The Top 5 Low Top Basketball Shoes (2021)

Updated: October 22, 2021
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. Adidas Pro Boost

  • Excellent, reliable herringbone outsole grips the floor like crazy, and should also hold up well outdoors.
  • Stable, soft and responsive cushioning should work for all types of playing styles.
  • Nice wide, stable shoe that has all the support you would need.

Fan Average

3.59
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Review Average

4.4

2. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #2

  • Like its predecessor, the Issue 2 has decent traction, with questionable durability outside.
  • The cushioning is reasonably nice and springy, particularly in the heel.
  • Lots of support with good lateral containment, in this heavy-duty low-cut silhouette.

Fan Average

3.75
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Review Average

4.0

3. Puma Clyde All-Pro

  • Perhaps the best traction of any shoe this year. Multidirectional pattern helps you grip, stop on a dime, and cut all over the court.
  • A very nice cushioning upgrade over Puma's previous basketball shoes provides good responsiveness and feedback.
  • Support is excellent for a low-cut silhouette.

Fan Average

3.55
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Review Average

4.6

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

4.00
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Review Average

4.3

5. Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

  • Very strong traction, particularly on indoor courts.
  • While the cushioning is modest, the shoe is perfect for players who prefer a low-to-the-ground feel.
  • Outstanding support for such a lightweight silhouette.

Fan Average

3.82
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Review Average

4.3
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