The Top 5 Basketball Shoes of 2020

  • Nike continue to experiment with their sneaker releases, the Swoosh tapping NBA 2K20 for their latest KD 13 drop. Dubbed the Nike KD 13 ‘Funk’, Kevin Durant’s latest signature sneaker joins NBA 2K20’s Gamer Exclusive program, the design paying homage to Durant’s love of music.Dressed in bold floral overlays, the KD 13 will become available if you can win a MyPlayer Nation playoff game beginning May 4.
    Kyrie Irving’s sixth signature shoe continues to get a lot of love from the Swoosh, the latest Nike Kyrie 6 stepping things back to the 90s!Composed in a retro mix of ‘Volt’, pink and baby blue, the latest Kyrie 6 joins the recent ‘Retro Logos’ look leaked last week. Built with Air Zoom Turbo cushioning technology, and featuring an adjustable midfoot strap, the nostalgic Kyrie 6 might be just what the doctor ordered!Keen to get a look behind the design of the Kyrie 6? Check out our interview with the shoe’s architect, Ben Nethongkome.
    From a technical standpoint, the Harden Vol 4 is notable for its use of a Lightstrike midsole, which was first seen in the Adidas N3xt L3v3l. Created by the Adidas Basketball team, Lightstrike is intended to provide the cushioning and support needed for the game's unique movement without adding weight. Further updates include a snug midfoot band that runs underneath the laces and an updated traction pattern down low.
    Kobe Bryant’s signature collection remains a fixture in the Nike Basketball lexicon years following his retirement from the NBA. Both Bryant and Nike alluded to this fact even before Bean stepped away from the game; they’ve held true to that promise and then some.His very-first performance retro, the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro Kobe Shoes, joins his debut signature sneaker with modern-day tooling and tech. Released earlier this year in both original colorways and an Undefeated collaboration, respectively, the latest pair to land in stores was an ode to the Lakers former home in Minneapolis.Next in line for the Zoom Kobe 1 Protro is another OG colorway. Sort of.Taking inspiration from the Zoom Kobe 1 Bryant wore during the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, a white, red and black upper fills the leather composed retro. Bryant’s original pair, of course, featured royal blue in lieu of black, in line with the Western Conference uniforms that year.
    Paul George’s PG 4 Shoes signature sneaker was recently unveiled and it’s dropping in a collaborative Gatorade x Nike PG 4 “Purple” edition this week for one of its inaugural colorways. Evoking the flavor of the popular sports-themed beverage, the model flaunts a purple and black liquid-inspired mesh construction, along with orange laces underneath the new shroud on the tongue. Additional details include the signature PG 4 Gatorade “G” logo on the tongue, purple Swooshes on the lateral side panels with water droplets, teal Swooshes on the medial side panels, the PG logo by the toe, and purple and green hues on the midsole/outsole.