The Top 5 Basketball Shoes with Great Grip/Traction (2022)

A lot of factors come into play when you’re looking for the basketball shoe with the best traction. The tread and materials of the sneaker are important, and even the rubber used for specific colorways can make a difference in how they handle on the court. Where and how you play make a difference here, too, so there’s no one sneaker that provides the best traction for everyone.

Generally speaking, signature sneakers made for guards and fast players will have grippy traction perfect for quick stops and direction changes. Shoes designed for outdoor play tend to have the most durable traction, another factor to consider when you’re shopping for your new favorite sneakers.

The shoes below are consistently reviewed and rated as having the best traction for guards, small forwards, and any player who needs their shoes to grip the court.

1. Under Armour Curry Flow 10

  • Outstanding grippiness, especially on clean indoor courts.
  • The Flow cushioning is nice and stable, without being too heavy duty.
  • Support is decidedly improved from the Curry 9. A huge win here.

Fan Average

3.72
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Review Average

4.4

2. Adidas Harden Vol. 6

Adidas Harden Vol. 6
  • The popular herringbone traction from the Vol. 3 is back, giving the Vol. 6 a great bite even on wet courts.
  • Boost foam cushioning and Achilles heel cushion pods have a responsive feel.
  • The rubber sidewall adds lateral stability, while internal ankle pods provide a secure lockdown to support agile movement.
Adidas Harden Vol. 6

Fan Average

3.81
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Review Average

4.4

3. Nike KD 15

Nike KD 15
  • Very grippy multidirectional pattern, working well indoors and outdoors.
  • Similar cushioning setup to the KD 14: soft, plush, good bounce.
  • Nice all-around support, improving on the already excellent support of the KD14.
Nike KD 15

Fan Average

3.85
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Review Average

4.4

4. 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

3.97
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Review Average

4.4

5. New Balance Two Wxy V3

  • 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

3.93
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Review Average

4.6
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