I put together a list of what I think the top basketball shoes of all time are. The criteria was based on a players shoe for the time period. The basketball shoe must perform first then it must have on court and off court appeal. The basketball shoes are in no particular order. Hit me back and let me know what you think.

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Lebron IV

Lebron IV

Nike Air Zoom LeBron IV

The LeBron IV is the shoe that will mold this line of basketball shoes into it’s future. The slow recovery memory foam in the upper collar provides a perfect blend of flexibility and ankle support. The full length TPU plate and solid rubber herringbone pods provide superior traction on the court. This has been a great basketball shoe for LeBron. It’s chunky military look give this basketball shoe fantastic function as well. A fairly light weight basketball shoe with great ankle support for lateral moves. The question is… will the line of LeBron basketball shoes match the fan following of Jordan basketball shoes.

The first color way to release of the Lebron IV is the Black/White/Varsity Crimson.
Future releases:
Black/Black/Anthracite
White/Navy/Gold
Black/Black/Red
White/White/Reflective Silver/Chrome
White/Metallic Gold (All Star)
Blue/White (All Star)

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Adidas Crazy 8

Adidas Crazy 8

Adidas Crazy 8
This adidas basketball shoe worn by Gilbert Arenas, has a mix of on-court performance and style as well as a unique street/casual look that is a love it or hate it. The bootie construction of this basketball shoe minimize friction for hardwood comfort. An air-mesh lining provides ventilation to keep your feet cool and dry. With a leather and synthetic upper, EVA midsole, Torsion System plate this basketball shoe is sure to perform. Wt. 16.6 oz.

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adidas T-Mac 6

adidas T-Mac 6

adidas T-Mac 6
Tracy McGrady rocks this basketball shoe to control his game. The adidas T-Mac 6 has a five-pod Ground Control System that provides unmatched stability and motion control. This basketball shoe has a synthetic upper. Molded EVA insole offers anatomical comfort. Ground Control System provides motion control and ground adaptability. Torsion System adds midfoot integrity. Non-marking rubber outsole. This version of the T-Mac is by far my favorite. The clean and simple looks of this basketball shoe are great change for the T-Mac line. Wt. 17.2 oz.

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Nike Air Jordan 21

Nike Air Jordan 21

Air Jordan 21
Finally, no straps and lace covers… This Jordan basketball shoe is considered by many to be the best of the best. Carbon fiber OD, the Air Jordan XXI, is a performance Air Jordan. The ultra-light weight and easy to wear 21 works in high tech materials. The AJ 21 features huge, tightly woven carbon fiber shank plate, improved outsole dual-level traction pattern and Independent Podular Suspension.
The outbreak tech of this basketball shoe is the inter-changeable heel cushioning system lets you choose between Zoom Air or Encapsulated Air. The IPS™ pods are transparent. The heel pod is changeable. The Zoom™ Air Pod is harder than the Encapsulated Air Pod. Smaller and quicker players prefer the Zoom™ Air pod because it’s more responsive. Bigger and slower players prefer the Encapsulated Air Pod for softer cushioning. This basketball shoe was inspired by the Bentley Continental GT coupe. There is some resemblance to the car’s “matrix” front grill.

The ankle support and inner bootie is made of Imperfirm foam that is heat-molded to conform with maleoli. The red thin edge of the extended heel counter imitates the unique styling of the Bentley’s rear Central High Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL) that is just 3mm tall but fully one metre wide. Inside the shoe, it is lined with Picco Span™ moisture-wicking material.
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Converse Wade Playoff

Converse Wade Playoff

Converse Wade Playoff
Converse is launching a special post season color way of the Wade basketball shoe. The new color way will recognize Wade’s appearance in the 2006 NBA playoffs. An all-new basketball shoe is created from the original signature shoe, the upper changes to a pleated material. The toe features crocodile skin synthetic leather and the midfoot is made from black nubuck material. Converse has also made updates to the WADE logo which is similar to the Converse star logo. The Wade playoff is a great shoe. It’s a super clean basketball shoe with subtle details. By far the best WADE we have ever seen.

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Nike Zoom Kobe 1

Nike Zoom Kobe 1

Nike Zoom Kobe 1
The wraps came off at the NBA All Star Game, Nike unveiled its first ever Kobe Bryant basketball shoe. Kobe Bryant formerly worked with adidas and had those ugly Kobe’s boxes with the internal shoe laces. The Nike Zoom Kobe I is a life blood of the Air Huarache and Nike 2K4s. The Zoom Kobe I is a lightweight basketball shoe designed for guards who want a lightweight and flexible basketball shoe. The Zoom Kobe 1 was is a smash and has lead the way for the current Kobe basketball shoes. This basketball shoe features a full-grain leather upper that conforms, padded and breathable ankle collar for support and comfort. As well as a seamless internalized fit sleeve, carbon fiber heel bucket for lateral stability, lightweight phylon midsole with midfoot flex grooves for flexibility, full-length exposed carbon fiber spring plate for multidirectional propulsion. Features in the basketball shoe have earned it the 2006 Performance Shoe of the Year.

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Jordan 1

Jordan 1

Air Jordan I
The shoe that defined basketball shoes. The first Jordan came in black and red, and was actually banned by the NBA. Once fans learned of the fines Jordan had to pay, the shoe exploded in popularity. Eventually, the NBA dropped the rule. Now don’t get me wrong… this is not a technical basketball shoe but what it represents is the future of basketball shoes. Jordan needed a basketball shoe to raise his game and Nike gave it to him. With the right amount of marketing and the player who rewrote the the game, Nike delivered the first basketball shoe that people had to have. This basketball shoe created last second driveway heros across the world.

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Jordan XX3

Jordan XX3

Air Jordan XX3
The Air Jordan XX3 basketball shoe is iconic. Not only because of the number 23 but this is the last sport inspired Jordan basketball shoe to be produced. With special attention from Tinker Hatfield and the Nike Marketing department the XX3 basketball shoe was going to be special. With only 23 pairs being delivered to 23 stores at the time of launch the hype was there and the fans went nuts. With prices as high as $1500 online, collectors were looking to get their hands on this kick. This basketball shoe was just that… a basketball shoe first. The Jordan XX3 was all business and extremely light weight basketball shoe that provides ample ankle support that was a concern prior to launch. So the big question… is this the best basketball shoe ever? Maybe… Is this the best performance Jordan basketball shoe? YES!

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Nike Hyperdunk

Nike Hyperdunk

Nike Hyperdunk
The Nike Hyperdunk is a basketball shoe that has changed the way we think about basketball shoes. The Fly Wire technology give this shoe unbelievable strength and support and sheds excess weight to give power players an edge. This basketball shoe provides big man support in a point guard package. Lunar Foam is an organic material was developed by NASA. Lunar Foam provides shock absorption and a responsive feel while reducing weight in this basketball shoe. The Hyperdunk made a world debut at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. This basketball shoe let the world know the Hyperdunk was a players shoe.

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