Basketball : Choosing the right kicks!

“What Type of Basketball Shoe Will Benefit You the Most?” This is the question most basketball players are asked but the answer we gave is usually more of the asthmatic purposes.


To make an educated decision about your basketball shoes and determining which features are most important, you should have a basic understanding of shoe construction. Do you need a low-cut or mid? What is teh material of the upper? Do I need more or less cushioning?

Knowing how and why the shoes are made, could help you in decision making.

Highs, Mids Or Lows

 

  • Mid-cuts are for players who feel restricted in high-tops, and who use speed as their greatest asset.
  • Low-cuts are lighter, but don’t offer the built-in ankle support that high-tops or even mids do.
  • Uppers

     

  • Today‚Äôs basketball shoes feature lightweight combination uppers, which mix the stability and durability of synthetic leather with the breathability of mesh.
  • High-tech, all-synthetic uppers are often more durable than leather and have gained popularity for their ability to offer stability in a super-lightweight shoe.
  • Cushioning

     

  • Midsole cushioning is that layer of soft, spongy material between upper and the outsole.
  • Midsoles will impact the levels of cushioning and shock absorption in the shoe and can affect a player’s ability to explode off the floor.
  • Most midsoles are made of EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate), polyurethane (PU) or a combination of these materials.
  • EVA offers lightweight cushioning, but not as much stability and durability. EVA can be compressed to make it somewhat more durable (CMEVA).
  • Polyurethane is more dense and durable than EVA and can add stability to the shoe, but is heavier.
  • Most brands also offer some form of proprietary cushioning technology (Nike Air, adidas Bounce, Reebok Hexalite, etc.) that are usually found in the heel and/or forefoot of the shoe and provide an extra degree of cushioning without adding extra weight.
  • prepared and written by Zac Leow