There isn't much time left in 2022. The month of December always seems to fly by in a flurry of preparation for the holidays, followed by only a brief respite to recharge and refocus before the cycle begins again in the new year.

The year 2022 was a good one generally. Those who love basketball shoes and playing the game were in luck because 2016 was a fantastic year for sneakers. New flagship collections debuted, and some old favorites made a comeback.

The constant stream of new releases makes it difficult to choose just a few top models of basketball shoes. However, after many long hours of research, here is our list of the top 2022 basketball shoes.

Tenth, Jordan Zion 2

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Jordan Zion 2 is the model.

Those of us who survived 2022 can attest that it was a true "return to form" year. Zion Williamson had the best performance in terms of return. Williamson, who will sit out the entire 2021-22 NBA season, has put the league on notice with the release of his second signature shoe.

The Jordan Zion 2 debuted this summer in a number of fresh colorways. Also, the performance version has a Zoom Air unit in the heel, reinforced sidewalls, and a new forefoot strap that can hold even the strongest players in place.

Method of Obtainment: The Jordan Zion 2 is available for purchase on the Nike website in adult sizes for $120 and in big kid sizes for .

Number Nine, Puma Stewie

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The Puma Stewie 1 is the name of the model.

Breanna Stewart, a forward for the Seattle Storm, had a huge impact with the release of her first signature shoe. Women's basketball shoes with NITRO foam and a breathable mesh upper that looks great in bold colors.

The Puma Stewie 1 is available for $120 on the Puma website.

Eighth, adidas Crazy 1

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Specification: adidas Crazy 1

The adidas Crazy 1 (originally called The Kobe) is the shoe that Kobe Bryant wore to victory in his first two NBA Finals MVP awards. More than 20 years after its initial release, the legendary basketball sneaker continues to look ahead of its time and perform at the same level as today's top models.

Customers can buy the adidas Crazy 1 on the adidas website for $140.

FloTro 1 Low Curry 7

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Version 1 Low FloTro Curry

There has been a recent renaissance in the popularity of Stephen Curry's sneakers. Under Armour and Curry Brand have begun rolling out retro versions of Curry's shoes with modern upgrades (dubbed the FloTro series), in addition to his tenth signature shoe.

The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player's first signature shoe is updated with UA Flow cushioning technology because it deserves to be. His shoes have improved with age like a fine wine, much like Curry's game.

The Curry 1 Low FloTro is available for $150 on the Curry Brand website.

No. 6 Air Jordan 37

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Specification: Air Jordan 37

The release of Michael Jordan's signature line of shoes every year is like Christmas for sneakerheads. Fans were ecstatic about the Air Jordan 37 because it featured a winning combination of trendy color schemes and innovative design features.

The design of the Air Jordan 37 was inspired by the Air Jordan 7. The leno-weave fabric and durable plastic ribbon that make up the upper keep the shoe light. It's meant to provide the same sort of assistance that taping an ankle would.

To purchase, visit the Nike website, where the adult price for the Air Jordan 37 is $185 and the big kid price is $140.

Jordan Luka, number 5

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Instance: Jordan Luka 1

One look at Luka Doncic's first signature shoe and you'll see why it's a game-changer. The Jordan Luka 1 low-cut model has been sweeping the basketball world ever since Doncic debuted them during the 2022 NBA Playoffs.  

Jordan's Luka 1 is a good option for crafty players like Doncic because it provides stability and containment. It's also the first shoe to feature a full-length piece of 'Formula 23 foam,' which contributes to an exceptionally supportive fit tailored specifically to the step-back motion.  

The Jordan Luka 1 is available on the Nike website for the following prices: $110 for adults, for older children, for younger children, and $50 for toddlers.

4.Curry Flow 10

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Curry Flow 10 is the corresponding model.

For his tenth signature shoe, Stephen Curry has created something special. Similar to other memes from 2014, jokes about Curry's footwear are now completely irrelevant. Both UA Flow and UA Warp 2 can be optimized by using the Curry Flow 10. 0 technologies to improve the shoe's feel on the foot by reducing weight and increasing ventilation.

Since its debut in October, the Curry Flow 10 has been released in multiple colorways that pay tribute to the people and places that mean the most to the greatest shooter of all time, Stephen Curry.  

Interested parties can buy the Curry Flow 10 for $160 from the Curry Brand online store.

Thirdly, the New Balance TWO WXY v3.

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Shoes: New Balance TWO WXY v3

New Balance's unreleased sneaker, worn by its team of signature athletes at the 2022 NBA Media Day, caused quite a stir. It was later revealed that the players were donning the New Balance TWO WXY v3.

New Balance has continued to press on the gas ever since. A plethora of successful colorways have been made available to fans. The FuelCell midsole and ABZORB cushioning in this performance model are designed for fast, decisive action.

The New Balance TWO WXY v3 is available for purchase on the company's website for $120.

Nike KD 15

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Designation: Nike KD 15

Kevin Durant is extremely dedicated to his craft. Therefore, the NBA forward who has made the team every year since 2004 demands nothing less than perfection from his signature shoes. The Nike KD 15 has lived up to its namesake's high standards since its release in the spring of 2016.

The Nike KD 15 has a lightweight and responsive Air Zoom Strobel unit stitched into the entire length of the upper. The upper's layered mesh material gives off a worn-in vibe and is a blank slate for bold colorways.

The Nike KD 15 can be purchased by fans for $150 on the Nike website.

First, the Nike LeBron 20

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Specification: Nike LeBron 20

It was predictable that Nike would pull out all the stops for LeBron James' 20th signature shoe. Finally making a comeback after a few years off, James' shoes are better than ever thanks to a new, more streamlined design.  

Before the September release date, James and his sons tested the Nike LeBron 20 throughout the summer. The Nike LeBron 20 is the most lightweight model in James' signature collection without compromising on comfort.

The Nike LeBron 20 can be purchased on the Nike website for $200 for adults, $160 for large children, and for small children.

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