The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Playing Outdoors (2022)

Updated: June 1, 2022

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. New Balance Two Way V2

  • Grippy multi-directional traction uses a similar data-driven design to the original Two Way sneaker.
  • Solid impact protection thanks to FuelCell underfoot cushioning.
  • The upgraded mesh upper is breathable and supportive, with a midsole shank for extra support and a mid collar for more ankle stability.

Fan Average

3.78
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Review Average

4.6

2. Nike Renew Elevate 2

  • Semi-radial traction design gives a reliable grip even on dusty courts, with a durable outsole that can stand up to rough outdoor courts.
  • Responsive dual-density foam cushioning provides good impact protection for most players, while the soft, breathable upper wraps the foot comfortably.
  • Plastic lateral support and an extended outsole in the midfoot prevent side-to-side shifting for a stable lockdown.

Fan Average

3.67
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Review Average

4.3

3. Nike Air Zoom G.T. Jump

  • Consistent herringbone traction with dependable grip on indoor courts.
  • A cushion foam midsole and full-length Zoom Air Strobel unit are ideal for players who do lots of blocks and rebounds.
  • Wide, stable base with wraparound cushioning that locks the foot down well.

Fan Average

3.57
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Review Average

4.5

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

3.63
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Review Average

4.4

5. Nike PG 6

  • Biting multi-directional traction grips well on both hardwood and concrete courts.
  • React foam midsole gives an energy boost for vertical jumps while the soft footbed keeps you comfortable for the entire game.
  • Soft and pliable upper supports without feeling restrictive, with a top-loaded shank that prevents twists and gives it good stability.

Fan Average

4.04
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Review Average

4.4
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