7 Best Black Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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7 Best Black Basketball Shoes in 2022

Pretty much like white basketball shoes, black hooping sneakers are popular with players and fashion-conscious wearers alike because of how easy it is to pair them with any outfit. Black, after all, is a neutral color. 

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.

 

 

How we test basketball shoes

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

 

 

Best black basketball shoes overall

Nike Cosmic Unity
Nike Cosmic Unity

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 108 users
89 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Top-tier cushioning
  • Consistent traction both on clean and dusty surfaces
  • Supportive once broken in
  • Grippy outsole
  • Wide feet friendly
  • OK for outdoor use
  • Sustainable materials 
  • Awesome looks
  • Soft, snug fit

Cons

  • Break-in period needed
  • Not so breathable

Verdict

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!
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Best black Nike basketball shoes

Nike PG 5
Nike PG 5

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 134 users
88 / 100 from 20 experts

Pros

  • Highly-cushioned 
  • Superb traction
  • Looks great
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Feels pretty rigid
  • Runs small
  • Tight fit

Verdict

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.
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Best black Jordan basketball shoes

Jordan Zion 1
Jordan Zion 1

Corescore

89
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 165 users
85 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Reliable multidirectional traction
  • Superb lateral support
  • Great impact protection
  • Minimal break-in period
  • Lightweight
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Awkward sizing
  • Not durable for outdoor play

Verdict

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.
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Best black Adidas basketball shoes

Adidas Dame 7
Adidas Dame 7

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 789 users
89 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Great court feel
  • Very stable and supportive
  • Light
  • OK for outdoors
  • Affordable

Cons

  • So-so traction
  • Runs big
  • Needs breaking in

Verdict

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.
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Best black low top basketball shoes

Nike Air Zoom BB NXT
Nike Air Zoom BB NXT

Corescore

89
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 201 users
86 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Nice fit
  • Impressive cushioning
  • Great lockdown
  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • Out of the box comfort
  • Good traction

Cons

  • No ankle support

Verdict

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.
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Best value black basketball shoes

Nike Kyrie 7
Nike Kyrie 7

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 474 users
90 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Remarkable lockdown
  • Super comfy
  • Feels light
  • Stable even during lateral movement
  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • Good value for money
  • For players of all levels
  • Feels springy
  • Easy on/off
  • Many color options

Cons

  • Break-in period needed
  • Slightly slipped when rocking backward

Verdict

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.
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Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.