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The World's Most Comfortable Basketball Shoes

The World’s Most Comfortable Basketball Shoes

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If you play ball, and you’re looking for the most comfortable basketball shoes, this is your list. We’ve researched high and low to find only the best comforting shoes for basketball. You’ll feel like you’re playing on a cloud.

We’ve narrowed our search field to shoes released from 2014 to 2016. No one wants a super old shoe, but many shoes can still be found online even if they’re a year or two old.

 

The Most Comfortable Basketball Shoes Reviews

1.  Jordan Melo M11

most comfortable basketball shoes

Cushion:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Traction:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Support:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Fit:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)

Topping off our list is a surprise to a lot of people. The Jordan Melo M11 is a very strong shoe in terms of comfort. I guess you can say that Melo really values cushion and comfort in his shoes. Not surprisingly, but this Melo shoe also topped our list for the best shoes for a guard here.

Why Is This Shoe So Comfy?

Well the Jordan brand takes high pride in creating innovative cushion technology. They took the Zoom cushion technology from Nike and pumped it with steroids! It’s now called Unlocked Zoom in the Jordan shoes and it is arguably the best cushion technology on the market. This cushion can’t be complimented enough and you will only understand when you put them on.

But it’s not just a fluffy marshmallow here. This shoe has fantastic response time so you can cut and slice every direction in an instant. They have great traction to make sure you never slip too.

The fit and support are other strong areas of the Melo shoes. The lacing lockdown is very strong in this one and they fit true to size. You shouldn’t have any concerns with this shoe on the court. It is the lightest Melo shoe to date, but understand it’s not the lightest shoe available. If you like minimal shoes that you can barely feel, these might not be for you. If you want the most comfortable ride on the court or concrete, these are your winner.

You can see more reviews and price here.

 

2.  Under Armour Anatomix Spawn 2

most comfortable basketball shoes

Cushion:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Traction:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Support:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Fit:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)

The shoe with arguably the coolest name. It is a little older so may be more difficult to find. However, if you can find it, you’ll definitely understand why we believe it is one of the most comfortable shoes on the list.

Why Is This Shoe So Comfy?

Well it’s pretty simple: Under Armour Micro G. That is basically all that needs to be said about this shoe because it’s arguably either #1 or #2 on the “best cushion list” for all shoes. Micro G is a revolution in comfort and those who have tried it absolutely know the feeling. However, if it’s not implemented in a shoe properly, it can feel too mushy and not responsive. Yes Under Armour has failed with a few shoes on Micro G, but not these Spawn 2s.

The Spawn shoes utilize the perfect combination of Micro G and support. These shoes provide arguably the best cushion-to-responsiveness ratio on the market (even though they’re a little old).

The other areas like support and fit are ideal also. The Spawn 2s provide solid support with a fairly standard TPU cage around the midsole to help prevent rolling. The shoes feel like they are a second skin because of the technology. The technology is supposed to disperse heat evenly to prevent hot spots.

If you’re wondering, other areas like traction are also top notch. Nothing revolutionary, but excellent in performance.

If you can find a pair in your size, we highly recommend the Spawn 2s for comfort.

You can hopefully find pricing and reviews here on Amazon.

 

3.  Adidas D Lillard 2

most comfortable basketball shoes

Cushion:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)
Traction:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Support:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Fit:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)

The next shoe on our list is a very common shoe here on Dish 2 Swish. You can find it also on our Shoes For Guards List. The Lillard 2 shoe is one of those “nearly-perfect-for-everything” kind of shoe. And when it comes to comfort, it’s one of the best. This is also our top choice for point guards!

Why Is This Shoe So Comfy?

Adidas finally figured out how to create good cushion and they named it Bounce. It’s definitely the appropriate name given how soft and yet responsive the cushion feels on your foot. Bounce is truly a revolution for Adidas given how poorty their older shoes performed in the comfort section. The Lillard shoes are light weight, strong with support and make you feel like running on clouds.

Plus they are one of the cheapest shoes on the market!

Support and fit are great with these shoes. They fit nearly perfectly for normal feet (wide footers should try them on). The support is strong enough to get the job done, but if you have weak ankles, you might want to consider a brace.

Traction is strong with this shoe on cleaner courts. The pattern is a little too tight and flimsy for outdoor courts so beware. Otherwise, you will love the Lillard shoe, especially if you play the point!

You can see more reviews and price here.

 

4.  Adidas D Rose 6

most comfortable basketball shoes

Cushion:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)
Traction:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)
Support:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Fit:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

The other Adidas shoe that’s making waves in the shoe world is the D Rose 6. With the Lillard 2 shoes ranking so well, it should seem obvious that the Rose shoes would rank high as well. They use slightly different technology, but still perform very well.

Why Is This Shoe So Comfy?

Adidas created a slightly different technology for Rose and the called it BOOST. BOOST was the original version of Bounce and it single-handedly resurrected the Adidas brand that was severaly lacking a strong player in basketball shoes. Honestly, before the Rose 6 and Lillard 2 shoes came out, many people had written Adidas off and assumed they were near the end of the basketball shoe market.

But that all changed with BOOST.

BOOST is a specially created foam that sports thousands of forumlated pellets called “energy capsules.” This technology has absolutely changed the game in terms of cushion, even to the point of Kanye West spouting how comfy they are.

What also helps the Rose 6 shoe is the great is the fit and support. Although they aren’t quite as good as the Lillard shoe, the support is still strong. The semi-drawback on the support comes with the adjustable ankle band. If you wear ankle braces, this aspect will do wonders for you. If you don’t wear braces, you’ll probably hate this.

You can see more reviews and price here.

 

5.  Jordan XX9

most comfortable basketball shoes

Cushion:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Traction:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Support:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)
Fit:5 Stars (5 / 5)

The Jordan brand making it’s second appearance on the Most Comfortable Basketball Shoes list. Not bad. Again, these shoes are a bit older as they’ve released new versions since. But the cushion on these has just been better since those other models focused on different areas.

Why Is This Shoe So Comfy?

These Jordan’s used the Nike Zoom Air creation. It’s pretty close to the Unlocked Zoom the Melo shoes use, but not quite as good. These shoes have 2 major Zoom units: one under the forefoot and one under the heel. Boht are great at providing a smooth ride up and down the court. What really makes this setup of cushion great is the transition of the foot.

When you run, you feel your foot flex and you rise up on your toes and push forward. That point of time when the foot is on the ground to when it flexes forward is considered the “transition.” The Zoom setup of these Jordan’s maximizes that transition cushion so you feel great while running.

What truly makes this shoe comfy is how perfectly it fits your feet. These Jordan’s were created with woven fabric called Performance Woven and it is simply…. incredible. They mold to the shape of your foot effortlessly right out of the box. And the more you wear them, the better they will keep fitting. That’s how woven fabric works. It adjusts and molds to capture your foot form.

Everything else on this shoe is up to par with what you’d expect from a Jordan. Support and traction are both solid and you won’t worry at all. These may be tougher to find since there’s a new release of the shoe. But if you can find a pair, they are probably our top choice for looking the most beastly on the court.

You can see more reviews and pricing for the Jordan’s here.

 

6.  Under Armour Curry 2

most comfortable basketball shoes

Cushion:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Traction:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)
Support:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)
Fit:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

One of the hottest shoes on the market is the Curry 2. Not surprising given his 2 year run of crazy shooting and stats. Under Armour worked hard to get Steph a very comfortable basketball shoe and his Curry 2’s are the result of the hard work.

Why Is This Shoe So Comfy?

Under Armour created their own cushion technology called Micro G which really impressed reviewers everywhere. They’re next invention of cushion is called Charged Foam. It is slightly different than Micro G in that is provides more responsiveness and slightly less “plushy” feeling. Some people love it and some don’t. Charged is good, but not as good as Micro G used to be for comfort.

That’s why the the Curry 2 is closer to the bottom of the list as opposed to another the Spawn shoe. If we’re comparing performance…. the Curry 2 would beat the Spawn…. but this is about comfort and Charged is just a bit lacking.

Are the Curry’s still comfy? Absolutely. Do they also perform well in other areas like traction and support? You bet. Would we recommend them for guards who move fast and cut hard? Absolutely.

The Curry 2’s are a strong option in comfort. Are they the best on our list? Not for comfort. But still a great option no matter what.

You can see more reviews and pricing options here.

 

7.  Nike LeBron 13

most comfortable basketball shoes

Cushion:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Traction:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Support:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)
Fit:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

The most well rounded shoe on othe market today is the LeBron 13. No question about it. It isn’t necessarily the best in any specific category, but it’s super great in all of them.

Why Is This Shoe So Comfy?

Nike and LeBron went in a unique direction with cushion two models back by introducing the “Hex-Pads” in their cushion design. These Hex Pads were specific pockets of cushiong strategically placed throughout the shoe and were supposed to provide comfort in all the right places.

The only problem was they put them in the wrong places back then.

But that’s all changed with the LeBron 13’s. They fixed the locations on those Hex Pads and they’re now in awesome spots to provide comfort. They feature one large pad on both the front ball of the foot and the back heel. That makes so much sense since you’re constantly putting a ton of pressure on those two spots. Nike definitely got a good thing going with the LeBrons.

The only real problem with these shoes (which is why they’re so low here) is the price. They are by far the most expensive shoes on the list. You definitely get great quality, but it’s your choice if the cost is worth it.

You can see more reviews and price here.

 

What Is Important In Comfortable Shoes

Purpose:

The purpose of the shoe makes all the difference. If you are looking to have a stylish pair of kicks for every day life, there are tons of options. In fact, many more than this list can handle because walking around is not nearly as tough on the body as playing.

If you’re looking to play in these shoes, this list was created for you. Whether it’s indoor play on a court, or outdoor play on concrete, these shoes are gonna perform.

And performance is the name of the game right? Would you ever buy a shoe that wasn’t going to help you get an edge? Neither would we.

Cushion:

Probably the most important aspect on a shoe when comfort is the biggest concern. Without good cushion, why even have shoes at all? Why not just play barefoot and see how things go.

Cushion not only protects your feet, but your ankles and knees and hips and back all at the same time. Think of how stressful basketball is on your body. Think of all the jumping and cutting and shifting that your body has to do during a game. Now imagine if you had to do all that barefoot.

Think you could still walk after one game?

Cushion provides the barrier to protect us. However, too much of a good thing can be a negative.

Too much cushion can affect performance and even make you more prone to injury. Finding that sweet balance is critical between protection and performance. That’s what we analyzed and why we created this list.

Fit:

The fit is another extremely important aspect for comfortable basketball shoes if are playing in them. Fit means very little in the leisure basketball shoe world, but it’s a huge benefit to us.

Having proper fit is what sets up the cushion to perform well on our feet. How uncomfortable would you be if you had a great shoe but your foot kept sliding inside it because the fit wasn’t right?

Ever played in a pair that was a size too big? Feels ridiculous doesn’t it?

Having proper fit and lace lockdown is crucial to having comfort. But fit and cushion have to work in tandem to deliver the optimal results we’re all looking for. One without the other is worthless.

Support:

What good is a basketball shoe if it offers no support? Although it’s not as important in the comfort of the shoe, it’s still a vital part in any basketball shoe. You want just enough support to feel confident in the shoe, but not too much that you feel restricted in movement. It’s a tough balancing act, but we believe it can be done in the right shoe.

 

Wrapping It All Up

So this has been our list of the World’s Most Comfortable Basketball Shoes. Obviously, comfort is a matter of opinion. So feel free to let us know if you think our list is spot on or waaaay off. Either way, keep ballin hard and we hope to see you on the court someday!

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