The Top 5 Basketball Shoes with Great Grip/Traction (2023)

Updated: October 26, 2023

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.

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3.67
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4.4

2. Adidas Harden Vol. 7

  • Combination of herringbone and radial traction patterns give consistent, multidirectional grip.
  • Dual-density foam, with Lightstrike forefoot cushioning and a BOOST midsole that balance firm support with a bouncy feel.
  • Wide base with a full-length bottom-loaded shank plate for excellent stability and foot containment.

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3.42
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4.8

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

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3.80
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Review Average

4.4

4. Jordan Luka 2

  • Radial traction pattern gives similar multidirection coverage and grip to the Luka 1.
  • Dense full-length foam slab is reactive but lacks much impact protection.
  • Improved lockdown over the Luka 1 with a similar forefoot spring plate for torsional support.

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Review Average

4.7

5. New Balance Two Wxy V4

  • Solid traction that resists dust and has the durability to play on any style of court
  • The FuelCell technology and Fresh Foam gives explosive energy return for an ideal combination of comfort and rebound power
  • ABZORB pillars in the forefoot and heel absorb impact, with a molded heel counter for excellent foot lockdown

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4.7
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