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Kobe IX Low
Kobe's best years are behind him but that hasn't stopped Nike from continuously putting out one of the best performance, and most stylish sneakers with their Kobe line. Featuring amazing traction combined with minimal weight and slipper-like comfort, plus customization options through NIKEiD, the Kobe IX Low is a must buy if you can stomach the $160-$245 price tag. With Kobe's career starting to wind down down, the Kobe IX Low may be one the final installments in his signature line.
Nike Zoom Run The One
Speculated as James Harden's signature sneaker, Nike's Zoom Run the One gives optimal performance for right around $100--a bargain compared to other high-performance sneakers Nike puts out. A super low-cut sneaker, the Run The One features basic Flywire and Zoom tech in the forefront for cushioning. For those worried about protection due to the low-cut design, the Run The One has an interior bootie providing a snug fit to protect the foot.
Li-Ning Way Of Wade 2
Originally priced at a ridiculous $250, pairs of Dwyane Wade's signature look are now going for a more affordable prices if you do some digging around the web. With funky designs and limited availability, those who can get their hands on the Way Of Wade 2 will stick out on the court so if you cop, be sure to bring your game with you to the gym. The knock on the Way Of Wade 2 is the lack of traction of the sneaker, so if you're going to be playing in dusty gyms you may want to stay away from these.
Under Armour Anatomix Spawn
One of the more unique sneakers on the market, the Anatomix Spawn matches the look with great performance and an affordable price tag. Featuring Under Armour's patented Micro G cushioning, the Anatomix Spawn comes with great traction and a fit that is "anatomically correct." One complaint that has been circulating is a loose toe box so doubling up on socks may be an option for those looking for a tighter fit at the front of the foot.
Nike Zoom Crusader
Designed with outdoor use in mind, the Zoom Crusader became a favorite of players like James Harden and Paul George last season. Much like Nike's Run The One, the Crusader features a snug fit and low-cut design with decent traction. Basically, if you're a fan of the Run The One but are on a budget, the Zoom Crusader is the sneaker for you as the shoe is going for right around $90 at Foot Locker.
Nike Hyperdunk Low 2014
The Hyperdunk has consistently been one of the top non-signature lines Nike has put out. While the 2014 version of the Hyperdunk is a step back compared to the previous two installments, the popular sneaker is always a safe bet for performance, comfort and style. The sneaker fits true to size length wise and for those with wide feet, the Hyperdunk 2014 has a wide forefront. With NIKEiD customizability, the sneaker is a great option for teams this season.
Nike Zoom HyperRev
Nike's Zoom HyperRev was seen on the foot of countless NBA players last season and for good reason; the HyperRev is arguably Nike's best basketball sneaker on the market. With superior traction, and full length Zoom Air, the HyperRev can be considered a bargain at $120. While durability is potentially problematic due to a nearly full mesh design, the HyperRev is not built for outdoor use but if you're playing all or most of your ball inside, the HyperRev is highly recommended.
Adidas CrazyLight Boost
Weighing in at a (crazy) light 11.6 ounces and equipped with brand new Boost technology, the CrazyLight Boost certainly appeals to those who are fans of past versions of the CrazyLight line. While it would be preferable to have Boost running throughout the shoe instead of only in the heel, the CrazyLight Boost makes up for it with great traction in the forefront. The leopard print found on Dame Lillard's PE may be a bit extreme for the conservative wearer, but there's enough colorways to satisfy all tastes.
Nike Zoom Soldier VIII
The offspring of LeBron's signature line, the Zoom Soldier series has become just as good, if not better, than its parent sneaker. The eighth incarnation of the Zoom Soldier features Power Flex traction--arguably the best on the market--decent cushioning and a soft, snug fit. Can't afford the high price of the LeBron XII? The Zoom Soldier VIII offers similar performance at a $130 (or lower) price tag.
Nike KD 7
The KD VI was one of the most popular basketball sneakers amongst players of all ages last season thanks to it's low cut, light weight design, price point and incredible array of colorways. For the KD 7, Nike added a strap across the midsole and an improvement in traction, making the sneaker great for any court surface. Featuring exposed Zoom, Fywire, Hyperposite in the heel and a clean look, the KD 7 will likely be a hit once again this season. The only knock on this sneaker is the increased price point, which strays from one of the main appeals of the KD line. Guess that's what happens when the sneaker's namesake is the reigning MVP award.