7 Best Adidas Basketball Shoes For Men in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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7 Best Adidas Basketball Shoes For Men in 2022

For over 70 years, Adidas never stops to amaze its loyal fanbase with stylish, high performance, and cutting-edge basketball shoes for men. Replete with signature releases from NBA Legendary players such as James Harden, Derrick Rose, and Damian Lillard, the brand has everything you need from pro to pickup games.

In this edition, we’ve rounded up 90+ of the best Adidas Basketball shoes for men. We put each one of them through a painstaking testing process and shortlisted our top choices to help you narrow down your options, from the highly-rated low-tops to high-top styles and the most popular options.

If you’re on a budget, the Dame series or the Adidas D Rose would be a good start. You can’t also go wrong with the Adidas Yeezy BSKTBL Knit if you’re on the heavier side and want a shoe that provides a supportive upper and wide flat base.

How we test basketball shoes

To make our excellent recommendations, we collect all the necessary data from our wear-testers, shoe lab technicians, and editors. Each model has put the wringer, so to speak, and see how they perform on the hardcourt, as well as inside the RunRepeat shoe testing lab. Our entire approach includes:

  • Buying all the men’s basketball shoes from Adidas with our own money.
  • Cutting the shoes into pieces and analyzing their essential parts from the grip of the outsole, upper durability, midsole softness, bounce, and many others.
  • Wear testing the shoes by playing multiple games and determining their performance on the hardcourt and the hardwood.
  • Collating more data from other basketball shoe experts and regular hoops players.

Finally, we input all the data above into the CoreScore system. We then get an overall score on each model ranging from 0 to 100. All the highly-rated Adidas shoes are featured on this page.

Best men's Adidas basketball shoes overall

Adidas Dame 7
Adidas Dame 7
£93

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 Adidas low top basketball shoes for men

Adidas Trae Young 1
Adidas Trae Young 1
£110
£121

Corescore

89
Superb!
5.0 / 5 from 42 users
88 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Balanced cushioning
  • Versatile
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent support
  • Stylish
  • Guarantees compliments
  • Good traction

Cons

  • Not breathable
  • Not fit for wide-footed players

Verdict

Trae Young's first signature shoe is a fair indoor performer. A major concern is that different versions of the shoe also perform differently. Buyers may want to dig deeper into the specs of the Adidas Trae Young 1 to make sure they get what they need.
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Best Adidas high top basketball shoes for men

Adidas Adizero Rose 1 Retro
Adidas Adizero Rose 1 Retro
£86

Corescore

82
Good!
4.7 / 5 from 10 users
86 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Fantastic performer
  • Amazing traction
  • Feels fast on the court
  • Comfortable upper
  • Appealing style
  • Supportive
  • Great quality

Cons

  • Outsole attracts dust
  • Minimal cushioning

Verdict

The Adidas Adizero Rose 1 Retro feels fast on the floor, and owners love the low-to-the-ground and responsive feel of the cushioned midsole. Its grippy outsole also allows them to explode like Derrick Rose. It is a great retro sneaker that delivers classic style and reliable performance. However, the UA Curry 7 and Adidas Harden Vol. 4 provide a better playing experience at almost the same price.
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Best Adidas mid top basketball shoes for men

Adidas D Rose 11
Adidas D Rose 11

Corescore

89
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 417 users
88 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Better than predecessors
  • Comfortable heel
  • Cushioning
  • Stability
  • Light
  • Aesthetics

Cons

  • So-so traction
  • Requires break-in
  • Quality is not good enough
  • Not for outdoors

Verdict

The D Rose 11 puts the D Rose line back on the map after a series of flops since the D Rose 8. Even so, it still pales in comparison to other basketball shoes because some of its features are mediocre. The D Rose line is already in the right direction, but it seems that it still has a long way to go.
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Best Adidas outdoor basketball shoes for men

Adidas Harden Stepback 2
Adidas Harden Stepback 2

Corescore

85
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,057 users
84 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Consistent bite: The Stepback 2 is basically the Harden Vol 5 done right. Both use the same tread pattern, but the former grips the floor far more consistently.
  • Court feel: The midsole tooling is firm, so players get to feel the floor or ground more.
  • Premium-feel materials: The Stepback 2 is among the cheaper hoop shoes, but it surely does not feel that way as the upper materials are soft and nice.
  • Secure lockdown: The heel is held in place by an external counter, and the shoe's close-to-the-skin fit help contain the foot even without an outrigger.
  • Guaranteed durability: Basketball players report that with reasonable care, the Stepback 2 can last long even when used outdoors.
  • Cool design: Style-conscious wearers will love the streamlined construction and usually vibrant colors of this basketball sneaker.

Cons

  • Too firm midsole: There is not much compression in the midsole, so it fails to provide sufficient impact protection.
  • Dust-prone outsole: On dirtier courts, there might be a need to regularly wipe the sole of the Stepback 2 to maintain good traction.
  • Narrow: Wide-footers should go at least half a size up if they don't their feet to feel like they're being choked.
  • Not breathable: The padding in the upper adds comfort, but it also restricts airflow so the shoe becomes really hot especially during warm weather. 

Verdict

On its own merit, Adidas Harden Stepback 2 is a good shoe. in fact, it is a much better shoe than the Harden Vol 5. It's also much cheaper so getting it over the flagship model seems like a very logical thing to do.
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Best value Adidas basketball shoes for men

Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3
Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3
£80

Corescore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 288 users
82 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • Court feel
  • Comfortable upper materials
  • True to size
  • Nice heel-to-toe transition
  • Reduced weight
  • Nice appearance

Cons

  • Inconsistent traction
  • Subpar cushioning
  • Support issues

Verdict

Frankly speaking, the Adidas DON Issue #3 is a shoe that is not as versatile as we would have wanted. It's built for one player, and that's Donovan Mitchell. People have to be similar to him in terms of weight and foot shape so that they get to enjoy the full potential of this pair. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; but this is one thing that we should bear in mind.
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What are the cheapest men's Adidas basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Adidas Pro Boost Low - from £56
  2. Adidas Exhibit A - from £64
  3. Adidas Pro Boost Mid - from £68
  4. Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020 - from £75
  5. Adidas Dame 8 - from £76
  6. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3 - from £78
  7. Adidas Harden Stepback 2 - from £81
  8. Adidas D Rose Son Of Chi - from £84
  9. Adidas Adizero Rose 1 Retro - from £86
  10. Adidas Harden Vol. 6 - from £94
  11. Adidas Pro Model 2G Low - from £99
  12. Adidas Trae Young 1 - from £111
  13. Adidas Yeezy BSKTBL Knit - from £130
  14. Adidas D Rose 11 - from £275
  15. Adidas N3xt L3v3l Futurenatural - from £190

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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.