A growing number of NBA players are going plant-based for health and performance. But being vegan also means not wearing any animal products. Keep your diet and wardrobe both cruelty- free with these 10 awesome vegan basketball shoes...
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Equipment Basketball ADV Mens in Grey from adidas
View on Amazon Women's Air Precision II Flyease Basketball Sneakers from Nike
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Men's Jordan B. Fly Max Basketball Sneakers from Nike
View on Amazon Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star Basketball Shoes by Converse
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1. Men's EQT Basketball ADV Shoes by Adidas
- These basketball shoes from Adidas have retro soul with a 90s-inspired style and webbing tape triple stripes.
- Knit and synthetic suede uppers lace up with white shoelaces.
- Made with molded EVA midsoles and durable rubber outsoles.
- Advertised as vegan: No. However, the product description on the Adidas website shows knit materials, polyurethane and synthetic suede.
- Pros: Reviewers rave about how comfortable they are. The style is trendy, so feel free to mix these in with your streetwear apparel.
- Cons: None that stand out—other than the frequent cleaning the light color might require.
2. Women's Air Precision II FlyEase Basketball Sneakers from Nike
- Nike designs this basketball sneaker to move with your body and soften hard landings.
- Textile and synthetic upper fastens with a convenient hook-and-loop strap and zipper.
- Constructed with a midsole shank and dual padding support system.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but Nike's website shows synthetic and textile materials.
- Pros: Supportive and easy to wear with the zipper system, these shoes can absorb impact and help you glide across the court.
- Cons: They may run slightly small.
3. Men's Jordan B. Fly Basketball Sneakers from Nike
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- Take your performance to the next level with the Jordan B. Fly basketball sneakers boasting lightweight Nike Zoom Air cushioning and shank plates for lateral movement.
- Mesh uppers tighten with asymmetrical laces.
- Grooved outsole adds traction.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but the materials listed are synthetic. Note: While the description shows all textile and rubber materials, there are leather-like accents. As Nike often uses synthetic leather, these are most likely synthetic accents, but it's a good idea to double-check with a company representative to make sure.
- Pros: Satisfied customers love the airy support and style. Choose from an assortment of bold colors and futuristic designs.
- Cons: Some reviewers have reported a touch of narrowness toward the front end.
4. Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star Basketball Shoes by Converse
- If you're looking for all-around wearable shoes that are part sporty and part casual, the famous canvas Converse All Stars are for you.
- Low-top and lace-up for a secure fit.
Made with white rubber soles with contrasting stripes.
- Advertised as vegan: No. But they're canvas and rubber.
- Pros: One of the rare shoe types that cut across all fashion genres, a pair of Chuck Taylors make any outfit a little cooler.
- Cons: They're usually more of a fashion statement than athletic shoes, better for the occasional round or two on the court than a regular game schedule.
5. Men's Inferno Basketball Shoes from Champion
- Champion's men's Inferno basketball sneakers are constructed with breathable mesh uppers in black, gray or maroon.
- Designed with padded collars, mesh lining and insole cushioning.
- Non-marking soles go easy on the court floor.
- Advertised as vegan: No, though Payless describes them as human-made.
- Pros: For inexpensive basketball shoes, these are quite comfortable. They also make great everyday sneakers you can wear during long work shifts or treks to the supermarket.
- Cons: Reviewers find the adhesion somewhat lacking.
- With a mesh and synthetic upper, this basketball shoe is flexible and attractive with subtle patterns throughout.
- Stable with a molded midfoot shank.
- Harmonix RX cushioning and EVA midsole provide extra support.
- Advertised as vegan: No. However, the materials listed are synthetic.
- Pros: They should keep up with your every twist and turn per the reviews. Whether you get them in red, black or white, they'll look sharp with jeans and tees.
- Cons: You may need to order a half-size or so up.
8. Unisex Basketball Sneakers from No.66 Town
- A little funky and super fly, these unisex basketball shoes have cool 3-D details in geometric shapes.
- Shock-absorbent with breathable liners.
- Grippy with rubber soles.
- Advertised as vegan: No. But the product description shows synthetic materials.
- Pros: They're reasonably priced and definitely unique. Anyone who adores cutting-edge fashion will appreciate their contemporary look.
- Cons: They may not be as durable as more expensive basketball shoes.
9. Unisex Flyknit Basketball Sneakers from Jiye
- These quilted fabric sneakers have a cool paint splatter design on the wear-resistant soles.
- Cushioned inside with elastic heel support.
- Shock-absorbing and breathable.
- Advertised as vegan: No. But they're fabric and rubber.
- Pros: They're stylish and fairly priced with a decent selection of colors from black with gold accents to lime green.
- Cons: Especially for the price, no biggies detected.
10. Men's Elevate Basketball Shoes from Peak
- The lightweight construction and reinforced toe will keep you light, nimble and protected on your feet.
- Built with midsole cushioning to reduce impact.
- Durable rubber outsole provides grip.
- Advertised as vegan: No, though the vendor lists microfiber and rubber materials.
- Pros: You can get plenty of wear out of these for games and kicking back in the spiffy style.
- Cons: It could be a good idea to size up a bit. The fit may vary.
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