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How To Choose Basketball Sneakers: High-End vs Low Budget

How To Choose Basketball Sneakers
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How to choose basketball sneakers? Seems like it is no easy task. Or is it? Let’s find out.

If you’re hooping for years, you have probably already formed an opinion. You know your preferred brand, the type of kicks you wanna rock, the colors — and definitely, the budget.

Or if you’re just starting out, you might be pondering: do I splurge on some high-end basketball shoes? Or do I stick to the low price ones?

Choosing basketball sneakers on a budget

Yes, the amount of money you’re trying to spend will be the defining factor here.

Of course, if you can afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of sneakers, and walk into Foot Locker like a boss, you got it. But what if that’s not the case?

Gym or Park?

First, let’s see if you’re going to play basketball indoors or outdoors. If you’re balling outdoors, it would also depend on the type of pavement. If it’s a rugged playground, then your sneakers will wear quickly and you will need to purchase another pair soon. Again, your own preferences come into play here: do you prefer to get a more expensive pair of shoes that would last longer? Or would you rather get a new pair every now and then?


Another thing you will have to decide is whether you want a low ankle or a high ankle shoe. Some basketball players prefer high ankle sneakers that wrap your ankle around and can prevent a twist or make it milder. At the same time, modern low ankle sneakers are stable enough too, when coupled with ankle support or an elastic tape and socks. You will have to try them out and feel the freedom of movement you’re accustomed to, but switching in between the two types is also possible. It’s just a habit and a matter of personal preference.

Style & Quality

Now, if you’re going for the budget sneakers you might wanna check out if some professional players have endorsed them. In a lot of cases some basketball brands like Peak and Li-Ning have NBA pros behind a sneaker line. It’s totally okay to purchase those brands, even if there are no big names behind them.

The low budget options will often have a unique design and style. Those brands want to beat the competition, so they come up with new ideas and let’s be honest, they’re damn good!

The materials even the low-end brands use for the main body and the outsole and the inside is of the highest quality. The technologies and stitches are perfect, you just need to see for yourself and inspect the sneaker if you’re in a physical store, or see the pictures if you’re online.

Most importantly though — knowing how to choose basketball sneakers, or the sneakers themselves won’t win the game. You gotta show up and bring out the beast!!

See you on the court in your fresh kicks soon!

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