The best outdoor basketball shoes to buy now

Did you know that most basketball shoes in the market are made for indoor courts? Read on to learn what an outdoor basketball shoe is and check out our picks of the best ones to buy. 

Some of the best outdoor basketball shoes of 2023.GOAT

Since most basketball games and championships are played on indoor courts, it should come as no surprise that most basketball sneakers are designed to be used on hardwood floors. Brands release very few basketball sneakers that hold up against the harshness of the tarmac on outdoor courts. To help you find the perfect outdoor basketball shoes, we have created a list of the best options available in 2023 and offer some tips for choosing the right shoe. 

What is an outdoor basketball shoe? 

An outdoor basketball shoe is specially made for usage on courts featuring a firmer surface like asphalt or concrete – a common material used in outdoor courts. These shoes provide enhanced durability, traction and support to withstand the harsher conditions and surface textures of outdoor courts.

What are the key features of outdoor basketball shoes?

-Thicker uppers: Offer better ankle support and help prevent excessive foot movements, reducing the risk of sprains or injuries.
-Thicker outsoles: Made of strong rubber to prevent ripping on the hard court. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are heavy. Outdoor models like the Jordan Luka 1 are especially lightweight on the feet.
-Deep and wide traction grooves: Provides better grip on rough surfaces and minimizes the risk of slipping. Models like the
DON Issue 4 and Li-Ning’s Wade All City 11 have a wide outsole, giving wearers good support as it helps with traction and stability.

Can I use my indoor basketball shoes outdoors and vice versa?

We don’t recommend indoor basketball shoes for outdoor courts as doing so will wear out the thin, flexible soles of indoor basketball shoes. The outsoles can rip if they are subjected to the rough elements of outdoor courts and their grip pattern may struggle to grip on outdoor flooring. 

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On the other hand, while outdoor basketball shoes can be used on indoor courts, we don’t recommend it. This is because outdoor basketball shoes tend to have a different grip pattern and are slightly heavier than their indoor counterparts hence basketball shoes made for indoor courts are the preferred choice for optimum performance on hardwood courts. 

Are low top or high top basketball shoes better for outdoor use?

When choosing between a high or low top basketball sneaker, consider your need for ankle support and your playing style. High tops offer added ankle support but can feel more restrictive and heavier on-feet. On the other hand, low-top sneakers are much lighter and support a more dynamic, fast-paced playing style. Mid-top sneakers, like those offered by New Balance, stride the perfect balance between support and lightness. For more tips, check out this basketball shoes guide

We have compiled a list of the best outdoor basketball shoes of 2023 that provide you with great traction and support for your feet without compromising style. Scroll down to check them out! 

One of the best outdoor basketball shoes of 2023, the D.O.N. Issue #4 'Achieve It'.

D.O.N. Issue #4 ‘Achieve It’
S$143.06 (US9)

One of the best outdoor basketball shoes of 2023, the Jordan Luka 1 'Bred'.

Jordan Luka 1 ‘Bred’
S$154.92 (US9)

One of the best outdoor basketball shoes of 2023, the Jamal Murray x New Balance Two WXY v3.

Jamal Murray x New Balance Two WXY V3
S$210 (US9)

One of the best outdoor basketball shoes of 2023, the Wade 808 2 Ultra '305'.

Wade 808 2 Ultra ‘305’
S$162 (US9)

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