After a plethora of performance basketball shoe releases for 2018 so far, we have some more releases coming up that might spark your interest. Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Paul George all saw a new silhouette of their signature line release this year. Although, there are still a load of releases coming soon. And no, the Kobe A.D. Exodus will not be included on this list because it is releasing in just a couple weeks, so we aren’t including it.
We’re not going to go in to too much detail about the best upcoming basketball kicks for the rest of 2018, instead we’ll list them and share our thoughts. That way it doesn’t bore the audience, and we can be straight to the point.
adidas Harden Vol. 3
One on One Testers wrote up on these a little while back. Thin Boost, lightweight woven upper, mid-foot lockdown cable. Not bad adidas, not bad.
adidas Dame 5
My favorite kicks ever. The adidas Dame 4 was my favorite performer of all time, up until the Kyrie 4 came into town. Will the Dame 5 do justice? A thick, full length Bounce midsole with TPU caging, woven/synthetic uppers depending upon the colorway, and a true mid look to them, which is a first for the Dame line. These could be promising, despite how bulky they look from pictures!
adidas Marquee Boost
The kicks John Wall will supposedly be rocking for the 2018-19 NBA Season. adidas Hoops newest silhouette doesn’t look horrible. Sure, they for sure look a little heavy, but on the shelves overseas, they’re not bad. Full length Boost, lateral TPU clip, woven upper, and a Mid/Low cut? Not much else we can ask for. I’m one of those individuals who is feeling the Boost fatigue and needs another cushion besides Boost in the adidas Hoops lineup.
Image via: Fast Pass.
Air Jordan 33
Yep, no images here. The Air Jordan 33 is still going to be very expensive, but lets hope Jordan Brand will continue to give us Zoom, if not REACT, but better than the Hyperdunk and Super.Fly 2017. We’ll have to wait for surfaced images on these guys.
Image via: street8oy.
Nike Kyrie 5
No surfaced images quite yet, but a $10 increase isn’t cool Nike. Maybe we’ll be receiving a better cushioning setup than straight-up cushlon? A better upper? Not that cushlon is bad or anything, it just isn’t the best Nike has to offer.
Image via: Nike Talk.
Nike LeBron 16
The King of all kicks on the market. The LeBron 16, for the GOAT of course. From the bottom look, these look spot on with the LeBron 15. Sure, these are just replicas, but the reps almost always give us a good look at what the actual signature shoe will look like. It looks like we’ll be receiving battle-knit once again, but a bit revamped with a structured leather-tongue. We have outriggers this time too on the outsole!
Image via: Hoop Sneaker.
Nick Montesano, born and raised out of New Jersey. Been hooping since I can remember. I’ve been interested in kicks since my early teenage years, and now I’m a junior in high school writing daily articles about my passion. My favorite hoop shoe of all time is the adidas Dame 4, and my favorite player is LeBron James.