Top 50 Basketball Sneakers of All Time

Throughout the 2009-2010 NBA season, we have shown you a slew of nice basketball sneakers on the hardwood through our daily Kicks On Court column. Players such as Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace, Joe Johnson, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have all worn some eye-catching sneaker multiple times this season. However, Complex’s latest list proves to us that nice basketball kicks developed way before this past season.

Complex recently constructed a Top 50 Basketball Sneakers of All Time list that includes sneakers you probably fell in love with years ago. In this feature, you will find recently-released basketball sneakers, multiple signature shoes and basketball-turned-lifestyle kicks. That said, click here to view the? Top 50 Basketball Sneaker of All Time brought to you by Complex.


  1. FOAMS!
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  2. stylin says:

    i can only imagine that a fourth of them will be jordans…sites blocked at work.

    1. jimmy c says:

      site is blocked at my job…lol

  3. NotLikeU says:

    I know it was super tough to pick just 50

  4. klm1015 says:

    Its the Air Jordan III

    1. druu says:

      haha fasho = )

  5. JeepersSneakers says:

    Jordan 3's are number one, but the Puma Clyde at 14? Isn't it more of a soccer shoe than anything?

    1. nicekicks says:

      The Puma Clyde was worn by Walt 'Clyde' Frazier of the New York Knicks.

  6. gonzo23 says:

    How are the Shaq ass-nosis top 50?!

  7. gonzo23 says:

    No Jordan1?! Who made this list!?

    1. brizuela21 says:

      Jordan1 was #24 on the list

    2. Javier says:

      The 1's were # 24 on the list.

    3. ArmandRosa7036057004 says:

      It's there dummy!

    4. G.O.O.D. Music says:

      no, they were on the list…..but they should've been way higher then they were

  8. BillCollektr says:

    Bron VII made the list…but no Kobe Vs?

  9. Beamer says:

    Kobe’s don’t make this list?! Yet Chucky Taylors are at number TWO! While the retro XI are at number FOUR?!?! What kinda list is this lol. When it’s all set an done give Kobe some respect because his shoe game came up this year, Lebrons I can deal with, but Jordans should rule the top 5 spots on this list.

  10. dopasaurus says:

    no XIIIs = BS list.

    1. Javier says:

      True indeed….I still have my OG XIII's…..they are the most comfortable ballin' shoes I ever wore.

  11. Oatmeal says:

    Owned #32 on the list, but forgot whatever happened to them.
    Sort of surprised not to see Robinson’s other sneaker, the Nike Air Unlimited.
    The ones with the fancy criss-cross straps. I used to have those too, and they
    were probably the most unique shoe I ever owned.
    Wanted #22 on the list, so bad, the 1st Penny’s.
    All the rich kids had them in school. They were the sickest.
    Good thing they’re re-issuing them soon.
    Still, to this day, have not gotten a pair of AJ3′s. #1 on the list.
    Gotta get those next year when they drop again.

    1. JeepersSneakers says:

      Got the true blue's from '02, paid an arm and a leg though!

    2. frugstar says:

      how do you not own a pair of 3's. they hafve release a heap of different colourways. i have 4 pairs. rocking the true blues i got for chritmas at the moment, they look great when you're in shorts!!!!

  12. jibbycanoe says:

    wow, another top 50 sneaker list. how original. at least the XI wasn't #1 for once. oh and the old shape of the IVs is dearly missed….

  13. @SP_EZ says:

    glad to see they are still riding jordans jock!

  14. ibhye says:

    who made that list? really its a basketball shoe list, the air joran 1s are horrible for basketball and so are the 12s! wtf puma clydes on the list? low top shell toe adidas? who ever made that list obviously dosent plat basketball. AND NO KOBE V????WTFFFF

  15. thehonolulukid says:

    #1 has to be the Air Flight Huarache. That shoe was definitely ahead of it’s time.

  16. J Lawry says:

    Actually not enough jordans on this list, I can’t believe no AJ5! No kobe v! More iversons should b on this list, The AJ6 shoulda been higher up, I would take off the 23′s and put the 9′s, maybe the kobe 1′s

  17. J Lawry says:

    Hell naw the 12′s are definately top 5 jordans when it comes to hooping

  18. Sneaky Feet says:

    I feel like J Lawry – no AJ V? And the XII is a hella good ass ballin shoe. Co-sign 1000%

  19. Rasmus says:

    Great, great list guys. Although there are some things I don't quite get… my top 3 would look like this:

    3. Air Jordan XI: The BEST Jordan's ever made.
    2. Air Jordan I: The shoe that spawned a lot of things in the industry. Some call it the most important shoe in sneaker history.
    1. Converse All-Stars: The single most important shoe EVER.

    and also, where are the Dunks?

    Other than that, fine list and wise choices. Good job!

    1. Oatmeal says:

      Would it be reasonable to suggest that PF flyers, be it cousy classics with the gullwing flaps or center hi reissue could be somewhere close or maybe even tied with the converse all-stars?
      I mean, one of the greatest players in basketball history rocked them and they still sell strong to this day.

  20. tommytiddler says:

    Why does it have to be about basketball shoes. The chucks are up at the top due to being the mastermind of sports shoes in general. Its down to how they have stood the test of time and how we as buyers and desginers still look at these for inspiaration etc etc