5 Best Retro Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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5 Best Retro Basketball Shoes in 2022

Get your own unique on-court style with retro basketball shoes. We’ve rounded up the best iconic sneakers out there that deliver the best of both worlds – putting a modern twist on an old-school signature shoe, which translates to the same solid on-court performance even by today’s standards.

From mid-tops to low-tops, you can find the right fit depending on your preferences and specific needs. From customizable style to shoes with removable criss-cross straps, there’s a classic shoe for you with a sportswear vibe.

If you love hooping in classic sneakers but have some difficulty deciding which ones to lace up, then we can help you with that. From Puma Clyde All-Pro and Nike Kobe 6 Protro to Adidas Pro Model and Rose 1 Retro, check out our top picks of retro basketball shoes below.

How we test basketball shoes

To make the selections, all the retro models on this list are painstakingly tested and analyzed by our wear-testers, shoe lab specialists, and editors. We put in the hours to check and examine all the essential parameters of each shoe. We test the shoes on their on-court performance and in other sports activities.

This is our approach:

  • We buy all the classic basketball sneakers with our own money.
  • We cut them into pieces and measure 30+ parameters inside the RunRepeat shoe testing lab.  We closely analyze each model’s cushioning system, upper durability, support, and outsole grip, among others.
  • We have a team of players who determines the real-world performance of each pair of shoes by playing numerous basketball games.
  • We collect more useful information from other trusted experts and regular fans of retro-style shoes.

For the final rankings, we go to the CoreScore system and calculate all the collated data. An overall rating is then given on each retro model ranging from 0 to 100.

Best retro basketball shoes overall

Puma Clyde All-Pro
Puma Clyde All-Pro
£19

Corescore

86
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 45 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 there just because of a personal preference.
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Best Nike retro basketball shoes

Nike Kobe 6 Protro
Nike Kobe 6 Protro

Corescore

84
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 10 users
93 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Amazing traction
  • Bounce and responsiveness
  • Noticeable impact protection
  • Reliable support and lockdown 
  • Flexible upper materials
  • Comfortable tongue
  • True to size
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Break-in needed
  • Dust pickup
  • Not for outdoor use

Verdict

Bringing back the Nike Kobe 6 as a Protro version seemed to be a good decision: the anticipation and eventual reception are crazy! Boy, the shoe surely did not disappoint, especially performance-wise! Its amazing traction is usually the target of endless praises, so is the well-balanced cushioning system. Kobe fans and many other basketball players are understandably happy to get their hands (and feet) on the Kobe 6 again.
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Best Adidas retro basketball shoes

Adidas T-Mac 2.0 Restomod
Adidas T-Mac 2.0 Restomod
£69

Corescore

83
Good!
4.5 / 5 from 86 users
N/A

Pros

  • Grippy on hardwood
  • Comfortable
  • Soft cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Offers energy return
  • Nostalgicaesthetics

Cons

  • Made of less premium materials
  • Isn't wide enough
  • Needs break-in time

Verdict

The Adidas T-Mac 2 Restomod is among 2021's most celebrated performance basketball shoes, but wearers talk about its nostalgic aesthetics more than its on-court performance. Because of this, we are sure that it is a well-received off-court sneaker. However, not much is known about its playability except its dependability on the hardwood. Buying this, therefore, has its risks if there is an intent to use it in on-court games.
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Best low top retro basketball shoes

Adidas Pro Model 2G Low
Adidas Pro Model 2G Low

Corescore

81
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 578 users
N/A

Pros

  • Excellent grip
  • Plush cushioning
  • Durable
  • Versatile 
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Stiff upper materials
  • On the narrow side

Verdict

Adidas made the right decision to bring back the Pro Model 2G Low to life. This shoe is fortified with modern tech to make it more competitive on court, and players are very accepting of it. It's quite affordable so it's not a surprise that even non-basketball people get to enjoy this classic offer.
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Best high top retro basketball shoes

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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What are the cheapest retro basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Puma Clyde All-Pro - from £20
  2. Adidas Pro Model 2G - from £42
  3. Puma Ralph Sampson Mid - from £42
  4. Adidas T-Mac 2.0 Restomod - from £70
  5. Nike Air More Uptempo - from £80
  6. Adidas Adizero Rose 1 Retro - from £87
  7. Adidas Pro Model 2G Low - from £100
  8. Air Jordan 2 Retro Decon - from £100
  9. Nike Lebron 3 Retro - from £157
  10. Air Jordan 1 Retro Low - from £160
  11. Air Jordan 1 Retro High - from £171
  12. Air Jordan 13 Retro Low - from £180
  13. Air Jordan 14 Retro Low - from £239
  14. Nike Kobe 6 Protro - from £243

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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.