Some players prefer wearing heavier, bulkier footwear when they’re crashing the courts. Others prefer a more lightweight option that feels super quick, responsive, mobile and cloud-light on their feet. For those who are seeking the second option, check out this list of the best lightweight basketball shoes for 2018.
Bringing you a quick list of six shoes that feel the lightest but also are good all-around performers. Here are the best lightweight basketball shoes! Let’s start to the most lightweight:
1) Kobe AD NXT 360
Weight: 10.3 oz
Released on April 13 a.k.a. “Mamba Day,” the Kobe AD NXT 360 features the new 360-degree Flyknit technology on the upper. This makes the shoe so light and flexible, that you can actually bend and even roll it up like a snowball. The same material and make also offer the shoe optimum breathability.
But despite its lightness and flexibility, the Kobe AD NXT 360 is also durable. The upper wraps your foot up for the ultimate lightweight feel, it’s like you’re wearing almost nothing at all.
2) Under Armour Curry 3Zero2
Weight: 10.83 oz
The Under Armour Curry 3Zero2 has been getting raves for its lightness and excellent traction. And these great features come in a pair of shoes with a mere $100 price tag. It’s not a surprise that many people consider the shoe as the best $100 sneakers of 2018. Its design evokes of the past Curry models (such as the perforations on the toe box for ventilation).
It has a rugged and excellent traction that precisely covers each direction that every ball player would move their foot on the court, whether he’s making starts or stops. This aggressive traction makes this shoe excellent to wear whether for indoors or outdoors.
3) Under Armour Heat Seeker
Weight: 10.9 oz
The Under Armour Heat Seeker has been getting plus points because of its sheer lightness, weighing only a little under 11 ounces largely because of its knit upper. Plus, the shoe’s EVA foam carrier provides additional comfort. Wearers are also pleased with the shoe’s snug fit, flexibility, responsiveness as well as its versatility. Its herringbone traction pattern provides a firm grip on the hard court, preventing any chances of slippage.
It’s not perfect (customers would grumble at how this shoe is not true to size, for instance). But when it comes to lightness, the Heat Seeker can’t be argued.
4) Nike Hyperdunk X
Weight: 11.04 oz
Nike found the perfect time to launch the Hyperdunk for the first time in 2008, as it was the during heat of the Beijing Olympics then. Since then, the Hyperdunk series has been one of the most illustrious sneakers in Nike’s history. Fast forward to 2018, Nike released the tenth iteration, the Hyperdunk X.
It has some familiar features seen on previous Hyperdunk releases such as the Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot and heel. The shoe’s mesh upper provides durability but lightweight feel and breathability to the foot.
5) Under Armour Curry 5
Weight: 11.64 oz
“Programmed for maximum unpredictability,” as Under Armour’s website notes, “the lightweight, precision-fitting Curry 5 was developed to help Stephen Curry optimize his on-court performance.” This is true to its promise of lightness as it weighs only 11.64 ounces, giving the optimum quickness and agility that the foot needs to deliver on the hard court.
Among the shoe’s design elements are the lockdown lacing and full-knit construction which provides a 360-degree fit and feel to the wearer’s foot.