10 Best Basketball Shoes For Women in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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10 Best Basketball Shoes For Women in 2022

Women enjoy basketball as much as men do. Hence, they deserve shoes that not only make them feel safe but also well supported during the games. 

Most if not all basketball shoes for men are also available in women’s sizing. Hence, choosing the most suitable basketball shoes for women is mind boggling. In fact, there are around 160 options available in our network alone. 

To help you ladies make the right choice, we took it upon ourselves to test all basketball shoes that we can get our hands on. We lay out our top picks below.

How we test basketball shoes

To ensure the reliability of our assessments, we make sure of the following:

  • Use the shoe in actual games. 

We think that mere train tests are not enough. There are moves that only real action can bring out.

  • Buy the shoes that we test using our own money. 

Sponsors are always welcome, don’t get us wrong. But when it comes to reviews, we always politely decline. We don’t want our assessment to be colored by even a tinge of gratitude.

For those who love numbers, we come up with a CoreScore for each shoe. This figure is based on the ratings given by experts, regular players, and hobbyists in and out of RunRepeat. Of course, the higher the expertise, the greater the weight given to their ratings.

Best basketball shoes overall for women

Puma Clyde All-Pro
Puma Clyde All-Pro
£17
£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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Nike Cosmic Unity
Nike Cosmic Unity
£110
£135
Also great

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 108 users
89 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Top-tier cushioning
  • Consistent traction both on clean and dusty surfaces
  • Supportive once broken in
  • Grippy outsole
  • Wide feet friendly
  • OK for outdoor use
  • Sustainable materials 
  • Awesome looks
  • Soft, snug fit

Cons

  • Break-in period needed
  • Not so breathable

Verdict

At $150, the Nike Cosmic Unity is on the pricier end for basketball shoes, but reasonable because of the top-notch cushioning setup, reliable containment, and elusive recycled materials build. If you are a player who loves a supportive, plush cushioning setup that still feels relatively low to the ground, this is a basketball shoe that fits that mold well. Plus the benefit of being a more sustainable purchase choice!
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Best Nike basketball shoes for women

Nike Kyrie 7
Nike Kyrie 7
£115
Top pick

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 457 users
90 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Fit as expected
  • Remarkable lockdown
  • Super comfy
  • Feels light
  • Stable even during lateral movement
  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • Good value for money
  • For players of all levels
  • Feels springy
  • Fits true to size
  • Easy on/off
  • Many color options

Cons

  • Break-in period needed
  • Slightly slipped when rocking backward

Verdict

Players with aggressive playing styles will love the Kyrie 7. Wearing this shoe equips anyone playing with an advantage when playing aggressively. Having an upper that hugs the contour of your foot, a bouncy cushion and an elite tread pattern that will provide control is a winner. The Kyrie 7 is recommended for everyday and competitive basketball players.
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Nike Kyrie Low 4
Nike Kyrie Low 4
£100
Also great

Corescore

86
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 73 users
77 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Top-tier traction
  • Quick responsiveness
  • Lightweight
  • Very comfortable
  • Stable
  • Supportive
  • No break-in time
  • Good lockdown

Cons

  • Minimal cushioning
  • Heel slippage
  • Not for outdoor play
  • Mediocre ventilation

Verdict

The Nike Kyrie Low 4 is quite hard to resist. Its weaknesses are well compensated for by how noteworthy the shoe's actual strengths are. In simpler words, this shoe is another case of the advantages outweighing the disadvantages. Getting this pair won't be a bad idea at all.
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Best Kobe Bryant basketball shoes for women

Nike Kobe 6 Protro
Nike Kobe 6 Protro
Top pick

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

Nike is right in bringing back the Nike Kobe 6 in its Protro version because the anticipation and eventual reception are crazy! Boy, the shoe surely did not disappoint, especially performance-wise! Kobe fans and serious basketball players are just so happy to get their hands (and feet) on the Kobe 6 again.
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Nike Kobe 5 Protro
Nike Kobe 5 Protro
£184
Also great

Corescore

84
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 20 users
88 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Traction: A noticeable improvement from the OG Kobe 5, the current traction has "more points of contact" and will "stop on a dime."
  • Plush heel: Hoopers enjoy the plushness and sponginess of the Cushlon-equipped heel.
  • Springy forefoot: The Zoom Turbo in the forefoot provides a "nice bounce, responsiveness, and court feel."
  • Support: Players have no complaints here. The lateral outrigger, sturdy heel counter, tight lacing system, and other support features keep the foot securely locked in. 
  • Comfort: The upper material is "thin enough to flex" and "strong enough to keep you contained."
  • Light: At only 10.7 oz (303 g), the Kobe 5 Protro shoes are "ultra lightweight...nothing is even close to these."

Cons

  • Dust-prone outsole: The outsole attracts too much dust, compromising traction. There is a need to "wipe pretty frequently" on dusty courts.
  • Narrow: The Kobe 5 Protro is definitely NOT for widefooters, being described as "super narrow." Those who like a snug fit will love it just fine.
  • Break-in: The traction pattern, cushion setup, and upper materials all need time to work as expected.  
  • Pricey: The Kobe 5 Protro might be too expensive; expert reviewers say that "(the debut price of) $180 is a little steep for the tech you get."

Verdict

The Nike Kobe 5 Protro addresses the weaknesses and builds upon the strengths of the Kobe V, making it a truly "updated and improved version" of the OG. Wide-footers may have a hard time appreciating this because of its narrow construction.
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Best stephen curry basketball shoes for women

Under Armour Curry 8
Under Armour Curry 8
£130
£140
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.7 / 5 from 25 users
89 / 100 from 13 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Great traction for indoor court
  • Low to the ground cushioning
  • Nice fit
  • Stable cushioning
  • Weighs lighter
  • Breathable

Cons

  • A bit tight
  • Not for outdoor play
  • Too elastic upper
  • Break-in period

Verdict

In all, the Under Armour Curry 8 is a fantastic performer for me, lifted by its elite traction and overall well-roundedness. The only weakness of the shoe was its poor outdoor durability, so make sure to scoop these up for indoor play to get a healthy lifespan out of them. Stephen Curry’s 8th shoe is easily in contention for one of the best in his line - here’s to hoping the future of the line will continue trending in this direction!
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Under Armour Curry 3Z5
Under Armour Curry 3Z5
Also great

Corescore

80
Good!
4.6 / 5 from 5 users
84 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Grips clean courts quite well
  • Balanced cushioning
  • Dependable lateral support
  • Nice materials
  • True-to-size fit
  • Great for indoor courts
  • Insanely lightweight
  • Reliable traction
  • Excellent stability

Cons

  • Dust-prone sole
  • Not for outdoors
  • Faulty collar

Verdict

The Under Armour Curry 3Z5 is a takedown model and it's more affordable. Luckily, this price drop did not put the design and materials of this shoe in jeopardy. Players, especially guards, will truly regard this shoe as a true bang for their buck. Big men can still try this out, but shoes like the UA Embiid One might be better suited for them.
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Best value basketball shoes for women

Nike PG 5
Nike PG 5
£70
£77
Top pick

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 134 users
88 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Highly-cushioned 
  • Superb traction
  • Looks great
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Feels pretty rigid
  • Runs small
  • Tight fit

Verdict

A highly-cushioned basketball shoe, the NIke PG 5 offers players a solid platform for jumping. This would be a good shoe for a big or power forward who likes to stay in the lanes and remain on the block. Aside from the pleasing looks, the Nike PG 5 offers great value for money.
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Adidas Dame 7
Adidas Dame 7
£93
£95
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 788 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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What are the cheapest women's basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Puma Clyde All-Pro - from £20
  2. Under Armour Lockdown 5 - from £36
  3. Adidas Pro Model 2G Low - from £38
  4. Puma Court Rider - from £38
  5. Adidas Pro Boost Low - from £55
  6. Under Armour Embiid One - from £55
  7. Nike Renew Elevate 2 - from £57
  8. Under Armour HOVR Havoc 3 - from £59
  9. Nike Zoom Rize 2 - from £59
  10. Under Armour Spawn 3 - from £60
  11. Nike Precision 5 - from £64
  12. Under Armour Jet '21 - from £64
  13. Under Armour Flow FUTR X - from £66
  14. Adidas Pro Boost Mid - from £67
  15. Air Jordan OG - from £67

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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.