Suggestions on the best basketball shoe?

  • manpit209

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    Jul 05, 2010 3:35 AM GMT
    I've been looking for good basketball shoes for a long time know and I have never been able to find the perfect one. The shoes I buy now are from Reebok which is decent but the problem I'm coming across is that some of my toes almost get blisters because of the stop and go sprints and walks. My shoe size is 8 but I usually wear shoes that are 8.5. Would getting a smaller size shoe help with my problem?

    My ideal shoe would be wide in width (I have wide feet), ventilated (I like keep cool down there) and cushioned. I saw this review for Nike which was interesting:

    http://reviews.nike.com/9191/367173/reviews.htm

    Anyway, any advice would be great. It's difficult to find the right product when I have certain conditions I want to prevent. I don't know if there any shoe out there that would fit my criteria but hopefully maybe there's one that can fit at least 2 of 3 things.

    Thanks for any feedback!
  • RSportsguy

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    Jul 05, 2010 11:36 AM GMT
    I wear the Nike Shox. I get the 3/4 high top for ankle support. I don't play basketball too much anymore, but I do use them for wally ball.
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    Sep 19, 2010 2:09 PM GMT
    converse-wade-3-2.jpg

    those were my favorites but Wade does no longer have a contract with Converse and i'm not sure those shoes are still produced. Didn't buy basketball shoes for a year or so...
  • PipHop

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    Sep 21, 2010 8:39 AM GMT
    Not sure if you want a low top or high, but I'm a big sneaker head so I can make a few suggestions. I'm assuming you are a slasher because of your build, so I think you'd do well with the Nike Hyperize. It has Zoom Air cushioning, which is probably their softest set up and also has a a roomy foot bed (unlike most of their shoes) so those with wider feet can be accommodated.

    The laces go pretty high up in the for a mid cut shoe and depending on which type of material you choose for the upper, there's a chance you may have chafing on the ankle if you wear low cut socks. The only downside to this shoe is that they really have come and gone quickly. You can find some on ebay or try your luck with some of the online retailers (finshline, footlocker, eastbay), but the prices are all over the place.

    A great shoe is the Nike Kobe V, which has gotten rave reviews from just about everyone that's worn it. I finally got a pair and agree with the general consensus. They are great; fit like a glove, extremely lightweight, very stable, breathable, have great traction and are plenty durable. Most of Nike's shoes are narrow and these are definitely no exception. My feet aren't wide, so they felt perfect right out the box. You may have a different experience with them

    Also, they are true low cut shoes, so if that bothers you, you should move on. I can say that I feel completely safe when playing in them and after having achilles surgery 1.5 years ago, that's really a testament. Try them on in a store and walk around in them for a bit, before committing to a size. They are in Nike Outlets for $70 (compared to the $120 retail price) and on ebay averaging around $90. The Nike Kobe IV is just as nice and on ebay for cheap as well.

    Hope this helps, good luck!
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    Sep 21, 2010 9:08 AM GMT
    Love my kobe IV's...although low top does scare me a tad. But I haven't busted my ankle in them...as compared to 5 busted ankles with high/mid tops throughout my playing days.

    My all time fav bball shoes were the Nike Shox BB4 <3
  • RSportsguy

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    Sep 21, 2010 9:24 AM GMT
    SeanPatrick saidLove my kobe IV's...although low top does scare me a tad. But I haven't busted my ankle in them...as compared to 5 busted ankles with high/mid tops throughout my playing days.

    My all time fav bball shoes were the Nike Shox BB4 <3


    I know what you mean about playing in low tops. I had many ankle sprains playing basketball and I wonder how many would have actually been broken if I did not wear high tops. Of course, I broken my ankles in high tops too so there is no fail safe shoe!!
    PS_ love your basketball pics at your profile. I am going to watch some of the vids when I get some more time.
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    Sep 21, 2010 9:37 AM GMT
    RSportsguy said

    I know what you mean about playing in low tops. I had many ankle sprains playing basketball and I wonder how many would have actually been broken if I did not wear high tops. Of course, I broken my ankles in high tops too so there is no fail safe shoe!!
    PS_ love your basketball pics at your profile. I am going to watch some of the vids when I get some more time.



    damn this post! I just went on ebay and saw my Shox BB4. I found a pair in my size and team color for $140!! I had to use my off switch..haha.

    Not missing much with the videos. Just me running around without a purpose icon_smile.gif
  • PipHop

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    Sep 30, 2010 1:28 AM GMT
    SeanPatrick saidLove my kobe IV's...although low top does scare me a tad.
    Puss, LOL!