Best Basketball Shoes for Volleyball

Best Basketball Shoes for Volleyball

Basketball shoes are widely used by basketball players. There is a lot of focus on the different fits of the shoes including the best fit for wide feet players, ankle support, plantar fasciitis, performance, and jumping, etc.

Research and Development departments of these brands are very much busy in the improvement of the basketball shoes and satisfy the buyer with the traits of the shoes.

Technology is also being upgraded with the passing years, there are signature technologies available in top global brands that are improving the standards of the basketball shoes.

Volleyball, on the other hand, is also a global sport and playing in many countries at international levels.

There are many volleyball shoes in the market, but the research made on them and the quality of shoes are not advanced and broad as compared to the basketball shoe research and quality.

Many volleyball players are using basketball shoes and performing well and protecting themselves from different feet injuries.

This article is based on the selection of the best basketball shoes that can be used efficiently in volleyball.

Traction, breathability, and feet protection from shocks are the focuses traits to be there in the shoe that best fits for playing volleyball.

Best Basketball Shoes For Volleyball 2020 (Top Picks)

Adidas James Harden Vol 3

The first pick from our list is Adidas James Harden vol 3. James Harden is the latest version of this series. They are named after the NBA star James Harden.

Traction is amazing in these shoes, it spreads a lot of dust and does not require to wipe out the dust periodically. It is the improved version of traction in Adidas James Harden vol 3.

Cushioning is very great in these shoes. The material used in the cushioning absorbs the exerted force in the sole and safe the feet from the impacts of the compressional forces.

Cushioning is very responsive and supportive. It does not rub with feet to cause the burns to appear on the feet. Airflow is very active in Harden vol 3, it helps to keep the inside temperature of the shoe at a low level and increases the performance of the player.

Like basketball, volleyball is also a long game so a shoe with good breathability allows the player to play comfortably for a long time.

Sole is very stable and allows the feet to remain in a comfortable position during jumping and serve. The rubber material is used in the sole and the sole pattern keeps the shoes intact with the surface, avoiding any slip or rolling over motion.

Adidas used Forge Fiber Technology to make the upper of the James Harden vol 3 with a hard mesh. This mesh increased the durability of this shoe and added the attraction in the look. They are available in different colors.

There is a protection to heel as well. The heel remains stable and locked to a place. This will not allow your ankle to slip.

What we liked
  • Hard mesh upper is made with forge fiber technology makes the shoe durable.
  • They are breathable and maintains a comfortable temperature in the shoe.
  • Traction is impressive.
  • Heel and ankle protection are present in these shoes.
  • The rubber sole is stable and has a strong grip on the surface.
What We didn't like
  • Laces are not up to the mark, may get loose.
  • Flexibility is the issue due to the use of tough mesh.


Nike Men’s Lebron Xi

Lebron series by Nike is the versatile basketball shoes series. They can easily be used for the volleyball game as well. The second place is given to them in our top ten picks.

The cushioning is superlative and famously attached to the Lebron series. Two best Nike cushioning technologies are used in their cushioning. Nike lunarlon and air zoom cushioning are used to cushion Lebron XI.

The cushioning is responsible for responsiveness and equal division of the impact of the reactive forces all over the sole. The player feels comfortable with the cushioning and can jump and latch on the volleyball with ease.

There is no restriction on the freedom of the movement of the player having Lebron XI in the feet. The shoe is of high cut nature and locks the feet well in it and does not displace the feet in the shoe after jumping or rolling over in volleyball game.

The lockdown lacing system is there to grab the feet with comfortable tightness and protect the ankle. Most of the injuries to ankle are the result of sprained ankles, this shoe resists the ankle injuries with the ankle protection trait.

Sole is made with tough rubber and supports the cushioning by transferring less stress to it. The pattern used on the sole grips the surface well and not causes any slip on the surface.

When we talk about the look and availability of colors, Lebron XI is eye-catching in look and style and there is wide range of colors available for the buyer to match the perfect combination for himself.

What we liked
  • Two cushioning technologies are used to make the supreme cushioning.
  • Stress to feet is minimum.
  • There is proper protection to the ankle.
  • Dashing look with lots of color combinations.
What We didn't like
  • They may feel heavier due to the tough rubber sole.
  • There is a fitting issue for wide feet players.


Adidas Performance Crazy Explosive

Anyone who has knowledge of the basketball shoes will say that Adidas Performance Crazy Explosive is a blind pick for any criteria in sports shoes.

The second brand of Adidas in the top three is Performance Crazy Explosive. A very famous shoe for playing basketball is also ranked high for playing volleyball as well.

This pair is very stable and can be used for volleyball in all aspects. These are made with a synthetic material that completely covers the shoe from all directions, making them durable and flexible.

There is a use of Xenos laces in these shoes to improve the grip on the feet without exerting extra pressure on the feet. These laces grip the feet well in a cozy fit and prevent any dangerous displacements of feet during landing and latching on the volleyball.

Fine quality rubber is used in the manufacturing of the sole of these shoes. Sole adhere to the surface well and provides control and freedom of movements on the volleyball court.

Traction is superb and allows the player to play the game on dusty places as well and the main thing is that there is no need to wipe out the dust periodically. They don’t attach dust particles with their sole.

Cushioning is the hallmark feature of these shoes. The cushioning protects the feet well by distributing the shocks evenly to the sole and is very comfortable and responsive as well.

Bouncy heel and explosive cushioning give the required energy to the player to perform well during the game. Jumping and landings are safe with these shoes because of extra protection to the heel and toe box.

They are light in weight and breathability is perfect too. The look is very captivating to the buyer and the variety of available color combinations makes them a hard contender for a buyer to go with them.

What we liked
  • Light in weight and durable.
  • Excellent breathability and stability.
  • Xenos laces grip the feet well to protect the ankle and forefeet.
  • Very responsive and supportive of the player.
  • They are good looking and available in a wide range of color combinations.
What We didn't like
  • They are heavy on the pocket, but worth money.
  • They took some time to break in.


Nike Kobe Mamba Rage

Nike Kobe Mamba Rage is a similar product to Nike Kobe 11 and Nike Kobe AD. These shoes having the characteristics of two famous Nike basketball shoes require no introduction.

These shoes are very light and help in vertical jump to block the aggression of the opponent attackers in volleyball. This is the required feature for a shoe that best fits for volleyball.

Traction is good and picks a lot of dust. These shoes are not as recommendable to play outdoor as to play indoor.

A player has to wipe out the dust from the sole periodically. It is not a big issue because this work can be done in less than a couple of minutes.

Cushioning is decent in these shoes and absorbs the pressure exerted by the surface to the shoe after jumping or during aggressive movements. The stress is divided into the complete sole and protects the feet to bear shocks.

Cushioning is responsive also and utilizes the energy of the player in the best way to improve the sped and performance of the player and adds a couple of inches to the vertical jump as well. They are breathable as well.

Sole is made up of quality rubber and the pattern on the sole gives the required grip to avoid slip during the game. A player can move freely in all parts of the playing area without having a tension of slipping.

They are in line with the fashion of the time and available in a fair amount of color combinations.

What we liked
  • They are one of the lightest shoes in the market.
  • A signature product of Bryant Nike Shoe line.
  • Cushioning responsive and comfortable.
  • Adds a couple of inches to the vertical jump.
What We didn't like
  • There is no support to the ankle due to the low cut.
  • Not recommended for outdoor play.


Nike Men’s Hyperdunk

Three Nike shoes break into the top five of our ranking. Hyperdunk from Nike is also a versatile product like Adidas Performance Crazy Explosive.

This is at the fifth spot because of the high cut. It is perfect to protect the ankle, but some volleyball players may feel this irritating during slanting front to lift up the shoot of the opponents.

Nike Hyperdunk shoes use synthetic leather in their bodies. This synthetic leather makes them durable and waterproof as well.

The breathability is still impressive and allows the player to play for a long time with these shoes in the feet.

The sole is made up of rubber and is wide as well. The grip of these shoes on the surface is excellent and can be used in all types of playing conditions. Wide feet players can also use these shoes with ease.

Cushioning is something exceptional in these shoes and makes them protective and shock-free. The shocks subjected to the shoe are divided efficiently all over the place and protect the feet to feel the impact.

Jumping is made easy with responsive and comfortable cushioning. Ankle twisting ran out of the equation with the presence of high cut that snug fits the ankle. They are still light in weight with these specs.

Laces are positioned with a purpose to hold the feet tight and in position. They are very attractive and available in a variety of color combinations.

What we liked
  • Light in weight and supportive of the player.
  • The heel uses bounce technology to give maximum response and energy to the player.
  • Cushioning is excellent and lowers the magnitude of the shocks.
  • Ankle support along with extra heel protection is there.
What We didn't like
  • They are expensive.
  • Fitting is the issue when ordering them online. Order a size smaller than the normal one.
  • The high cut may feel irritating when leaning front.


Nike Kobe Xi Em Low

Nike’s Kobe XI came with the low cut in the market, but this is an impressive shoe and ranked six in our top ten list.

They are super light in weight and cheers the volleyball player with this attribute. They are also very responsive and support the player to move quickly and pace up with the speed of the player.

Cushioning is done with the trademark cushioning technology of Nike, the lunarlon cushioning. It makes the cushioning comfortable and protective of the feet.

The cushioning absorbs the shocks and prevents the feet to have the severe impact of the aggressive actions of the player.

The top of the shoe is manufactured with the help of engineered mesh, makes the shoe durable and breathable as well.

The low top of these shoes is not an issue. It allows the volleyball player to move the feet freely in any direction. The ankle issue is there but Nike tries hard to protect the ankle with the all-round covering of flywire.

The heel has extra padding and absorbs the shocks well. The heel is bouncy and adds the distance to the jump by efficiently providing the energy back to the player.

Sole is made up of rubber. Traction is fine and allows the sole to grip the surface with a strong force and avoids the slipping issue of the player.

They are very fashionable and available in many different color schemes. They are presentable and looks perfect in the feet.

What we liked
  • The engineered mesh makes them durable and breathable.
  • They are feather weighted.
  • Cushioning is excellent with the perfect rubber sole that grips the surface well.
What We didn't like
  • Less protection to the ankle.
  • Laces may not hold the feet tight and get loose during the match.


Under Armour Curry 3

Stephan Curry 3 is the proud product of Under Armour basketball shoes. They are not lacking behind in any means.

These shoes have captured the attention of any basketball players and volleyball players in the whole world.

The first, but possibly not the last product of the UA basketball shoes in this list is Under Armour Curry 3.

They are made with the signature Threadborne technology of Under Armour and adds durability and breathability to them.

You would not feel hot inside these shoes because the airflow is kept very decent and it keeps the inside temperature within the desired range. These shoes are therefore recommended for long duration games.

The herringbone pattern is present on the sole that makes the traction unmatched. They wipe a lot of dust and never allows the dust to stick with the sole.

Rubber sole having the herringbone pattern is very adhesive to the surface and eradicates the chances of getting slipped.

One of the featured attributes is the charged cushioning of Curry 3. Micro G foam is used for cushioning the shoe.

This foam absorbs the pressure of the stresses subjected to the shoes and prevents ligaments bursts and plantar fasciitis pains.

Cushioning is also very supportive and responsive. It absorbs the energy and transmits the energy in an efficient manner from heel to the toe.

Bouncy heel with charged cushioning adds the height to the jump. What else is required for a volleyball player now?

This is the best choice for you to use basketball shoes effectively for playing volleyball.

There is no doubt about the attractiveness of these shoes and they are also available in a wide range of color schemes.

What we liked
  • Micro G foam cushioning is comfortable and responsive.
  • Breathability is excellent.
  • Threadborne made them durable and lightweight.
  • Appreciable ankle and heel protection are available.
  • Adds distance to the jump because of the bouncy heel and charged cushioning.
What We didn't like
  • They are costlier than Adidas and Nike shoes.
  • Fitting is tight, it is recommended to order a number up than a normal fitting.


Jordan Ultra Fly

There is no Air Jordan present in this list, but guess what? Jordan Ultra Fly breaks in the top ten list.

They are made up of mesh material and the cage mesh pattern on the top body makes them attractive and breathable. There is no issue of feet burns in these shoes due to the excellent breathability.

They are light in weight due to the presence of cage mesh. They came with tight-fitting that protects the feet from potential feet injuries.

Ultra-fly is the best fit for volleyball because of its extra lightweight and bouncy heel. The bouncy heel adds the distance to the jump and allows the player to block the volleys of the opponents and protects the heel from severe shocks as well.

Sole has a U throat pattern, the most commonly used pattern in the volleyball shoes. This pattern adds stability to the shoes and provides the robust grip required to move freely on the surface without the fear of getting slipped.

Cushioning is very comfortable and responsive. It prevents the feet from odd shocks. There is extra padding on the cut to protect the ankle from injuries. The design is attractive, and they are available in different colors.

What we liked
  • U-throat sole is the required trait for volleyball shoes that is present in Jordan Ultra Fly basketball shoes.
  • They are lightweight and long-lasting.
  • Cage mesh makes them breathable.
  • Bouncy heel helps the player to jump high.
  • Heel and ankle protections are also provided in this pair of basketball shoes.
What We didn't like
  • Wide feet players may feel irritating.
  • There is limited color available despite the attractive design.


Adidas Men’s D Rose 7

Another Adidas shoe makes the place in the top ten. D Rose 7 is an improved version of the D rose series. They are aided with a cozy fit high cut to protect the ankles of the player and give comfort.

Multi-Directional herringbone traction is present on the sole that adds extra stability and control to the feet movements and eliminated the risk of feet injuries due to unbalancing.

On the heel, Neoprene cushioning is provided to safeguard the heels from the outward stresses. It is an added feature for a volleyball game because of the frequent contact of the shoe with the ground.

The grip of the sole is very good, but the traction is the best in the D Rose 7 shoes. Cushioning is made soft and supportive to the feet. D Rose 7 is made with quality material and are breathable as well.

The product is very attractive and has a unique shape. These shoes are available in a number of attractive colors.

What we liked
  • Traction is unmatched.
  • Heel protection is superlative.
  • Multi-Directional Herringbone pattern on sole gives stability and control.
What We didn't like
  • Flexibility causes fitting issues.
  • Sole is narrow from the arch region.


Nike Air Command Force

Nike is going to finish off the list with the Air Command Force basketball shoe. This shoe is an orthodox 90’s fashion shoe but justifies the purpose in all domains.

It is one of the high cut shoes in the global market and is widely used by many players because of the lightweight and soft cushioning.

Soft and comfortable cushioning with proper airflow gives the desired comfort to the feet even in the long games. Cushioning absorbs the pressures exerted by the aggressive moves and protects the feet to feel the music.

They are very durable and made up of leather material. It adds life to the shoes and makes them safe. High cute protects the ankle, while the heel is being protected by the extra cushioning in the heel region.

Some of these shoes grip the surface well and the traction is also up to the mark of international standards.

If you are not style conscious, these shoes are suitable in an economical package for playing volleyball. There are three colors available in this product.

What we liked
  • Impressive cushioning is available at the economical fee.
  • Light in weight and breathable.
  • Protects the ankle and heel of the player.
  • They are long-lasting because of the leather body.
What We didn't like
  • Old fashioned.
  • Less availability of color.
  • The high cut may reduce the freedom of feet movement in bended knee positions.



Due to the extensive research on basketball shoes, companies are producing quality shoes that can also be used in volleyball.

Volleyball also includes jumping, swift movements and swift movements on the court. The best basketball shoe for this purpose is Adidas James Harden Vol 3.

It is the top pick from us because of the supreme cushioning, bouncy heel, ankle and heel protection and efficient breathability.

You can pick any basketball shoe from the list, it will not disappoint you in the game of volleyball.

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