The basketball sneaker has long been arguably the most ubiquitous component of the sneakerhead's collection. Representing a combination of style and pragmatism, the shoes donned on the court allow players to express their individuality without sacrificing supreme performance. From the Jordan to the Kobe, players’ signature shoes have taken on a life of their own off the court.
The Lebron 18 and the Jordan 34 dropped this year, just to name a few of the signature kicks to come out of 2020. With a multitude of color-ways launched around All Star week, there are truly so many options—from flashy to minimalist—to choose from. It’s a huge year for Lebrons as the King finalized his revival of the Lakers franchise with his dominant performance in the NBA Finals. Players showed off a slew of sneakers this year; Lebron wore his 17s and 18s frequently throughout the season, and finally broke out the 18s during the Finals. It was also a huge year for the Kobe 5s (seen on the likes of PJ Tucker, KCP, AD and more) and the Kyrie 5, which have both become mainstays of a lot of players’ rotations.
With so many kicks to choose from, we wanted to narrow it down to some of the best options for playing on the blacktop. We connected with the team at GOAT to compile a list of the best basketball shoes for playing outdoors, from eye-catching to understated. Check out all fifteen below.