2012 was a crazy year for basketball sneakers, and we saw releases for everything from classic retros to the newest in new technology. Check out our list of the best basketball shoe releases of the year.
A best of 2012 list would not be complete without the Nike LeBron X. We fist saw images of this shoe during the Olympic games in London, and they started receiving a lot of good buzz right off the bat. As we expected from a LeBron signature, the shoe proved to be a high performer, equipped with a full-length Zoom Air unit and Nike+ enabled so you can track your stats.
The adidas D. Rose 3.0 also made our list of top basketball shoes, and they are undoubtedly the best D. Rose signature to date. Premium leathers used on the upper gives the shoes a high quality look, and technical elements such as SPRINTWEB and SPRINTFRAME gives them high quality performance to match.
Like the adidas D. Rose 3.0, Chris Paul’s new signature, the Jordan CP3 VI is quite possibly his best shoe yet as well. This shoe features an ultra lightweight Hyperfuse upper, and the low cut design coupled with Zoom Air cushioning makes them the ideal shoe for quick and agile basketball players.
When pictures of this shoe first surfaced, many people did not like the new high top design for this athlete’s signature shoe. However, upon release, the Nike KD V proved to be one of the best basketball shoes of 2012. It is the first shoe in KD’s line that features a visible Max Air unit, and also has a seamless Hyperfuse upper for maximum comfort.
You couldn’t have a best of 2012 basketball shoe list without at least one retro sneaker, and the Reebok Answer IV topped off our list. It was the most loved from the Answer line, and as soon as a release was rumored people were setting aside the money in their bank accounts. Both the Black/White pair and the White/Red/Grey pair will remain classic basketball sneakers for years to come, and everybody who picked up a pair this year will surely be thankful.