The Top 5 Basketball Shoes of 2019

With the 2019-20 NBA season underway, all of the major shoes set to be released in 2019 have now hit the market. As every serious baller knows, the selection of shoes is vast. With Nike and Adidas releasing a new signature shoe in each of their lines every year plus smaller brands like Under Armour, Puma, Converse and AND1 all dropping sneakers of their own, it is tough to stay on top of the market.

That’s where Baller Shoes DB can help. Featuring a database of every shoe worn by every player in the NBA, we have all of the data you need to make the most informed decision and buy the shoes that will help you dominate the court. In compiling this list, we’ve gone through every shoe released in the past year to give you our top 5 basketball shoes of 2019.

These are shoes that excel in the following areas:

  • Superior cushioning for maximum comfort and reduced stress on your knees and feet
  • Excellent traction for speedy cuts and crossovers anywhere on the court
  • Elite support to protect your ankles from a devastating injury
  • High level construction and fit for a shoe that can withstand the rigors of any game

 

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

4.10
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Critics Average

4.7

2. Air Jordan 34

  • The AJ34 brings back the very successful herringbone traction pattern that is durable and grippy .
  • An impressive Zoom Air setup provides outstanding, springy cushioning that works for both smaller, quick players as well as big men.
  • The 34 surprises with heavy-duty support despite being marketed as a lightweight performance shoe.

Fan Average

3.74
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Critics Average

4.6

3. 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

4.04
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Critics Average

4.8

4. Adidas Pro Bounce 2019

  • Traction on the Pro Bounce 2019 is made of a new herringbone layout on the forefoot, morphing into a tighter-patterned tread in the rear, performing well overall.
  • The Bounce cushioning does a solid job, and feels similar to the outstanding DON Issue #1 from Adidas.
  • The Pro Bounce tends to feel on the narrower side, and provides good stability overall despite some minor heel slippage.

Fan Average

4.75
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Critics Average

4.8

5. Adidas Dame 5

  • The herringbone pattern is well employed to offer a solid traction experience both indoors and outdoors.
  • The implementation of Bounce technology is considered to be some of the best available, offering impact protection without loss of court feel.
  • The support offered by the Dame 5 is considered elite, with the midsole and outsole components offering best in class stability.

Fan Average

4.00
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Critics Average

4.8
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