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:Side


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 Basketball Shoes of 2017: Side

#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.

Air Max:Side


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 Basketball Shoes of 2017: Side


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.

Air Jordan 32: Side


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.

 Hyperdunk 2017: Side


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.

LeBron 15:Side


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.


Primeknit 2017: Side


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.

Rose 8: Side


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.

Dame 4: Side


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.


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!