3 Best Converse Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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Founded over a century ago, Converse has experienced a recent renaissance in the basketball world with the introduction of new All-Star models. Nearly as old as the Basketball game itself, the first ever Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star was released in the 1930s (yes, beating Nike and Adidas by decades).

As the godfather of all basketball signature sneakers, the iconic All-Star basketball design is a must-have footwear for hoops players and regular fans of the sport. Their reputation as a performance-enhancing design had been proven during the 1936 Olympics, bringing in the gold for the US Basketball Team.

We have tested and reviewed the top releases of the Converse basketball shoes. Read on ahead to find how they rate on-court performance, durability, and comfort.

How we test basketball shoes

At RunRepeat, it is important for us to keep our reviews as unbiased and BS-free as possible. To stay objective in our approach, we have developed proven methodologies to come up with a comprehensive review that will help a lot of people. Here’s how we do it:

  • We purchase basketball shoes using our own money. Yes, we are a bunch of regular consumers just like you. No sponsorships, or anything like that.
  • We don’t just go do mere footwork tests or simple training. We go play several games of basketball on both hardcourts in the park outside or on hardwood courts indoors.
  • Our team is composed of testers with diverse experiences when it comes to different kinds of sports and athletics. You can easily check our respective author bios.
  • We do our necessary diligence when it comes to research. We add to our own reviews helpful inputs coming from experts and regular users to complete our work.

For easy reference, we put in place our numeric CoreScore system that shows how each shoe ranked among other models, which ranges from 0 to 100.

Best Converse basketball shoes overall

Converse All Star BB Shift
Converse All Star BB Shift
£103

CoreScore

87
Great!
4.8 / 5 from 6 users
96 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Consistent traction
  • Optimal responsiveness
  • No break-in needed
  • Next-to-skin comfort
  • Supportive structure
  • Stable runs
  • OK for outdoors
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Insufficient cushioning
  • Cheap-feeling insoles

Verdict

Converse just re-entered the basketball market, but it has never failed to deliver. The Converse All Star BB Shift is not going to break that streak. It has a really low profile, and delivers a lot of court feel. This shoe also has a consistent bite on both clean and dirty courts. Given the depth and the spacing of the grooves plus the sturdiness of the outsole, it's safe to say that the All Star BB Shift can also be used for outdoor games.
Converse All Star BB Shift full review

Best Converse low top basketball shoes

Converse G4
Converse G4
£50

CoreScore

77
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 5 users
89 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • 80's vibe
  • Superb comfort on & off court
  • Nice bounce
  • Responsive
  • Great shock absorption
  • Awesome traction
  • Suitable for outdoors

Cons

  • Roomy toebox
  • Needs break-in time

Verdict

With its comfort, responsiveness, stability and excellent grip, owners of the Converse G4 have nothing but praise for these low-top basketball shoes. Hoopers attested that this shoe is quite a banger for its incredibly affordable price as this shoe doesn't skimp on style and performance.
Converse G4 full review

Best Converse high top basketball shoes

Converse All Star Pro BB
Converse All Star Pro BB
£106

CoreScore

86
Great!
4.8 / 5 from 5 users
86 / 100 from 17 experts

Pros

  • Well-cushioned
  • Insanely light
  • Breathable
  • Excellent support
  • Great fit
  • Reliable grip
  • Durable outsole

Cons

  • Breakin is a must
  • Tongue slides around

Verdict

In addition to the support, durability, and breathability of the lightweight quad-axial upper, basketball players love the responsiveness and low-to-the-ground feel of the drop-in React midsole. Overall, the Converse All Star Pro BB is a versatile basketball shoe that brings both style and performance to the hardwood.
Converse All Star Pro BB full review
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.