7 Best Mid Top Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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7 Best Mid Top Basketball Shoes in 2022

Mid top shoes are a great option for all-around players. Lighter than a high top, yet slightly heavier than a low top, the mid top or mid cut basketball shoes offer more versatility, allowing you to stay agile and locked in securely.

If you want the best of the best worlds, look no further than the mid top basketball sneakers. In fact, we’ve rounded up the best mid cut style models out there across different brands. We’ve been testing the latest releases from Nike, Adidas, New Balance, and Air Jordans, among others.

Each brand offers its own highly-rated signature shoes from past and present NBA Legends, as well as non-signature options. Head on below to check them all out.

How we test basketball shoes

To make the recommendations, each model on the list is put through a rigorous testing process. Aside from our standard wear tests and on-court assessments, we bring all the shoes to the RunRepeat shoe testing lab for a battery of mechanical tests. Here’s exactly our approach:

  • We buy all the mid top basketball shoes using our own funds. This ensures that all our in-depth reviews are devoid of any taint of bias or brand loyalty.
  • Inside the RunRepeat lab, our shoe specialist cuts the shoes into pieces. This allows us to examine each essential part and measure 30+ parameters such as the ankle support, bounce, flexibility, grip, and many others.
  • Our wear-testers put in many hours of playing time to determine the level of performance, comfort, and durability of each model.
  • We gather more useful data from other trusted basketball shoe experts and regular hoop players who use mid-cut shoes.

For the overall ratings, we use the proprietary CoreScore system that calculates all the collated data above. A final score ranging from 0 – to 100 is given on each model. We then highlighted the top-rated shoes in different categories.

Best mid top basketball shoes overall

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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Best Nike mid top basketball shoes

Nike Lebron 18
Nike Lebron 18

Corescore

89
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 420 users
89 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • Good traction
  • Great impact protection
  • Premium materials
  • Durable
  • Perfect for heavy athletes
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Insufficient lateral support
  • Tongue digs into foot
  • Heavy
  • Needs breaking in

Verdict

The Nike LeBron 18 is a much-hyped shoe that simply did not live up to the expectations of many. While all experts agree that this is “definitely a big boy shoe,” most of them stop short of saying that it is a “complete performance beast.” The good news is that there is still a wide array of excellent basketball shoes to choose from for less than $200.
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Best Jordan mid top basketball shoes

Jordan Why Not Zer0.4
Jordan Why Not Zer0.4

Corescore

89
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 219 users
84 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Secure foothold
  • Fits great for wide-footer
  • Good lateral stability
  • Cushy, responsive cushioning
  • No break-in period
  • Feels light
  • Sufficient breathability
  • Sleek design
  • Good value for the price

Cons

  • Outsole pattern is not durable for constant outdoor play
  • Heel cushioning not enough for heavy post players
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Best Adidas mid top 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 mid top outdoor basketball shoes

Nike Kybrid S2
Nike Kybrid S2

Corescore

89
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 80 users
85 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Court feel: The shoe is "quite responsive and...low to the ground," leading hoopers to conclude that it is "definitely more for court feel."
  • Support: Containment and stability are "freaking amazing." A player "didn't notice that [he] had no ankle braces on" because of how locked down he feels.
  • Outdoor use: A player said that the sole is durable enough to last a long time, so the Kybrid S2 could be used outdoors.
  • Stylish: Many wearers fall in love with the Kybrid S2. They say it's "sexy" and simply "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!"

Cons

  • Erratic traction: The grip isn't as good as the other Kyrie models. It's "really really inconsistent," especially on dusty courts.
  • No forefoot cushion: Experts agree that another Zoom unit should have also been placed in the forefoot for better impact protection.
  • Quality: The materials are "nothing too special." They could use "a little more breathability."
  • Weight: At 12.9 oz (365 g), the shoe is definitely heavier than the Kyrie 7 (12 oz / 340 g) that was released barely two months after the Nike Kybrid S2. 
  • Narrow: Like other Kyries, the Kybrid S2 is on the "super snug side." Wide-footers may want to go at least half a size up.

Verdict

While irresistibly attractive, the Nike Kybrid S2 still leaves so much to be desired performance-wise. It didn't help that the similarly priced Kyrie 7, which arguably has better specs, debuted only a few months after. Unlike the player that it's named after, the S2 simply doesn't have enough chops to keep the spotlight on it.
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Best value mid top basketball shoes

Nike Fly.By Mid 2
Nike Fly.By Mid 2

Corescore

88
Great!
4.8 / 5 from 51 users
N/A

Pros

  • True to size
  • Snug ankle fit
  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Durable
  • Very breathable
  • Good agility and movement
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Break-in period
  • Lockdown needs improvement
  • Basic looks/design

Verdict

The Nike Fly.By Mid 2 is an inexpensive option for basketball players of all skill levels. Both competitive and recreational players will appreciate the shoe tech in the Nike Fly.By Mid 2. It is not a shoe for the “professional” player or even high-level athletes who require precise shoe technology. It does give you the essential features like above-average traction, good upper materials, snug fit around the ankle, and flexible cushioning.
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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.