The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Dunking (2021)

Updated: January 22, 2021
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 Air Zoom BB NXT

  • Very durable and grippy outsole that works as well indoors as it does outdoors.
  • Remarkable cushioning made up of triple-layered React in the midsole and two Zoom Air Units. Very plush!
  • High quality support, though a bit dicey with the lateral Zoom, so watch out.

Fan Average

3.40
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4.4

2. Air Jordan 35

  • Outstanding herringbone traction, similar to the traction in the 34, which grips like a beast, but also may wear down quickly if playing outdoors.
  • Zoom in the forefoot and the heel provides superior cushioning and amazing heel-to-toe transitioning.
  • A big step up in support from the 34, with a heavy-duty frame and great lateral and torsional stability.

Fan Average

3.31
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Review Average

4.6

3. Adidas Pro Boost

  • Excellent, reliable herringbone outsole grips the floor like crazy, and should also hold up well outdoors.
  • Stable, soft and responsive cushioning should work for all types of playing styles.
  • Nice wide, stable shoe that has all the support you would need.

Fan Average

3.54
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Review Average

4.4

4. Nike KD 13

Nike KD 13
  • How do you improve one of the best tractions in the game? The KD 13 changes the pattern to grip even tighter than the KD 12.
  • Full-length Zoom Air returns to the KD 13, provides some spring, and is probably the best cushioning out there on the market.
  • A bit of slipping and sliding at the forefoot means the KD 13 has taken a small step back from its predecessor in fit and support.
Nike KD 13

Fan Average

3.73
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Review Average

4.4

5. Nike Kobe 5 Protro

  • Traction has been nicely upgraded over the original Kobe 5, providing good, reliable stickiness on the court.
  • Cushioning has also been upgraded, keeping you low to the ground with a good amount of impact protection.
  • Snug fit, true to size, with a very impressive amount of stability.

Fan Average

3.89
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Review Average

4.3
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