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.
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.
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.
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.
The Corescore is a score from 0-100 that summarizes opinions from users and
experts. Below shows the distribution of scores for all basketball shoes.
This shoe has a 8% penalty on its user ratings because it has fewer than 50 ratings. It
also has a 8% penalty on its expert reviews because it has fewer than 5 reviews. This is
to avoid that shoes with few ratings unjustly receives high scores.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Adidas Harden Vol. 5 is very difficult to love. It fails in almost all aspects that matter to a basketball player. One still has to be nitpicky to come up with good things to say about it. Though its debut price is lower than the usual signature offers, the price cut still can't compensate for how much of a mess this shoe is.
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.