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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.
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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.
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.
Consistent traction both on clean and dusty surfaces
Supportive once broken in
Wide feet friendly
OK for outdoor use
Soft, snug fit
Break-in period needed
Not so breathable
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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.