip the court, you’re going to slip and hurt yourself. Find a style you like and see what others say about its traction. Of course, if you really want to extend the life of your sneaker’s outsole, make sure to clean them after every use. You should also consider a second pair for practice to keep your main sneakers ready for game time.
Comfort is necessary if you want to stay in the game longer. This ties into performance, too, as uncomfortable sneakers can hurt your game.
Above all, you want shoes that are the right size for your feet. Too big, and you risk slipping out of them or hurting yourself. Too small, and you’re risking serious injury to your feet.
Different brands and styles may run slightly large or small, so do your research before you buy and know your shoe size. If you find something that runs a bit large, go a half-size smaller. If it runs a bit small, try going a half-size larger.
Materials also affect comfort. If your shoe’s too stiff, doesn’t breathe, or lacks cushioning, you could do some serious damage to your game. Fortunately, higher-quality sneakers tend to address this by incorporating EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) foams into the midsole. It’s a lightweight option, and higher- end basketball shoes tend to excel here. Polyurethane midsoles are another great option. These midsoles are denser and heavier than EVA and compressed EVA, but they’re longer lasting as a result.
Ultimately, higher-end basketball shoes tend to use better materials and technologies to address athletes’ need for comfort. In addition, you may find some proprietary cushioning technology, such as Nike’s MAX AIR units in the heel, that provide even greater comfort unique to that style.
Style rounds out the perfect basketball shoes. Here’s where you’ll really get to express yourself. While everyone’s wearing the same uniform, it’s your shoes that let you showcase you.
This is subjective, meaning everyone has their own opinion on what looks best. Our suggestion? Trust your instincts – you’ll know what you like when you see it. All of the most reputable brands in men’s basketball shoes make plenty of styles in countless colorways, meaning there’s something out there for everyone.
What are the most popular men’s basketball shoe brands?
There’s never been a better time to be shopping for basketball shoes. We make a point of stocking our shelves with the hottest styles from the most-trusted brands in basketball.
From the iconic Air Jordan 1 (AJ1) to the classic Jordan Retro, the brand inspired by “His Airness” himself continues to be one of the biggest names in basketball footwear.
With signature styles from NBA superstars including Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and more, Nike is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to top-shelf basketball footwear.
Known for their stylish sportswear and tremendous technology, adidas deserves your full attention if you need some high-end basketball kicks.
Up there with the best of them, Puma has several spectacular silhouettes in bright, eye-catching colorways, delivering performance that’s sure to satisfy even the most demanding players. No matter how you play, no matter which brand you wear, you’ll find the perfect basketball shoes right here at Jimmy Jazz.