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.

New Balance BB480

BB480

BB480

$75

New Balance

Buy at New Balance

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

Nike LeBron Witness 5

LeBron Witness 5

LeBron Witness 5

$100

Nike

Buy at NIKE

LeBron's Nike saga is up there with the best that have come out of the NBA. The LeBron Witness 5 offers an accessible entry point for those who don't want to break the bank before hitting the court.

Under Armour SC 3ZER0 III

SC 3ZER0 III

SC 3ZER0 III

$90

Under Armour

Buy at Under Armour

Steph Curry doesn't miss, whether it's on or off the court. The Under Armour SC 3ZERO III gives you top performance in a 90-dollar package. Winner.

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

$109

Reebok

Buy at Stadium Goods

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

PUMA RS Dreamer Summer Hustle

RS Dreamer Summer Hustle

RS Dreamer Summer Hustle

$210

PUMA

Buy at Stadium Goods

You need to get any advantage you can on the court, and if that means copping a pair of mind-bogglingly red shoes then so be it.

Converse OG Pro Leather

OG Pro Leather

OG Pro Leather

$75

Converse

Buy at Converse

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

PUMA Court Rider Twofold Sneakers

Court Rider Twofold Sneakers

Court Rider Twofold Sneakers

$100

PUMA

Buy at PUMA

PUMA's basketball stock is rising. With names like Kyle Kuzma and J. Cole in the roster, PUMA's presence on the court is only going to grow.

Reebok Kamikaze II Low Trainers

Kamikaze II Low Trainers

Kamikaze II Low Trainers

$100

Reebok

Buy at Reebok

Winding the clock back to when Shaq wore Kamikazes. We're pretty sure he never broke anyone's ankles wearing them, but you can.

Want to keep browsing? Head to the Highsnobiety Shop for more products that we love. Highsnobiety has affiliate marketing partnerships, which means we may receive a commission from your purchase.

What To Read Next