There is quite a collection of volleyball shoes on the market, with more coming out each year. New technology seems to be making shoes better and better: more lightweight, more cushioning, better traction, and better breathability. If you ask, most volleyball players will say there are two major players who make the best volleyball shoes. It boils down to Asics vs Mizuno. Both have been honing their shoe-making skills for quite some time now, and their performance and quality goes undisputed. Adidas and Nike also make a few pairs of volleyball shoes that can stand up to the rigors of the court too, so don’t take them off your list just yet either. Also, check out our guide on how to pick volleyball shoes, it’ll give you a better idea of what to look for. With that said, let’s go over our top picks for best volleyball shoes.

Best Volleyball Shoes (In Our Book)

 

Asics Mizuno Adidas/Nike

Asics Gel-Rocket 7

Mizuno Wave Bolt 5

Nike Volley Zoom Hyperspike

Asics Gel-Netburner Ballistic

Mizuno Wave Tornado X

Adidas Volley Response Boost 2.0

Asics Gel-Tactic

Mizuno Wave Hurricane 2

Adidas Volley Response Boost

Asics Gel-Cyber Sensei

Mizuno Wave Lightning Z2

Adidas Volley Assault 2.0

 

Best Volleyball Shoes — Asics

Asics have been involved in volleyball longer than Mizuno, and used to be the only shoes anyone would get. Typically, Asics volleyball shoes run a bit wider than Mizuno, which is good news for those who favor stability or have larger feet. They also tend to use more mesh to remain airy and comfortable to wear. But don’t be fooled by their lightweight construction, they’ll often last you several seasons. Asics also utilizes gel cushioning in the forefoot for maximum impact absorption and protection.

The best volleyball shoes made by Asics are their current models: the Gel-Rocket 7, Gel-Netburner Ballistic, Gel-Tactic, and Gel-Cyber Sensei. However, they’ve also re-released old classics in new colorways including the Gel-Domains and Gel-Flashpoints.

 

Model:Features:Price:

Asics Gel-Rocket 7


+ Forefoot gel cushioning
+ Lightweight sole without compromising support
+ Rubber compound provides superior traction
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Asics Gel-Netburner Ballistic


+ Rubber compound provides superior traction
+ Forefoot and rearfoot cushioning
+ Midsole provides great cushioning and bounce back
+ Lightweight sole without compromising support
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Asics Gel-Tactic


+ Rubber compound provides superior traction
+ Toe guard for added durability and explosive power
+ Lightweight sole without compromising support
+ Rearfoot gel cushioning for comfort
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Asics Gel-Cyber Sensei


+ Memory foam in collar and heel for personalized fit
+ Impact Guidance System enhances foot's natural gait
+ Rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning for comfort
+ Lightweight sole without compromising support
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Best Volleyball Shoes — Mizuno

Mizuno volleyball shoes are often made of leather for longer-lasting performance and they have amazing traction on the court. This is largely due to their unique tread, which focuses a lot on great grip at the ball of the foot and around the soles. (You can see this in many current and older models). Mizuno volleyball shoes also distributes shock more evenly throughout the sole for comfort and performance. However, the question of which shoes are better between these two competitors runs moot as it’s mostly up to individual fit and preference.

The best volleyball shoes made by Mizuno are currently the Mizuno Wave Bolt 5, Wave Tornado X, Wave Hurricane 2, and their slightly newer Wave Lightning Z2.

 

Model:Features:Price:

Mizuno Wave Bolt 5


+ Parallel wave plate for lateral stability
+ Non-marking outsole
+ Dynamotion Groove are flex grooves to increase stability/agility
+ Mizuno Intercool full-length ventilation
+ Air Mesh for improved breathability
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Mizuno Wave Tornado X


+ Infinity Wave Plate in heel for superior cushioning and shock reduction
+ XG rubber for amazing traction
+ Non-marking outsole
+ Dynamotion Groove are flex grooves to increase stability/agility
+ Dynamotion Fit adapts to natural foot motions
+ AP+ midsole foam for cushioning comfort
+ SR Touch absorbs shocks
+ Mizuno Intercool full-length ventilation
+ Air Mesh for improved breathability
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Mizuno Wave Hurricane 2


+ Parallel wave plate for lateral stability
+ Non-marking outsole
+ Dynamotion Groove are flex grooves to increase stability/agility
+ Mizuno Intercool full-length ventilation
+ AP+ midsole foam for cushioning comfort
+ Air Mesh for improved breathability
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Mizuno Wave Lightning Z2


+ 3 layer seamless upper
+ Parallel wave plate for lateral stability
+ XG rubber for amazing traction
+ Non-marking outsole
+ D-Flex Groove in midfoot for agile turns
+ Dynamotion Groove are flex grooves to increase stability/agility
+ Dynamotion Fit adapts to natural foot motions
+ SR Touch absorbs shocks
+ Mizuno Intercool full-length ventilation
+ PoWnCe lightweight midsole for comfort
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Best Volleyball Shoes — Adidas/Nike

But even though the majority of volleyball players either pick up a pair of Asics or Mizunos, there are a few other choices for those who want to be a little different. Nike and Adidas also make a few volleyball shoes, which can easily compete with what’s out there currently. The reason why you don’t hear about them as much though is because they aren’t heavily marketed or involved in volleyball compared to Asics or Mizuno. Nevertheless, what they have to offer should not go unnoticed. And who knows, they might even be major competitors to Asics and Mizuno in the coming future.

For our top picks from Adidas and Nike, we chose the Nike Volley Zoom Hyperspike, Adidas Volley Response Boost 2.0, the original Adidas Volley Response Boost, and the Adidas Volley Assault 2.0.

 

Model:Features:Price:

Nike Volley Zoom Hyperspike


+ Synthetic upper with Flywire 3.0 technology for support/lockdown
+ Phylon midsole with Nike Zoom unit in forefoot for lightweight cushioning
+ Durable rubber outsole works with multiple surfaces
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Adidas Volley Response Boost 2.0


+ Boost technology forefoot cushioning keeps you light on your feet
+ Layered mesh upper for comfort and breathability
+ Synthetic overlays for reinforcement
+ Reinforced toe cap for extra protection
+ TORSION SYSTEM for midfoot integrity
+ Non-marking rubber outsole
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Adidas Volley Response Boost


+ Boost technology forefoot cushioning keeps you light on your feet
+ Breathable, seamless upper for added durability/comfort
+ Reinforced toe cap for extra protection
+ TORSION SYSTEM for midfoot integrity
+ ADIWEAR for improved durability
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Adidas Volley Assault 2.0


+ Mesh upper is lightweight and abrasion-resistant; foil cage provides mid-foot support
+ Reinforced toe and heel for extra support
+ Lightweight cushioning midsole
+ Non-marking rubber outsole provides tons of traction
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Best Volleyball Shoe Brands

 

Asics Mizuno Adidas Nike