A critical piece of indoor volleyball equipment are your volleyball shoes. Having a strong base is essential in performing skills well and not getting injured during games or practice. Having a pair of volleyball shoes that fits the needs of the sport is critical to playing well and improving.
We have split this post by the shoes best for certain positions, namely all rounders, offence and defence.
Our Top 8 Volleyball Shoes For Men Summary and Quick List
For a quick list of our best mens volleyball shoes click below:
- ASICS Men’s Netburner Ballistic FF Volleyball Shoes
- ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 10 Indoor Court Shoes – Best All Round Shoe
- Mizuno Men’s Wave Lightning Z5 Volleyball Shoes
- ASICS Men’s Upcourt 4 Court Shoes – Best For Those On A Budget
- Mizuno Men’s Wave Momentum Indoor Volleyball Shoe – Best For Liberos & Comfort
- Nike Men’s Lebron Witness III PRM Basketball – Most Flexible
- ASICS Men’s Sky Elite FF 2 Volleyball Shoes – Great For Hitters
- Mizuno Men’s Wave Tornado X2 Mid Volleyball Shoes – Great For Hitters
Best All Round Volleyball Shoes
ASICS Men’s Netburner Ballistic FF MT Volleyball Shoes
The ASICS Men’s Netburner Ballistic FF Volleyball Shoes are fantastic for both the all rounder or a defensive player. The shoes is made to be flexible and offers great durability. It has ridges of polyurethane rubber over the toes for added protection while improving flexibility in the forefoot. This shoe offers great support. Its supportive internal heel counter helps deliver a locked-in feel to inspire confidence when making abrupt cuts on the court.
Its mid-sole delivers a bouncy cushioned underfoot feel that is designed for stability, speed and agility.
The Netburner Ballistic FF also has a deeper flex grooves in the outsole to increase traction and flexibility on the court.
Colors Include: Black/Sour Yuzu, Black/Carrier Grey, White/Gun Metal Grey, Black/Black, Race Blue/Silver, Black/Sunrise Red, Black/White and Yellow/Black.
ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket Indoor Court Shoes – Best All Round Shoe
One of the best volleyball shoe options is the ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket Indoor Court Shoes. They are very popular and recommended by most players and websites, often winning the category.
This shoe has fantastic on court traction and is super shock absorbent, the reason for this is its cushioned and folded EVA mid-sole.
As with all Asics shoes they are renowned for their rear cushioning which helps with landings and take offs. The ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket is one of Asics more light weight shoes which helps with foot fatigue. This shoe also has an outsole specifically designed for rapid direction changes and grip.
Sizes 6 -15
Advantages: Great Traction, Shock Absorption, Breathable – Great Value
Disadvantages: No wide sizes and the sizes run small.
The ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 9 was very popular in 021, but there is limited availability now, so we suggest going with the ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 10s.
Mizuno Men’s Wave Lightning Z5
The Mizuno Men’s Wave Lightning Z5 volleyball shoe is the follow on from the Z3. This is another great all rounder and defensive shoe, it is so popular because of its extremely comfortable cushioning. Mizuno’s tech called Parallel Wave is designed to disperse shock throughout the sole of the shoe instead of being focused in one area.
The shoe also allows for great movement through its 360° DynamotionFit upper. This lets you change direction quickly enhancing your game. Nylon Mizuno Wave technology in the midsole offers high speeds and dynamic cushioning for smooth transitions between offensive and defensive positions.
This shoe fits most players feet excellently which helps reducing the stress put on the feet. Like its Asics counter part this shoe is also very light weight which is great for volleyball.
We also think this shoe looks great, with some nice colorways: Black/Silver, Grey, White, White/Black, Black-red, Black-royal, White-navy and Stars & Stripes
ASICS Men’s Upcourt 4 Court Shoes – Best For Those On A Budget
This shoe is the best in our list if you are on a budget and looking for great value for money. Its great for beginners, just trying out volleyball, or those growing quickly and might need new shoes often. Due to their cheaper price they are less doable than the other options in this list, but these are designed for those not going to be using them four to fie times a week.
Best Defensive Volleyball Shoes
When looking for the best shoes for liberos it is important to have good flexibility, comfort and durability.
Mizuno Men’s Wave Momentum Indoor Volleyball Shoe – Best For Liberos & Comfort
The Wave Momentum is infused with MIZUNO ENERZY technology to provide volleyball players with more comfort. It also has great rear foot shock absorption and foot stability. This shoe’s newly integrated eyestay structure sees to it that there are no pressure points when flexing. These features make it great for defensive positions in the back row and liberos. This shoe is also great for people with flatter feet.
The Wave Momentum’s lightweight body has a great fit around the foot which helps with movement, reduced injury and comfort. This shoe features a bootie-constructed upper made from its non-sew material.
- Goog support
- Great Grip and Ankle Support
- Good Price
- Limited color choices.
Nike Men’s Lebron Witness III PRM Basketball – Most Flexible
All lot of mens indoor court shoes are labeled for basketball, but work great for volleyball as well due to similar court surfaces and movements. The Nike Men’s Lebron Witness III PRM Basketball shoe is one of these shoes that works great for both volleyball and basket ball. This shoe is a little on the heavier side but offers great traction and flexibility. Dues to its slightly heaver weight it is good for defensive positions and liberos who don’t have to jump as much.
This shoe also looks great.
Best Offensive Volleyball Shoes
ASICS Men’s Sky Elite FF 2 Volleyball Shoes
The ASICS Men’s Sky Elite FF 2 Volleyball Shoes are an excellent pair of volleyball shoes for offensive players looking for an aggressive and innovative volleyball shoe. This shoe is designed to help you experience more powerful jumps taking your game to new heights, literally. It is specifically created with the attacker in mind.
The ASICS Men’s Sky Elite FF 2 Volleyball Shoes help reduce energy loss when setting up a spike. The curved heel design allows you to smoothly cut towards the net by creating an easier forward transition.
The shoes mid-sole is designed to increase jumping force by working with a wider lateral forefoot. This shoe also helps with stability while decreasing jump force loss. This shoe also has a thicker mid-sole for more cushioning.
Mizuno Men’s Wave Tornado X2 Mid Volleyball Shoes
This shoe is one of the best for hitters and blockers. These positions require aggressive movements which include jumping, landing and quick direction changes. Shoes for these positions need fantastic cushioning and shock absorption for landing. You also want a light shoe to help with jumping. The Mizuno Women’s Wave Tornado X Volleyball Shoe ticks all these boxes.
This shoes offers stability, durability and great cushioning which generates sky high jumps for spikes and blocks.
Things to consider when buying the best volleyball shoes for you:
Volleyball players are constantly moving both laterally and vertically. In order to create the best shoe for this manufacturers need to consider how this affects the three sections of a shoe – the rubber sole, the mid sole and the upper wrapping section. A good volleyball shoe needs excellent grip, protective cushioning and lateral stability.
The Rubber Sole: Volleyball players want to have great traction on the court and a solid footing from which to jump and change direction. Volleyball soles also need to be non marking, so it doesnt mark the indoor courts – This is similar for tennis and squash.
Mid-sole: A shoes mid-sole supports the ball of the foot. A good mid-sole is important for quick movements and jumps that volleyball players specialise in. This is usually made up of a number of materials including gel, foam and air cushions. A good mid-sole needs top be flexible but strong for the best support.
Upper wrapping: Here you want the material to be lightweight and breathable to reduce moisture and keep the foot cool.
This depends on how often you play volleyball and how seriously. One pair of shoes should typically last a full season if you are playing in them 4 – 5 times a week. Sings that your shoe needs to be replaced can be, loss of traction on the sole or loosing of the ankle support.
For younger players they may grow out of their shoes before the shoes age from overuse.
Each volleyball position brings something different to the court, so it is important to have a volleyball shoe that fits your style of play and position. You may be a defensive player needing to get low, but also be able to jump high and block, you may be a fast jumping, speedy and powerful attacker or a flexible, and agile libero.
Shoes designed for defensive players require a firm footing for defence, setting and deep-digging liberos. If you play in the back row, quick reactions and know how need to be backed up by a show that allows for quick direction changes, and stability even at full stretch.
These shoes need:
A high-grip outsole for fast changes
A low profile for speed and comforrt
Shock absorption for landings and take offs
Attacking Position Shoes:
When in the front row your shoes need:
Great cushioning for jumping and landing
Lightweight material to help you jump higher
Excellent fit for stability
Great traction for agility and quick movement without slipping.
A volleyball shoe needs to fit snuggly and be able to move with the players foot. A good measure is to allow a fingers width or less between the tip of the toe and the shoe, as with most activity based shoes.
Its best to only wear your volleyball shoes on the court/gym floor. You shouldn’t wear them for everyday use as this will increase the wear and tear on your sales meaning they won’t last as long. Especially when walking on harder surfaces like tar or concrete.