Best Performance Basketball Shoes of 2017 – Full Performance Review

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The year 2017 was an exciting year for basketball players because of the high-quality basketball shoes that were being released.

Kobe, Lebron, Kyrie, and plenty more elite basketball players all released signature basketball shoes that was not only stylish, but most importantly, comfortable.

When it comes to choosing the right basketball shoes for you to hoop in, don’t focus so much on the appearance of the shoe but how comfortable the shoes feel on your feet.

This is a common problem for basketball players because they pay hundreds of dollars for some flashy-looking hooping shoes and end up returning them the next day because they hurt too much to run up and down the court in them.

Don’t be that basketball player.

This article on the Best Performance Basketball Shoes of 2017 will help players find basketball shoes that are not only super comfortable to wear, but stylish too. Let’s jump right into it.

Best Basketball Shoes of 2017

Kobe AD

Traction

The traction pattern on the Kobe A.D. features a mixture of small and big nubs. On a clean basketball court, there was no slippage whatsoever when coming to an abrupt stop or trying change speeds.

On the other hand when the court is dirty and has some dust on it, you’ll might experience minor slippage when making sharp cuts. But just wipe your shoes one time and you’ll be fine.

 

I would recommend getting the solid rubber out-sole instead of the translucent because I feel like it grips the court better.

Also, these shoes are not the best if you plan on hooping outside in them because the little nubs in the out-sole will just wear down overtime.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

Cushion

The Kobe AD features a full-length lunarlon tech with a caged heel zoom unit. You can’t really feel the zoom unit when you’re playing but the full-length lunarlon gives gives you a nice bounce in your step.

The impact protection is solid because you got the zoom air unit cushioning your land. So when you jump up to grab a rebound and come down to land, your feet won’t hurt or be sore.

The heel-to-toe transition is super smooth due to the full-length lunarlon. This smooth transition increases your responsiveness time so your able to blow by your defender faster.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Materials

The materials feature a combination of textile mesh and flywire in the upper. This textile mesh makes the shoe more breathable and durable so you won’t have sweaty feet or get holes in your shoes while playing.

At first, the textile mesh and flywire was very stiff when playing in them right out of the box. It was just digging into my feet on every move I made. But after a day or two, the shoe should be broken in by then and you will be just fine.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

 

Fit

I recommend going true to size when it comes to fit with these shoes.

They offer a nice tight and snugged fit around your feet. But not too tight to where its uncomfortable and it feels like your feet is suffocating.

The lock-down of the shoe is great. Once you lace these babies up, your not coming out of them until you unlace them. Plus, you don’t have to lace them up super tight to get that secure fit. Just lace them up regular and your good to go.

The heel counter in the back of the shoe hugs your heel nicely but also gives it a firm fit. This protects from rolling or twisting your ankle which are common injuries in basketball.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

Support

The support on the Kobe AD is very solid.

Your receiving a lot of support from the huge heel counter in the back of the shoe which once again protects you from ankle injuries and keeps your foot from sliding out the shoe.

The bottom of the shoe is very flat and is shaped like the anatomy of a foot which promotes stability.

Then you got the lacing system which just locks everything in together.

Score: 8.0 out of 10

Breakdown

Kobe and the designers at Nike put together a high quality shoe that is built to last.

Now it does takes some time to break the shoes in and get comfortable with them. But once you do that, I am sure they will be one of your go-to hooping shoes.

Plus, these shoes feature a sleek design and comes in a variety of different colorways so not only you feel comfortable while playing, but you look good too. That is a win-win situation right there.

Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

Lebron Soldier 11

Traction

The Soldier 11’s features this weird looking triangular traction pattern. Even though the traction pattern is weird looking, it gets the job done.

There is minor slippage right underneath the ball of the foot because dust gets trapped in the triangular spaces.

I would recommend buying these in the solid rubber option instead of the translucent because the translucent option can be inconsistent.

The rubber material is very durable so you have the option of playing outside in these as well.

Score: 8.0 out of 10

Cushion

The cushion on the Soldier 11’s comes with heel and forefoot zoom air.

These air units are pretty thick so you can actually feel them while your playing which gives you a nice hop in your step and makes you look taller. Awesome right? I know.

This cushion setup gives you a nice balance between impact protection without sacrificing too much court feel.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

Materials

The materials feature a ballistic nylon mesh.

This feels really great on foot because it’s not stiff where you can’t make any of your moves and allows a lot of air to flow through your foot while playing.

Like I said before, the mesh is really durable so whether you are outdoors or indoors hooping, you don’t have to worry about them failing on you.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

 

Fit

The Soldier 11’s fit true-to-size so I recommend getting your normal size.

The four straps on the upper part of the shoe really locks your foot into the bed of the shoe and gives you that secure feeling.

It is also pretty cool that you can adjust the straps to make them as tight as you want them to be on any part of your foot.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

 

Support

The bottom of the Soldier 11’s is designed to model an actual foot. This design keeps your foot within the footbed and lowers the risk of you rolling over your ankle. The forefoot and heel area wraps up and around your foot which promotes lateral support and stability.

This entire setup will make sure that you are secure and strapped down at all times.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

 

 

Breakdown

The Lebron Soldier 11’s is a very solid basketball shoe that all positions can hoop in. While the traction could have been better, it wouldn’t stop me from hooping in the shoe.

The Soldier 11’s is light enough for quick and explosive guards and provides a ton of impact protection for post players. So this is a very versatile shoe that is meant for all types of players.

Overall Score: 9.0 out of 10

 

 

Nike React Hyperdunk

Traction

 

The traction on the Nike React was elite. It feels like it bites the court while playing so you can make them sharp cuts and crisps crossovers without missing a beat.

The reason why the traction is so tacky is because the pattern models a basketball player pressure points while playing.

If traction is one of your selling points when buying a basketball shoe, you will not go wrong with these guys.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

 

Cushion

Nike has featured their new React foam on the Nike React Hyperdunk and it is full-length.

The first thing I notice about the foam that is was very hard at first, but once I got to playing in the shoes a couple times, they became comfortable for me to hoop in.

The firm cushion promotes responsiveness and mobility which is essential for quick and explosive guards.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

Materials

The primary material on the Nike React is engineered mesh. You can’t really go wrong with these type of mesh because flexible, comfortable, and durable.

Underneath the engineered mesh is a sheet of nylon to protect the mesh from overstretching and add strength to the mesh. Also the mesh material requires no break-in time whatsoever. So once you put them on, your ready to go.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

Fit

With the Nike React Hyperdunk, I recommend going true-to-size. If you have a wide feet and like your hooping shoes to have a snug feel to it, I would recommend going up half a size.

Once you start hooping in these babies, you take notice of how well materials move with your feet. It doesn’t restrict or poke you when you making sharp cuts. The Lacing system is classic for Nike, but it still locks your foot in securely every time you lace up.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

 

Support

The support is great on the Nike React because of the way Nike designed the mid-sole. It looks kind of weird because it has these multiple thin wave lines all over it, but these lines are there to protect lateral movements and lower the risk of you rolling over your ankle.

If you are a shifty ball handler, these shoes will allow you to make sharp lateral movements without breaking your ankles.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

 

Breakdown

The Nike React Hyperdunk is an all-around great basketball shoe from traction all the way to support. I really have no complaints when it comes to this shoe other than the cushion being a little firm. But some players like a firm cushion because it allows for quicker response times.

The mobility and protection this shoes offers is great for all basketball players. Plus, it is very affordable too.

Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

 

Adidas Harden Vol 1

Traction

Something pretty cool about the Adidas Harden Vol 1 is that the traction patterns on the bottom of the shoe were designed to mimic James Harden actual pressure points while playing basketball.

This traction pattern turned out to be surprisingly good because it ain’t to many basketball players that can move and score like James Harden. But you won’t have to worry about slipping or sliding when you pulling up for a 3 pointer in these shoes.

They literally stick to the court, but in a good way.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

 

Cushion

The Harden Vol 1 features the popular Adidas Boost cushioning. The Boost cushioning is really thin and close to the ground which offers more court feel and promotes stability.

Plus, the Boost still offers a sufficient amount of impact protection for when you fly high to dunk on someone or to grab the rebound.

Usually court feel and stability is really important for guards because guards are always playing on the ball of their feet and making sharp cuts.

So if you play the guard position on your team or really value court feel while hooping, you ain’t going to find too many shoes better than the Harden Vol 1.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

Materials

The materials on the Harden Vol 1 is rare when it comes to basketball shoes because it is a mixture of knit and mesh.

This made the shoes really stiff at first, but when you play in them a couple of times, the materials begin loosen up and it becomes really comfortable to play in. In the toe area, there is an overlay feature which allows the entire forefoot to move freely.

This should be music to all basketball players ears because it is a common problem for basketball shoes to feel stiff in the forefoot area and it puts restriction on your movements.

So this was just a genius move by James Harden and the designers at Adidas.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

 

 

Fit

I recommend that you go true-to-size on the Harden Vol 1. So if you wear a size 10, purchase a size 10. The lock-down on the Harden Vol 1 was great due to their lacing system. When you lace the shoes up, it feels like it wraps the shoe over your feet to give you that nice one-to-one fit.

And you can best believe these babies aren’t coming off your feet while making the James Harden between-the-legs crossover pull-up.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

 

 

Support

Even though the Harden Vol 1 is a low-top shoe, it has all the necessary features to make sure that your foot is stable and secure.

The inside of the heel area is nicely sculpted and cushioned so that it protects that Achilles heel while playing. The exaggerated out-sole works to protect you from rolling or twisting your ankle. The wide stable base is flat which helps with your balance on the court and keeps your foot within the foot-bed.

  Score: 9.0 out of 10

 

 

Breakdown

The Harden Vol 1 is an all-around great basketball shoe. I really don’t have any complaints about the shoe. They have great traction, cushion, materials, fit, support, and they are super affordable.

You would think it doesn’t get any sweeter than that but it does. These shoes come in a variety a different colorways which makes it easy for you to make them match your favorite colors or team uniforms.

Awesome right? I know.

Overall Score: 9.5 out of 10

 

Nike Kyrie 3

Traction

 

The traction on the Kyrie 3 is one for the books. The shoe literally bites the basketball court.

But this is to be expected since Kyrie Irving is always changing speeds and making sharp cuts to get his defenders off balance. So traction is going to be a focal point on any of his shoes.

With this traction setup, you have complete linear and lateral coverage. So when you come down to hit your defender with lethal hesitation crossover, there won’t be no slippage at all.

Score: 10 out of 10

 

Cushion

If you like your hoop shoes to have minimum cushion, but a ton of court-feel.

The Kyrie 3 is the shoe for you because it feels like it offers little cushion but is loaded with a ton of court-feel which is very popular among guards.

While it may be minor cushion, the heel-to-forefoot transition is super smooth. When your running down the court, you don’t feel any restrictions or pinching on your feet which is a great feeling.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

 

 

Materials

The materials on the Kyrie 3 are a combination of mesh and fuse which allows the shoes to be flexible and move without restriction. And you guessed correctly. It feels amazing on your feet.

It gives you that sock-like fit that you wish to have in basketball shoes.

Plus, the mesh material allows for little to none break-in time, So when you put them on and lace them up, you are all set to start getting buckets in them,

Score: 9.5 out of 10

 

Fit

When it comes to fit, I recommend going true-to-size with the Kyrie 3’s. So if you hoop in a size 9, get that size 9.

When you put the shoes on, they provide you with a nice snug fit. Not too tight to where your foot feels like it’s cramped, but snug enough to make sure your foot is secure and comfortable.

The lock-down is solid because of the materials and the lacing system. Both of them combine makes sure that your foot isn’t going anywhere.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

Support

The support on the Kyrie 3 is very solid. Most of the support is coming from the base because the base acts as if it’s cradling your foot and this in turns promotes stability and security while hooping.

The internal heel counter is padded and keeps your foot positioned into the mid-sole which is what it is supposed to do.

This setup along with the fit lowers the risk of ankle injuries.

 

 

Breakdown

The Nike Kyrie 3 is a great shoe especially for guards that handle the ball. They are super light, provide great traction, and doesn’t restrict you when you are making your moves. With these shoes on, your most definitely going to feel more quicker and responsive. You might not be quicker but you sure will feel like it.

While the shoes do offer minimum cushion it makes up for it with all the ton of court-feel that you are getting. So if your basketball play style relies on a lot of court-feel and being light on your toes. Then you should definitely check out the Kyrie 3’s.

Overall Score: 9.5 out of 10

 

 

Nike PG 1

 

Traction

The traction pattern on the PG 1 is similar to the Kyrie 3 because you have linear and lateral coverage. So this means your feet won’t be sliding when you playing defense or when you trying to cross your defender over.

However the PG 1 comes in translucent rubber and this rubber can be really good or really freaking bad depending on how dusty the basketball court that you are playing on.

I recommend that you buy the solid rubber option instead of the translucent because the solid rubber is more durable and consistent.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

Cushion

You don’t feel the zoom air unit sticking out while your playing, but it does give you faster response times because you don’t sink into the cushion itself.

So if you rely on your quickness and explosiveness to be effective on the basketball court, you are going to love this setup.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

 

 

Materials

The materials on the PG 1 is what makes this an awesome basketball shoe to play in. You get a little bit of everything without overdoing it.

It features the fuse and mesh combination in the forefoot area to provide flexibility.

In the rear panel of the shoe, it comes with leather and nubuck which gives you more support and added durability. So you got free range of motion in the front to do your moves and structure in the back to keep your foot contained.

The best of both worlds. Awesome right? I know.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

 

Fit

With the PG 1, I recommend going true-to-size. They are very snug in the forefoot area, but the strap lets you adjust how tight you want them to be around your foot.

I really like the strap because every basketball player is different and the strap gives you the option to adjust the shoe to what feels comfortable for you.

The lock-down is really solid despite only having 4 lace loops. It does a great job at locking in the mid-foot and the shoe is already snug so that just adds on to it.

Once you lace them up, you ain’t even got to worry about them coming off.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

 

Support

The support on the PG 1 is excellent due to the great lock-down that the fit provides. It features an internal heel counter that cuffs your foot so that you Achilles is protected and your foot is kept in place.

The cuffing feeling that the shoes provides is really great because your foot actually sits in the foot-bed and prevents you from rolling over your ankle which no basketball player wants.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

 

 

Breakdown

Not only does the Nike PG 1 looks great but it performs great as well. From the traction all the way to the fit. One thing I can complain about is the translucent out-sole because it can be inconsistent at times, so its always best to get the solid rubber option.

Plus these shoes come in a lot of different colorways and they are very affordable. Just can’t beat that.

Overall Score: 9.5 out of 10 

 

Adidas Dame 3

Traction

The Dame 3 features a multi-directional blade traction pattern. Everywhere you look is blades. This traction pattern has been used on previous basketball shoes and it still works wonders. Dusty or clean courts.

You won’t have any problem sticking to the court with these bad boys on. Every now and then you might get some dust trapped in between the blades. But all you got to do is wipe once and you good to go.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

 

Cushion

The cushion setup on the Dame 3 is Adidas ‘Bounce’ cushion which feels amazing.

The ‘Bounce’ cushion is not just a name Adidas choose, you actually feel bouncy while playing in them. Not saying you will soar up like Lebron and dunk on your opponent, but you will have a little extra pep in your step.

Adidas manage to create the right balance between having a ton of court-feel while still having enough cushion for impact protection. This is rare because it is usually one or the other. Not so much both.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

 

Materials

The first word that comes to mind when you feel the materials on the Adidas Dame 3 is “Plastic”.

Adidas calls it infused mesh which means it is mesh mixed in with strains of plastic. While it may feel like a lot of plastic on the outside, but that is nit how it feels on the inside.

The mesh makes the shoe flexible so you can move with no restriction and the plastic makes the shoe more durable so you won’t have to buy some more hooping shoes the next month. It’s a win-win in my opinion.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

Fit

When it comes to the fit on the Adidas Dame 3, I definitely recommend going true-to-size. The shoe fits really snug and the way the lacing system is setup it really locks your feet into the shoe, but in a comfortable way.

Plus, there is no break in time with these shoe due to the free-flowing mesh. All you have to do is lace up, and your ready to start getting buckets.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

 

 

Support

The support mechanics on the Dame 3 is excellent. The bottom of the shoe is completely flat which promotes support and stability.

The mid-sole is the key aspect of the support because your feet actually sits in it while cuffing its your feet. This type of setup lowers the risk of foot injuries which we all know is very common when playing basketball.

You just feel more stable and protected in these shoes which is exactly how you want to feel when your out there balling on the basketball court.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

Breakdown

Damian Lillard signature basketball shoes might not receive all the hype like Harden’s and Kyrie’s do, but this is honestly a great basketball shoe.

It is everything you would be looking for in a low-top basketball shoe. It has tacky traction, it has great court feel and cushion, it has awesome support, and more importantly, it is very affordable.

Your getting a high-quality basketball shoe for an even better price.

Overall Score: 9.0 out of 10

 

Jordan Super.fly 2017

Traction

The traction on the Super.fly is translucent all the way through.

While this may gives these shoes a cooler look, I still recommend going with the solid rubber which is way more reliable than the translucent. The multi-directional spiral pattern is exceptional and it looks cool.

You won’t have any problems with these trying to grip the court. It doesn’t matter if your playing on a dusty, clean, or even outdoor court. You are going to stick to the floor.

Score: 9.5 out of 10

Cushion

The cushion on the Super.fly is something relatively new which is Nike ‘React’ foam.

I wouldn’t describe the foam as reacting or super responsive, but it is thick and has a firm feeling under your feet. So you can expect this cushion to last longer because of its dense texture.

If your a player that doesn’t like sinking into a lot of cushion on every step they take, this could be the shoe for your playing style.

Score: 8.0 out of 10

Materials

The materials on the Super.fly are a key selling feature of the shoe. They feature nubuck on the forefoot and patent leather in the rear.

The combination of these two materials makes the shoe very durable and very supportive.

The only downside that it might be a slight bit heavier than other basketball shoes. But back on the upside, they also have a mesh option available if you are looking for something lighter.

I recommend going with the mesh option because it’s lighter and it requires little to none break-in time.

Score: 9.o out of 10

Fit

When it comes to the Fit on the Super.fly, I most definitely recommend going true-to-size. It is a bit of a challenge trying to get your foot in the shoe because the overlay is all a one-piece construction.

But once you are in there, you instantly know that they are not coming off unless you want them to.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

 

Support

The support on the Super.fly is very impressive.

You have the internal heel counter in the rear of the shoe protecting your Achilles and keeping your foot in place. Plus, it comes with these little pillows that cuffs your heel.

This unique feature only adds more comfort to the overall fit and you can tell the difference while playing. The out-sole of the shoe models an actual foot but it is more wider.

This makes it more comfortable to play in and gives you that needed lateral support.

Score: 9.0 out of 10

Breakdown

The Jordan Super.fly 2017 is a great all-around shoe. It is comfortable, supportive, and has awesome traction.

The only downside would be the cushion, but like I said it really depends on your preference and playing style. With this cushion, you wont sink into the foot-bed which causes you to lose reaction speed.

Other than that, the Super.fly shoe is an enjoyable basketball shoe to hoop in that will last you a long time.

Plus with a cool name like Super.fly, you know your destined to get buckets in them.

Overall Score: 9.5 out of 10

 

The Bottom Line

I can assure you that you will not go wrong with any of these basketball shoes I mentioned above. These are some of the most highly-rated and popular basketball shoes to be released in 2017.

They are affordable, stylish, and more importantly, comfortable. It doesn’t matter what position you play on the basketball court, any of these top picks will have help you play to the best of your abilities.

Remember, just because you got some new basketball doesn’t mean that your skills increased. You still have to put in the hard work if you want to perform well or dominate on the basketball court. Check out my article on the best basketball program that is guaranteed to sky rocket your skill level.

I hope you enjoyed this article on the Best Performance Basketball Shoes of 2017 and that I helped you decide which shoes are right for you. If you have any questions or want to share some of your favorite basketball shoes, leave an comment below.

7 thoughts on “Best Performance Basketball Shoes of 2017 – Full Performance Review

  1. My good friend has the Nike react hyper dunk basketball shoes and says they are the best shoes he played in!
    Between the comfort and fit you couldn’t go wrong.
    As you stated within your review it’s made has a mesh material that is actually durable! I was actually looking into getting a pair myself, but wasn’t sure if I should go with something different.
    What would you consider to be the best fit and offer the most ankle support?
    Thanks,
    Timm

    1. I would go with the Nike Kyrie 3. They have great traction, super comfortable, durable material, and protects the ankle. I just know you would love hooping in them

  2. Hey, 

    Thanks for comprehensive review. 

    I particularly leaning on Nike PG1. 

    I like how you mentioned that PG1 has good lateral and linear coverage. I think that would be really helpful for me especially when I am defending someone. My shoes usually slips a bit when Im doing lateral movements. I actually like softer more “cushiony” shoes but now you mentioned that its better not to go to those type so you get a better response.

    Have you tried Nike PG1, and if you did, did you like it?

    Cheers, 

    John Greg

    1. Yeah I Have tried the Nike PG 1 and it is one of my favorite basketball shoes to hoop in. It has everything you need in a basketball shoe and has a great design as well.

  3. I am a huge shoe person, and finding the right ones are always difficult as I have narrow feet and tend to lose my shoe during crossovers! The Addidas Harden 1 stands out to me as the best option, mainly because I like Addidas products and the stiffness you mention should get broken in. Avoiding slipping and sliding are big for me, as I tend to get thrown into the guard or forward position depending on who shows up. Having great traction is perfect, and the design is appealing. Found my next set of kicks!

    1. Yeah you can’t go wrong with the Hardens. They are light, have great traction,and supportive. Great basketball shoe.

  4. Loved the article! I didn’t even think about thinking about all of these different aspects when buying a basketball shoe!

    I can attest to the importance of buying a high quality show vs a low quality as low quality shoes have somewhat given me feet problems!I have one question, do you know if there are certain things you want to avoid when it comes to ankle support in a basketball shoe? I have sprained both ankles and have weaker ankles.Are there some basketball shoes where the ankle support is no good?All the Best,Chris

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