Volleyball vs Basketball Shoes: The Impact Factor

We buy different shoes for different events, daily tasks, and of course for options. Whether in sport, work, or play. We make decisions to wear specific shoes in our daily activities because of what they do for us. The footwear we wear can determine the outcome of our performance and physical comfort., so what happens when we make the wrong decision in volleyball?
Over the past few decades, volleyball footwear trends have changed as new technology emerged and consumer preferences changed. For example, running shoes were popular in the early days of the sport until research found the benefits of stability and traction were critical to performance … and volleyball shoes born.
Today, while basketball shoes have become another footwear trend for players, primarily due to their simple aesthetic and cushioned materials, the performance benefits of wearing a shoe designed to play volleyball could be the added advantage needed to win match point.
Volleyball and basketball are both played on courts, involve lateral movements, and require foot stabilization, yet the two sports have very different biomechanical effects on the body.  At Mizuno, we’ve been invested in the sport of Volleyball for more than 40 years – it is what we do. We analyze, evaluate and test to make sure the design and function give support where it is needed most.
There are three main factors highlight the differences between these sports – impact, structured flexibility, and weight.


In volleyball, when landing from an approach, nearly 9x our body weight is concentrated on the forefoot of our shoes. Basketball includes a lot of explosive jumping as well, particularly from post players who get rebounds and block shots, but the sheer amount of times a player jumps in a volleyball game well exceeds how often a post player jumps.

Basketball midsoles are focused around cushion underfoot, so when you’re running up and down the court your foot is comfortable. Volleyball shoes are made with both cushion and structure. The Wave Momentum, for example, has the DynamotionFit bootie construction for a secure and comfortable fit, while also providing cushioning in the midsole for added comfort. It is laced with technologies, visible and not, that are engineered to enhance your performance and cause less stress on your body.



Want to know more? Learn how the structured flexibility of a shoe highlights the differences between the sports here.

Published: December 2018