The Top 5 Basketball Shoes To Jump Your Highest (2019)

Almost every NBA player can dunk in whatever shoes they wear. For the rest of us, the shoes we wear matter. If you want to jump as high as possible, you need to find basketball shoes that give you the maximum level of springiness without sacrificing some other important on-court factors you’ll also want like support, cushioning and fit.

So what do you need to do to maximize your vertical and touch the rim? How can you find the shoe that will let you get the extra rebound, make that extra block and, if you’re tall enough, even dunk? You’ll want a shoe that is light with good traction since those two factors are the greatest predictor of vertical leap.

The shoes below are those that have been reviewed and rated as the best basketball shoes to touch the sky.

1. Jordan CP3.12

  • Like all CP3 shoes, this shoe has world class traction befitting a point guard that loves to make quick cuts.
  • The cushioning on these shoes provides great court feel while ensuring that your feet remain comfortable.
  • This shoes offers a great level of support by using a wide base and a strong midsole.

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4.67
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2. Nike PG 3

  • The traction takes a while to work in, but once it gets going the PG3 grips the floor well with its circular traction pattern.
  • The cushion system also takes some time to break in, but once it does the PG3 feels like a slightly bouncier version than its predecessor, the PG2.
  • The PG3 fits true to size after the break-in process, and the support is satisfactory though it may not work for those with wider feet.

Fan Average

4.22
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4.1
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3. Nike PG 2.5

  • Soft rubber makes this not the best choice for outdoors, but otherwise the multidirectional pattern on the outsole is solid and an improvement on the PG1.
  • Zoom Air in the forefoot and lightweight Phylon give the PG2 a light and stable cushioning setup.
  • True to size, the forefoot breaks in somewhat, while lockdown and support are both solid.

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3.88
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4. Nike LeBron 16

  • Remarkable traction that works outdoors almost as well as it does indoors. The LeBron 16 features a wave herringbone pattern and whisks away dirt and dust easily.
  • A stiffer cushioning than the LeBron 15, but the 16 is now quicker and smoother off impact. Excellent use of Max Zoom.
  • Fit can be optimized with variable width lacing, and the solid support, including the stiffer Air cushions, is what you've come to expect from LeBron's beefy signature line

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3.86
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4.7
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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

4.14
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