by Andrea Sparks
You want to be on top of your game on the court, and the right women's basketball shoes can help you do just that. Intended to give you the best performance for the sport, basketball shoes are specifically designed to help you run, jump and turn on the basketball court. Read on to learn the best features of women's basketball shoes to help you maneuver the court.
Comfort: Above all, your women's athletic shoes should be comfortable, and basketball styles are designed to be as comfortable as possible while you're dribbling, passing and especially while you're jumping to make a shot or catch a rebound. Basketball shoes are designed to fit just right, so you can move comfortably, confident that soft insoles are there to cushion your jumps.
Ankle support: High-top styles offer the most ankle support, and women who want to avoid sprained ankles should look for high-tops. Not all women's basketball shoes are this style, however. Athletic shoes with a lower ankle focus on balance in the shoe and sole to promote proper alignment and reduce ankle injuries.
Lightweight materials: You don't want to be weighed down on the court, but you want a shoe that is durable. Basketball shoes are made with lightweight, durable materials so you can maneuver the court without wearing out your shoes. A good shoe should also be balanced, which helps you keep your weight centered while you're playing.
Air flow: Your feet are likely to sweat when you're playing basketball, so ventilation and air flow are important. Basketball shoes have panels of mesh and other breathable fabrics to let your feet breathe while you're playing. The more air flow a design has, the more comfortable the shoe will be on the basketball court.
Sole: The sole of a basketball shoe serves several functions: traction, proper alignment and shock absorption. The soles are wide and flat to give you balance and proper alignment while you're running and jumping, and typically have a herringbone pattern to increase traction on a smooth surface. The sole will also act as the first layer of shock absorption between your foot and the floor.