Fast (shopping) break: Basketball shoes that will be a slam dunk on or off the court
Naturally, basketball players tend to have an affinity for shoes–whether it’s anticipating the release of the next generation of Jordans or remembering the day their parents finally caved and bought them their first pair of Reebok pumps. But can you blame them? If you’ve got fancy footwork on the court and are going to be crossing defenders up, a good pair of sneakers is a must.
As we launch into March Madness and basketball is on the brain, here are four pairs of shoes worth making a fast (shopping) break for.
Oh so cavalier
Need a King James version of shoes? The motto behind this style is that the best player in the game deserves the best shoe in the game. So do you! Cleveland Cavalier Lebron James’ signature shoe for Nike has flywire cables that lock your foot during quick, explosive movements to provide a stable base. The midsole has flexible cushioning for safe landings after you, you know, dunk, or go up strong for a rebound. Nike Lebron 12 men’s shoes, $199.99, Foot Locker
For an affordable practice shoe, check out these black and gray shoes that go well with any practice jersey. The patented “Air-Sole” in the heel absorbs impact and a mesh lining wicks away moisture. Nike Air Visi Pro IV basketball shoe, $64.99 on sale, Kohl’s
A concealed wedge heel on this women’s style lends ankle support and a swirl of baby blue give this shoe extra style points. A solid rubber outsole provides good traction on even the squeakiest of courts and a leather, suede and canvas upper translate to a snug fit. Nike Dunk Sky High women’s shoe, $124.99, Foot Locker
Take a blast to the past with these classic suede upper high-tops that were first popularized by George “The Iceman” Gervin, whose cool demeanor earned him his nickname. (He popularized the finger roll). We recommend these classic kicks for shooting around or completing a cool laid-back weekend outfit. They come in blue, burgundy or black. Nike Blazer vintage high top basketball sneakers for women, $100, Nordstrom