7 Best Basketball Shoes For Women in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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7 Best Basketball Shoes For Women in 2022

Women enjoy basketball as much as men do. Hence, they deserve shoes that not only make them feel safe but also well supported during the games. 

Most if not all basketball shoes for men are also available in women’s sizing. Hence, choosing the most suitable basketball shoes for women is mind boggling. In fact, there are around 160 options available in our network alone. 

To help you ladies make the right choice, we took it upon ourselves to test all basketball shoes that we can get our hands on. We lay out our top picks below.

How we test basketball shoes

To ensure the reliability of our assessments, we make sure of the following:

  • Use the shoe in actual games. 

We think that mere train tests are not enough. There are moves that only real action can bring out.

  • Buy the shoes that we test using our own money. 

Sponsors are always welcome, don’t get us wrong. But when it comes to reviews, we always politely decline. We don’t want our assessment to be colored by even a tinge of gratitude.

For those who love numbers, we come up with a CoreScore for each shoe. This figure is based on the ratings given by experts, regular players, and hobbyists in and out of RunRepeat. Of course, the higher the expertise, the greater the weight given to their ratings.

Best basketball shoes overall for women

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 Nike basketball shoes for women

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 Kobe Bryant basketball shoes for women

Nike Kobe 6 Protro
Nike Kobe 6 Protro

Corescore

84
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 10 users
93 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Amazing traction
  • Bounce and responsiveness
  • Noticeable impact protection
  • Reliable support and lockdown 
  • Flexible upper materials
  • Comfortable tongue
  • True to size
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Break-in needed
  • Dust pickup
  • Not for outdoor use

Verdict

Nike is right in bringing back the Nike Kobe 6 in its Protro version because the anticipation and eventual reception are crazy! Boy, the shoe surely did not disappoint, especially performance-wise! Kobe fans and serious basketball players are just so happy to get their hands (and feet) on the Kobe 6 again.
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Best Jordan basketball shoes for women

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

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 stephen curry basketball shoes for women

Under Armour Curry 8
Under Armour Curry 8

Corescore

81
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 39 users
89 / 100 from 13 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Great traction for indoor court
  • Low to the ground cushioning
  • Nice fit
  • Stable cushioning
  • Weighs lighter
  • Breathable

Cons

  • A bit tight
  • Not for outdoor play
  • Too elastic upper
  • Break-in period

Verdict

In all, the Under Armour Curry 8 is a fantastic performer for me, lifted by its elite traction and overall well-roundedness. The only weakness of the shoe was its poor outdoor durability, so make sure to scoop these up for indoor play to get a healthy lifespan out of them. Stephen Curry’s 8th shoe is easily in contention for one of the best in his line - here’s to hoping the future of the line will continue trending in this direction!
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Best value basketball shoes for women

Nike PG 5
Nike PG 5

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 133 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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What are the cheapest women's basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Adidas Dame 8 - from $40
  2. Adidas Pro Boost Mid - from $45
  3. Puma Court Rider - from $48
  4. Puma Clyde All-Pro - from $48
  5. Nike Precision 5 - from $50
  6. Nike Renew Elevate 2 - from $50
  7. Nike Fly.By Mid 3 - from $50
  8. Under Armour Spawn 3 - from $50
  9. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3 - from $51
  10. Nike Zoom Rize 2 - from $51
  11. Adidas Pro Model 2G Low - from $54
  12. Adidas Pro Boost Low - from $55
  13. Under Armour Jet '21 - from $55
  14. Reebok Solution Mid - from $58
  15. Under Armour Curry 3Z5 - from $59

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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.