The Top 5 Basketball Shoes of 2021

Updated: October 22, 2021

With the 2020-21 NBA season underway, we are about to see the release of a new crop of sneakers. 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 for 2021.

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 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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Review Average

4.4

2. Air Jordan 36

Air Jordan 36
  • Consistently excellent herringbone traction, indoor or outdoors, though the rubber can wear out on grittier outdoor courts.
  • Full-length Zoom Air provides substantial cushioning, but not quite as good as previous iterations.
  • Good fit and solid support, with a nice, wide base.
Air Jordan 36

Fan Average

3.44
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Review Average

4.0

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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Review Average

4.6

4. Nike Zoom Rize 2

  • Traction is solid and grippy on a range of indoor and outdoors surfaces.
  • Enhanced compression and plush cushioning is a clear improvement over its predecessor, the Zoom Rize.
  • Very good support, even with a base that isn't particularly wide. You'll feel secure.

Fan Average

4.03
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Review Average

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.

Fan Average

3.59
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Review Average

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