I’ve made the mistake myself, even though I knew better, of playing basketball in running shoes. I ended up with blisters on my toes and bruised toenails.
Let me say this loud and clear, running shoes are not made for basketball!
Running shoes are made for movement in a straight line. They provide the cushioning and support your feet need for the constant impact they receive from the ground. However, running shoes do not provide much support, if any, for lateral movement. And for those of you who play basketball, you know that lateral movement is a big part of playing basketball. If you try to make a quick cut or lateral move in running shoes, you could end up twisting an ankle or spraining a knee.
Running shoes also provide little support for the ankle. Most basketball shoes are mid or high tops and provide ample support for you ankles. Have you ever seen a high top running shoe?
Running shoes also have different traction than basketball shoes. The traction featured on basketball shoes is made specifically for basketball courts. They provide a solid grip, but still allow for fluid movements.
Running shoes have a different type of traction that doesn’t work as well on the basketball court. The traction can be a bit excessive and could cause your foot to “stick” which could lead to injuries.
Although both basketball shoes and running shoes are considered, “Athletic Shoes” they are designed for very different purposes. Your safest bet is use running shoes for running, and basketball shoes for basketball. Otherwise you could end up seriously injured.