The 8 Best adidas Basketball Shoes of 2022 You Can Buy Now

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Basketball is a sport best played with the right gear. Whether you’ve recently joined your company’s intramural basketball team or you’re shooting hoops just for fun, a good pair of basketball sneakers can make all the difference. And when it comes to coming up with the best sneaker innovations to meet sports where they’re at, no one does it better than adidas.

adidas has been making sneakers for nearly 100 years, and the German sportswear juggernaut began its ascent into sports footwear domination in running, soccer, tennis, and even walking. By 1969, adidas had made basketball sneakers a focal point, first with its acclaimed Superstar shoe release giving the brand clout. The shell toe was a standout detail here, a protective barrier to vulnerable toes and a soon-to-be stylistic detail.

adidas basketball shoes evolved in shape, style, and technology, partly because of their partnerships with basketball stars over the years. In the ’70s, it was leather high-tops for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; in the ’80s, the Forum; and in the ’90s, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and Jermaine O’Neal.

These days, adidas basketball sneakers are made all the better by James Harden, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, and Trae Young — who all have their own signature sneaker. The shapes and styles of these sneakers have evolved quite drastically, and there are enough options to choose the one that fits your game style best.

Harden’s shoes, for example, are made with adidas’s signature Boost sole for quick, sharp turns. There are extra bands on the heel and forefront of the shoe for an extra secure feel. D-Rose’s shoes, on the other hand, are built for speed. The Puremotion outsole is key to maintaining speed on the hardwood floor. 

Whatever style of game you play (or are hoping to play), there’s an adidas basketball shoe that can get you there. Look for ankle support, responsive midsoles, and grippy outsoles. There are high and low tops, ones made with all leather, and ones that are a mix of materials where you’d need them the most. If you’re partial to adidas running sneakers already, look for shoes with that Boost or Bounce cushioning you know and love. Here, shop the best adidas shoes for basketball games of every intensity. 


adidas D.O.N. Issue #4 Shoes

Adidas Don 4
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adidas Dame 8 Shoes

Over the course of his career, Damian Lillard has become revered for his clutch shots and tough play, and his latest sneaker — the adidas Dame 8 — keeps every game on point. These are made with a Bounce Pro midsole, air mesh upper, and Lightstrike cushioning. They come together to create a tough combination of lightweight support and comfort.

Adidas Dame 8
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adidas Agent Gil Restomod Shoes

The adidas Agent Gil Restomod Shoes is a low-top basketball sneaker option. This is best for players who need their ankles free for optimal lateral movement — just like the sneaker’s namesake, Gilbert Arenas. The best feature is on the bottom of the shoe: outsole pods. These level up that lateral movement so it’s quick and supported.

Adidas Desemod
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adidas Harden Vol. 6 Shoes

James Harden’s career has skyrocketed since making the move to adidas. His latest signature sneaker, the adidas Harden Vol. 6, is made to support his quick, jerky movements that help him create space in the game. The shoe’s Boost tooling and Lightstrike cushioning assist his ability to change speeds, and the fun colorways allude to his eccentric fashion sense.

Adidas Harden Vol 6
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adidas Trae Young 2.0 Shoes

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young has made a name for himself in the NBA, and he’s a newer addition to the adidas basketball sneaker fam. He debuted his first sneaker — adidas Trae Young 1 — in the 2021 Playoffs. The adidas Trae Young 2.0 is the latest iteration, still with the signature sock-like ankle done with a knit upper rather than mesh. A Boost midsole provides energy return with every step.

Adidas Trae Young 2.0
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adidas Hoops 3.0 Shoes

adidas Hoops 3.0 is a throwback to an old-school world of basketball sneakers. And sometimes, that’s just what you need. These mid classic shoes are perhaps not the basketball sneakers you’d actually want to play basketball in but the ones you’d wear to and from the court. They have a cool leather upper and solid outsole for daily support and unbeatable style.

Adidas Hoops
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Adizero Rose 1.5 Restomod Shoes

Adizero Rose 1.5 Restomod is one of D-Rose’s latest sneakers, with a more substantial structure than some of the mid-and low-top sneaker options. They’re made with adidas’s lightweight Sprintframe plate, which gives the whole foot a more stable feel for the ground. These are heavy on the traction for movement at all angles. Players looking for a lightweight model that’s higher in cut and stronger in support will gravitate towards this modern take on a retro model.

Adidas Adizero Rose
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adidas Own The Game Shoes

adidas Own The Game Shoes is a lightweight, easy pair for the casual basketball dabbler. They’re made with Lightmotion cushioning for support that doesn’t weigh you down, and they have a little higher of an ankle for security that won’t get in the way. At $65, they’re the best budget pick for basketball sneakers.

Adidas Own the Game
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