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

4.00
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Critics Average

4.7
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2. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1

Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1
  • Traction appears to be hit-or-miss, with some reviewers praising the shoe's gripping abilities, while others complaining of slipping from the tight 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.
Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1

Fan Average

4.03
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Critics Average

4.8
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3. Under Armour Curry 7

  • Like all Curry signature shoes, traction is very strong. This version uses herringbone as well as a radial pattern to tightly grip the floor. Great option for indoor courts.
  • Cushioning stays true to Curry shoes, with a firm, low-to-the-ground feel. Not for everyone.
  • Outstanding support, holding the foot in place no matter how you move. Fit feels true to size, too.

Fan Average

4.50
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4.4
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4. Nike LeBron 17

  • Traction is a bit hit-or-miss, particularly towards the front part of the shoe.
  • 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

4.00
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4.2
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5. Nike Kobe AD NXT FF

  • Aggressive traction on the NXT FF works well both inside and out (as long as you are OK wiping off dust).
  • Slightly on the firm side, this shoe provides good stability and enough cushioning to get the job done.
  • The Fast Fit system provides adequate lockdown, and the shoe is surprisingly supportive given the flexible materials that are used.

Fan Average

3.00
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Critics Average

4.3
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