7 Best Puma Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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7 Best Puma Basketball Shoes in 2022

Nike (together with its subsidiary Jordan) and Adidas have long been the most dominant players in the basketball shoe market. However, this did not stop Puma from re-entering the game in 2018 after around twenty years of producing only lifestyle sneakers and running shoes among others.

Puma's grand re-entry was with a rightful nod to its great basketball past. The company produced a new and aptly modernized version of the Clyde Court Disrupt, which of course was a direct pick from Clyde Frazier's arsenal.

Since then, Puma has produced a handful of kicks, each with its own strength. We get acquainted with the most outstanding among them here.

How we test basketball shoes

Picking the best Puma basketball shoes requires serious testing; the company has poured years of research and development into each product that all perform so well. We always make sure that each Puma shoe gets used in more than two games before a verdict or final assessment is made.

To further ensure the objectivity of our picks, we do the following:

  • See to it that each product is bought using our own cash to avoid bias
  • Also consider the inputs and experiences of other testers with the shoe to make our reviews more comprehensive

 

 

Best Puma basketball shoes overall

Puma Clyde All-Pro
Puma Clyde All-Pro
£19
£60
£115
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.7 / 5 from 31 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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Puma RS-Dreamer
Puma RS-Dreamer
£55
Also great

Corescore

86
Great!
4.7 / 5 from 19 users
89 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • All-day comfort
  • Dependable grip
  • Stylish appearance
  • Sufficient lockdown
  • Outdoor use

Cons

  • Less impact protection

Verdict

The collaboration between musician J. Cole and Puma seems to have paid off because of the positive feedback that the RS Dreamer is getting. The features added to the shoe work together to deliver comfort, support, and overall good performance on the court. The shoe's agreeable aesthetics add to its value. Given all those, it's safe to say that the Puma RS Dreamer is a must-buy item!
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Best low top Puma basketball shoes

Puma Court Rider
Puma Court Rider
£38
£43
£45
Top pick

Corescore

74
Decent!
4.2 / 5 from 30 users
78 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Court feel: This basketball shoe seems like it's designed for lighter guards because of its low-to-the ground construction.
  • Breathable: Though the materials aren't that premium, an expert says that the upper still has enough ventilation to keep the feet from sweating a lot.
  • Affordable: Compared to Nike LeBrons and even the Puma Clydes, the Court Rider is indeed cheaper.
  • Stylish: Many people buy the Puma Court Rider because they are attracted to its vibrant colors.

Cons

  • Unreliable traction: Experts report that the outsole of the Court Rider does not consistently give them the grip that they need.
  • Uncomfortable: Because of the shoe's minimal cushioning, step-in comfort could really use a little improvement.
  • Dust-friendly: The disappointing traction of this Puma shoe is made worse by the fact that the sole is like a dust magnet.
  • Not well-made: The upper shows serious signs of wear and tear after just a few wears, making the shoe an unworthy purchase regardless of its price. 

Verdict

The reviews seem to tell us that the Puma Court Rider is better used as a sneaker rather than a performance basketball shoe. There are basketball shoes that are better suited for on-court action, and they are similarly priced or only slightly more expensive. A good example if the Embiid 1 from Under Armour.
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Puma Clyde Hardwood
Puma Clyde Hardwood
£57
£69
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 108 users
90 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • The Puma Clyde Hardwood is an incredible basketball sneaker, nearly all buyers declare. 
  • According to a good number of reviewers, these basketball shoes have some of the best materials.
  • The support and lockdown are awesome, most testers exclaim. Owners of the Nike LeBron 17 have a similar comment.
  • Almost all hoopers love the Clyde Hardwood’s cool and classic look.
  • Many reviewers are satisfied with the ProFoam cushioning. The foam offers a nice blend of court feel, impact protection, and responsiveness. 
  • These basketball sneakers are very comfortable to wear, almost all owners declare.
  • A few are commenting that these low-tops feel light and fast on the court.

Cons

 
  • The cushioning is pretty basic, a handful of reviewers gripe.
  • A tester is complaining about some chafing at the pinky toe. Players have a similar gripe about Kyrie Irving's sixth signature sneaker.

Verdict

The Puma Clyde hardwood has you covered on all fronts. The rubber outsole provides full coverage, no matter the court condition. The shoe's knitted upper also offers comfortable support that won't weigh you down. Puma basketball has an instant classic with the Clyde Hardwood. These low-top basketball sneakers not only perform well, but they also look amazing.
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Best white Puma basketball shoes

Puma Sky Dreamer
Puma Sky Dreamer
£75
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 766 users
96 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Highly recommended
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • True-to-size
  • High quality

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Limited color options

Verdict

The 80s-inspired Sky Dreamer from Puma proves that performance basketball shoes can also be beautiful. Its attractive silhouette is packed with ProFoam cushioning and other technologies that make it such a comfortable and effective partner off and on the court.
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Best mid top Puma basketball shoes

Puma Dreamer 2
Puma Dreamer 2
£63
£121
Top pick

Corescore

83
Good!
5.0 / 5 from 6 users
N/A

Pros

  • Comfort: Hoopers report that this shoe cradles the foot so well; there are no problems even if it's worn for long hours on the court.
  • Amazing fit: As long as you get the right size, the Puma Dreamer 2 wraps around the foot nicely. It's comfortably snug, so there are no unwanted spaces in it.
  • Quality: Basketball players say that like many Puma basketball shoes, this one is put together so well it looks and feels more expensive that it really is.
  • Style: Aesthetics-wise, the Dreamer 2 from Puma is indeed a standout. Many wearers love the compliments that they get when they go out in this shoe.

Cons

  • Unreliable traction: A player complained that the traction was not really fit for hooping; there were just too many slips.
  • Hard to put on: The opening for the shoe was not big enough for some reviewers, making it hard to put on and take off this shoe.

Verdict

The fact that there are just a few Puma Dreamer 2 reviews available is an indication that this shoe is one that can easily be overlooked. It may be good, but it does not create enough buzz to be interesting. It does not help that Puma is also a new player in the basketball market. Hence, this shoe is as risky as it is promising as far as performance is concerned.
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Best black Puma 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 Puma basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Puma Clyde All-Pro - from £20
  2. Puma Palace Guard - from £38
  3. Puma Court Rider - from £39
  4. Puma Uproar - from £42
  5. Puma Ralph Sampson Mid - from £42
  6. Puma Legacy - from £48
  7. Puma RS-Dreamer - from £56
  8. Puma Clyde Hardwood - from £61
  9. Puma Clyde Court Disrupt - from £75
  10. Puma MB.01 - from £78

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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.