The Top 5 Low Top Basketball Shoes (2020)

Here’s the weird thing about low top basketball shoes. The data shoes that people who wear mid or high top shoes on the court are just as likely (if not more so) to injure their ankle as compared to someone wearing a low top. And yet, people have stuck to their belief that this type of shoe is just not the right shoe for the basketball court.

If you’re willing to trust the science and not your gut, you’ll find that there are a few low top shoes on the market that have everything you’re looking for in a solid on court performer. These are shoes that are durable, have the right level of cushioning, and provide killer ankle support, top notch traction and elite levels of comfort.

The shoes below are those that have been reviewed and rated as the best basketball shoes for ballers who want to play in low tops.

1. Nike Kyrie Low 2

  • The swirling traction pattern performs well indoors and outdoors.
  • The cushioning is a nice step up from the Kyrie Low 1, with a more bouncy feel from its heel and forefoot Zoom Air units.
  • The Kyrie Low 2 has a nice stable base, decent support and tends to fit true to size up front, and a little looser by the heel.

Fan Average

4.11
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4.7

2. Adidas Pro Bounce 2019 Low

  • Traction on the Pro Bounce 2019 is made of a new herringbone layout on the forefoot, morphing into a tighter-patterned tread in the rear, performing well both inside and outside.
  • The Bounce cushioning does a solid job, and feels similar to the outstanding DON Issue #1 from Adidas.
  • The Pro Bounce tends to feel on the narrower side, and provides good stability overall despite some minor heel slippage.

Fan Average

4.20
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Review Average

4.4

3. Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Low

  • The traction level is off-the-charts, second only to the Kobe 9.
  • The Micro G cushioning provides a high level of comfort and cushioning.
  • These shoes have what most people would call average support.

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4.20
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Review Average

4.4

4. Nike Kobe 5 Protro

  • Traction has been nicely upgraded over the original Kobe 5, providing good, reliable stickiness on the court.
  • Cushioning has also been upgraded, keeping you low to the ground with a good amount of impact protection.
  • Snug fit, true to size, with a very impressive amount of stability.

Fan Average

5.00
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Review Average

4.3

5. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1

Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1
  • Traction appears mostly solid, with reviewers praising the shoe's gripping abilities and herringbone pattern.
  • The D.O.N. features an excellent deployment of Bounce cushioning, providing stability, court-feel and awesome impact protection.
  • Excellent lockdown and good support, like many of adidas' performance shoes. Fit and movement are also strong, despite the shoe's bulky build.
Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1

Fan Average

3.98
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