The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Kids and Youth (2021)

Updated: October 4, 2021
Your kids have been watching their favorite ballers on TV for years and they’re finally ready to get on the court. If you’ve been following the sneaker scene, you know your kid has a ton of options but you want to make sure that you get the right shoe for their feet. How do you decide on what pair of basketball shoes to get for your child?

The list of kids sneakers available for your boy or girl is quite long but you need to be focusing your attention on the same factors that are important in a shoe you’d buy for yourself – traction, cushioning, comfort, support and stability. If you pay attention to these variables — and pick a style that your kid will love, too — you’ll find the perfect youth basketball shoe.

The shoes below are those that have been reviewed and rated as the best basketball shoes for your little baller.

1. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #2

  • Like its predecessor, the Issue 2 has decent traction, with questionable durability outside.
  • The cushioning is reasonably nice and springy, particularly in the heel.
  • Lots of support with good lateral containment, in this heavy-duty low-cut silhouette.

Fan Average

3.75
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4.0

2. Air Jordan 36

Air Jordan 36
  • Consistently excellent herringbone traction, indoor or outdoors, though the rubber can wear out on grittier outdoor courts.
  • Full-length Zoom Air provides substantial cushioning, but not quite as good as previous iterations.
  • Good fit and solid support, with a nice, wide base.
Air Jordan 36

Fan Average

3.44
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Review Average

4.0

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3.96
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4. Under Armour Embiid One

Under Armour Embiid One
  • Solid traction, particularly outdoors, where the thick rubber outsole seizes the court whichever way you play.
  • The Micro G is among the better cushioning that Under Armour offers, and is perfect for big men while still being suitable for smaller players.
  • Wide base and lockdown wings provide good all-round support.
Under Armour Embiid One

Fan Average

3.37
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Review Average

4.3

5. Puma Clyde All-Pro

  • Perhaps the best traction of any shoe this year. Multidirectional pattern helps you grip, stop on a dime, and cut all over the court.
  • A very nice cushioning upgrade over Puma's previous basketball shoes provides good responsiveness and feedback.
  • Support is excellent for a low-cut silhouette.

Fan Average

3.55
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4.6
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