Best Performance Basketball Sneakers

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When professional or collegiate basketball seasons are on break, the best way to cure your hoops hiatus is to do it yourself. DIY hoops? Sure, why not. We all know the best time to hit the hardwood or the blacktop is during summer. And while the heat is sometimes unbearable, nothing quite tops a good run during the warm weather season. But aside from your game and health being in tip top shape, your shoe must equally be on par. 

Check our top five picks for  performance basketball shoes to ensure that even if your game is lacking, at least your footwear won't be.
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Nike Hyperdunk 2015

With inspiration derived from the polarising Nike MAG of Back To The Future fame, the  Nike Hyperdunk 2015 currently ranks among the best new basketball sneakers. Fusing much of the brands best performance technology with sartorial presence also at its peak, this high-cut silhouette boasts extreme stability, traction and lockdown support at its core. Ultimately, it's hard to go wrong with the Hyperdunk 2015.
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Under Armour Curry 1

Although Under Armour made great performance basketball sneakers long before they introduced the wildly popular  Curry 1, many were skeptical as overall they are still a very young brand. But once an NBA MVP and world championship gives the masses the green light, all bets are off. A star is born with the Curry 1. It's lightweight, full of cushioning and features a textured build that allows for great mobility and natural motion.
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Adidas Crazylight Boost 2015

The Adidas Crazylight Boost 2015 may be the funniest basketball shoe to play in this year. Featuring Boost cushioning at its foundation, the energy return is really the key here. The bounce and sprint you get with each step, jump and drive is unparalleled. What's more, it's hard to find as shoe as light as this one, with as much support and stability. adidas Basketball and Boost have a very bright future together. This is just the beginning.
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Nike Kyrie 1

Signature sneaker "Rookie of the Year" honours undoubtedly fall in the lap of Nike with the budding  Kyrie 1. Quite possibly the best performance shoe on this list, in terms of style and functionality off the court, don't mistake that for a lack of presence on the hardwood. The Nike Kyrie 1 plays exceptionally well. The smooth ride can be credited to a breathable upper matched with premium heel support and a durable midsole.
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Adidas D Lillard 1

LaMarcus Aldridge may have bolted from Portland to play with the San Antonio Spurs, yet the Blazers will be just fine thanks to Damian Lillard. Adidas recognised his talent by awarding the point guard with the D Lillard 1 -- a relatively heavy 13 oz shoe that plays much lighter than its weight. Fitted with a Techfit Bootie, which takes away from the complexity of lockdown support, the Adidas D Lillard 1 is an oddity as it defies conformity of typical performance silhouettes. But, that also says a lot about how great this shoe that, despite those distinctions, it's still very much a top-tier hoops shoe.
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