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Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: My Top 10 Ultimate Performers

All the major releases have now dropped and now it’s finally time to make the ultimate list of the very best basketball shoes of 2017. I’ll do it a bit differently this time, ranking a full rotation of ten shoes, which means the list is longer but I’ll go through each one quicker.

It seems like every year is getting crazier. I picked out the most versatile, balanced and revolutionary shoes that cater towards all players or playstyles. I think you’re gonna like it. Without further ado, here are the best basketball shoes of 2017!

Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: AJ B.Fly


My Rating: 8.5/10 | Price: $110 | Weight: 11.36 oz | Type: Mid Top

Starting the list, we got a very solid bang for your buck model that offers premium things for a not-so-premium price.

A premium performance woven upper, a near perfect fit, great traction and solid, not restrictive support.

Best Place to Buy: AMAZON | FINISH LINE


Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: PG1

#9: NIKE PG1

My Rating: 9/10 | Price: $110 | Weight: 13.05 oz | Type: Low Top

Another very budget-friendly model, Paul George’s first signature, that delivers all performance aspects that are solid and made for just about any player out there,

Take away the mediocre, pretty firm cushion, and you got yourself an extremely versatile shoe.

Best Place to Buy: AMAZON | FINISH LINE

Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: Air Max Infuriate


My Rating: 9/10 | Price: $80 | Weight: 12.24 oz | Type: Low/Mid Top

The most ridiculous deal of 2017. What can you get for 80 bucks?

Fantastic Air Max cushion, great traction, solid support and an effective upper, all that rivals $150 shoes.

Best Place to Buy: AMAZON | FINISH LINE

Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: AJ Super.Fly 2017


My Rating: 9/10 | Price: $140 | Weight: 14.07 oz | Type: Mid Top

I think Jordan really did a good job improving the new Super.Fly model.

Super responsive React cushion, superb traction that could be leveraged outdoors, strong support and an old-school type of vibe with the classic suede upper as one of the options.

Best Place to Buy: FINISH LINE

Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: Air Jordan 32 Low


My Rating: 9/10 | Price: $160 | Weight: 16.01  oz | Type: Low Top

A very solid AJ performer that really steps up from the XXX and XX1.

What you get in this year’s model is that sweeeeet Flyknit, balanced cushion, sensitive but awesome traction and support that really secures but doesn’t restrict. A very successful Air Jordan in my opinion.

Best Place to Buy: EBAY

Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: Hyperdunk 2017


My Rating: 9.5/10 | Price: $160 | Type: High Top

Brand new React foam & pure Flyknit upper = comfort level over 3000.

The very firm and low to the ground cushion may not be for everyone but for those who prefer it, this is an amazing shoe. Legit grippy traction, secure foot support and a fit that rivals just about any other shoe EVER for the number one spot.

Best Place to Buy: AMAZON

Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: LeBron 15


My Rating: 9.5/10 | Price: $185 | Weight: 16.12 oz | Type: Mid Top

A vastly different LeBron shoe that looks ahead of the pack completely. This is the lightest, most comfy and most mobile LeBron signature I’ve played in.

Air Max & ZOOM AIR combo that makes for an ultimate cushion experience, while the rest of the performance aspects also nail it to make this one a such a huge step in the right direction for LeBron’s signature line.

Best Place to Buy: AMAZON | FINISH LINE


Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit


My Rating: 9/10 | Price: $150 | Weight: 13.89 oz | Type: High Top

Headlining the #3 spot is the beloved Crazy Explosive with my all-time favorite BOOST cushion setup.

Pair this BOOST cushioning with a premium Primeknit upper, fantastic traction and just flat out amazing comfort, and you got a phenomenal performer.

Best Place to Buy: AMAZON | FINISH LINE

Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: Rose 8


My Rating: 10/10 | Price: $140 | Weight: 14.92 oz | Type: Mid Top

Similar to the LeBron 15, this one’s a very different D Rose model from the rest. It felt the lightest, quickest and most pleasant to wear.

Once again, BOOST is life, the same awesome traction the Rose line usually delivers and killer support that doesn’t restrict as much as the previous shoes but still protects the foot very well.

Best Place to Buy: AMAZON

Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: Dame 4


My Rating: 9.5/10 | Price: $115 | Weight:  oz | Type: Low Top

It’s now the third year the where the Dame line just continues to blow everything else out of the water.

My current go-to shoe for just about any game or court out there. A super nice BOUNCE cushion setup that’s very close to BOOST for me, beastly traction, killer all-around support, a simple, yet effective upper.

And the best of all, everything at a mere $115. That’s a deal.

Best Place to Buy: AMAZON | FINISH LINE


Alright, that’s it for the list! It was pretty tough to pick out these models in this exact order since this year is so strong yet again.

Hope you found something you think will fit you! If you have any questions, concerns or you need advice…


14 thoughts on “Best Basketball Shoes of 2017: My Top 10 Ultimate Performers”

  1. TLW says:

    Nice job with the list. Suggestion, not that you don’t have enough to do already, how about splitting the next ‘best’ list….shoes up to $125 and then everything above $125 or whatever price point seems to be a ‘middle of the road’? Sometimes I don’t see how the $80 shoes compete equally with the $185 shoes because better tech + materials often times are worth it especially to people who take their BB seriously! I would rank the DR8s and Leb15s as the top two ‘expensive’ shoes while nothing seems to beat the Dame4 at the other end of the price spectrum. Thanks again for all your hard work Julius!

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      I get what you’re saying but the list was made with budget simply not in mind. These are the best shoes because of how well they play.

      If it’s a good deal, hey, it’s a bonus but not a deciding factor.

      If a $80 shoe is a better performer than a $185 one, I will rank them accordingly, simple as that.

      Either way, I’m actually releasing a budget list of 2017 the day I’m writing this comment, so stay tuned!

  2. Edrick28 says:

    I gotta say that my fave 2017 shoe to play in is Anta’s KT Outdoor 2 Low.
    I know, this surprised even me.
    Its got elite cushioning, very light (my two fave aspects) and the outsole is extra durable as a bonus.
    It mostly get great reviews but is always forgotten when reviewers recap their “top” hoop shoes.

    I wonder why this is so I would like you to review the shoe if you can, cos I trust your reviews haha. Thanks as always and keep it up!

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      I don’t know why is that the case with other reviewers/players. As far as myself, I simply haven’t tried the Anta KT line. I am actually aware that those are great shoes that are lesser known but I haven’t played in any single one of them.

      Might try them out sometime but I do have plans for a lot of other shoes in the near future, so who knows.

  3. Dtb says:

    Is the traction better on the Crazy explosive or the Dame 4?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      I think the Crazy Explosive has a bit more aggressive traction, though both shoes definitely have more than sufficient grip to make you not worry about them. Outdoor play included.

  4. Jack says:

    1. should add KT3 from Anta on the list.
    2. Nike Infuriate Mid should be added (but you already got low ver. it. spot on!)
    3. (Real!!) Crazy Explosive 2017 low will be coming up soon. ^^

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      Haven’t played in the KT3 during the making of the list. I actually am playing and testing it right now and will update the list if the shoe will be worth it.

      I am thinking about getting the Infuriate Mid, so maybe you’ll see a comparison review soon.

      I’ve already tested the CE 2017 Low a while ago and it’s an amazing shoe.

  5. A J says:

    Hey, how come the D Rose 8 is rated at 10/10, but the Dame 4 is rated at only 9.5/10 despite being the number one option on this list?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      May look incorrect as the Rose 8 is a phenomenal performer in all areas but I feel the Dame 4 beats it just a tad bit by their versatility and the biggest out of all, the price. You just can’t beat $115 at that performance level as opposed to $140 for almost the same.

  6. Dtb says:

    The Curry 4 didn’t make your top 10?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      Nah, it did play really well and felt different from others but didn’t have all I wanted to make the top 10.

  7. Dtb says:

    Are you gonna get the KT3s?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      I am currently testing the KT3’s.

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