10 Best Nike Basketball Shoes For Women in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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10 Best Nike Basketball Shoes For Women in 2022

Like basketball shoes from other brands, Nike hoop shoes are also geared primarily towards men. There is also no shortage of male brand ambassadors. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Paul George are just among the most recognizable endorsers of the Swoosh.

Even so, most if not all of Nike's offers are available in women's sizing. This gives women as many options as men. As a result, choosing the right Nike basketball shoes can be as taxing for the ladies as it is for the gents. To help you out, we present here the most outstanding women's Nike basketball shoes. 

How we test basketball shoes

While we are grateful for those who offer to give us shoes, our reviewers here at RunRepeat steer clear of them. The freebies may cloud their judgment, rendering us unable to give you a complete and unbiased picture of the shoes that we test.

Besides saying no to freebies, we also do the following to ensure the objectivity of our assessments:

  • before we write reviews, we make sure that we played in the shoes
  • we also consider the inputs of other testers, especially those outside RunRepeat, for a more holistic assessment

Best Nike basketball shoes overall for women

Nike Cosmic Unity
Nike Cosmic Unity
£118
£135
Top pick

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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Nike Kyrie 7
Nike Kyrie 7
£115
Also great

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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Best Kobe Bryant Nike 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
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 low top Nike basketball shoes for women

Nike Kyrie Low 4
Nike Kyrie Low 4
£100
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 78 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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Nike Giannis Immortality
Nike Giannis Immortality
Also great

Corescore

80
Good!
3.8 / 5 from 50 users
85 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • Dependable traction
  • Balanced cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish look
  • OK for outdoors

Cons

  • Support issues
  • Lackluster materials
  • Needs break-in

Verdict

The Nike Giannis Immortality is a budget model, and it shows especially in how it performs. Don't get us wrong, it's not really THAT bad. However, it sure still leaves a lot to be desired. After all, going back to the classics after experiencing new techs can truly feel a little lacking.
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Best Nike Kyrie basketball shoes for women

Nike Kyrie Flytrap 4
Nike Kyrie Flytrap 4
£80
£80
Top pick

Corescore

82
Good!
4.5 / 5 from 663 users
74 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Dependable support
  • Pronounced court feel
  • Light
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Unreliable grip
  • No impact protection
  • Poor quality
  • Not durable
  • Narrow

Verdict

Yes, the Nike brought the price of the Kyrie Flytrap 4 down, but it's at the expense of quality and performance. From the cheap-feeling materials down to the inconsistent traction, it brings more problems than benefits. Cheap basketball shoes aren't always this crappy, though; similarly priced Nike Renew Elevate and KD Trey 5 VIII are actually good picks.
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Nike Kybrid S2
Nike Kybrid S2
£88
Also great

Corescore

89
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 80 users
85 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Court feel: The shoe is "quite responsive and...low to the ground," leading hoopers to conclude that it is "definitely more for court feel."
  • Support: Containment and stability are "freaking amazing." A player "didn't notice that [he] had no ankle braces on" because of how locked down he feels.
  • Outdoor use: A player said that the sole is durable enough to last a long time, so the Kybrid S2 could be used outdoors.
  • Stylish: Many wearers fall in love with the Kybrid S2. They say it's "sexy" and simply "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!"

Cons

  • Erratic traction: The grip isn't as good as the other Kyrie models. It's "really really inconsistent," especially on dusty courts.
  • No forefoot cushion: Experts agree that another Zoom unit should have also been placed in the forefoot for better impact protection.
  • Quality: The materials are "nothing too special." They could use "a little more breathability."
  • Weight: At 12.9 oz (365 g), the shoe is definitely heavier than the Kyrie 7 (12 oz / 340 g) that was released barely two months after the Nike Kybrid S2. 
  • Narrow: Like other Kyries, the Kybrid S2 is on the "super snug side." Wide-footers may want to go at least half a size up.

Verdict

While irresistibly attractive, the Nike Kybrid S2 still leaves so much to be desired performance-wise. It didn't help that the similarly priced Kyrie 7, which arguably has better specs, debuted only a few months after. Unlike the player that it's named after, the S2 simply doesn't have enough chops to keep the spotlight on it.
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Best value Nike 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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Nike Renew Elevate
Nike Renew Elevate
Also great

Corescore

81
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 349 users
79 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable: A good number of buyers express that this pair of Nike basketball kicks feels really nice on foot.
  • Fit: Some commenters share that this shoe really fits them well.
  • Light: A few note that the materials that make up the Renew Elevate are light.
  • Stylish: Many people don't mind wearing these shoes every day because they look so good.
  • Grippy: Two expert reviewers are happy with the traction that these low-top basketball shoes provide.
  • Durable: At least one reviewer shares that this shoe is so durable it's even OK to use it outdoors.

Cons

  • Few reviews: Not a lot of users write reviews of this product. Any assessment is therefore not conclusive. 
  • Firm: At least one reviewer shares that the Renew cushion feels firmer than expected. 

Verdict

The Nike Renew Elevate reportedly gets the job done. It offers comfort, durability, and style. However, this is only according to a handful of commenters and reviewers. Assessments can still chance once more reviews start rolling in.
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What are the cheapest women's Nike basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Nike Renew Elevate 2 - from £57
  2. Nike Zoom Rize 2 - from £59
  3. Nike Precision 5 - from £65
  4. Nike Air Max Impact 2 - from £68
  5. Nike Giannis Immortality - from £70
  6. Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 - from £80
  7. Nike Kybrid S2 - from £88
  8. Nike Zoom Freak 3 - from £100
  9. Nike Kyrie Low 4 - from £100
  10. Nike LeBron Soldier 14 - from £100
  11. Nike Kyrie 8 - from £110
  12. Nike Cosmic Unity - from £118
  13. Nike Lebron 18 Low - from £145
  14. Nike Air Zoom G.T. Run - from £160
  15. Nike Kobe 6 Protro - from £293

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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.