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The absolute best basketball sneakers you can buy right now

Scoop 'em up without any issue.

Basketball sneakers may not be the cultural force they were as recently as a decade ago, but if ball is really life you’re going to need something to hoop in. Fortunately, what the category largely lacks in style it more than makes up for in function — and some are even beginning to make inroads in the former.

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Still, what matters most is playing your best. And to help you do just that, we’ve put together the best kicks you can hoop in and purchase right now.

Adidas

Nike KD14 ($150)

Nike

Kevin Durant’s latest model harkens back to the early models and their signature straps. Far from nostalgic, however, is the full-length Zoom Air Strobel unit that makes it one of the most responsive bball kicks around.

Nike

Adidas Harden Vol. 5 ($130)

Adidas

When it comes time to stop, there’s nothing quite like James Harden’s signature line. The Harden Vol. 5 feels remarkably sturdy underfoot but is kept super lightweight with Lightstrike cushioning.

Adidas

Curry Flow 8 ($160)

Under Armour

Similar to Air Jordan, the Curry line has split off from Under Armour to stand on its own. But it’s not just the absence of the “UA” logo we love about the Curry Flow 8, it’s also its single unit sole system and the fact that it doesn’t squeek (yes, really).

Under Armour

Jordan Zion 1 ($120)

Jordan Brand

Zion Williamson’s first signature shoe is built for his singularly explosive game with three complementary Air units underfoot. In the crowded space of signature shoes, the big “Z” stripe might also help Zion set himself apart, too.

Jordan Brand

Converse G4 Hyper Swarm ($110)

Converse

Converse’s G4 gets an assist from parent-company Nike with Zoom Air cushioning crossing over from brand to brand. It also gets its best color scheme yet, as the “Hyper Swarm” is done up for Draymond Green.

Converse

Puma Disc Rebirth ($145)

Puma

Puma’s absolute unit Disc Rebirth has a lot going on, none of it requiring laces to tie. Speed lacing locks it in quick, while the highly technical upper makes it a rare contemporary basketball shoe that you could rock everyday.

Puma

Nike Cosmic Unity ($150)

Nike

Nike’s Cosmic Unity has it all: sustainable sourcing, stylishness, and on-court performance. The sneaker it feels like most is rival Adidas’ Harden Vol. 5, but it’s the only shoe here we can say is one of our favorite of the year, basketball or otherwise.

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