How to Choose Basketball Shoes

By 24.09.2020December 6th, 2020Tips

How to Buy Basketball Shoes?

Whether you’re a team player or a collector, these Pro Tips will help guide your decision.

Hello, basketball coaches and basketball players. My name is Max from and today I’m going to talk to you about the way you can pick your basketball shoes.

If you’re new to this website, on this site I show you basketball plays, drills, and skills. So if you like that stuff, add this site to your favorites. But anyway, today, I’m going to talk to you about the way that you can pick basketball shoes. Now, none of these ways are scientific. Now I’m going to give you an example by what I mean. I played point guard when I went down to the States to play basketball and I wore these, and these are shoes that you would normally wear when you’re a center. The reason is the higher ankle and the flat bottom.

Now, without like getting something like this, that’s a little bit more curved. Now going on to center’s shoes. Center shoes are usually a bit heavier, they’re a bit bulkier, they have a higher ankle. The reason is because obviously they’re bigger players, they need more support, especially in their ankle. The bigger the ankle, usually the tall the player. You remember seeing the old Converse with the high ankles, they did nothing because they were all mesh. With modern basketball shoes, you’re getting a lot of support, especially in the heel and you’re usually getting something that has a lot of cushioning on the bottom because they’re taking a lot of impact and they’re usually quite big players. For example, Shaq, who is like 400 pounds and 7’3″, 7’1″ something like that. He’s tall and he’s big. He would wear something like this.

Now the center position is almost pretty well dying in basketball, so that’s pretty sad. But now we’re going to go over to the next shoe. Now, this is the type of shoe that you would normally wear if you were a small forward or if you were a center who was able to do small forward things. For example, Kevin Durant. Now these shoes, they’re still going to be giving you cushioning in the heel. They’re still going to be giving you half of the support that a regular center shoe would have. They’re classified as a mid sole. So you’re getting something a little bit lower at the back of the heel so that you can have more movement when you’re running, while still getting the ankle support at the front. Now this is a fantastic shoe, this is a Nike shoe. It’s Flywire technology, I have no idea what that means. I’m not a shoe specialist, but at the same time, I know basketball shoes because I’ve been playing basketball my whole entire life. Now that is what you would want to wear. If you were playing in like the small forward/your center position.

Now this is another type of shoe. Now this is a Converse from way back in the day. If anyone remembers Kirk Heinrich, this is actually his shoe. Now this isn’t like a game worn shoe, this was just a shoe contract that he had, kind of like the old school Vince Carters, that kind of thing. And with this shoe, it’s pretty cool. So this is a shoe that is worn by a point guard who can post players up. Now that’s the type of player I was. I may be like close to 300 pounds now, I am losing weight. But when I was a player, when I went down to the States to play basketball, I’m 6’2″ and I was 200 pounds. So picture Kyle Lowry before his weight loss, that’s the type of player I was. He’s more of a slasher, with me I was a shooter when I went down to the States, but also I was able to take smaller guards down to the post.

I would also drive on smaller guards because let’s face it 6’2″ at 200 pounds versus a 6′ player who was 160 pounds, I’m going to win that battle every single day, which is what I did. So these shoes are really great. The reason why this shoe would be good, it is a low ankle, but it’s also a very supported ankle because you can see how fat that ankle really is. Now this type of shoe is great. So if you’re the type of point guard who is a bit bigger and likes to take a player to the post, these shoes are for you. Now, if you’re a pure point guard like Delon Wright, or like Chris Paul, or Allen Iverson, those types of players who are pure point guards. They’re passing, they can shoot, they can drive, but they’re not going to be posting a player up. Now you’re going to be picking a shoe that’s very similar to this one, but would have a lower ankle. So you would basically be cutting off that whole top area there.

So stuff like the Steph Curry shoes, those shoes would be pure point guard shoes, because they have a very low ankle. Always pick your shoe the way that you’re going to be playing, but you don’t necessarily have to. Like I mentioned, I was a guard, a point guard, shooting guard. And I already mentioned the way I played, but I wore a center’s shoe. The reason for this is I had a lot of ankle problems, I rolled my ankle every single game. So having a higher ankle for me was preferential because well, rolling ankles, bad.

Anatomy of basketball shoes:

How to Choose Basketball Shoes


When discussing the upper portion of basketball shoes, the first decision you have to make is which height you want. Basketball shoes are available in high, mid or low heights; each of these appealing to a different style of player.

  • High: The upper wraps around your ankle to provide an extra layer of support and stability. With this extra coverage often comes extra weight.
  • Mid: As the name suggests, mid-top basketball shoes provide a happy medium for players in terms of ankle support. The upper material sits right at the ankle to provide some coverage without an all-enclosing design. Mid-tops allow for increased flexibility.
  • Low: Built for speed and agility, low basketball shoes have little ankle support due to their lower profile.


There are a number of closure techniques available, laces being the most popular.

You might also find basketball shoes with zippers, straps or hook-and-loop closures. These pieces can add more support to your ankle, especially in high-top models, as well as provide another layer of coverage over your standard laces. Keep in mind added coverage means added weight.


A basketball shoe’s midsole is where the footwear’s cushioning will be found. This makes this section one of the most essential parts of a shoe’s performance. Most midsoles are comprised of various foams, EVA and compressed EVA foam being the lighter options, compared to polyurethane midsoles, which are dense and more durable.

Brand-specific cushioning technologies are also found in the midsole; namely in the heel and forefoot. This technology is added to give extra cushioning in pressure points that will endure a lot of stress during the course of a game.


A shoe’s outsole is made of a rubber or synthetic material and is the point of traction for your footwear. When deciding on basketball shoes, look for a relatively flat and wide outsole to provide you with maximum balance. For added grip, search for outsoles that feature a herringbone or hexagonal pattern, since these are designed to help secure your feet and prevent you from sliding up and down the court.

Nearly all basketball shoes are designed with indoor play in mind. Outdoor courts are less forgiving than indoor hardwood ones. So, if you know that you’ll be playing exclusively on outdoor surfaces, look for a shoe with a thicker, more durable outsole. Also, keep in mind that asphalt can eat up your shoe’s tread.

But then again, I did tear my ACL in these shoes. So some more food for thought. Anyways, I hope that you have enjoyed this article. If you add this site to your favorites., and I’ll see you guys again for other basketball tips.

Max (BasketStore)

Max (BasketStore)

The author of the blog, a former professional athlete, and now just a basketball fan.

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