The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Kids and Youth (2019)

Your little one has been watching his favourite ballers on TV for years and he’s 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 his tiny 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, 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. 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

3.80
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Critics Average

4.7
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2. Nike LeBron 16

  • Remarkable traction that works outdoors almost as well as it does indoors. The LeBron 16 features a wave herringbone pattern and whisks away dirt and dust easily.
  • A stiffer cushioning than the LeBron 15, but the 16 is now quicker and smoother off impact. Excellent use of Max Zoom.
  • Fit can be optimized with variable width lacing, and the solid support, including the stiffer Air cushions, is what you've come to expect from LeBron's beefy signature line

Fan Average

3.86
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Critics Average

4.7
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3. Under Armour Curry 6

Under Armour Curry 6
  • Multidirectional traction pattern gives very good grip both inside and out, ranking just below the oustanding traction of the Curry 2.
  • The Curry 6 features full-length HOVR cushion, which has been adapted somewhat from UA's running shoes to give a less bouncy feel.
  • The Curry 6 has a wide base and good lockdown. After a brief break-in period, the shoe feels great and runs true to size.
Under Armour Curry 6

Fan Average

4.25
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Critics Average

4.3
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4. Adidas Harden Vol. 3

Adidas Harden Vol. 3
  • Great herringbone traction, with soft rubber, make this an excellent all-court shoe for traction.
  • Full-length Boost makes this shoe's cushion one of the best that Adidas has put out.
  • Great lockdown, flat, stable base and internal heel counter make the fit and support excellent.
Adidas Harden Vol. 3

Fan Average

4.00
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Critics Average

4.6
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5. Puma Clyde Court

  • Using an inverted traction pattern of the original Clyde, the Clyde Court grips the hardwood quite well with some occasional slipping that is helped by a quick wipe.
  • Puma's proprietary IGNITE foam cushioning provides a bit less feedback compared to Boost or Zoom Air, but still gives excellent absorption protection.
  • The Clyde Court gives solid lockdown but might wear a little large, and support is satisfactory despite a spacious forefoot area.

Fan Average

3.63
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Critics Average

4.5
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