The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Kids and Youth (2022)

Updated: May 3, 2022
Your kids have been watching their favorite ballers on TV for years and they’re finally ready to get on the court. If you’ve been following the sneaker scene, you know your kid has a ton of options but you want to make sure that you get the right shoe for their feet. How do you decide on what pair of basketball shoes to get for your child?

The list of kids sneakers available for your boy or girl is quite long but you need to be focusing your attention on the same factors that are important in a shoe you’d buy for yourself – traction, cushioning, comfort, support and stability. If you pay attention to these variables — and pick a style that your kid will love, too — you’ll find the perfect youth basketball shoe.

The shoes below are those that have been reviewed and rated as the best basketball shoes for your little baller.

1. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3

Adidas D.O.N. Issue 3
  • Excellent traction, and a nice upgrade from previous versions of Spida Mitchell's shoes.
  • Responsive and light, the cushioning is par for the course for Adidas' performance signature shoes.
  • Good support, though some players report a bit of heel slippage.
Adidas D.O.N. Issue 3

Fan Average

3.68
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Review Average

4.2

2. Air Jordan 36

Air Jordan 36
  • Simple but effective multi-directional herringbone tread, similar to that on the 34 and 35.
  • Full-length Zoom Air strobel board with additional forefoot unit, for a super-springy response that balances cushioning with court feel.
  • A wide base and 1-to-1 fit, combined with a midfoot shank plate and internal heel counter, gives players all the support features they need.
Air Jordan 36

Fan Average

3.49
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Review Average

4.2

3. Under Armour Curry Flow 9

  • Phenomenally grippy and consistent traction mean you’ll never have to worry about skidding or sliding.
  • Firm and responsive midsole with tons of court feel that’s ideal for guards and smaller players, though larger players may want a shoe with more cushioning.
  • More support than the Curry 8, with a sturdier upper and the overall foot lockdown you’d expect from a Curry shoe.

Fan Average

3.98
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Review Average

4.5

4. Nike LeBron 19

  • The outsole does an okay job gripping the court, but doesn’t have as much bite as the previous LeBron 18.
  • The outsole does an okay job gripping the court, but doesn’t have as much bite as the previous LeBron 18.
  • Soft, comfortable upper with dependable support and lockdown for maximum stability.

Fan Average

3.90
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Review Average

4.2

5. Puma Clyde All-Pro

  • Perhaps the best traction of any shoe this year. Multidirectional pattern helps you grip, stop on a dime, and cut all over the court.
  • A very nice cushioning upgrade over Puma's previous basketball shoes provides good responsiveness and feedback.
  • Support is excellent for a low-cut silhouette.

Fan Average

3.56
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Review Average

4.6
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