The Top 5 Cheap Basketball Shoes (2022)

There’s no way around it: performance basketball shoes are not cheap, and for most people, the best shoes may simply be out of reach, regularly coming in at $120, $150 or even $180 retail for top signature or team silhouettes.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any outstanding shoes that are more reasonably priced. Several NBA signature athletes have insisted that their primary signature lines come in at affordable (even cheap!) prices, but more commonly, the secondary take-down lines (think Harden’s B/E or Curry’s 3ZER0) can be had for a relative bargain. While these shoes may lack the premium materials or cutting-edge technology of the more expensive shoes, they can still perform great on the court and look stylish too.

The shoes below are the best cheap performance basketball sneakers out there (usually for $100 or less).

1. Nike Giannis Immortality

  • Nice herringbone traction keeps you gripping the floor throughout your game.
  • Some nice phylon cushioning that can take time to wear in.
  • The shoe provides good support, but again requires a break-in period and getting used to.

Fan Average

4.47
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Review Average

4.0

2. Adidas D Rose Son of Chi

  • Great bite, as we've come to expect from D Rose traction.
  • Low-to-the-ground cushioning provides decent bounce and court feel.
  • Some players report snugness, but it tends to disappear after a break-in period.

Fan Average

3.90
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Review Average

4.4

3. Nike KD Trey 5 IX

  • Traction performs well, especially on indoor courts. Outside or in the dust, you'll be wiping all game.
  • Soft cushioning gets mixed reviews, but many players love the bounce.
  • Very good lockdown and containment, but may not work for big men who need beefy support.

Fan Average

2.33
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Review Average

4.2

4. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #4

  • Multidirectional pixelated traction pattern works well indoors and outdoors.
  • Cushioning may be a bit stiff for some, but softens up after a longer break-in period.
  • Wide base provides stability, with excellent support.

Fan Average

3.91
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Review Average

4.1

5. Adidas Harden Stepback 3

  • Data-driven hard rubber traction pattern is reliable on a range of court surfaces, though it wears down easily on outdoor courts.
  • Bounce cushioning with an internal shank for propulsive energy return.
  • Secure lockdown with an ergonomic fit and stretchy materials to accommodate a variety of foot shapes.

Fan Average

4.50
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