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Ready For The Court: Kids’ Basketball Shoes

Watch your budding athlete have a blast on the court in cool, comfortable kids’ basketball shoes.

Get your little on in the game with the latest basketball styles. They’ll love bright colors, fun details and built-in cushioning that supports them on their feet. She’ll feel like a pro in a pair of basketball high-tops and he’ll sink baskets in ultra-lightweight low-tops.

Boys' and girls' basketball shoes are just as stylish in the classroom as they are on the court. Shop brands you both love, like Nike®, Jordan®, adidas® and more.

Looking for more? Check out the collection of youth basketball clothes at DICK’S Sporting Goods—and help your young player pull together their look for game day.

Buying Tips

Cheer from the stands while your little one rules the court. The latest kids’ basketball shoes deliver a lightweight fit with the precise amount of cushioning and support. Help them stand out on the court in bold hues and sleek styling—inspired by the same shoes the pros wear.

The best kids’ basketball shoes are optimized for the game’s sudden bursts of energy and quick multi-directional movements. The outsole of your child’s basketball shoe should be designed from dense rubber with a traction-maximizing pattern.

Herringbone is a common traction pattern on basketball shoes. Flexible grooves along the outsole of the shoe help him maintain a natural gait.

A perforated upper ensures his shoe remains breathable while he runs, jumps and plays. Leather uppers have largely been replaced by composite leather and synthetic uppers, which provide extra durability and breathability.

Expert Advice

Keep him comfortable with a full-length midsole, constructed from responsive foam padding. The midsole is a shock-absorbing layer that disperse impact, keeping athletes on their feet longer. Select from EVA or polyurethane midsoles.

Polyurethane midsoles are dense for added stability on the court, though this material can sometimes add extra weight to the shoe. EVA is lighter, softer and more responsive, but does not help stabilize the foot.

A quality lacing system secures their foot in place to boost stability during the game.

Always ensure your child’s basketball shoe is designed with an inner sockliner, which enhances both fit and comfort. Many sockliners are treated to wick perspiration away from the foot, helping keep him dry and fresh.