The Best Basketball Shoes of 2016

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The Best Basketball Shoes of 2016

A few months ago, we brought you a list of the Top Basketball Shoes of 2016 up until that point. Since then a lot of shoes have been released, so today we will bring you an updated list. The shoes in this list will only be recent releases and we are not factoring in the price of the shoe, (as we would in our VS series) this list will be based strictly on performance. Don and Sammy will each give their top 3 shoes, but before we get into the best basketball shoes of 2016, we will discuss two honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions

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Under Armour Curry 2: The Curry 2 didn’t make it into our lists since it has been out for a while and we wanted to give you the top shoes that are recently released. If you want to see how the Curry 2 fares against these newer shoes, check out our VS playlist to see if we have done a VS video on that matchup yet. (Cop them here)

Jordan XXX1: The traction on this shoe is pretty disappointing so far, but from the midsole up the Jordan XXX1 is amazing. The traction is such a letdown that it was not able to crack into the top 3 for Don or Sammy.


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3. Nike KD9 (Sammy)

The KD9 didn’t make it higher on Sammy’s list because the outsole attracts a lot of dust and his weak ankles need a higher top shoe. The materials, fit, and cushion on the KD9 are amazing, though. (Cop them here)


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3. adidas D Rose 7 (Don)

Don loved the D Rose 7, the major problem, however, was that the fit and lockdown were off so his toe kept slamming into the front of the shoe. The materials, Boost cushioning, and traction were very good in the D Rose 7.


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2. Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit (Don and Sammy)

The only problem with this shoe is its insane price tag. $200 for a shoe that is very good but not amazing is  too much. The Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit does perform very well, the outsole does attract dust but rather than sliding around, you simply do not stop as hard. The Zoom midsole and the Flyknit upper feel amazing.


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1. adidas Crazy Explosive (Don and Sammy)

This is very close to being a perfect shoe. The traction is good, but adidas should have just thrown the D Rose 7 outsole on this shoe to make it perfect. The fit and upper are bananas, and the Primeknit upper is the best on the market right now. The adidas Crazy Explosive‘s Boost midsole is good, but Don wishes it was a bit softer and Sammy couldn’t feel it very much.

Let us know what you think of our list of the Best Basketball Shoes of 2016 in the comments below and watch Don and Sammy’s discussion below.