Best Basketball Shoes Of 2018 – The Ultimate List

There’s not much to say… Get ready for the most anticipated post of the year. Here’s my list of the best basketball shoes of 2018.

Tons of nominees – even more performance.

Looking for your next pair of ball shoes? You came to the right place!

 

 

WEIGHT:  416.73 g. / 14.70 oz

TECH: BOOST, PRIMEKNIT (optional), TORSION SYSTEM

TYPE: LOW-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $140-160

BD RATING: 8.4/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

The adidas Harden Vol.3 might not look appealing to you. BOOST might be too outdated or boring at this point. But, damn, the performance is up there among this year’s best. So if you happened to not give a flying F about the looks, maybe you actually like them, and BOOST is still life for you – the Harden Vol.3 is a perfect fit.

BEST PLACE TO BUY: FINISH LINE | AMAZON

 

WEIGHT:  360 g. / 12.69 oz

TECH:  UA HOVR, ENERGY WEB

TYPE: LOW-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $105

BD RATING: 8.2/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Traction being the nr.1 highlight of the shoe & everything else just simply working flawlessly around it like a fine time peace – it’s safe to say that UA got it right this time, at least in my books.

I very appreciate the fact that UA puts the same amount of attention & craft creating their team models. I think as of right now, UA has the best bang for your buck team line with premium tech and killer performance that puts a smile on your face whenever you lace them up. And the UA HOVR Havoc is the latest proof of that for sure.

BEST PLACE TO BUY: FINISH LINE

 

WEIGHT:  370.8 g. / 13.08 oz

TECH:  Air Zoom Turbo, Flytrap

TYPE: LOW-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $130

BD RATING: 7.8/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

While the traction isn’t that aggressive when it used to be on the very first models, it still remains solid, the rest of the shoe has aged like a good wine. Forget about that carboard-like mesh – it’s now soft & form-fitting. Rock solid midsole? Oh, damn… Forget those either. The fresh new Turbo Zoom Air will give you that nice pep in your step, while still keeping the business low to the ground. Whereas the heel with a nice chunk of phylon will not let you down either.

One more thing… That buttery smooth transition… Yep, it still here.

BEST PLACE TO BUY:  FINISH LINE AMAZON

 

WEIGHT:  314.1 g. / 11.08 oz

TECH:  360-DEGREE FLYKNIT, LUNARLON, NIKE REACT

TYPE: LOW-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $200

BD RATING: 7.7/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Not even gonna lie, if I was a guard, I would be gassed to have them on my feet. That sleek silhouette is just pure candies for your eyes, definitely earns a spot as one of the best-looking hoop sneakers in my books. Cutting-edge tech works flawlessly by making the Kobe AD NXT 360 a nearly perfectly balanced guard shoe (if you’re not Russell Westbrook style of player). BUT…  To be able to bring them home, you’ll need to drop $200. It’s just too much to charge for any type of sports footwear, especially when durability is highly questionable. Just being straight with you…

A discount? Now we’re talking.

BEST PLACE TO BUY:  AMAZON

 

 

WEIGHT:  453.5 g / 16.00 oz 

TECH:  FULL-LENGTH ZOOM AIR, FLIGHTWEB

TYPE: MID-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $125

BD RATING: 9.4/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Signature sneaker. Jumpman logo. All-around KILLER performance. Outstanding looks. For around 65-70 bucks? What’s up with that price cheese Jordan brand? That’s one hell of a steal, man.

Hands down, the Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 is the best value for the money Jordan signature basketball sneaker in the market right now. And if you’re looking for a new pair of ball shoes, these must be on top of your shopping list.

BEST PLACE TO BUY: FINISH LINE [40% OFF!]

 

WEIGHT:  455.8 g. / 16.08 oz

TECH:  ZOOM AIR, MAX AIR, BattleKnit 2.0, Flywire

TYPE: MID-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $185

BD RATING: 9/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Remember the times when LeBrons were not for everyone? Yeah… Good old days… It’s all different now tho. The LeBron 15 being the very first pioneer that introduced the line into the modern “shoe game” – the 16 continues pushing the same direction with much-improved performance & freshened up silhouette – all in one well-balanced package.

If the best in the game cushion set-up along with killer traction that puts the majority of other signature sneakers to sleep & one of the best iterations of knit sounds good to you – these might be your next pick-up.

BEST PLACE TO BUY:  FINISH LINE | AMAZON

 

WEIGHT:  398.8 g. / 14.07 oz

TECH:  A-WEB, A-FLASH FOAM 

TYPE: HIGH-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $125

BD RATING: UNKNOWN

PERFORMANCE REVIEW [COMING SOON]

If you’re still sleeping on Chinese brands, I got a few words for you to say… You’re missing BIG TIME.

Making its way on top of best performers list two consecutive years, the ANTA’s main mission with the release of the KT 4 was to not screw thing up, since the 4 was already a solid performer. Well, they did accomplish that and then some.

Fixing all the minor problems the KT 3 had – they managed to rise Klay’s signature line into another level, to the point where you really can’t ignore it anymore. From the second-skin-like, yet supportive knitted upper to the foam cushioning that somehow is as crazy as the LeBron 16’s Zoom Air/Air Max combination & the traction that holds its own on any type of surface – the KT 4 is a real deal.

BEST PLACE TO BUY: ANTA

 

WEIGHT:  411 g. / 14.49 oz

TECH:  ZOOM AIR

TYPE: HIGH-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $130 – 140

BD RATING: 8.4/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

So the Soldier line made a huge step forward from last year by putting out an all-around more superior follow-up model. Apart from the inner strap going undone couple of time, well, maybe more than a couple, I actually couldn’t find any major problems. These guys do feel & play like a completely polished product. Not surprised why LeBron been switching from his main signatures to the Soldier line when balling out in playoffs.

Bottom line – if you’re willing to have stable/versatile performance day in & day out, rather than just in playoffs, this is IT. All-around performance – is what the LeBron Soldier 12 represents

BEST PLACE TO BUY: FINISH LINE [ 40% OFF!]

 

WEIGHT:  426 g. / 15.03 oz

TECH:  ZOOM AIR, FastFit, FlightSpeed

TYPE: HIGH-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $175

BD RATING: 8.4/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

I was one out of many that did have some love-hate relationship with the silhouette Jordan brand decided to go on the 33s. The thing is – you MUST go to your local sneaker store – hold them in-hand & slip your foot in for a quick store spin.

As the Nightwing said in his performance review – they’re gonna take you on a freaking trip, man. They sure did just that. From eye-catching color blocking to the smallest details that do make the difference all the way up to the cutting-edge tech – the AJ 33 is a masterpiece. Same transfers to their on-court performance. Every single aspect did work nearly perfect for me, putting a smile on my face every single time I pulled that cord before taking the flight.

I agree, the price is up there, but sometimes it’s worth it. And this is one of those times.

BEST PLACE TO BUY: FINISH LINE

 

WEIGHT:  391 g. /  13.79 oz

TECH:  BOUNCE, GEOFIT, FORGEFIBER, TORSION PLATE

TYPE: MID-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $120

BD RATING: 8/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Even though adidas has discontinued their easily the best team line-up for the last two years – the Crazy Explosive. The brand with the three stripes sort of redeemed themselves by introducing the follow-up silhouette to the game – the adidas Pro Bounce – as we all can see it didn’t let us down.

You won’t find any of premium Primeknit from its predecessor. BOOST didn’t make the party as well. That brings us to the conclusion that adidas doesn’t do well as far as sales go right now. But, hey, that didn’t prevent them from releasing some well-performing models, including the Pro Bounce.

The mesh upper might not be the most premium stuff, yet it still gets the job done. While the Bounce midsole is definitely as much fun, almost, as BOOST so you still are receiving some great amount of impact protection in the back, as well as rather low to the ground & responsive ride in the front. But the main two advantages having BOUNCE cushioning would be weight reduction and lower price, which is always nice to see.

How about traction? Well, they made sure it’s as beastly as it used to be on the Crazy Explosive line.

BEST PLACE TO BUY: ADIDAS

 

 

WEIGHT:  374 g. / 13.19 oz

TECH:  ZOOM AIR

TYPE: MID-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $110

BD RATING: 8.2/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

High key – the Jordan brand has done a significant job in 2018 – they really did. And I’m not talking about them pushing the envelope/bringing the future by introducing their flagship model – the AJ 33. That stuff cost $175… They must be solid for that price no matter what.

What I’m really talking about is finally raising their team line-ups to the surface, putting some time & thought to it. Earlier that year we did receive the Jordan Jumpman Hustle – it was one hell of a performer not even considering its price point. Now – the Jordan Fly Lockdown. A full package… Amazing shoe from top to bottom that won’t burn out your pockets.

If you’re looking for a new solid performer or outdoor beater – I wouldn’t look any further. Yes, it doesn’t have any fancy stuff. But I’m a grown ass man, I can do my laces myself no problem.

BEST PLACE TO BUY: AMAZON

 

WEIGHT:  335.5 g. / 11.83 oz

TECH:  ZOOM AIR

TYPE: LOW-TOP

RETAIL PRICE: $110

BD RATING: 8.2/10

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

This option is for those players who do prefer having something quick/responsive/fast under their feet but still looking for that lock-down support & nice fit. Oh, wait… Traction is nuts whether you’re ballin’ indoors or outdoors.

And who said that budget models can’t look clean? The Jordan Jumpman Hustle is definitely won’t break your on-court drip, at least in my case.

BEST PLACE TO BUY:  FINISH LINE [40% OFF!]

 


Hope you enjoyed my Ultimate list of BEST BASKETBALL SHOES IN 2018. Which one you’re picking? Let me know!

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment down below!

11 thoughts on “Best Basketball Shoes Of 2018 – The Ultimate List

  • February 7, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    Hey, i need some advice. I am 14 almost 15 years old and I love shoes, I play at the 3 ( small forward ). I’m 6’1 160lbs my play style is a two way playmaker, I’m trying to find the perfect shoe for me. I have the Kyrie 5’s, Lebron 16’s and I just purchased and haven’t used the Why Not Zer0.2 but do you have and recommendations because the 5’s and 16’s wasn’t for me .

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    • February 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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      Hey bro

      So the Kyrie 5’s and LB 16’s didn’t work for you… But what exactly was wrong with each one? I need more info…

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      • February 25, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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        The lb16’s are way too high off the ground and the traction on the kyrie’s wasn’t stopping as hard as i wanted

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  • April 17, 2019 at 9:23 am
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    Hey Daumantas, great post.
    It seems I can not find the model these days that I would 100% like. Just don’t feel it. Maybe I’m just an oldschool guy and love early-mid 2000’s models haha. What I really like are knit models and new knit Jordans should be awesome.
    What do you think about latest Pumas?

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    • April 30, 2019 at 11:29 am
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      Hey Chris, appreciate your support.

      Sorry for a VERY late answer, I was out for vacation.
      What do you think about the Nike Kobe 1 Protro? The design is straight out of the early 2000s with today’s tech inside. Or if looking at something that has knit – the Harden Vol.3 is the one to look at. As far as I remember, last year the Jordan brand didn’t release a complete knitted shilloute for basketball. But you can find the Jordan 32 at the outlet store for cheap – really solid shoe.
      Now when it comes to Puma, I can tell you this: I’m really pumped for the feature. As of right now, they’re still warming their feet in the basketball sneaker game. We just need to give Puma some time.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    Now I know what shoes I need to buy this year.

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    • April 30, 2019 at 11:01 am
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      Glad I was able to help you out bro. Stay tuned for my mid-year list of the best ball shoes of 2019!

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  • August 30, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    Say that i need outdoor basketball shoes that have a good impact protection on forefoot and heel, which shoes that u recommend?

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  • September 19, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    How to choose basketball shoes?

    1. Upper material
    Equipped with the breathable upper mesh would help to keep your feet in a comfortable situation.

    2. Coming with lightweight
    Basketball shoes or sneakers features lightweight can boost performance.

    3. Cushioning system
    The cushioning system will provide you with ankle support and traction which can protect your feet from injury.

    4. Insole, midsole and outsole design
    When it comes to the sole structure, people prefer to choose those with air-sole due to it’s comfortable plus the perfect traction.

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