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THE BEST BASKETBALL SHOES OF THE 2023-24 SEASON

BY POIZON / UPDATED: Jun 21, 2024


The NBA season of 2021-2022 was remarkable. Following the disruption caused by COVID, the return to the traditional 82-game schedule brought back the much-missed energy for basketball fans. As normalcy resumed, so did the dominance of the Golden State Warriors, clinching the title once again under the masterful performance of Steph Curry. While the quality of basketball remained consistent, there was a noticeable shift towards a closer examination of on-court style. It could be argued that the recent seasons showcased the finest basketball shoes in years.


This trend has continued into the 2023-2024 NBA season, with significant releases from various brands in the basketball shoe market. While Nike typically leads in signature designs, the anticipation was high to see how new offerings from competitors like New Balance and adidas would measure up this year. Additionally, there's been a proliferation of budget-friendly basketball shoes hitting the shelves lately, offering value for consumers.


So, in time for the season’s play-offs, we’ve scoured the net, read hundreds of reviews, and rounded up the best basketball shoes that you’re likely to see or have seen in the NBA 2023-2024 season. Rather than our usual style-first approach, for this selection we’ve looked at fit, technology, traction, quality, (and a bit of style) to offer up the definitive best basketball shoes of 2023-2024 list.


From one of the best general-release Nike basketball shoes we've seen in years, to new signature pairs from Trae Young, Kevin Durant, Kawhi, and more. Here are the only basketball shoes that you should be wearing on court this season.


Keep scrolling to see a list of the best basketball shoes of 2023-2024.


Adidas Harden Vol.8

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James Harden's long-range game is matched by his equally aggressive, equally effective under-the-rim play, so his signature shoes need to suit all play types. Based on a Boost midsole, the Harden Vol.8 feels ultra-responsive and lightweight, aided by bands to the forefoot and heel which hold your foot in place so there's no delay between reaction and movement.


Adidas Dame 8

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Nowadays, almost all of the best basketball shoes fall under the name of an NBA superstar, like Milwaukee's talisman Damian Lillard whose adidas Dame 8 hit the hardwood succeeding the fan-favorite Dame 7. This time the shoe comes made of production waste to reduce the use of virgin materials. You'll find dual-density Bounce Pro cushioning throughout that ensures that the Dame 8 loses none of the lightweight, fast reactions that made the Dame 7 so popular.


Nike Jordan 6 Rings

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Imagine just taking all the best bits of all the best Jordans and mashing them into one shoe? Well, you don't need to imagine it. The Nike Jordan 6 Rings takes elements of each shoe worn by Mike in the Championship series. What we're really interested in here is that Nike has made a retro-style basketball shoe that can play with the new kids, too. The sole unit combines Zoom Air units and a sticky rubber outsole to provide bounce and traction while the mesh and leather upper takes control of the visuals.


Li-Ning Way Of Wade 10

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Founded in 1990 by gymnast Li Ning, Li-Ning has earned its stripes in the sportswear arena. Although regular readers of Highsnobiety might be more familiar with the name in a lifestyle sense — offering bold, futuristic designs, it's a regular component of our sneaker roundups — the brand's work with Dwayne Wade is making some serious noise now. We love white basketball shoes, so the Li-Ning Way of Wade 10 gets top marks there, but its also got a lot of technical prowess, too. Li-Ning’s BOOM midsole offers amazing cushioning and combines with a full-length carbon fiber plate for best-in-class energy return.


Nike KD16

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Durant's KD range is a perennial top-performer when it comes to the best basketball shoes. The KD16 is no different. Full-length Zoom Air cushioning combines with new tech within the lacing to hold you in place: when you tighten up, the floating wings that anchor the laces press down on the foot to secure you. Odd, seeing as KD loses a shoe approximately twice a game.


Nike Giannis Immortality 3

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Named after The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Nike Giannis Immortality 3 is an equally mind-boggling entity. For those looking for an all-around performer, the Immortality 3 is as good an option as any other. Seeing as Giannis can effectively play anywhere on the court, it makes sense that his signature shoe can too. We really noticed the curved sole unit on this pair which boosts your momentum & cushions perfectly. Giannis' now-signature reversed Swoosh detailing has continues to dress this pair, too.


New Balance Two WXY V4

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Inspired by the changing structure of today's game, the New Balance Two WXY V4 is optimized for the player who plays everywhere. Made for the moment you spring from defense to offense and vice versa, the Two WXY V4 features FuelCell foam to deliver a propulsive feel to help drive you forward on the turn. On the flipside, a strong midsole shank affords great torsional rigidity in the shoe for a strong base when you're sticking to your opposite number.


Skechers SKX Float Shoes

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Their trademark HYPER BURST cushioning makes these Sketchers ultra-lightweight and resilient; perfect for players who prefer stability in their stance. The mesh material'll keep your feet cool as you pace up and down the court.


Under Armour Curry 11

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Curry broke a boundary when he opted for Under Armour for his signature shoe. Since then, UA has become a big player in the basketball world and it's thanks in no small part to the effectiveness of Curry's basketball shoes. The Curry 11 promises the best ride yet with a bouncy build that goes big on cushioning for a zippy, fast-reaction game.


Adidas Trae Young 3.0

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Trae Young's debut shoe set a high bar for the star's following releases. We can safely say that the adidas Trae Young 3.0 surpasses the debut design. Swapping out the low-top build for increased ankle support, the Trae Young 3.0 features a knitted upper which holds you in place . Laces allow you to customize your fit if you choose. A Boost-cushioned heel works with a Lightstrike midsole to facilitate an explosive first step without weighing you down.


Anta Kai 1

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Kyrie Irving's Anta Kai 1 is a limited edition shoe in collaboration with the titular Chinese sports apparel brand. The contrasting purples, pinks and cremes, the print, the added velcro strap make for a gear that is snug, stylish, and unlike most footwear you'll see on court..


Adidas AE 1 With Love

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Sailing out on the ever-ascending Anthony Edwards, his adidas shoes feature a unique honeycomb pattern sole cage that is as breathable as it is jaw-dropping. These kicks guarantee traction, grip and innovation in their design, befitting a young star that has been taking and will continue to take the NBA by storm. And who knows, wearing these, maybe so will you.


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