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Basketball Shoes That Make You Jump Higher

There is a long-lasting relationship between basketball players and shoes. From famous Chuck Tailor All-Stars, there were plenty of star players who had their signature shoes.

But when Michael Jordan emerged in the NBA, this trend transcended to new heights. With his highflying playing style, Jordan made basketball fans believe that the man can fly. AirJordan brand was an obvious fit – basketball shoes used by flying man.

Ever since then, basketball shoes industry is trying to help players to jump higher. With the development of technology, a variety of new materials and designs were used to accomplish that. There were even some models with actual compression-springs in sole.

While models like that are not legal for professional basketball leagues, new technology enabled shoes manufactures to create basketball shoes that can support, or make jumping easier. So here we present you our top 5 pick for shoes that make you jump higher.

1. Adidas Performance Crazy Explosive

There is no need to introduce Adidas to you. It’s of the most recognizable shoe manufacturers in the world. Because of this, quality is one thing you shouldn’t worry, so we can focus on things that matter to you – jumping.

As the name of this model suggests, Adidas Crazy Explosive series are perfectly designed to accommodate your jumping and explosiveness. How?

First of all, this model provides amazing traction. The outsole design is pretty unique, it with asymmetric, multi-directional rubber textures. Great traction enables better transition from kinetic to potential energy that propels your jump.

Combination of textile and synthetic materials make the shoe pretty light for its size, which is another plus for better jumping. Also, the shoe has a very high cut which provides safety and stability for joints.

The best thing about this shoe is cushioning. Crazy explosive has full-length Boost™, energy-returning cushioning system. It has a perfect mix of softness and jumpiness. The forefoot part is a bit thinner, and since your jump generates the most power from the forefoot, it means that you jump will be at its max in this shoe.

TPU (thermoplastic urethane) layer around the midsole provides stability while keeping the shoe light. Also, inner shoe will give you additional stability and safety.

All in all, this model is our definite favorite!

Things We Liked

  • Boost™ technology serves its purpose – your jump will be as high as possible
  • Fantastic traction for better jump control and direction change
  • Very light for its size, but stable and lasting
  • Great quality/price ratio

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Only design – it doesn’t look as pretty as some other models

2. Nike Hyperdunk

You’ll notice that, aside from Adidas, our top5 picks include Nike. Again, no surprise for that. But it might be surprising our choice for no2 on our list.

AirJordan models are expected here, and we have those on the list also, but let us introduce to you one model that really impressed us – Hyperdunk 2015.

Along with the model name comes expected effect. Hyperdunk are perfectly designed for players who want to get the most out of jump. And we’ll give you several reasons for that.

First of all, Hyperdunk model uses Hyperfuse technology. It contains of three different materials fused in one, and each provides some value. Synthetic material is used for stability, middle mash provides lightweight for easier jump and extra breathability, and TPU layer gives durability.

This model also comes with famous Zoom Air units, both on heel and forefoot. These units provide low-profile cushioning, perfect for maximizing your vertical jump. It goes along with stable outsole traction.

Things We Liked

  • Modeled for jump support with two Zoom Air units
  • Mixture of materials provide stability, breathability and durability
  • Comes in a huge variety of colors

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Traction a bit worse than Adidas model

3. Jordan Super Fly 5

What kind of review of shoes that will make you jump higher this will be if there’s not the most famous shoe brand in the world?

AirJordan brand is built around His Airness and his highflying game. Every aspect of Jordan’s shoes serves this purpose. And we feel like SuperFly 5 model is the one to have from this collection.

Rubber outsole is built in “honeycomb” pattern, which provides excellent traction for your jump preparation, including famous Jumpman logo. Feet are additionally stabilized around heel with external TPU layer.

As far as cushioning is concerned, SuperFly 5 model features forefoot Zoom Air unit with the addition of FlightPlate midsole that enables you absorb as much energy as possible for explosive jumps and moves.

Webbed lacing system is used for additional safety and stability and great fit for your foot. And the overall comfort this model provides is definitely something to have in mind when choosing the right model.

Things We Liked ​

  • Honeycomb sole pattern for ultimate traction
  • Flight Plate midsole provides additional cushioning
  • Comfortable and safe – perfect combination

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Zoom Air unit only on forefoot, not on the heel
  • More expensive than our first two pick, but provide less jumping support

4. Adidas Performance D Rose 5 Boost

For our last two picks we decided to present you some models used by today NBA stars. Both of these players are known for their explosiveness so we felt that these models are the right ones for getting the most out of your jump.

We start with Adidas D Rose 5 Boost model. For those of you young enough not to remember Deric Rose in his best days, he was one of the most explosive and athletic NBA players. And for him, Adidas made special branded models to accommodate his style.

D Rose 5 model is the one we chose to present you. With Boost technology implemented on full shoe length, your explosiveness will really become noticeable.

Rubber sole is nicely structured and provides amazing traction for additional jump stability. For additional stability, the EVA (Ethylene vinyl acetate) foam is introduced in midsole, making your explosive jumps and moves more stable and safe.

High cut combined with Shockweb upper will take care of your joint safety while performing dunks and dribbles. Also, this model comes in variety of colors, so there should definitely be at least one that suits you. Overall, great model for high-jumpers.

Things We Liked ​

  • Made for explosive movement and jumping
  • High cut with Shockweb for additional safety
  • EVA midsole technology adds more stability in jumps

Things We Didn’t Like

  • A bit heavier that other models
  • Not so great visually

5. Jordan CP3.IX

For the end, we saved another AirJordan model. This one is designed for another NBA superstar – Chris Paul. While he’s not famous for dunks, Paul is one of the most explosive players with huge skill-set that requires great mobility.

For this reason, Jordan CP3 IX model is also very suitable for players who aspire to get the most out of their jump. Let’s take a look on the model.

With famous Jumpman logo, this model resembles the old-school Jordan’s. But it features modern materials and technology for maximum comfort and performance.

Outsole features rubber herringbone pattern, providing good and durable traction. Moving up, the midsole is filled with lightweight foam along with forefoot Zoom unit. Those two are combined for pretty good cushioning, light and responsive. Perfect for dunkers.

Along with Zoom Air units comes along Nike’s signature Flight Plate technology. It serves to manage compression and responsiveness of Zoom unit, and combined creates excellent transition of energy from heel to toes.

Things We Liked ​

  • A bit of retro-Jordan look with Jumpman logo
  • Zoom Air unit combined with Flight Plate technology for great jumps
  • Stable outsole pattern for extra stability

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Not great color variety
  • A bit more heavy than usual for jumpers

Buyer’s Guide

How can shoes make you jump higher?

There’s a lot of discussion whether wearing specific basketball shoes can improve your jump. So before we present you our pick we want to explain the effect that shoes have on your jumping ability.

For start, any professional basketball league doesn’t allow any kind of accessories in shoe that improve your jump artificially. So wearing shoes with compression-springs or maybe, some day, jet engine in sole is not allowed.

However, certain materials and designs of basketball shoes can help your jump and explosiveness, using only your body and muscle strength. Material technology is so advanced these days, and there are specific materials that absorb and direct your strength towards better jumping.

With this in mind, it is important to choose carefully which model you will wear on the basketball court. All of our picks are modeled and made in a way that will make your jump easier and your moves more explosive, so stay with us and we’ll provide you with the best choice.

Introduction to “flying” shoes – Things to consider

To really maximize your jumping ability, there are several important things you should consider. We advise you to read these carefully.

Size fit
If you want for your jump to reach maximum potential, the first and the most important thing you should do is to find a perfect shoe size. Why is this so important?

It’s clear that you’ll buy your size anyway, but let us tell you why and how shoe size affects your jump.

Buying shoes that leave your feet too much space inside takes out stability of your jump. If your feet have a room for movement, it could easily happen that this movement will occurs as you get ready to jump.

Not having stable and fixed background will negatively affect your jump. This is why it’s really important that you pick size that fits your feet really tight. Tight fit will reduce in-shoe feet movement and provide more stable center for jump.

Careful with cushioning
Basketball is a game with a lot of quick, out-of-balance moves. These sudden changes in speed and direction have negative effects on your leg muscles and joints.

For these reasons, shoe manufactures use some soft materials inside a shoe for smoother and less stressful changes in movement. This “cushioning” system helps a lot in preserving your health and keeps you more resistant to injuries while performing some complicated basketball moves.

However, cushioning technology has negative impact on your jumping ability. Why?

The reason is simple. As you prepare for jump, the idea is to gather as much energy as possible from your feet. When you are about to jump, what happens is that kinetic energy of your previous movement is transferred to potential energy as you stop moving.

If the shoe is too “soft” – in other words, if it proved too much cushioning to your feet, these cushions will absorb significant amount of kinetic energy that you use for jumping. With less energy gathered, your jump will not be as effective.

So our advice for you is to be careful with how much cushioning you get from your shoe. It is certainly desirable and necessary to keep your joints safe, but too much will have negative impact on your jump. So you should meet somewhere in the middle for this.

This compromise is something we looked at when choosing our top5 picks, so you can be assured that our choice will provide you with good balance between the two.


We must admit, these review was the hardest one. All the models presented here are great products, and it was very difficult to rank them. All we can say is that all of our picks will help you jump higher.

Main differences between them are mostly purely esthetic – aside from our first pick which is an absolute winner, other four pick are very, very close to each other in terms of quality and performance.

This is, of course, good news for you. You’ll not be wrong to choose any of these models and be assured that they will perform and serve you well.

So that was our top5 pick for shoes that will make you jump higher. If you have any additional questions and comments, please feel free to do so in the section bellow. We’ll help you with this important choice.