Hooping outdoors is an animal unto itself. From the style of game, to battling the elements, to the potential to earn a terrible nickname for life with one mistake, you really gotta know what you’re walking into, literally and figuratively. Having the right outdoor hoops kicks is essential to not looking like just another geek off the street. It also helps if you have someone play Warren G’s “Regulator” as you enter the court. If that’s too hard to coordinate, you can at least not wear terrible sneaks. We’ve all seen that dude running around in soggy hiking shoes. He’s not getting the ball. He’s never getting the ball. Don’t be that dude.
The shoes don’t have to be flashy (unless that’s your thing, then rock with it) they just need take care of your feet. A lot of traction and a thick sole is crucial to blacktop survival. I personally also like a lot of ankle support as injuries seem to happen a lot of more outside. The game is usually on a smaller court and played just as hard, if not harder, than indoors. For this reason, you need sturdy, tough and flexible leather on your feet.