Shoes play a huge role in the world of basketball — not only for the players, but for coaches, too. Basketball coaches do a lot of physical activity themselves, especially during training sessions or big games. It’s not uncommon to see coaches constantly moving along the courtside to follow plays and instruct players.
However, this isn’t without its dangers. The American Journal of Sports Medicine points out that one’s injury risk is heightened depending on a shoe’s cushioning, their physical capacity, and the physical impact of the movement. With that, coaches should choose their shoes with not only brand and style, but also with their safety in mind. Here are our top five picks for 2022.
New Balance WID626v2 Work Sneaker
The New Balance WID626v2 Work Sneaker is used by plenty of coaches and other people in sports. Like how most New Balance Sneakers are made, the WID626v2 is designed with the user in mind. In this case, this pair features a roomy toe box, supportive midsole, secure upper leather, padded tongue, and a slip-resistant outsole with traction for running across slippery floors.
Air Jordan 1
To this day, the Air Jordan 1 is one of the most popular shoes to ever be made. The shoe’s namesake, two-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Jordan, has a career that remains unmatched to this day. In fact, Nike reportedly paid Jordan over $1 billion over four decades for this line.
If you’re looking for a shoe that’s as iconic as it is functional, this pair might be for you. Even legendary UNC men’s basketball coach Roy Williams once received a signed pair of Air Jordan 1s from Jordan himself. Plus, the line has both player and coach exclusives, which is great for lovers of basketball history.
Adidas UltraBoost 21
Many runners vouch for the UltraBoost line, as the Adidas Linear Energy Push system offers a more responsive stride during your runs. This is complemented by a thicker boost that curves around the heel. For coaches constantly on the move, Adidas’ Boost cushioning technology also plays a large part in the shoe’s overall comfort. Moreover, the shoe comes in various eye-catching colorways that are sure to photograph well in and out of the court.
Under Armour Men’s HOVR Sonic
Like the UltraBoost, the UA HOVR suits coaches that are highly active and on the go. With ‘zero gravity feel’ technology, it helps eliminate impact on your ankles and knees. It also uses lightweight mesh for ultimate breathability, and stretchable support wings to maintain a snug fit throughout the foot. Lastly, it has a removable sock liner that molds to the foot for customized comfort and cushioning.
Nike Air Force 1
Air Force 1s are a fantastic choice for coaches who enjoy a shoe that’s versatile enough to be worn for athleisure or formalwear. After debuting in 1982, it became an immediate hit with basketball players, and soon transitioned into a well-known collection even outside of the sport. Besides the classic, all-white colorway, it also comes in fun color variations. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is often seen sporting a pair of Off-White x Nike Air Force 1s during games.
As a coach, your footwear has an effect on image, health, and performance. Which pair are you thinking of getting this year?
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