Today we’re looking at the most comfortable basketball shoes. Comfort is without question the #1 aspect to look for when it comes to choosing a shoe. The rest doesn’t matter if it doesn’t fit right.
So that’s what my list is about. As usual, six shoes. This will give you a starting point, so you won’t have to worry about comfort, just the rest. Here are the most comfortable basketball shoes!
1) Nike Kyrie 4
The Nike Kyrie 4 has been rating highly, so far, by a majority of users. This mid-top silhouette has a combination of mesh and nubuck material that gives both durability and breatheability. Heel protection from the impact is provided by the Zoom Air unit, which is good especially for players who tend to use the heel a lot. The foam in the midsole provides additional shock absorption and gives off a certain softness while playing. In fact, some say that the Nike Kyrie 4’s cushioning is the best in any Kyrie models.
As for the traction, the outsole’s multi-directional herringbone gives this shoe a variety of floor coverage, allowing players to make different types of moves when they need to.
2) Nike Kobe AD NXT 360
In terms of performance, the Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 is a beast. It uses a combination of Lunarlon foam and and REACT cushioning for a well-balanced and responsive cushioning system. This gives off a smooth and comfortable ride on the court, while the heel area makes use every bit of the REACT unit to provide total protection from shock and impact. This shoe is the perfect bet for fast and agile guards in particular.
3) Under Armour Curry 4
The Under Armour Curry 4 is a high-top silhouette. The upper features a knitted material on top of synthetic leather that adds some durability and reinforcement.
Under Armour utilizes its proprietary foam system (which is not named, unfortunately) for underfoot responsiveness. Users who have tried wearing the Under Armour Curry 4 are satisfied with its minimal cushion set-up. This proprietary foam is placed low to the ground and many wearers feel some bounce and a light, soft feel.
In addition, the Under Armour Curry 4 has a nice wide outsole which is similar to the Curry 2, making it stable and safe no matter the movements you make on the hard court.
4) Air Jordan 32
The Air Jordan 32 is a more contemporary update of the Air Jordan 2 while still retaining the latter’s “retro” elements such as a ribbed collar and the iconic Wings logo.
The upper features a Flyknit material which gives the shoe a light feel. It sits on top of the Jumpman-branded midsole. The shoe uses a full-length Zoom Air set-up with the heel part being bottom-loaded and the forefoot part being “unlocked.” When you say it’s “unlocked,” it means that there is no other material on it, except for the insole. When you place a good pressure on the forefoot, you can actually feel the Zoom working – it gives a nice feeling, plus the energy returns to your foot in no time, allowing you to do your own moves on the court without thinking anything else than your game. This is a shoe that provides a good combination of responsiveness, comfort and impact protection.
5) Nike LeBron 15
Nike LeBron 15’s upper is made of Battleknit construction which offers a happy combination of durability, comfort and flexibility compared to regular Flyknit. It fuses both Zoom and Max Air into one cushioning set-up, and users swear that it is the best cushioning Nike has offered in years.
This excellent combo feels like pillows even when it’s put under pressure, while offering an incredible bounce. Articulation between the Zoom and Max Air is present, so the result is significant increase of mobility to the foot.
Greatly improved from the mid, the shoe excels in lightness, comfort, and mobility.
The upper is Under Armour’s synthetic called SpeedForm, which is one of the best upper materials to date. The thing about it is it’s well-balanced. Super light and comfortable, but also relatively supportive and durable. That’s awesome, plus the fact that the shoe’s all-around performance is good.
The shoe has Charged cushioning, great traction and solid support.
Alright, that’s it for this list! I hope I helped you decide on your purchase. I have separate reviews on each of these shoes, so check them out if you’re interested.