The Best For The Best

Students want the best shoes that will give them the upper hand on the court. However, some athletes might not know what to look for.


The sport of basketball was invented in 1891 and has evolved into one of the most watched sports in the world. Shoes have always been a big part of the game. From Converse in the 60s, to Jordan’s in the 80s, all the way up to present day shoes such as KD’s, LeBrons, Kobes and many more. The style and build of shoes is always changing and the variety is expanding, which makes it harder for athletes to find the right shoe.

In recent years, athletes have preferred sneakers with high tops and cushioned soles. Many professional basketball players want a shoe that can give them maximum support for their feet and ankles, while maintaining good comfortability. However, it’s not just the professionals that seek these qualities in a shoe, the athletes buying these shoes want the same quality that the professionals do.

“I look for something that is comfortable for me,” junior Michael Balagot said. “[I like a shoe] that can go along with my movements on the court, has really good ankle support and cushion.”

Style can also play a factor in one’s decision on which shoe to purchase. Top notch basketball players earn big endorsements through big name athletic wear companies to devise a signature shoe line. However, those endorsed shoes are running the show in terms of style. Every year, new styles are coming out and the ultimate goal for these shoes is to be as unique as possible. The Kobe 9 is a high top which provides good ankle support, but the style of the shoe is very distinct and is truly a statement amongst other basketball shoes.

The brand of the shoe is also something to be considered when purchasing a new shoe. Knowing that the shoe is reliable and worth the money is a major selling point. Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all offer quality shoes for a decent price.

“I prefer to wear Nike because I have been wearing Nike shoes since I started playing basketball,” sophomore Gavin Eldridge said. “I have never bought a pair that I have been disappointed with, so I just stuck with them.”

Whereas Nike might be one of the most popular brands and has the most endorsed shoes, their sneakers can certainly be pricey. Adidas and Under Armour are also brands to consider when searching for the ideal shoes. Not only do they have quality shoes, but they also may have some for cheaper prices.

Knowing where to buy shoes is important; it all depends on how much one is willing to spend and how much time one has. If a pair of shoes is needed in a minimal amount of time, there are many different sporting good stores that sell all different kinds of shoes. Dicks Sporting Goods, Footlocker, Finishline and Champs all offer a wide selection of shoes. However, some stores don’t always have the best variety. Shopping online might be a better alternative; there are far more websites than stores that have an abundance of sneakers.