Top 5 Shoes of 2016
Don and Sammy decided to grace us with their selections for the Top 5 Shoes of 2016 for performance basketball. This is being written in early July, so there are quite a few big releases that we have not tested yet, so we will do a conclusive list at the end of the year. Sammy is giving us his top 4 shoes, while Don will give us a top 5. If we have links for you to cop these shoes, we will provide them.
5. Nike Hypershift (Don)
This is a relatively recent pickup for Don, he said he is almost done testing it so stay tuned for the performance review. This shoe stays in Don’s bag and he uses this shoe as a trainer and on the court. The shoe feels very light and responsive, but Don didn’t give too many of his thoughts on it yet, so we will have to wait until he drops his review to hear how good this shoe is.
4. Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit (Don)
This shoe has a lot of good things going for it like the full-length Zoom unit, but it does have some drawbacks.
4. Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit (Sam)
Sammy also really likes this shoe, he said the traction is on point, the cushion is good, and the materials are very nice. This is another shoe that the guys have not finished testing, so stay tuned for a more detailed performance review.
3. Nike Kobe 11 EM (Don)
The Kobe 11 EM, in most colorways, features a solid rubber outsole that has insane traction. The shoe feels very light and minimal and allows you to feel explosive. You can purchase the Kobe 11 EM here.
3. Nike Kobe 11 Elite (Sam)
Sammy liked everything about this shoe other than the traction, which was mainly due to the translucent outsole that most colorways of the Kobe 11 Elite used. The heel cushion is good, the forefoot is ok, and the Flyknit upper is very nice. You can purchase the Kobe 11 Elite here.
2. Nike Kobe 11 Elite (Don)
Don picked the Kobe 11 Elite over the EM because he likes the Elite version’s upper and the Zoom unit in the heel more. Check out the Sole Brothers’ post on the Nike Kobe 11 Elite VS Nike Kobe 11 EM.
2. Nike KD9 (Sam)
The KD9 is the first shoe so far this year that Nike utilized a full-length setup of their Zoom Air cushion, and the KD9’s tapered, articulated Zoom feels amazing. The traction is ok, and the true Flyknit upper (meaning it isn’t backed with glue like most Flyknit basketball shoes have been) feels great. You can purchase the Nike KD9 here.
1. Jordan XXX (Don)
The Jordan XXX came out in early 2016, but it still reigns as Don’s top shoe for this year. The lockdown is insane, the traction is very good, the jacquard upper feels nice, and you feel very fast in this shoe.
1. Adidas Crazylight Boost 2016 (Sam)
The Crazylight Boost 2016 has been a huge hit and seems to have lived up to the hype. The Boost cushioning is awesome, it provides great impact protection, feels pretty bouncy, and is pretty responsive. The traction is on the same level as the Kobe 9. The jacquard upper is very nice, it feels light, thin, and supportive. The only drawback seems to be that heel slipping is pretty severe. You can purchase the Crazylight Boost 2016 here.
That wraps up our Top 5 Shoes of 2016, stay tuned for updates on new shoe releases and performance reviews here and at our channel. When you are looking to buy a basketball shoe, take a look at our performance reviews and see how each shoe scores in the categories that are important to you. If you want to have insane response and traction, and cushion is not important to you, then the Kyrie 2 is a good option. If you want impact protection and support but traction is not as important, the D Rose 6 could be good for you. Let us know what your top shoes are and what you think of Don and Sammy’s Top 5 Shoes of 2016 in the comments and check out their discussion below.