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Best Low Top Basketball Shoes

Not everyone will enjoy playing basketball in a low top pair of basketball shoes, but others, like me, enjoy the freedom of movement that comes along with playing in low top shoes. High top basketball shoes can, at times, be a bit restrictive in terms of flexibility, so the low top shoes give you a little more “breathing room”. They also tend to be a little bit lighter than their high top counterparts, which is a huge reason why I favor them. But read on below, and I’ll give you my favorite low top basketball shoes.

Nike Kobe 8 System Mens Basketball Shoe - The Nike Kobe 8 is the latest shoe from Kobe Bryant. If you’ve read a few articles on this site, you’ll quickly notice that these Kobe’s pop up on just about every list. The reason is simple, this are an amazing pair of shoes and by far the best pair of low top basketball shoes that you can buy.  Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Kobe 8 System

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Traction – The soft rubber sole and herringbone pattern gives the Kobe 8 the best traction of all the shoes on this list. However, the softness of the rubber sole makes it best for indoor court use.
Cushion - A full lunarlon sole that molds to the shape of your foot and holds up very well over time. It breaks in quickly and gives the shoe a really nice bounce. The lunarlon sole also helps distribute impact evenly throughout which is good for you joints. In addition to the lunarlon, the Kobe 8 also features a Nike zoom unit in the heel and and forefoot which provides providing a super-responsive feel. According to the Nike website, the Nike Zoom unit “is incredibly thin, it brings the foot closer to the ground and enhances stability, especially during quick cuts and multi-directional movements. After impact, the tightly stretched fibers inside the pressurized air unit quickly bounce back into shape, providing a super-responsive feel and improved awareness of the surface you’re playing on.”
Fit – True to size!
Support - This shoe also features the Nike flywire technology. Here’s a description of the flywire technology from the Nike website. “Flywire helps provide ultra-lightweight support and comfort for your foot. It gets its strength from thin nylon fibers strategically placed on the upper of the shoe to hold the foot in place, helping to reduce slippage during activity. This allows for a massive reduction in weight because material is used only where it’s needed for structure.” When fully laced, these feel very secure and stable.
Price - A starting price of $140.00

 

Nike KD V Low Elite Mens Basketball Shoe - The Nike KD V is the latest in Kevin Durant’s line for Nike. They feature a lot of the same technology as the Kobe 8′s above and are a great choice for low top basketball shoes.  Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Nike KD V Elite

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Traction – A rubber outsole with a herringbone design throughout makes gives it great traction for indoor and outdoor use.
Cushion - The KD V has Max Air cushioning in the heel which provides maximum protection from impact. In the forefoot, the KD V features Nike Zoom cushioning. According to the Nike website, the Nike Zoom unit “is incredibly thin, it brings the foot closer to the ground and enhances stability, especially during quick cuts and multi-directional movements. After impact, the tightly stretched fibers inside the pressurized air unit quickly bounce back into shape, providing a super-responsive feel and improved awareness of the surface you’re playing on.”
Material - The KD V features hyperfuse technology which allows the upper piece to be nearly seamless. This hyperfuse technology provides, ventilation, stability, and durability.
Fit – The KD V’s fit true to size. They tend to be a narrow fit, so it’s best to go with your true size here.
Support – The KD V also has a mid adding support, which according increases the stability of shoe, but still allows for the flexibility usually found in a low top basketball shoes. This allows for great lateral movement and quick cuts. The Nike Zoom cushioning also quickly regains its shape after any impact. This shoe also features the Nike flywire technology. Here’s a description of the flywire technology from the Nike website. “Flywire helps provide ultra-lightweight support and comfort for your foot. It gets its strength from thin nylon fibers strategically placed on the upper of the shoe to hold the foot in place, helping to reduce slippage during activity. This allows for a massive reduction in weight because material is used only where it’s needed for structure.”
Price - A starting price of $180.00

Nike Hyperdunk Mens Basketball Shoe - The Hyperdunk doesn’t have a major basketball star associated with it, but it’s still a terrific shoe. It features much of the same technology that the Kobe’s, LeBron’s, and KD’s have, but at a slightly lower price.   Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Hyperdunk

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Traction – With deep rubber grooves and a solid rubber sole, they provide good traction, but can’t quite compare with some of the models listed above.
Cushion - This shoe also has a lunarlon sole that molds to the shape of your foot and holds up very well over time. It breaks in quickly and gives the shoe a really nice bounce. The lunarlon sole also helps distribute impact evenly throughout which is good for you joints. The Nike Zoom unit is noticeably absent here however.
Material - The entire upper is made up engineered mesh. This keeps the shoe light but offers a ton of support.
Fit – True to size!
Support - This shoe also features the Nike flywire technology. Here’s a description of the flywire technology from the Nike website. “Flywire helps provide ultra-lightweight support and comfort for your foot. It gets its strength from thin nylon fibers strategically placed on the upper of the shoe to hold the foot in place, helping to reduce slippage during activity. This allows for a massive reduction in weight because material is used only where it’s needed for structure.” When fully laced, these feel very secure and stable.
Price - A starting price of $140.00

 

Nike Hyperfuse Low Mens Basketball Shoe - It’s the least expensive shoe on the list, but is still a very solid choice as far as low top basketball shoes.  Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Hyperfuse Low

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Traction - Rubber outsole in a classic herringbone tread pattern
Cushion - This shoe also has a full length Phylon midsole with a 10mm Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot for low-profile, responsive cushioning.
Material - The lightweight upper is made from a combination of synthetic, mesh and TPU materials for enhanced ventilation, durability and stability.
Fit - True to size!
Support - The Hyperfuse features Nike’s fuse technology that hat fuses three different layers of material using a hot-melt process—creating an unusually sturdy shoe with superior breathability.
Price - A starting price of $100.00



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