The Top 5 Basketball Shoes of 2022

Updated: June 1, 2022

With the 2021-22 NBA season now concluded, we have seen the release of a new crop of sneakers this year (though supply chain issues have once again put a damper on both the number of new shoes released and their availability). 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 2022.

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

3.63
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Review Average

4.4

2. Air Jordan 36

Air Jordan 36
  • Simple but effective multi-directional herringbone tread, similar to that on the 34 and 35.
  • Full-length Zoom Air strobel board with additional forefoot unit, for a super-springy response that balances cushioning with court feel.
  • A wide base and 1-to-1 fit, combined with a midfoot shank plate and internal heel counter, gives players all the support features they need.
Air Jordan 36

Fan Average

3.49
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Review Average

4.2

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

3.56
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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

3.95
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Review Average

4.4

5. Jordan Why Not .5?

Jordan Why Not Zer0.5
  • Durable traction is inspired by outdoor running shoes, but while it stands up well to all types of courts its grip is a bit inconsistent.
  • Large-volume forefront Zoom Air unit for a bouncy feel with great energy return.
  • Midfoot bands lock down the foot well, with an external heel counter for extra stability and an internal collar for improved ankle support.
Jordan Why Not Zer0.5

Fan Average

3.63
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Review Average

4.5
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