Champion Men’s Inferno Basketball Shoe

Last updated date: December 10, 2019

DWYM Score
8.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 53 expert reviews, the Champion Champion Men's Inferno Basketball Shoe placed 14th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 31, 2019:
Checkout The Best Men’s Basketball Shoes for a detailed review of all the top men's basketball shoe.

Expert Summarized Score
0.0
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
136 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
These basketball shoes are made of fabric and mesh that aid with ventilation and breathability. Other admirable characteristics about the Inferno include a padded sole and collar, non-marking outsole and an ankle pull tab.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
Built from a combination of fabric and mesh, this shoe is breathable. The ankle pull tab allows you to easily get the shoe on and off. The padding on the collar and insole offer you extra comfort. This shoe is specifically good for playing outdoor basketball.
- Reviews Done
Other highlights include a padded insole and collar for extra comfort, a non-marking outsole that provides excellent grip and traction, and an ankle pull tab which makes putting the shoes on and taking them off a simple process.
- Heavy
You will love the rubber sole that makes the traction real avoiding you from encountering severe injuries during the game.
- Best 10 Choices
December 30, 2018 | Full review
The soft pad at the collar will offer the superb feeling to your feet.
- Top Home Stuff
It also has a padded collar for comfort and a sole that is supposed not to mark up the court. It also has easy on and off pull tabs to make getting the shoe on and off a breeze.
- Sportsly
The soft cushioning of the sole is surprisingly comfortable even for long training days and game time.
- Strive Challenge
January 27, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some reviewers complained that the insole was too thin
- Top Best 10 Reviews
The soles don’t offer very much grip, so they are not so great for playing basketball or other sports on an indoor court.
- Reviews Done
These might not be for someone who plays every day
- Heavy
There are some issues with the shoe. They tend to break down on the sole very quickly. They also have a loose fit, making them difficult to play in for too long.
- Sportsly
There are two main downsides to consider. If these bother you then you really have to start looking at a higher price tag. Firstly, the insole is a little bit on the thin side. This means there isn’t a huge amount of arch support.
- Strive Challenge
January 27, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Get set up with the basketball look with the Inferno from Champion. It features a mesh upper, laces for good fit, ankle pull tab for easy on/easy off, padded collar, mesh lining, padded insole, and a built-up, non-marking outsole. Manmade materials.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Under Armour Men’s Jet Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 0
2. adidas Originals Kids’ Pro Spark Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 1
3. Nike Men’s Air Visi Pro Vi
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
4. adidas Men’s Explosive Bounce Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
5. Reebok Men’s Shaqnosis Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
6. Nike Lebron Soldier XI SFG Mens Basketball Shoes
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
7. Nike Men’s Air Versitile Ii Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
8. adidas Originals Men’s Pro Bounce Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
9. ANTA Men’s KT2 Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 0
10. Under Armour Men’s Jet Mid Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
11. adidas Men’s Crazy Explosive 2017 Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
12. Under Armour UA Jet 2017
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
13. Under Armour Men’s Heat Seeker Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 3
14. Champion Men’s Inferno Basketball Shoe
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Men's Basketball Shoe

Using the right tool for the job always helps us do the job better and more efficiently. In the case of playing a sport like basketball, the shoes are the tool and the same philosophy applies. If you have the right shoes for the sport you’re playing and, even more specifically, the right shoe for your body and the position you play, you will be set up well to have healthier feet and the proper mobility to play well. The technology behind basketball shoes has grown tremendously over the past couple of decades and now you can find shoes that not only look cool but fit you and your style of play perfectly.

Basketball shoes can come with high-reaching uppers that lace all the way up to the lower part of the ankle. This style of high-top basketball shoe is less common than it used to be because it limits the mobility of your ankle which can hinder players who are quick and agile like a point guard. However, this high-top basketball shoe is usually ideal for a center or large power-forward who needs the added stability for when he steps on another player’s foot, or even when he does a simple lateral cut but with a lot more bodyweight than most guards. The extra lacing and height of this shoe will keep your ankles healthy so you can keep playing and continuing to grow in other areas instead of constantly nursing twisted or sprained ankles.

“The benefits of purchasing basketball shoes are increased support and stability on the court,” says expert  Stephanie Mansour, a personal trainer. “Basketball shoes are designed for maximum cushion, mobility and ankle support since there’s many forward/backward/side-to-side motions and jumping in basketball.” 

A lower shoe offers more ankle mobility and caters nicely to a more agile player in either of the guard positions. The lack of ankle support from the shoe is less of an issue in these players and you can see by watching basketball on TV that it’s now common practice for a lot of players to opt for these lower-topped shoes. If a player is mostly on the wing and does a lot of lateral back-and-forth movements, then a shoe somewhere in the middle might be best so it gives some ankle support but still allows a lot of mobility for the quicker movements.

In addition to the height of the shoe, there are some important parts of the sole to focus on when you’re shopping around. A cushioned mid-sole of the shoe, which is the area around the center of the foot where the arch is, is helpful to players that are doing a lot of jumping. Every time you land a jump, you have a significant force compressing down on the bottoms of your feet. With proper cushioning and arch support, this wear-and-tear from jumping so much will be less noticeable as your shoe is doing a lot of work to absorb that shock before it goes into your feet and knees.

The outsole on a basketball shoe is also an important factor when looking at the overall effectiveness of a shoe. The outsole refers to the hard rubber at the bottom of the shoe and you will want to look at how wide the forefoot is, as the width of these can vary a lot from one brand to another. A wider toe box lets your toes naturally splay out a little bit and gives you a better sense of balance and stability. This helps with general stability of your foot and lets you avoid rolling the front of your foot over, eventually leading to another ankle issue. Having too much room in this wide part of the shoe can also be something to watch out for since you want your foot to be held snugly in place without sliding back and forth inside the shoe.

It’s important to get the right shoe for yourself so you can focus on training and improving other parts of your game. A proper pair of shoes can help you be quicker and healthier or have a more stable footing so you can ultimately have the confidence to play at your highest level.

“If the shoes are more comfortable, you might be able to play longer and even move better because you’ve got the right support,” says Mansour.

DYWM Fun Fact

Some of the original and most recognizable basketball shoes are the Converse All-Stars. Converse began making athletic shoes in 1908 and primarily touted them as being “non-skids” due to having rubber added at the bottom of the canvas shoe to prevent it from sliding around on the court. The Converse All-Star shoes arrived on the scene less than a decade later and quickly took over as the primary shoe for the sport for many years to come.

The Men's Basketball Shoe Buying Guide

  • If you’re into playing basketball, you most likely already watch some amount of professional or college basketball. Try to find a handful of players that have a similar body size and shape that you do and see what shoes they wear. Basketball players at these levels have likely already tried many shoes out over the course of their career and they have chosen to wear the current pair that they have on for a reason. If you’re a point guard or a center, there’s a good amount of players you can watch to get a good idea of what shoes are their favorites and you can use this as a great starting point in a basketball shoe search.
  • When you try on new basketball shoes, you should run around and jump up and down, maybe do a few sprints and lateral cuts in them. A shoe might feel comfortable when you first put it on and casually walk around the store in it, but as soon as you start running and cutting you might find that your toe rubs the edge weird or that the arch isn’t exactly in the right place for your foot. It’s better to be cautious up-front and really try the shoes out before you step foot onto the court.