6 Best Puma Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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6 Best Puma Basketball Shoes in 2022

Nike (together with its subsidiary Jordan) and Adidas have long been the most dominant players in the basketball shoe market. However, this did not stop Puma from re-entering the game in 2018 after around twenty years of producing only lifestyle sneakers and running shoes among others.

Puma's grand re-entry was with a rightful nod to its great basketball past. The company produced a new and aptly modernized version of the Clyde Court Disrupt, which of course was a direct pick from Clyde Frazier's arsenal.

Since then, Puma has produced a handful of kicks, each with its own strength. We get acquainted with the most outstanding among them here.

How we test basketball shoes

Picking the best Puma basketball shoes requires serious testing; the company has poured years of research and development into each product that all perform so well. We always make sure that each Puma shoe gets used in more than two games before a verdict or final assessment is made.

To further ensure the objectivity of our picks, we do the following:

  • See to it that each product is bought using our own cash to avoid bias
  • Also consider the inputs and experiences of other testers with the shoe to make our reviews more comprehensive

 

 

Best Puma basketball shoes overall

Puma Clyde All-Pro
Puma Clyde All-Pro

Corescore

86
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 45 users
96 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • Pronounced court feel
  • Amazing traction
  • Insane lightness
  • Nice bounce
  • Grounded and stable
  • Effective moisture-control
  • Comfortable tongue
  • Cushioned heel
  • Very smooth heel-to-toe transition
  • Aesthetically appealing

Cons

  • Lacks forefoot cushion
  • Narrow structure
  • Needs break-in

Verdict

Since the Clyde Court Disrupt, Puma Hoops's Clyde line has been dishing out worthy alternatives to the usually pricier and more popular Adidas and Nike kicks that flood the market. The Puma Clyde All-Pro is assessed to be even better than, or at least comparable to, the Nike Kobe 9, which critics say is among the greatest basketball shoes. The All-Pro's bad points are either easy to remedy or just because of personal preference.
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Best low top Puma basketball shoes

Puma Court Rider
Puma Court Rider

Corescore

75
Decent!
4.3 / 5 from 41 users
78 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Pronounced court feel
  • Well-ventilated upper
  • Effective lockdown and support
  • True to size
  • OK for outdoor use
  • Bang for the buck
  • Great for quick guards
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Inconsistent traction
  • So-so plushness

Verdict

The reviews seem to tell us that the Puma Court Rider is better used as a sneaker rather than a performance basketball shoe. There are basketball shoes that are better suited for on-court action, and they are similarly priced or only slightly more expensive. A good example if the Embiid 1 from Under Armour.
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Best Puma ankle support basketball shoes

Puma Sky Dreamer
Puma Sky Dreamer

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 766 users
96 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Highly recommended
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • True-to-size
  • High quality

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Limited color options

Verdict

LaMelo Ball's signature line with Puma is off to a good start with the MB.01. This shoe gets the approval of many, especially guards who need dependable lockdown and prefer responsiveness over compression. It is also wide-foot friendly and can be played safely outdoors. Buying this is going to be a good move.
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Best mid top Puma basketball shoes

Puma Dreamer 2
Puma Dreamer 2

Corescore

83
Good!
5.0 / 5 from 6 users
N/A

Pros

  • Very comfortable upper
  • Amazing one-to-one fit
  • Great support and lockdown
  • Grip that works
  • Effective cushioning system
  • Nice craftsmanship
  • Neat design

Cons

  • Not for wide-footers
  • Hard to put on

Verdict

The fact that there are just a few Puma Dreamer 2 reviews available is an indication that this shoe is one that can easily be overlooked. It may be good, but it does not create enough buzz to be interesting. It does not help that Puma is also a new player in the basketball market. Hence, this shoe is as risky as it is promising as far as performance is concerned.
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Best value Puma basketball shoes

Puma RS-Dreamer
Puma RS-Dreamer

Corescore

86
Great!
4.7 / 5 from 21 users
89 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • All-day comfort
  • Dependable grip
  • Stylish appearance
  • Sufficient lockdown
  • Outdoor use

Cons

  • Less impact protection

Verdict

LaMelo Ball's signature line with Puma is off to a good start with the MB.01. This shoe gets the approval of many, especially guards who need dependable lockdown and prefer responsiveness over compression. It is also wide-foot friendly and can be played safely outdoors. Buying this is going to be a good move.
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What are the cheapest Puma basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Puma Ralph Sampson Mid - from $26
  2. Puma Palace Guard - from $30
  3. Puma Legacy - from $40
  4. Puma Uproar - from $40
  5. Puma Court Rider - from $48
  6. Puma Clyde All-Pro - from $48
  7. Puma Clyde Hardwood - from $55
  8. Puma Clyde Court Disrupt - from $75
  9. Puma RS-Dreamer - from $100

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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.