The Top 5 Cheap Basketball Shoes (2021)

Updated: October 21, 2021
There’s no way around it: performance basketball shoes are not cheap, and for most people, the best shoes may simply be out of reach, regularly coming in at $120, $150 or even $180 retail for top signature or team silhouettes.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any outstanding shoes that are more reasonably priced. Several NBA signature athletes have insisted that their primary signature lines come in at affordable (even cheap!) prices, but more commonly, the secondary take-down lines (think Harden’s B/E or Curry’s 3ZER0) can be had for a relative bargain. While these shoes may lack the premium materials or cutting-edge technology of the more expensive shoes, they can still perform great on the court and look stylish too.

The shoes below are the best cheap performance basketball sneakers out there (usually for $100 or less).

1. Nike Giannis Immortality

  • Nice herringbone traction keeps you gripping the floor throughout your game.
  • Some nice phylon cushioning that can take time to wear in.
  • The shoe provides good support, but again requires a break-in period and getting used to.

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4.0

2. Adidas D Rose Son of Chi

  • Great bite, as we've come to expect from D Rose traction.
  • Low-to-the-ground cushioning provides decent bounce and court feel.
  • Some players report snugness, but it tends to disappear after a break-in period.

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4.4

3. Nike KD Trey 5 IX

  • Traction performs well, especially on indoor courts. Outside or in the dust, you'll be wiping all game.
  • Soft cushioning gets mixed reviews, but many players love the bounce.
  • Very good lockdown and containment, but may not work for big men who need beefy support.

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4.2

4. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3

Adidas D.O.N. Issue 3
  • Excellent traction, and a nice upgrade from previous versions of Spida Mitchell's shoes.
  • Responsive and light, the cushioning is par for the course for Adidas' performance signature shoes.
  • Good support, though some players report a bit of heel slippage.
Adidas D.O.N. Issue 3

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3.73
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4.2

5. Nike LeBron Witness 5

  • Great traction, both indoors and out. Uses a similar pattern to the Witness 4.
  • Good impact protection for the price, maintaining a nice court feel.
  • Like most LeBron shoes, the stability and lockdown are the main attraction. You'll have no complaints.

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