Sports gear has obviously never been as technically advanced as it is today. Whether it’s football boots with ergonomic blades and laceless uppers or catching gloves with super glue-like coatings on the palms, if there’s an advantage to be taken, sports companies are taking it.

This desire to push boundaries does, unfortunately, also push prices. In the time since NBA players laced up a pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars to now, we’ve seen the average price of basketball shoes double at the very least. That doesn’t mean that you can’t cop fire for less, though. There’s a world of affordable basketball shoes out there for those who don't need all the trimmings, just a sturdy sole that's ready to cross someone over if needed.

One of the most attractive things about basketball is its accessibility. Everyone can get involved — or that’s the idea, anyway. Having to buy a pair of $300 basketball shoes to ball out is a myth and it goes against what the sport stands for in many ways. That’s why we hit the net to round up the best affordable basketball shoes so that you can hit the court in full force without feeling guilty.

Shop 10 pairs of affordable basketball shoes below.

adidas Ownthegame Shoes

Ownthegame Shoes

Ownthegame Shoes

$65

adidas

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Proving staunchly that you don't need to drop big numbers to hit the court effectively is the adidas Ownthegame. A mesh upper and lightweight Lightmotion cushioning combine for an effortless ride.

adidas D.O.N. Issue #2 Shoes

D.O.N. Issue #2 Shoes

D.O.N. Issue #2 Shoes

$80

adidas

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It's not often that you can bag a signature show for less than $100. Donovan Mitchell's Issue #2 design is there for the taking, though.

adidas Harden Vol. 5 Futurenatural Shoes

Harden Vol. 5 Futurenatural Shoes

Harden Vol. 5 Futurenatural Shoes

$91

adidas

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And if you act fast, you might be able to secure Harden's Vol. 5 Futurenatural. A tonal polka dot upper gives this shoe an unmissable finish.

New Balance BB480

BB480

BB480

$103

New Balance

Buy at HHV

New Balance's BB480 is designed for the court, but you'd be forgiven for thinking this white pair was a purely lifestyle silhouette.

Nike Air Jordan Future Low

Air Jordan Future Low

Air Jordan Future Low

$99

Nike

Buy at Stadium Goods

The Nike Air Jordan Future never really took off and it's a shame. The all-in-one upper features a subtle red camo here which really makes the shoe pop.

PUMA Clyde

Updating the certified classic PUMA Clyde, this contemporary version will offer better support without losing any of the style.

Reebok Question Low Vivid Orange

Question Low Vivid Orange

Question Low Vivid Orange

$95

Reebok

Buy at Stadium Goods

Manifest AI himself in this pair of in-your-face Patent Vivid Question Lows.

Converse OG Pro Leather

OG Pro Leather

OG Pro Leather

from $75

Converse

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Prefer hooping in retro mode? Converse is the place to look.

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