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Basketball Shoes: Hardwood vs Blacktop

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Very few streetball legends have made the crossover to the organized play of the parquet for one reason alone. The blacktop and the hardwood are two totally different ball games, requiring a varied skill set, and frankly a different pair of sneaks. Don’t worry, we’re here to fill you in.

Playing ball indoors is overall less demanding, so shoe performance and responsiveness is everything. The Nike Hyper Aggressor is perfect in this respect in that it eliminates the excess bulk to give you what you need and nothing more. Solid rubber outsole for traction, and a Max Air unit in the midsole make the Hyper Aggressor a shoe-in when you decide to stay in.

On the other hand, where traction is key indoors, on the blacktop, it’s a given. In this case, you want to go for a bulkier outsole like in the Under Armour Spine Bionic that’ll hold up against the outdoor elements. Also, since the surface isn’t as forgiving, the stability and Spine cushioning reduce the toll taken on the joints.

Having a go-to for each situation is essential. Taking a blacktop beast indoors will leave you in the dust, and a hardwood heavy hitter outside will have you hurting.

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