Are you wondering how to buy and choose your basketball shoes? You’re not alone.
Everyone knows what’s on your feet is essential to your game; You feel extra confident in a nice pair of sneakers – you feel the opposite with a bad pair.
I’d like to show you what to look for when making your purchase so you can ball your best this year.
The $150 Jordan’s I Kept Rolling My Ankles In
When I was in middle school I bought a $150 pair of Jordan’s. It was the most I ever paid for a pair of basketball shoes and I was pumped. I laced them up and stepped on the court ready to show them off.
Something kept happening though. I kept rolling my ankle.
I’m not talking about rolling my ankle when getting hit or when going to the basket. It kept happening in the layup line. Every time I jumped and landed my ankle twisted. After a few practices of the same thing happening over and over, I scrapped them.
$150 down the drain.
Looking back I know what went wrong: I choose my shoes based on looks and not performance. Just because sneakers are expensive does not mean they are good to play in. These particular pair of Jordan’s were more for style and I wasn’t aware of that at the time.
My first piece of advice is to buy shoes that are actually made for basketball and one that comes from a name brand. If you are interested in reading my top 14 choices for the year (all well known and popular), click here.
Ankle Protection Is Really Important
As you just read, I know what can happen when you hurt your ankle playing basketball; it sucks. When you’re afraid to jump it takes away from your game. You won’t go to the basket as hard and your defense will suffer.
Having confidence in your shoes is key.
Basketball careers end from ankle injuries – ask Grant Hill. He was a legit star and had his best years cut short because of nagging injuries to this part of his body. The NBA almost lost one of its young bright stars, Steph Curry, from this too.
Many people think high tops are the only type of basketball shoes that protect your ankles but that’s not true. It’s really about the whole sneaker. The Jordan’s I talked about before were high tops and did nothing for me. They were stiff and had a hard landing.
I find shoes that are secure while remaining flexible, moving with your ankles, to be the best. There are low tops, mid highs and high top products that will do this for you. If wearing low tops make you nervous you can always buy an ankle brace for extra stability.
Don’t Slip And Slide All Over The Place
Have you ever worn a shoe that had terrible traction? It’s the worst. Every time you make a quick cut or play defense you slip and skid.
There are a ton of different traction patterns and here’s a video that goes a little more in depth:
Some sneaker are better at providing traction than others. Any basketball shoe that’s a couple years old will have you sliding all over the place too.
Know Your Position!
This is something a lot of ballers over look and that’s a big mistake.
Different positions have difference needs. For example, if you’re a point guard or swing man that relies heavily on speed and a fast first step you need something light weight and that has excellent traction.
Big men need something more stable and that has extra cushioning.
Something you can do is look up what players in the NBA wear. If your style matches a certain player find out what’s on their feet. Are you a shifty point? Wear what Steph Curry does. Are you a power player that muscles people out of the way? Wear what Lebron does.
There’s a million options for every type of person out there.
What’s The Competition Like?
Basketball shoes can get pretty expensive. Back in high school and my competitive playing days I spent a $100 minimum. I never considered spending less. Now that I’m in my twenties and play for fun? I’ll pick up a pair for $60, no problem.
I don’t have the desire to dive around and go 100% anymore. I play in a men’s league and the competition pretty much feels the same. We’re still trying to win and we play relatively hard but we’re there for fun.
Make sure to keep this in mind when making your purchase. You can still buy expensive sneakers if you’re in the same boat as me – I’m thinking about buying a really nice pair this year. It’s just not a hundred percent necessary.
I would spend a little extra if you play high school, college or AAU. You want to be at your best at these levels and having a quality product on your feet matters more.
Any Quality Pair Of Shoes Has You Covered
It’s hard to say which sneakers are best – a lot of it comes down to personal opinion and the way you play. What’s good for me may not be good for you. The Hyperdunks are my personal favorite. They give me everything I need and are really light weight – they protect your ankles too.
I did make a list of my 14 favorite basketball shoes for the year. There’s a pair for every budget and type of player. You can see it by clicking below:
If you have any questions about what you’ve read comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast possible. You can let your friends and family see by sharing on social media too.
Are you ready to ball in style and comfort this year?