The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Dunking (2022)

Updated: June 1, 2022
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 like your shoes have springs in them, you need to find sneakers 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 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 G.T. Jump

  • Consistent herringbone traction with dependable grip on indoor courts.
  • A cushion foam midsole and full-length Zoom Air Strobel unit are ideal for players who do lots of blocks and rebounds.
  • Wide, stable base with wraparound cushioning that locks the foot down well.

Fan Average

3.57
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Review Average

4.5

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. Jordan Why Not .5?

Jordan Why Not Zer0.5
  • Durable traction is inspired by outdoor running shoes, but while it stands up well to all types of courts its grip is a bit inconsistent.
  • Large-volume forefront Zoom Air unit for a bouncy feel with great energy return.
  • Midfoot bands lock down the foot well, with an external heel counter for extra stability and an internal collar for improved ankle support.
Jordan Why Not Zer0.5

Fan Average

3.63
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Review Average

4.5

4. Nike KD 14

  • Super reliable grip, both on indoor and outdoor courts.
  • Soft and bouncy, the KD 14's cushioning does a good job protecting from impact and springing right back up.
  • Reliable support and lockdown, with a nice wide base.

Fan Average

3.63
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Review Average

4.4

5. Nike Kyrie Infinity

  • Traction pattern similar to the Kyrie 6 gives a dependable grip, even on dusty courts.
  • Forefoot Zoom Strobel unit adds bounce and impact protection, with a Zoom Air unit in the heel and midsole tooling for a smooth, comfortable stride.
  • Strong lateral containment, ankle support, and heel support for a locked down feel across the foot.

Fan Average

3.67
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Review Average

4.6
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