9 Best High Top Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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9 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
£161
£167
Top pick

Corescore

85
Great!
4.8 / 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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New Balance OMN1S
New Balance OMN1S
£96
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 127 users
84 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • The New Balance OMN1S has very good lockdown and support, nearly all owners observe.
  • According to most reviewers, these high-top basketball sneakers have amazing traction. The traction always sticks and requires minimal wiping.
  • Almost all testers are loving the shoe's cushioning. They are saying that the FuelCell midsole feels awesome and provides the perfect balance between court feel and cushion.
  • The materials feel nice and are also quite durable, many reviewers comment.
  • These basketball shoes are very comfortable to play in, most buyers exclaim.
  • A good number of purchasers love the New Balance OMN1S's clean and simple look.

Cons

  • These New Balance basketball sneakers have a lot of toe space, nearly all buyers gipe.
  • The New Balance OMN1S takes a while to fully break-in, a few users comment.
  • According to some wearers, the cushioning feels a little underwhelming.

Verdict

New Balance and Kawhi Leonard are off to a good start with OMN1S. Owners love the support and lockdown brought about by the FitWeave upper and 3D Ultra Heel. The full-length FuelCell midsole also provides the perfect mix of court feel, responsiveness, bounce, and impact protection. Performance-wise, the New Balance OMN1S is a great first signature model and can even go head-to-head with other signature shoes such as the UA Curry 7 and Adidas Harden Vol. 4. Just make sure to get the right size to enjoy what these high-top basketball shoes have to offer.
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Best Nike high top basketball shoes

Nike Air Force Max
Nike Air Force Max
£74
£103
Top pick

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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Nike LeBron 10
Nike LeBron 10
£74
£177
Also great

Corescore

80
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 29 users
90 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • Highly rated
  • High friction
  • True to size
  • Attractive
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Unstable
  • Heavy

Verdict

The tenth LeBron shoes continually get attention because they get the job done on the court. They’re equipped with full-length Zoom Air units, so they are responsive and protective upon impact. Besides being a good on-court performer, these Nike basketball shoes also shine in the fashion department.
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Best Adidas high top basketball shoes

Adidas Pro Bounce 2019
Adidas Pro Bounce 2019
£72
Top pick

Corescore

83
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 1,597 users
81 / 100 from 4 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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Adidas Posterize
Adidas Posterize
£119
Also great

Corescore

79
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 42 users
90 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable to wear
  • Stylish
  • Tons of support
  • Responsiveness and impact protection
  • High-quality build

Cons

  • Easily gets dusty
  • A little roomy

Verdict

The Adidas Posterize brings solid performance on and off the court. Owners just love the insane comfort brought about by the leather upper and Boost midsole. They also appreciate the shoe's quality materials and streetwear-inspired style. Overall, the Posterize is a great all-around basketball sneaker that is also easy on the pocket.
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Best white high top basketball shoes

Air Jordan OG
Air Jordan OG
£84
£108
Top pick

Corescore

77
Good!
4.0 / 5 from 360 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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Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020
Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020
£73
Also great

Corescore

77
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 43 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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Best blue high top basketball shoes

Puma Legacy
Puma Legacy
£47
Top pick

Corescore

88
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 629 users
89 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Great on-court performer
  • Great traction
  • Quite comfortable
  • Very durable
  • Excellent lockdown and support

Cons

  • Easily gets dusty
  • Foam cushion feels a little dense and stiff
  • Don't fully break-in

Verdict

The Puma Legacy has everything you need in a basketball sneaker. These high-tops provide solid support with its engineered knit mesh upper and ankle webbing. The combination of IGNITE and NRGY foams offer adequate cushioning while the high-abrasion outsole delivers durable traction. Overall, the Puma Legacy delivers no-nonsense performance at a budget-friendly price. However, there are better options (such as the Nike PG 4 and Adidas Harden Vol.4) that you can get at around the same price point or even at a discount.
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What are the cheapest high top basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020 - from £75
  2. Converse All Star Pro BB - from £87
  3. Adidas Adizero Rose 1 Retro - from £98
  4. Adidas Yeezy BSKTBL Knit - from £137
  5. Nike Lebron 19 - from £164

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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.