The Top 5 Cheap Basketball Shoes (2020)

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. 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

4.04
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Critics Average

4.8

2. Under Armour Curry 3Zero II

Under Armour Curry 3ZER0 II
  • The traction on the Curry 3ZER0 2 is aggressive and rugged, and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor basketball.
  • Featuring Micro G and Charged cushioning, the shoe has above average levels of comfort.
  • Lacking a heel counter, this may not be the shoe for those with bad ankles.
Under Armour Curry 3ZER0 II

Fan Average

4.10
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Critics Average

4.6

3. Nike KD Trey 5 VII

  • The first shoe to feature Nike’s Renew cushioning, the dual density foam setup is comfortable.
  • Traction is adequate with a great pattern but translucent rubber (that is not as good as solid rubber).
  • For an entry level shoe, the materials are well above average.

Fan Average

3.50
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Critics Average

4.6

4. Nike Mamba Focus

  • Featuring a Phylon and Zoom Air combination, the traction is considered elite for a budget shoe.
  • The shoe has a good amount of ankle support, perfect for the guard that likes to make quick cuts.
  • The Mamba Focus fits to size, though you may not find the right fit if you have overly wide feet.

Fan Average

5.00
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Critics Average

4.7

5. Adidas Harden B/E 3

  • The semi-translucent rubber on the outsole is not super durable and tends to attract dust like a magnet.
  • The B/E 3 features BOUNCE cushioning, which does an adequate job in this setup.
  • Lockdown is difficult and the toebox is extra roomy, which also leads to stability issues.

Fan Average

3.67
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Critics Average

4.3
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