The Best Basketball Shoes of 2016


2016 has been an absolutely phenomenal year for basketball sneakers. Tons of game-changing models were released. Adidas, Nike, Under Armour – everybody step their game up, it’s so crazy. So the biggest question is – Which ones are the best basketball shoes of 2016?

Welcome to my TOP 10 Basketball Shoes of 2016!



TOP 10


10. Nike Kobe 11 Elite

Tech: Nike ZOOM AIR, Lunarlon, FlyKnit

Weight: 343 g. / 12.09 oz

Pros: Very durable upper | Dynamic Cushion setup | Great Support Breathability |

Cons: Inconsistent Traction | Lack of Comfort in the Forefoot |

Best for: All Position Players

Retail Price: $200



9. Nike Kyrie 3

Tech: ZOOM AIR, Flywire

Weight: 369.6 g. / 13.04 oz

Pros: Beastly Traction | Amazing Court Feel | Great Support |

Cons: Lack of Cushion Responsivenes | Requires Break-in Time |

Best for: Guards

Retail Price: $120



8.Under Armour Curry 3

Tech: Threadborne, Charged, AnaFoam

Weight: 397 g. / 14 oz

Pros: Comfortable fit | Killer Traction | Great Materials | Suitable for Outdoor |

Cons: Decent Impact Protection | Roomie Fit |

Best for: Guards

Retail Price: $140



7.Nike Hyper Dunk 2016 Low


Weight: 369 g. / 13 oz

Pros: Solid Traction | Comfortable Fit | Responsive Cushion Setup | Great Durability |

Cons: Basic Materials

Best for: All Position Players

Retail Price: $130



6.Adidas Harden Vol.1

Tech: BOOST, Genuine Leather

Weight: 427 g. / 15.05 oz

Pros: Premium Materials | One-to-One fit | Amazing Traction | Solid Suport for a low top |

Cons: Impact Protection | Rubber Compound isn’t durable |

Best for: Guards

Retail Price: $140



5.Adidas Dame 3


Weight: 399 g. / 14.07 oz

Pros: Very Responsive Cushion Setup | Superb Impact Protection | Beastly Traction | A+ Support |

Cons: Not Suitable for Outdoors |

Best for: All Position Players

Retail Price: $115



4.Adidas D Rose 6 PrimeKnit

Tech: BOOST, Primeknit, StableFrame, TPU Cage

Weight: 462 g. / 16.3 oz

Pros: Bouncy Cushion | Superb Traction | Comfy Fit | Premium Materials |

Cons: Material Durability | Slightly Heavy |

Best for: All Position Players

Retail Price: $140



3.Nike KD 9

Tech: FlyKnit, ZOOM AIR

Weight: 341.3 g. / 12.04 oz

Pros: Super Comfortable Fit | Premium Materials | Responsive & Bouncy Cushion Tooling | Solid Traction |

Cons: Not Suitable for Outdoors | Minimalistic Support |

Best for: Guards

Retail Price: $150



2.Adidas Crazy Light BOOST 2016

Tech: BOOST, Jacquard Upper, Continental Rubber, Sprintplate

Weight: 370.2 g. / 13.06 oz

Pros: Perfect BOOST Cushion | Comfortable Upper | Great Materials | Amazing Traction |

Cons: NONE

Best for: All Position Players

Retail Price: $120



1.Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit

Tech: Primeknit, BOOST, GEO Fit Boot

Weight: 426.4 g. / 15.04 oz

Pros: Top Notch Cushion Setup | Premium Materials | Great Lockdown | One-to-One Fit | Pure Primeknit | Solid Support |

Cons: Rubber Compound isn’t Suitable for Outdoor | Upper Durability |

Best for: All Position Players

Retail Price: $150



That’s my TOP10 The Best Basketball Shoes of 2016. I hope you liked it! 

Comment below your TOP3 models!

8 thoughts on “The Best Basketball Shoes of 2016

  • March 14, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Great top 10 for basketball shoes. So, I’m looking to spend between $115-$150. That’s pretty good for quality shoes. Adidas #1, man those guys been in business for a long time. Thanks for this, really well done.

    • March 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks, Peter! 115$-150$ dollars is a perfect price range for you to grab great performing shoe. Yeah… I think 2016 was the best year for adidas so far. I can’t wait to see how they will surprise us this year.

      I appreciate it.

  • March 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Great summary of the best basketballs shoes that are out there!
    Do you know how long these basketball shoes can last? For someone who plays only about twice a week?

    • March 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Huge thanks!

      It really depends on where are you playing (indoors or outdoors). Either way, they should last at least 2 seasons 🙂

  • March 14, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Hey, thank you for this review. I personally have always been a fan of Nike basketball shoes. My latest pair is the Lebron James in the Miami Dolphins colorway. Because they are in a unique light green color, I do not wear them that often and wear my Asics instead.

    But thanks to this review I am thinking that I may want to start considering a couple of Adidas. I really like your number 1 selection. I have heard some great things about the Primeknit sneakers and how comfortable they are. Plus red is my favorite color. I also like the Adidas D Rose 6 Primeknit.

    One thing is for sure, I am still not a fan of Under Armour basketball shoes. They just do not excite me like Nike and now Adidas. Now the only problem I have is deciding which of the two Adidas styles I will purchase. If I purchase both my girlfriend will not let me forget that I spent more money on me than her. LOL

    • March 15, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Hey, Robert!

      Oh man… This colorway is one hella nice. Great purchase! Do you wear them casually?
      I highly recommend you to try adidas new models with Primeknit and BOOST cushioning, they are fantastic!

      Now talking about which model to choose, it’s all up to you. The adidas Crazy Explosive, Crazy Light or D Rose 6 Primeknit – they all will perform amazing for you and will give everything you need to feel confident on hardwood. Oh, those girlfriends 😀

  • March 19, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Nice List mate, planning to buy a couple of shoes in next week.


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