The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Playing Outdoors (2021)

Updated: October 22, 2021
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 Air Zoom BB NXT

  • Very durable and grippy outsole that works as well indoors as it does outdoors.
  • Remarkable cushioning made up of triple-layered React in the midsole and two Zoom Air Units. Very plush!
  • High quality support, though a bit dicey with the lateral Zoom, so watch out.

Fan Average

3.59
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4.4

2. 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

3. 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

4. Nike KD 14

  • Super reliable grip, both on indoor and outdoor courts.
  • Soft and bouncy, the KD 14's cushioning does a good job protecting from impact and springing right back up.
  • Reliable support and lockdown, with a nice wide base.

Fan Average

3.76
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4.4

5. Adidas Pro Boost

  • Excellent, reliable herringbone outsole grips the floor like crazy, and should also hold up well outdoors.
  • Stable, soft and responsive cushioning should work for all types of playing styles.
  • Nice wide, stable shoe that has all the support you would need.

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