Basketball players come in all shapes and sizes and if you were on the heavier side - Big Baby Davis - and were in need of new sneakers but have a hard time choosing due to the lightweight era taking over the retail wars then fear not as we have broken down some of the best all around performers for larger bodies. Hopefully the list helps you find your next hoop shoe without having to stress out.
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No. 10 - Nike Air Max Body U
Nike's latest 'big man' shoe which features heel only Air Max cushion and a Phylon midsole. While lighter weight players will likely be unable to utilize the firmer foam midsole, larger players will be able to have a foam under foot that compresses and will retain its properties longer than softer foam midsole based performers available at the moment. Plus its priced relatively cheap so you can't go wrong there.
No. 9 - Nike Air Pippen
A retro on a performance list? When the Retro features Max Air throughout most of the shoe... yes. These not only look great but they will also provide the wearer with maximum cushion that will last. You can always count on a 90's classic to do what certain modern day sneakers cannot.
No. 8 - adidas Crazy 97
The adidas Crazy 97 has a minimal setup as far as cushion is concerned but if you are a grounded big man then you may want more stability than cushion. With the Feet You Wear outsole in place, every step will be covered and you'll be riding fairly naturally so stability shouldn't be an issue. They fit great, are durable and come in at a decent price point. Again... gotta love the 90's.
No. 7 - Nike LeBron X Low
The LeBron X Low features 360 degree Air Max which will provide you with amazing cushion while the Fuse upper will offer durable support. These are lows so these should be worn by big men that prefer to have their ankles free and unrestricted - yes, some big guys enjoy free range of motion. These have begun to receive the discount treatment with the LeBron XI now available and there are some really great colorways to boot.
No. 6 - Nike Air Max CB 2 Hyperfuse
A modern take on a 90's classic... sure, why not. Replacing the original materials for something a bit more durable and supportive, the Nike Air Max CB 2 Hyperfuse will provide you with cushion, lockdown, stability and support. Need we say more?
No. 5 - Nike LeBron 9 Elite
Some outlets still have the Nike LeBron IX Elite on shelves and if you happen to run into them... grab a pair. Ample cushion and support round off their other performance features perfectly making them a very well-rounded option.
No. 4 - Nike LeBron X
If you're a big man that needs cushion but prefers it to have some responsiveness to it then look no further as the Nike LeBron X is that shoe. Full length 360 degree Zoom Air... yeah, 360 degree Zoom Air. This isn't your average Zoom though... this will make the other Zoom Air based models feel like they've been missing something this entire time.
No. 3 - Nike LeBron 8
An oldie but goodie. The Nike LeBron 8 is still one of the best performing LeBron's in his line and if maximum cushion is needed then this is one that will give you that plus some. Great materials are in place and the fit/ support is fantastic.
No. 2 - Nike Air Max Hyperposite
This is basically the LeBron 8 on steroids. The Hyperposite still provides great traction and cushion while the materials are beefed up to Hyperposite - Foamposite and Hyperfuse - so you'll receive greater support and it'll conform to your foot giving the wearer a custom fit. They are on the higher side of the price spectrum but if you look, you can find a good deal.
No. 1 - Nike LeBron X Elite
The Nike LeBron X Elite takes all of the phenomenal attributes of the original but amps things up a few notches. A much more stable 360 degree Zoom Air unit is used and Carbon Fiber panels are placed perfectly for additional support. Retail prices have slowly begun to decline so if you are at the right place and the right time... this would be one heck of a purchase giving you the most for your money.