Because of that, almost every basketball model - from the highly illustrious Nike LeBrons to the fashionable Adidas Dames - has a black variant. Given the high number of options, choosing the right pair can be an overwhelming task. We make things easier by presenting to you here the best black basketball shoes that we can find.
There are just so many black basketball shoes out there, and choosing the best among them is a task that requires strict competence and a dependable process. Here are some of the things that we do to ensure the objectivity of our picks:
purchase shoes using our own money so we are not indebted to anyone
all reviews are written after real tests in actual basketball games
our reviews are also enriched with the input of experts and players from outside RunRepeat
Consistent traction both on clean and dusty surfaces
Supportive once broken in
Wide feet friendly
OK for outdoor use
Soft, snug fit
Break-in period needed
Not so breathable
If you are a player who loves a supportive, plush cushioning setup that still feels relatively low to the ground, this is a basketball shoe that fits that mold well. Plus, there's the benefit of being a more sustainable purchase choice!
A highly-cushioned basketball shoe, the NIke PG 5 offers players a solid platform for jumping. This would be a good shoe for a big or power forward who likes to stay in the lanes and remain on the block. Aside from the pleasing looks, the Nike PG 5 offers great value for money.
In all, the Jordan Zion 1 is a trustworthy performer for me due to its reliable traction, forefoot cushioning, and excellent lateral support. The sole area of warning is fit, which I’d strongly recommend trying in stores before purchasing to make sure getting it right.
The Dame 7 has “no serious weaknesses,” but experts can’t stop comparing it to others that are better. Although a “very solid shoe” and a “jack of all trades,” the Dame 7 is still “master of none;” and it still doesn’t make it as the players’ favorite.
Nike Air Zoom BB NXT is light with plenty of cushion. Looking at it, it has a lot of cushion, but when you pick it up and even wear it, the shoe is surprisingly light! When lacing it up, the shoe i very comfortable and responsive. The extensive sole makes it look tall despite it being a low-top shoe. BB NXT definitely has an advanced design to feel this good.
Players with aggressive playing styles will love the Kyrie 7. Wearing this shoe equips anyone playing with an advantage when playing aggressively. Having an upper that hugs the contour of your foot, a bouncy cushion and an elite tread pattern that will provide control is a winner. The Kyrie 7 is recommended for everyday and competitive basketball players.
The Zoom Freak 3 is a solid performer for me due to its supportive fit, tacky indoor traction, and propulsive forefoot cushioning. Wearing these felt light and bouncy on foot, and none of its weak points majorly stuck out to me during gameplay. The Zoom Freak 3 felt like the ideal prototype for a team model shoe - adaptable, generic fit, light and supportive cushioning, and no major weaknesses all around.
Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.