What does Jordan, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, and Under Armor have in common?
They all offer a variety of basketball shoes to choose from. This makes choosing the right pair of basketball shoes a lot more difficult than it should be.
There are so many different designs, colors, shapes, and sizes.
So, I'm going to give some tips to help you choose the perfect basketball shoe for "you".
Go For Comfort
If you have to choose between looks and comfort, always go with comfort.
When I was in High School I used to choose looks over comfort because I could never find the shoe I wanted in my size (which was 13.5 in US Mens).
That was a huge mistake because my feet would be very sore after playing basketball and it would be painful to cut and make quick movements on the basketball court.
The looks of the shoe will trick you into thinking that you can handle the discomfort. If your priority happens to be the look of the shoe, you may end up sacrificing comfort in order to have the more attractive shoe.
Keep in mind that after a while you won't find the shoe as attractive as you did when you made the purchase, and the discomfort will become more noticeable.
Ankle injuries are a frequent injury suffered by basketball players.
In order to prevent frequent ankle injuries, you should invest in basketball shoes that provide good ankle support. I recommend mid-top and high-top shoes.
Low-top shoes are great for those who want to move quickly and be light on their feet, but you will have to sacrifice ankle support.
If you decide to wear low-top shoes, but you have a history of ankle injuries, I recommend you purchase a low profile ankle brace for additional ankle support.
You should always choose your shoes based upon comfort and ankle support first, and then looks.
You want to choose the shoe that looks the best to "you". Don't worry about choosing the shoe that other people say looks good. At the end of the day, you want to be happy with your purchase.
If you're buying shoes for your basketball team, I recommend you choose a shoe that has the same color as your team jersey, or you can just go with a full black shoe or a full white shoe.
Choose a shoe with great traction. You don't want to be slipping and sliding on the basketball court, so make sure you choose a shoe with nice grip.
Choose a shoe from a respectable brand. Some of the established brands that have been creating great basketball shoes for years include, Jordan, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Converse, and Under Armor.
Choose a shoe that is durable. The last thing you want to do is purchase a shoe that will only last you for a month or two. Invest in a shoe that can support you throughout the basketball season.
Make sure the shoe fits properly and your feet have room to breathe. If you have to make a choice between a little small on the size chart or a little big on the size chart, go for the latter. A bigger sized shoe will be easier to play in than a shoe that is too tight and uncomfortable.