Nowadays, a good pair of basketball shoes can easily make the difference in the game of basketball. Basketball is based on different moves, jumping, running and so on, so the shoes need to cover all that aspects.
Because of the evolution of the technology, the experts bring us the best shoes to have the best vibes during and after the game.
Some good basketball shoes should have good traction ( dusty, clean courts + outdoor recommendation), long durability, good support, amazing cushion, and excellent materials.
The players have different body constitution and different playstyle so there is no basketball shoe which can fit with the same to all players. So if your playstyle is the same as James Harden ones, you may focus on his signature shoes and so on.
Today we are going to discuss the best performance basketball shoes of 2019. After that, you will be able to choose the one who fits you the best!
Best Performance Basketball Shoes 2019 Reviews
Nike Lebron James 16
The Nike Lebron James 16 is the newest basketball signature shoes of the famous NBA ALL Star Lebron James. These signature shoes were releasing after LeBron joined the Los Angeles to play for Lakers along Lavar Ball Kyle Kuzma and others.
One of the first outstanding aspects that we notice to this signature shoe is the unique model from the back of the shoe (At some models where we can see a lion, in others even a bear and so on)
Also, we can see the LeBron dunking logo on the base part of the outsole, so this is a pretty nice aspect from the aesthetics and the first time when we see that on a Lebron James basketball shoe.
The cushion is amazing. There is even better than Nike Lebron James 15. The midsole is bouncy and responsive, and it will be increasing some inch to your height pretty easy.
The traction is amazing! The materials are pretty strong, and there we can see a hard bite even on dusty courts. The Nike Lebron 16 are good even on outdoor but is not recommended just because these are some premium shoes so the durability will not be the same out there.
The materials are pretty premium as well. In the toe area, we can see some pretty nice flykinit material which is giving more ventilation to the shoe. In the back, the materials are different by colorways, but there are pretty premium as well.
The support is not one of the best, but the lacing system is still good so that you will be pretty safe.
The cushion is amazing
The traction performed pretty well on all kind of courts
The materials are super premium
The support is not one of the best
The lateral stability is not as good as it seems.
Anta KT 2
The Anta KT 2 is the official signature shoes of the NBA Shooting guard Klay Thompson from Golden State Warriors team.
The Anta is not so popular but is doing their job pretty well. There we can see some pretty good aesthetics combined with a good performance.
Moving on to the traction, the outsole is pretty simple, and the Anta did not use a lot of materials when they made the traction. This is not picking a lot of dust, and it can be easily wiped out during the games so the dust will not be a big issue.
The traction is good even at outdoor, but you will still have to take care of you
The cushion is not one of the bounciest ones but is still do their job. Klay Thompson does not do a lot of rebounds and other actions that need a lot of impact protection.
The materials are not as breathable as it seems so your feet will burn a little bit. But on the other hand, the colorways and the aesthetics are pretty nice and kindful.
The support is outstanding. Your ankle will be alright at any moves. Even the lateral support is excellent. The materials from the interior are pretty Soft so your feet will be comfortable!
The support is amazing even on the laterals side and the ankle area
The traction performed pretty well.
The colorways are amazing.
The cushion is not one of the bounciest ones
The shoes are pretty heavy because of their materials
Nike Kobe 9 elite
Even this is a huge throwback to the old Kobe Bryant shoes; the Nike Kobe 9 elite remains one of the best performance shoes from all time.
The traction of the Nike Kobe 9 elite is AMAZING! This has a unique bite song and is good at any courts. This is not picking up a lot of dust. At the outdoor use, you will have to take care of the little tiny space between the outsole lines because there can stick some little stuff from the outside so the traction should be verified sometimes
The materials are very soft and premium. You will feel comfortable there. In the upper area where we can see a sock extension which will improve the ankle support.
The lacing system is amazing. Also, the cushion is not of the bounciest ones but is still do their job
At the lateral part of the Nike Kobe 9 elite basketball shoes there we can see some plastic materials which add a lovely aspect to the shoe and also improve the lateral stability.
The traction is amazing at any courts
The materials are super premium
The support is good at any field of the shoe so you will be able to move freely without any fears.
The cushion is not of the bounciest and responsive one.
Under Armour Curry 5
The under armor curry five are one of the best performance shoes from the Stephen Curry signature shoe line.
This basketball shoe has some pretty nice materials combined with simple aesthetics and aspect.
Moving on to the traction, at the outsole we can notice some circles that are very good at explosive moves and fastbreaks. The traction does not pick up a lot of dust and it pretty easy to wipe.
The cushion performs pretty well, so you will have some impact protection and a good amount of response out there. Enough for a quite guard and a small guy.
On the upper there we have some nice materials which are improving the support in the ankle area (Stephen Curry needs a lot of protection on the ankle area as he had some problems in the past)
Overall, The Under Armour Curry 5 are some impressive performers.
The Under Armour Curry 5 has good traction, with some hard constitution which is good at any courts ( even at outside use)
The support is excellent especially in the ankle area
The cushion do his job but is not so bouncy and responsive
The materials at the toe area are not one of the best, so your feet will burn a little bit because there is not good ventilation
The lateral stability is not one of the best
Nike Kyrie Irving 4
The Nike made a huge step forward by releasing the Nike Kyrie Irving 4. The last shoe line of Kyrie Irving signature shoes was not one of the greatest compared with Nike Kyrie Irving 2 which has one of the best tractions of all time.
However, the traction of Nike Kyrie Irving 4 does not pick a lot of dust and is good even in outdoor use. The shoes have a good bite on clean courts. The song that all players are in love with.
The cushion has a little bit of zoom unit. Kyrie Irving does not like a lot of bounce in the cushion. On the sidelong side of the shoe, we can see an extension of the traction which has the role in increasing the support so your foot will not slide when you are going to make a hard crossover. This is what Kyrie Irving wants from his shoes.
Moving on the materials, there are different based on the colorway of the basketball shoe. For example, in this picture out there we can see kind of velvet on the back part of the shoe. The ventilation is not one of the best, so your feet will burn a little bit.
The support is excellent. In the inside of the Kyrie Irving 4 basketball shoe, we can see some great materials which make the shoe more comfortable and adds a little bit of support on the ankle area.
The lacing system is pretty good, so you will not have any problem with on that aspect.
The traction of the Kyrie Irving 4 basketball shoes is excellent, does not pick a lot of dust and is good even on outdoor use.
The support is amazing so you will not have a problem when crossing someone over
The aesthetics are pretty good, and you can choose between different colorways and materials
The ventilation is not one of the best
The cushion is not super bouncy because of the less zoom unit
Nike Lebron 15
The Nike Lebron 15 is different between Nike Kyrie Irving 4 because the playstyle of Lebron James is a lot different than the Kyrie Irving ones. So in conclusion, the Nike Lebron 15 is a more responsive and the impact protection is better than Kyrie Irving one.
The traction performed very well ( Even on dusty courts and clean courts). The traction does pick up some good amount of dust, but it can be wiped easy. The outdoor use is not very recommended.
Moving on the cushion, we have a full-length zoom unit which gives you a lot of impact protection and responsiveness.
The materials of the Nike Lebron James 15 are based on flyknit which is present in almost the entire shoe. The flyknit technology makes the ventilation good, so your feet will feel very comfortable and will not burn at all.
The Nike Lebron James 15 is pretty tall so that you will feel high on the ground, but the cour feel is still good. By wearing this basketball shoes, you will be able to increase your height a little bit.
The lacing system is not one of the best but is still ok, and the support is pretty good. Your body will be alright after a landing from some big jump because of the zoom unit. The aesthetics are excellent; this shoe line has a lot of awesome colorways for you to choose from.
Overall the Nike Lebron James 15 is one of the best performers of the 2019 year.
The cushion of the Nike Lebron James 15 basketball shoes is pretty good, which gives you some good impact protection and good response.
The materials are nice and very breathable so you will feel super comfortable.
The traction performs pretty well in all kind of courts.
The lacing system is not one of the best, but you are still good to go
You will feel a little bit of insecure at some crossovers at first, but you won’t have to worry about.
Adidas Harden vol 2
The Adidas made a huge step on the Harden shoe line. The Adidas Harden vol 2 is better than the previous model (Harden vol 1). They added more boost to give you more response and impact protection which is an outstanding aspect of the jumping process.
The Harden use to make a lot of step backs, crossovers and a lot of explosive moves, so he needs some basketball shoes with good support and response. The cushion feels super soft, and you feel very low on the ground. It feels very responsive, and the court feel is amazing.
The traction is one of the best, even on dusty courts and clean courts. The outdoor use is good as well because the materials that the traction is made are pretty strong and durable.
But anyway, do not take them too much at outdoor because they can break in a while. On the heel, you can get a little bit of compression which is perfect for basketball players. Also, the heel has a nice shape, especially for the toe transition.
On the upper and materials, the Harden vol 2 has TPU coded thread with forge fiber ( a new technology) heat pressed, which is very strong and very pliable.
This technology combined with the Adidas three stripes gives you a lot of lateral support. So the Adidas Harden vol 2 is pretty flexible and durable. The materials are pretty good, so the ventilation is alright. You do not have to worry about it at all.
The lacing system is unique, based on an innovation which gives you the decision to personalize the laces however you want. You may meet some heel sleeping in the back, but after you fix the laces you will be good to go!
The Adidas Harden Vol 2 are some premium shoes, with premium materials and some outstanding performance! This is a huge step forward for the Adidas James Harden signature basketball shoe line.
On the frontal area, we can see the Adidas three stripes which has the role to add some extra support to your feet especially when you are making some hard crossovers. On the other hand, the Adidas put some extra materials which James Harden vol 2 basketball shoe does not need.
The shoe is a little bit heavy in hand but, on the fit, there are pretty light. For the aesthetics, the Adidas reach the jackpot. The James Harden vol 2 has some amazing colorways and materials.
Overall, the Adidas James Harden vol 2 is one of the best performance shoes of this year!
The James Harden, vol 2 basketball shoe, has excellent traction, good at any courts (clean, dusty and even on outdoors)
The shoes have some amazing colorways and materials which is making it a unique one.
There it is very flexible and comfortable
It has some good amount of impact protection and response
You could meet some heel sleeper but, after you fix the laces, you are good to go.
The Adidas Harden vol 2 basketball shoes have some extra materials that there are not necessary at all but this is not a huge problem.
Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 primeknit
The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 is a big upgrade of the previous model ( Adidas Crazy Explosive 2016). The famous center of the New York Knicks (Kristap Porzigins) and the small forward Andrew Wiggins from Minnesota Timberwolves were the ones who represented this shoe the most.
Today we will talk about the original version ( the tallest one). There we can see and sock extension at the upper area which ads some extra flexibility and confidence when you are wearing them at the basketball game.
In the midsole and the upper part, we can see some synthetic materials which give a lot of ventilation to the shoe, but these are not so much durable.
The traction is pretty good on the clean courts where we can see a perfect bite. In the dusty courts the traction picks up a lot of dust, and it is pretty hard to get rid off so you will need to wipe it regularly.
The boost gives you amazing impact protection and good response. The boost of the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 primeknit is also charged on the exterior side of the shoe for better stability and support.
The lacing system is pretty good. There are some supports for laces which bring a better design for the Adidas crazy explosive 2017 primeknit basketball shoe.
Also, the three stripes of the Adidas are on the back part which gives a little bit of support and a better design for the basketball shoe.
There we can see that are no toe and the shoe has a unique body. That little shock for the upper part of the shoe is very flexible, so the shoes are not as hard as it seems to put in and put out off the foot.
The shoes are pretty heavy, so this is an advantage for the big guys and the taller ones who play center. The design of the shoe is amazing. The colorways are great, and the Andrew Wiggins and Kristap Porzigins got their personalized shoe colorway which is pretty nice.
Overall, the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit are very best performance and some great shoe for bigger guys and no only.
The shoes are super comfortable and easy to put in and put off
The Adidas crazy explosive 2017 primeknit has good traction on clean courts and is good even on outdoor, but it should not be the main shoe for that
The ventilation is good
The impact protection and the response are amazing because of the boost technology
The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 is pretty heavy
The materials are not as durable as it seems
The shoe is not flexible in some parts
Nike Paul George 2
The Nike improved their previous Paul George model (Paul George 1) and fixed the main problems which the basketball shoes had in the past. This is a great innovation which made Paul George and all of us happier.
The Paul George 2 traction pattern is like a cactus flower in the desert. Its super thin, very pliable and it moves with your foot a little bit.
So, is kind of similar to Nike Hyperdunk 2016 and the Nike Kyrie 2 ( One of the best tractions of all time) where the traction actually kind of moves so if you move your foot laterally it moves and brings it back again.
The stopping pattern, especially at first it is not the best but-but is never slipped out. The dust is not a huge issue for this shoe.
You have to wait a little bit until it brakes it in. After that, you are good to go! However, if you choose to use it outdoors, the durability will not be excellent at all, but overall the traction is great.
Also, some translucent traction may pick up a little more dust than the regular ones. This aspect was meet at the Paul George 1 as well.
The upper part of the shoe is pretty nice and clean. There are not crazy premium materials, but there are feels super nice and comfortable.
It feels like a nylon type of military grade material. Its super sturdy is not going to stretch too much, so that gives you a ton of support. You will feel safer wearing these shoes. Your ankles will be safer while playing basketball.
Also, we can notice that the Nike and Paul George get rid of that stripe on the forefoot and swap it with kind of plastic materials which helps with some extra support on the lateral parts and gives some extra durability to the lacing system as well.
The cushion is not one of the bounciest ones, it has a little bit of zoom unit, but Paul George is not a fan of the extreme impact protection.
The materials are pretty old school, kind of mesh. The ventilation is not as good, so your foot will burn inside the Nike Paul George 2 a little bit.
The materials are amazing. In the inside of the shoe, there are some comfortable materials which improve the support as well.
The support is excellent, and the materials are solid. Your ankles will be in safe during the basketball game, so the Nike did very excellent work at this aspect of the Paul George 2,
The aesthetics are good. There are some colorways which are great. Nike always does a great job on colorways and cover the preferences of all customers.
Overall, The Nike Paul George 1 is one of the best performers of the year of 2019
The Nike Paul George 1 has excellent support combined with great materials which protect your ankles
The traction is good even on outdoor ( take care anyway and do not use them too much out there)
The ventilation is terrible, so your feet will burn a little bit
The cushion is not one of the bounciest, and the impact protection is not as good as it seems but you are still good to go!
Nike Kobe AD Mid
These shoes are made after the Kobe retiring which is a great thing to hear because Nike did a great job with the Kobe shoe line in the past.
So, they keep going and giving us the best performance shoes they can! They are not so different than the regular Kobe AD but is mid, so this will bring us better support!
On the clean court, the traction is performed pretty well. The stopping pattern is very squeaky, but if you play on a slightly dusty court, you should be ok ( the bite will be alright).
You are just going to find yourself wiping a lot because it picks a lot of dust. If you play on a very dusty court, the Kobe AD is not recommended at all.
You should wipe a lot. Despite that is excellent traction. But, on the other hand, some players used to clean their shoes anyway so this will not be a huge problem.
The shoes come up with a zoom unit. The cushion is bouncy and very responsive. The impact protection is good, so you will not have to worry about your ankles anyway.
The overall, cushion is perfect, the materials are ok, and the fit is quite good. They have a premium price, but the shoe makes you enjoy playing in them. You should use it as the main basketball shoe.
The Nike Kobe AD Mid is super light compared to other models from Kobe Bryant Shoe line
The cushion performs pretty well, is very bouncy and responsive
The support is pretty good
The traction picks up a lot of dust on the dusty course so you will need to wipe it a lot
The materials are not super durable, but this could not be a problem if you have other basketball shoes so you can swap them always
That was our presentation of the best performance shoes of the year of 2019! Every shoe out there is a great performer so you will have a while to think about.
Do not forget to compare your playstyle and your physical constitution to other players and their signature shoes so you will do your job to select one shoe easier!
Despite the excellent performance of these shoes, you still have to train a lot and gain skills or your dreams and goals!
Remember that these shoes will help you during the way to success giving you the best conditions and the safest plays you can have! You will feel very comfortable and confident during the game so enjoy them!
Feel free to let us any question!
See you next time!