9 Best High Top Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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9 Best High Top Basketball Shoes in 2022

High-top basketball shoes is the first thing that comes to mind when conversations go into hooping. After all, the iconic Chuck Taylors, which are among the first shoes produced for basketball, were glorious high tops. Also, players like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Stephen Curry love their shoes high or mid. 

It must be noted here, however, that high-tops don't provide more support than low-tops as previously thought. Getting one over the other is not just a matter of preference. 

Still, dozens of high-tops flood the market, and choosing the right pair can be a chore. To make things easier for you, we present here the best high-top basketball shoes that we can find. 

How we find the best high-top basketball shoes

We've all seen sponsored content, and creators tend to be kinder to those who sponsor them. This is a clear bias and one that we want to avoid. Hence, we see to it that the high-tops that we review aren't freebies from anyone. We always purchase them using our own money.

We also do the following to reduce bias as much as possible:

  • Use these high-tops in actual games to really see how they perform
  • Consider other testers' reviews to verify or further inform our own

The result is a Corescore from 0 to 100 which helps us to rank and compare all of the tested high-top basketball shoes.

Best high top basketball shoes overall

You know something's amiss when the signature player himself gives up on his signature shoe. LeBron James has not been wearing the LeBron 19s in his games, and it looks like it's for good measure. The traction sucks, and everything else goes down with it.
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New Balance and Kawhi Leonard are off to a good start with OMN1S. Owners love the support and lockdown brought about by the FitWeave upper and 3D Ultra Heel. The full-length FuelCell midsole also provides the perfect mix of court feel, responsiveness, bounce, and impact protection. Performance-wise, the New Balance OMN1S is a great first signature model and can even go head-to-head with other signature shoes such as the UA Curry 7 and Adidas Harden Vol. 4. Just make sure to get the right size to enjoy what these high-top basketball shoes have to offer.
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Best Nike high top basketball shoes

The Nike Air Force Max is a stylish high-top that offers comfortable support on the court. Owners appreciate the plushness of the full-length Max Air cushion. They are also impressed at the supportive fit brought about by the ripstop upper and midfoot strap. Big men looking for a stylish, secure, and comfortable basketball sneaker can give these a go on the court. However, there are much better options out there for a fraction of the Air Force Max's price.
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The tenth LeBron shoes continually get attention because they get the job done on the court. They’re equipped with full-length Zoom Air units, so they are responsive and protective upon impact. Besides being a good on-court performer, these Nike basketball shoes also shine in the fashion department.
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Best Adidas high top basketball shoes

Like its predecessor, the 2019 version of the Adidas Pro Bounce offers excellent value for its price. Owners just love the comfort and support brought about by the flexible Bounce midsole and lightweight textile upper. They also appreciate the shoe's stylish design. Overall, the Adidas Pro Bounce 2019 is a well-made basketball shoe that delivers dependable performance on the court.
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The Adidas Posterize brings solid performance on and off the court. Owners just love the insane comfort brought about by the leather upper and Boost midsole. They also appreciate the shoe's quality materials and streetwear-inspired style. Overall, the Posterize is a great all-around basketball sneaker that is also easy on the pocket.
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Best white high top basketball shoes

After spending over two decades in the vault, Jordan Brand finally decided to bring back the first women's Air Jordan basketball shoe. Buyers love the premium and supple feel of the genuine and synthetic leather upper. They also appreciate the all-day comfort of the heel Air-sole unit. Overall, Jordan Brand did an excellent job with this almost perfect retro release. The Air Jordan OG is an excellent casual and performance hoop shoe.
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The Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020 successfully builds on the success of the inaugural 2019 version. Aside from the premium feel, the upper materials also deliver comfort and reliable support. Traction isn't so bad either. Generally, this Adidas high-top shoe is going to be worth the $150 that buyers are going to pay for it.
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Best blue high top basketball shoes

The Puma Legacy has everything you need in a basketball sneaker. These high-tops provide solid support with its engineered knit mesh upper and ankle webbing. The combination of IGNITE and NRGY foams offer adequate cushioning while the high-abrasion outsole delivers durable traction. Overall, the Puma Legacy delivers no-nonsense performance at a budget-friendly price. However, there are better options (such as the Nike PG 4 and Adidas Harden Vol.4) that you can get at around the same price point or even at a discount.
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What are the cheapest high top basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Puma Legacy - from $45
  2. Adidas Pro Bounce 2019 - from $48
  3. Converse All Star Pro BB - from $68
  4. Adidas Posterize - from $70
  5. New Balance OMN1S - from $70
  6. Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020 - from $75
  7. Adidas Adizero Rose 1 Retro - from $75
  8. Nike Air Zoom UNVRS FlyEase - from $95
  9. Nike Lebron 19 - from $200

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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.