The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Kids and Youth (2020)

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 #1

Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1
  • Traction appears mostly solid, with reviewers praising the shoe's gripping abilities and 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

3.99
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Review Average

4.8

2. 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

3.71
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Review Average

4.7

3. Under Armour Curry 7

Under Armour Curry 7
  • Like all Curry signature shoes, traction is very strong. This version uses herringbone and a radial pattern to tightly grip the floor. Great option for indoor and outdoor 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.
Under Armour Curry 7

Fan Average

3.98
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Review Average

4.6

4. Nike LeBron 17

  • Remarkable traction that works outdoors almost as well as it does indoors. The LeBron 17 features a wave herringbone pattern and whisks away dirt and dust easily.
  • 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

3.87
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Review Average

4.6

5. Nike PG 3

  • The traction takes a while to work in, but once it gets going the PG3 grips the floor well with its circular traction pattern, both indoors and outdoors.
  • The cushion system also takes some time to break in, but once it does the PG3 feels like a slightly bouncier version than its predecessor, the PG2.
  • The PG3 fits true to size after the break-in process, and the support is great (though it may not work for those with wider feet).

Fan Average

3.65
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4.7
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