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 9

  • Phenomenally grippy and consistent traction mean you’ll never have to worry about skidding or sliding.
  • Firm and responsive midsole with tons of court feel that’s ideal for guards and smaller players, though larger players may want a shoe with more cushioning.
  • More support than the Curry 8, with a sturdier upper and the overall foot lockdown you’d expect from a Curry shoe.

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3.98
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Review Average

4.5

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

3.99
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Review Average

4.4

3. 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.

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3.63
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Review Average

4.4

4. Nike PG 5

  • Using the same circular traction pattern as the Kobe 9, the PG 5 bites the court well both indoors and outdoors.
  • The dense Strobel cushioning has a good amount of bounce, providing a solid platform for jumps and excellent impact protection.
  • Midsole peaks and firm foam support the foot well, with an added outrigger and midfoot shank for torsional support.

Fan Average

4.23
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4.5

5. New Balance Two Way

  • Data-driven outsole pattern design delivers consistent multi-directional traction for quick cuts, even on dusty courts.
  • FuelCell foam and midsole tooling deliver a good amount of court feel, though it doesn’t give much cushioning against impacts.
  • Flexible upper supports the foot without sacrificing breathability.

Fan Average

3.74
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Review Average

4.4
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