The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Dunking (2020)

Let’s be honest. For many of us, dunking on a regulation 10 foot net is a pipe dream. But there are a select few who can realistically slam it down as long as they have the right basketball shoes. If you want to have a chance to dunk, you need to find the shoes that maximize your vertical jump. At the same time, you want those shoes to also have other key factors like fit, cushioning and support so that you don’t sacrifice the rest of your game.

So what sneakers can you put on that will let you hammer a wicked slam in your next pickup game? If dunking is your goal, you’ll want shoes with two key features – they need to be lightweight (so as not to weigh you down) and have maximum springiness (to help you get up).

The shoes below are those that have been reviewed and rated as the best basketball shoes for posterizing your next opponent.

1. Nike LeBron 17

  • Remarkable traction that works outdoors almost as well as it does indoors. The LeBron 17 features a wave herringbone pattern and whisks away dirt and dust easily.
  • Impact protection is out of this world, with an Air setup that makes it feel like you're running on a could.
  • Perfect fit, with great lockdown, and just enough stability to feel good moving around the court.

Fan Average

4.12
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Review Average

4.6

2. Nike KD 12

Nike KD 12
  • While the KD 12 features a translucent rubber outsole -- which isn't typically the best option for traction -- the KD 12 does an admirable job gripping the floor, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Full-length Zoom Air that feels responsive and low to the ground is a huge step forward for the KD sig line.
  • Snug at the forefoot with solid lockdown, the KD fits true to size and provides very solid support.
Nike KD 12

Fan Average

4.05
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Review Average

4.7

3. Nike Zoom Rize

  • The modified herringbone pattern provides very reliable traction in all parts of the sole.
  • Plush, bouncy and impact absorbent, the Zoom Rize stands out with its Zoom cushioning setup.
  • The supportive upper and wide base provide all-around stability and solid lockdown.

Fan Average

3.59
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Review Average

4.5

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

Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1
  • Traction appears mostly solid, with reviewers praising the shoe's gripping abilities and herringbone pattern.
  • The D.O.N. features an excellent deployment of Bounce cushioning, providing stability, court-feel and awesome impact protection.
  • Excellent lockdown and good support, like many of adidas' performance shoes. Fit and movement are also strong, despite the shoe's bulky build.
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Fan Average

4.04
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Review Average

4.8

5. Nike Kyrie 6

  • The Kyrie 5 has the exceptional multidirectional herringbone pattern traction that the Kyrie line is famous for.
  • The Zoom Air Turbo features remains excellent, feeling more like a foam than traditional Zoom Air.
  • The shoe has good lockdown and very solid support, though the flytrap enclosure may require going up half a size.

Fan Average

3.86
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Review Average

4.8
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