The Top 5 Cheap Basketball Shoes (2024)

Updated: April 25, 2024

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. Adidas Dame Certified 2.0

  • Wavy herringbone traction stops on a dime and holds well on dusty courts with occasional wiping.
  • Lightweight and flexible Bounce midsole with a responsive forefront and some impact protection in the heel.
  • Slightly large fit is ideal for those with wide feet and the wide base gives it good stability, though ankle support may be lacking for some players.

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4.7

2. Puma Scoot Zeros

  • Aggressive herringbone traction with radial traction at the ball, combining for superb grip and high durability on any court surface.
  • ProFoam EVA midsole is dense and responsive, though some players may find the cushioning lacking.
  • Stable midsole with good foot containment provided by the textile upper.

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3.00
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4.7

3. Under Armour Lockdown 6

  • Herringbone traction pattern and solid rubber outsole are durable and give a good grip on all types of court.
  • Responsive EVA midsole with a good balance of support and court feel.
  • Support is the main weak spot of this sneaker, with no stiffness in the heel area and low torsional rigidity, though the wide base gives it a stable landing.

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4.5

4. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #5

  • Elevated traction pattern on rubber outsole sticks to hardwood courts during quick cuts.
  • Lightstrike Strobel provides huge explosive power, with a sculpted midsole for speed.
  • TPU heel clip and medial zone stabilizer combine for solid support.

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3.71
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4.8

5. Under Armour Curry 3Z7

  • Durable full rubber outsole provides superior traction and can stand up to both indoor and outdoor courts
  • Great energy return and power from the full-length Micro G midsole
  • Internal shank gives it midfoot stability, with locked-down webbed lacing for a secure fit

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3.44
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4.6
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