The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Playing Outdoors (2020)

Every baller knows that playing basketball outdoors requires a different type of shoe. When you’re playing on a beat up old court that is often covered with dirt and dust, you need the right type of traction to make sure that you’re not slipping and sliding all over the place. You also need a shoe that is built for rougher use.

So how do you know if a shoe is going to work well outdoors?

  • The bottom of the shoe should have deep and wide grooves for elite traction.
  • The outsole of the shoe should be made from solid rubber.
  • The body of the shoe should be be made with durable materials that can withstand the elements.

The problem that many ballers face these days is that shoe companies don’t release shoes that are specific to this market. That being said, the lack of a dedicated outdoor basketball shoe doesn’t mean you don’t have some high quality options.

The shoes below are those that have been reviewed and rated as the best basketball shoes for playing on outdoor courts.

1. 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

3.67
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4.7

2. Under Armour HOVR Havoc 2

  • The herringbone pattern just works, providing an excellent amount of traction, both indoors and outdoors.
  • The cushioning is step above some previous UA models (though not as plushy as the running shoe setup).
  • The shoe has very strong support with a comfortable fit.

Fan Average

4.29
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4.2

3. 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

3.81
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4.6

4. AND1 Attack 2.0

  • Traction is a beast, like with its predecessor the And1 Attack. The shoe appears to perform just as well indoors as it does on the street.
  • Good quality cushioning that requires some break-in time.
  • Good fit and support, with a wide base and some wiggle room in the forefoot.

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3.83
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4.4

5. New Balance OMN1S

New Balance OMN1S
  • Possibly the best traction of any shoe in the past year, and is so durable that it will last and last, even on outdoor courts.
  • Reviewers comment that the New Balance Fuel Cell cushion feels a bit firmer than in the brand's running shoes, but still great overall.
  • The shoe definitely goes long, so once the sizing is appropriately picked, lockdown and stability tend to follow.
New Balance OMN1S

Fan Average

3.91
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