5 Best High Top Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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5 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 test 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

Nike Lebron 19
Nike Lebron 19

Corescore

87
Great!
4.9 / 5 from 13 users
84 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Epic cushioning
  • Premium materials
  • Nice fit
  • Dependable support and lockdown

Cons

  • Subpar traction
  • Seriously heavy
  • Looks and feels bulky
  • Expensive

Verdict

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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Best Nike high top basketball shoes

Nike Air Force Max
Nike Air Force Max

Corescore

82
Good!
4.6 / 5 from 585 users
70 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Nearly all buyers are impressed at the full-length Max Air setup. Like the Nike LeBron 17, players are claiming that the Max Air cushion is super comfortable and feels like walking on air.
  • These high-top basketball shoes look sharp, nearly all owners declare. They can also say this about the Air Force Max 2
  • The Nike Air Force Max feels very solid and secure, several players assert. Similar to the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2, these shoes offer a lot of ankle protection and lateral containment.
  • According to some wearers, the materials feel pretty nice and are quite durable.
  • At least a couple of reviewers are claiming that these high-top basketball shoes feel light.

Cons

  • These Nike high-tops are hard to put on, some buyers complain.
  • According to one tester, the Nike Air Force Max has terrible grip on the court. The traction pattern just doesn't provide good stopping power.
  • The thick Max Air cushion feels unstable and lacks court feel, a reviewer complains.

Verdict

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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Best Adidas high top basketball shoes

Adidas Pro Bounce 2019
Adidas Pro Bounce 2019

Corescore

83
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 1,644 users
83 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Amazing cushioning
  • Good traction
  • Breathable upper
  • Excellent ankle protection
  • Comfortable in-shoe padding
  • Stylish
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Outsole picks up dust fast
  • Tight toe box

Verdict

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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Best Jordan high top basketball shoes

Air Jordan OG
Air Jordan OG

Corescore

77
Good!
4.0 / 5 from 363 users
80 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • The women's Air Jordan OG is very stylish, nearly all reviewers comment. According to them, these basketball sneakers go with any outfit.
  • These Air Jordan basketball shoes are very comfortable to walk in, almost all owners assert.
  • Most owners are satisfied with how these basketball sneakers fit. They claim that the Women's Jordan OG fits perfectly.
  • Many purchasers are impressed at the quality of the Air Jordan OG. Like the Air Jordan 13, the leather is very soft and buttery smooth.
  • These Jordan basketball sneakers are surprisingly lightweight, several wearers observe.

Cons

  • Some owners are disappointed that the Air Jordan OG doesn't have the original version's forefoot Zoom Air unit.
  • The toe box of the Women's Jordan OG is quite roomy, several reviewers gripe.

Verdict

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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Best high top outdoor basketball shoes

Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020
Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020

Corescore

76
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 46 users
86 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good quality materials
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish appeal
  • Dependable support
  • Comfortable on feet
  • Reliable traction

Cons

  • Hard to wear

Verdict

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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What are the cheapest high top basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Puma Legacy - from $40
  2. Adidas Crazy BYW X - from $40
  3. Adidas Pro Bounce 2019 - from $47
  4. New Balance OMN1S - from $60
  5. Adidas Posterize - from $65
  6. Converse All Star Pro BB - from $68
  7. Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020 - from $70
  8. Reebok Iverson Legacy - from $78
  9. Nike AlphaDunk - from $80
  10. Nike Air Zoom UNVRS FlyEase - from $86
  11. Adidas Adizero Rose 1 Retro - from $100
  12. Reebok Mobius - from $110
  13. Adidas Yeezy BSKTBL Knit - from $114
  14. Reebok Shaqnosis - from $120
  15. Nike Lebron 19 - from $125

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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.