adidas is a frontrunner in almost every aspect of sportswear, but one thing which we’ve had a close eye on lately is the adidas basketball shoes category. Ranging from high-top basketball shoes to low-top basketball shoes, retro design through to cutting-edge modernity, and a full spectrum of colorful basketball shoes, the offering is second to none.

With the NBA 2022-2023 season readying to start in mid-October, it’s high time you copped a pair of adidas basketball shoes to see out the season. But where do you begin? With so many styles and specialties on offer, it’s not a simple decision.

Firstly, we’d recommend thinking about your game or the game you want to play. If you see yourself as a slasher, then opt for some of the lightest basketball shoes on offer, ensuring they give ample support and grip for quick direction changes. If, on the other hand, you’re a steady all-rounder, you can sacrifice lightweight acumen for a heavier but more comfortable sole unit.

One of our major shortcuts in deciding which adidas basketball shoes are best for your game is matching your play style to an existing superstar. So, sharpshooting point guard? Head straight for the adidas Trae Young 1 or the Dame 8. All-rounder that’s as likely to pull up from three as head to the rim? The adidas Harden Vol. 6 is probably your best choice.

Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best low-top and high-top adidas basketball shoes to take you through the upcoming season.

Shop 10 of the best adidas basketball shoes below.

Low-top basketball shoes

Trae Young 1

Trae Young 1 Shoes

Trae Young 1 Shoes

$130

adidas

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Trae Young's game is based on his almost inhuman ability to sink a jumper reliably from anywhere on the court. While we can't guarantee you this ability, the Trae Young 1 can help you with a Lightstrike midsole to make this one of the lightest basketball shoes in this roundup, as well as an internal lockdown system to provide support despite the lightweight build.

Adizero Rose 1.5 Low Restomod

Adizero Rose 1.5 Low Restomod Shoes

Adizero Rose 1.5 Low Restomod Shoes

$150

adidas

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Low-top basketball shoes are more common than high-top basketball shoes nowadays but this wasn't always the case, which is what makes the Rose 1.5 Low such an icon. Derek Rose's 1.5 Lows look back to one of the game's best-ever point guards and one of his most loved designs. Now kitted out with the latest tech like a Lightstrike midsole and Puremotion outsole for grip, they've got their classic retro styling with the performance of a pair designed this year.

Niteball

Niteball Shoes

Niteball Shoes

$120

adidas

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While we're definitely on board with kitting yourself out with the latest and greatest pieces of basketball tech, but it's worth considering whether you'll use them to their extent. For example, will you even be balling on hardwood, or is it more likely to be concrete? If so, something like the adidas Niteball is a great proposition. Inspired by the streetball scene, this pair features a heavier build but more substantial sole unit and upper.

High-top basketball shoes

Adizero Rose 1.5 Restomod

Adizero Rose 1.5 Restomod Shoes

Adizero Rose 1.5 Restomod Shoes

$160

adidas

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We've already sung the praises of D. Rose and the Adizero Rose 1.5, but this high-top iteration needed some airtime, too. High-top basketball shoes are a quick way to bring some retro style to your game fit and they offer increased ankle support, too. We love a pair of black basketball shoes, too, because it tells your opponent that your game does the talking, not the kicks.

Dame 8

Dame 8 Shoes

Dame 8 Shoes

$120

adidas

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Damian Lillard's signature adidas basketball shoes have been a game changer for the Three Stripes. It's names like Dame that bring serious credibility to any brand but combine that with the fact that the signature line is one of the best-performing families in basketball shoes, and you've got a winner on your hands. Our favorite aspect of this pair is the Bounce Pro midsole which gives amazing energy return for your hops. That's not to mention the fact that these are some of the more colorful basketball shoes on the court.

Harden Vol.6

Harden Vol. 6

Harden Vol. 6

$150

adidas

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Most adidas basketball shoes look to sleek, performance-based design that goes hand in hand with powerful detailing. James Harden's latest colorways look to flower detailing to the eyelet, though, making them really stand out. But, while the detailing might be cute, the Boost midsole and bands on the forefoot and heel give you a locked-down feel all game long, meaning your game can be ruthless.

T-Mac 1

T-Mac 1

T-Mac 1

$140

adidas

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Few signature lines are as visually memorable as that of T-Mac. Tracy McGrady's high-intensity playing style was aided by the out-of-this-world designs on his feet. McGrady's size and speed made him a force to be reckoned with, and details like Adiprene+ cushioning for soft landings and a Torsion System underfoot for support on direction changes make it possible for someone of that size to play so quickly without injury.

D.O.N. Issue #4

D.O.N. Issue #4 Shoes

D.O.N. Issue #4 Shoes

$120

adidas

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Donovan Mitchell wasted no time proving how underrated he was in his first season at the Utah Jazz in 2017. Since then, his signature shoes have been one of the best-selling adidas basketball shoes on the market. But it's not all down to the hype behind the player. This pair of white basketball shoes comes with Ultralight Lightstrike in the sole unit as well as a LIGHTLOCK upper for a snug fit and a propulsion system that won't weigh you down.

Harden Vol.6

Harden Vol. 6 Shoes

Harden Vol. 6 Shoes

$150

adidas

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We've already listed a Harden Vol.6 in this roundup, but, sticking with the theme of white basketball shoes, we had to list this one too. Arguably one of the best colorways to come out of the adidas basketball shoes roster this season, we're tempted to wear this pair when we're off-court, too.

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