There’s no clear definition of what it means to be a power forward anymore. Consequently, there’s no longer a mold for shoes specifically for power forwards, either. In the past, padding reigned supreme in the paint, but more and more fours are being trained to step 18-feet and out from the basket. This list may be catered to one position, but considering what you do best as a power forward is key when picking ball kicks for the new-age power forward.
No. 5 – adidas Flight Path
Key Technical Feature: Foam padded cover, EVA insole and midsole
Weight: 15.0 oz.
Some players don’t need anything more than a comfortable fit to perform. Seeing as how Tim Duncan could probably put up 50 in flip flops, the Adidas Flight Path works fine for him. With its EVA insoles and midsole designed to give a comfortable and secure fit, the Flight Path is simple and effective. If your game is grounded and you work in the paint, these might be the kicks for you.
No. 4 – Nike Foamposite One
Key Technical Feature: Foamposite upper, Zoom Air unit cushioning
Weight: 19.6 oz.
Yes, the Foamposites were made for one of the greatest point guards of the 90’s and yes, said point guard had them on when this blurry humble-brag happened (Photo credit: Momdukes). But quite frankly, Foamposites aren't built for the point guard game. They’re heavy, rigid and don’t breathe well. Aside from that last point, however, the durable upper (the only thing left after the end of world will be roaches and Foamposites) is damn near indestructible on the court. And the traction is great for any big who can run the floor or do work on the post. Since the Foams are making a comeback, its time to put them to proper use and have a power forward play in them.
No. 3 – Nike Air Max Hyperaggressor
Key Technical Feature: Air Max unit, Hyperfuse construction, Herringbone outsole
Weight: 11.9 oz.
There’s nothing pretty about the Nike Air Max Hyperaggressor. Actually, scratch that, they are pretty cool to look at. Aesthetics aside, they’re built to get the job done. The combination of its qualities (Air Max unit to soften the wear on the ankles and knees, durable Hyperfused upper and the herringbone traction pattern) are fit for a four who can and does do whatever the team needs. This shoe is perfect for the glue guy who needs the traction to defend and the air bags to rebound comfortably.
No. 2 – Under Armour Spine Bionic
Key Technical Feature: Micro G Foam cushioning, Under Armour Spine
Weight: 12 oz.
According to UA, the Spine Bionic kicks give you superhuman powers. Sorry to ruin your dreams, but no they don’t. If you’re a Big Baby-esque kinda forward, these sneaks won’t make you Blake Griffin. But if you already fit what I like the call the “Go get it” (a high-flying four who will dunk anything lobbed around the rim. I mean, we know what city DeAndre lives in, right?) mold of power forward, then the flexibility of the Spines might suit you, best. When those passes and missed shots go in the air, there’s no telling where you’ll have to jump from and how your foot will need to move. This is where the structural cage of the Spine, which is both strong and lightweight, really shines.
No. 1 - Nike Max Hyperposites
Key Technical Feature: Foamposite upper constructed with Hyperfuse tech, Max Air 360 Unit
Weight: 16.9 oz.
The Nike Max Hyperposites are perfect for face-up fours because they’re versatile. If you’re killing in the paint, the Foamposite upper is tough enough to handle the duties down-low. But if you have a slower defender on you, the Hyperfuse construction allows you to maintain flexibility while driving. And for the four man that comes down heavy after attacking the rim, the Max Air 360 Unit will cushion your landings with its airbags.