5 Basketball Sneakers You Should Be Wearing to the Gym This Year

  • adidas D Rose 5
    adidas D Rose 5 Boost

    Derrick Rose will officially make his long-awaited return to competitive NBA basketball tonight, so it’s only fitting that adidas has rolled out the latest edition of his signature shoe line, the D Rose 5 Boost, at a key time. Rose will undoubtedly benefit from the addition of the impact-friendly Boost technology featured in his newest shoe, but he isn’t the only one. Next time you wear these joints to the gym, expect an extra bounce in your step thanks to the coveted high energy-return midsole. Now, we’re not saying you’ll magically begin to throw down dunks, but you’ll surely inch closer to the rim.

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  • Nike Kobe 9 Elite
    Nike Kobe 9 Elite

    These aren’t the cheapest sneakers you’ll find on the market, but according to life’s general rule of thumb, if you want top quality, you usually have to pay up for it. This is particularly true for the Kobe 9 Elite. Featuring what’s perhaps one of the most revolutionary designs to ever grace a hoops shoe, the Kobe 9 Elite utilizes all of the notable performance tech — things like Nike Flywire and Lunarlon — you’d expect to find in a modern-day shoe, but it also gives ballers that coveted support element that many comparable shoes lack. This means that next time you’re in the gym, you can rely on the shoe’s extraordinary high-top Flyknit construction to hold your ankles in place as you throw down on the competition.

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  • Nike LeBron 12
    Nike LeBron 12

    Anyone who’s still hating on LeBron needs to get their priorities in check. There’s no denying that he is currently the best basketball player in the world. And it just so happens that the best baller in the world plays in the best basketball shoes around — go figure. If you really think about it, it can be argued that only the great Michael Jordan has had a bigger impact in the sneaker game than LeBron. Now that King James has returned to his throne in Cleveland, Nike has armed him with a new piece of armor in the LeBron 12.

    The best thing about it is that you too can get locked and loaded in the 12s as you attempt to get on the king’s level. Unfortunately for you, wearing his latest kicks is probably the closest you’ll ever get to getting a taste of what life is like in LeBron’s proverbial shoes. We know you’ve got options, but if you opt for the LeBron 12s, expect an increase in explosiveness thanks to the new natural-motion hexagonal outsole that Nike has slapped on the shoes. The 12s are also some of the most durable basketball shoes you’ll ever come across, so if you go hard in the paint, these are the sneaks for you.

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  • Nike KD7
    Nike KD7

    The best thing about athlete signature shoes is that they’re modeled specifically to cater to their namesake player’s style of play, so in a way, you know exactly what to expect. With that said, if you think you’ve got a smooth game that consists of elusive plays, quick cuts, and cold-blooded jumpers like Kevin Durant’s, then you were destined to wear the Nike KD 7.

    Where most of the other shoes you see around the gym these days are probably mid-tops, the KD line has been holding it down for ballers who prefer a low-cut silhouette that promotes speed and agility. The KD 7 has everything going for it in terms of both form and function. Not only will you up your street cred with a pair of these, but the Phylon midsole and Flywire upper combo will have you moving around the hardwood with ease. Whether or not you’re able to knock down the open jumper is on you.

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  • Jordan CP3.VIII
    Jordan CP3.VIII

    Unlike the rest of the shoes on this list, the Jordan CP3.VIII isn’t actually out yet, but based off of past iterations of Chris Paul’s signature shoe, we can come to a general conclusion that the newest member of the series will not disappoint. In a seemingly endless sea of basketball sneakers that all seem to blend in together, the CP3.VIII stands out for its stealth, no-frills design that is all business (sort of like CP’s game).

    If you’re wondering about what type of performance advantage the shoes will give you on the court, we can sum it up into one word: speed. These bad boys feature an extremely stable TPU chassis that will allow you to make quick cuts. In addition, the built-in inner sleeve will provide a second-skin fit that’s next-to-none.

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  • adidas D Rose 5
  • Nike Kobe 9 Elite
  • Nike LeBron 12
  • Nike KD7
  • Jordan CP3.VIII

Forget what you heard about Christmas — the start of basketball season is the “most wonderful time of the year.” It’s really not even close. With hoops action starting to heat up on all levels of the game — from AAU to the NBA — it’s time to get your mind right and your game back in top form. Even if you’re past your prime and are no longer hooping competitively, or even if you’re still in high school ballin’ out, chances are that you still like to hit the gym every now and then to keep your skill-set sharp. The only problem is that you’re still playing in the same hole-riddled kicks you wore last year. Needless to say, it’s time to re-up on your sneaker game. After all, you can use all the help you can get out there.

While a new pair of shoes won’t turn you into a pro baller, they certainly will give you a slight boost in your performance, and maybe even your confidence. Think about it. Think about how hyped you get that first day you cop the new KDs or the new LeBrons. Feels good, doesn’t it? That feeling carries over into your game and suddenly you’ll be shooting like Steph Curry or handling the rock like Allen Iverson. It’s not always about the shoes, right, Spike? The thing is, though, they can never hurt you.

With that said, these are the 5 Basketball Sneakers You Should Be Wearing to the Gym This Year.

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