5 Best Nike Volleyball Shoes In 2023

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Historically, Nike hasn’t been known for their volleyball shoes…

But in recent years, Nike has become one of the most popular shoe brands amongst volleyball players of all levels.

My Top Picks:

Nike is well known for making excellent basketball shoes but recently, a number of their best designs have been transformed into volleyball shoes and they’ve taken the volleyball world by storm.

Nike Volleyball Shoes Worn By Professionals

They’re certainly the brand of choice for professional volleyball players these days.

Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 Nike volleyball shoes.

Best Overall

Nike Zoom HyperAce 2 Volleyball Shoe

Nike Zoom HyperAce 2

The HyperAces are one of the safest volleyball shoes available with excellent ankle lockdown and lateral support. They also have excellent cushioning for joint protection.

Best Overall Nike Volleyball Shoe

The HyperAces are one of the best designed volleyball shoes of all time.

They feel exactly like what a volleyball shoe should feel like!

With more internal padding than most, they have excellent ankle lockdown and stability.

The reinforced uppers also add additional lateral support making this one of the best options for anyone with dodgy ankles!

They definitely have a thicker sole than the Hypersets, giving you more cushioning when jumping which will do a better job of saving your joints from turning to dust.

Recommended Use

Great option for players concerned with support and injury prevention. Suitable for every position on the court!

The Good

Extensive internal padding makes these shoes super comfortable.

Awesome cushioning setup provides plenty of impact protection.

Great heel lockdown offers excellent ankle support.

The Bad

Because the padding is so thick, you can’t really fit ankle braces in these shoes without wrecking them. If you wear ankle braces, I would avoid the Hyperaces!

On the more expensive side. Since these have been discontinued by Nike, prices can get pretty high.

Runner Up

Nike Hyperset Volleyball Shoes

Nike React Hyperset

These are currently the most popular volleyball shoe on the market. With a super solid overall design, the extremely versatile Hypersets can be worn by all players on court.

Most Popular Nike Volleyball Shoe

Nike’s flagship volleyball shoe very quickly became one of the most popular shoes within the professional leagues in Europe.

The traction and responsiveness of this shoe is second to none and they feel rather low to the ground when wearing them, making the Hypersets particularly popular with setters, liberos, and outside hitters.

The shock absorption and impact protection is decent overall but not incredible.

The Hypersets feel great to jump in, but don’t have much of an extra bounce or pop that makes you feel incredibly springy.

These are also one of the better outdoor volleyball shoes, if you dare to wear them on a concrete surface!

They fit pretty snug and aren’t ideal for wide feet, so consider getting half a size bigger if that’s you.

Recommended Use

Great option for every position, especially if you like a low-to-the-ground feel.

The Good

Excellent traction and responsiveness.

Super ‘connected’ court feel makes these especially great for back court players.

Perform really well on outdoor courts and are remarkably durable.

The Bad

Extremely expensive and stocks are very limited.

Not the best for people with wide feet.

Best Budget Shoe

Giannis Immortality For Volleyball

Nike Giannis Immortality

The Giannis Immortality is what I like to refer to as a brilliant back court budget shoe. It’s the lightest shoe on this list and performs really well for liberos and setters who like extreme responsiveness.

Best Budget Nike Volleyball Shoe

Yes, this is a basketball shoe.

And yes, you can wear it on the volleyball court.

The Immortality is known for being extremely lightweight and incredibly responsive. The traction and flexibility in this shoe is exactly why it’s one of my top rated volleyball shoes for liberos.

The cushioning in this shoe is not great, making it not a great option for hitters. But back court specialists don’t need excellent cushioning so it’s perfect for liberos and setters who like to feel light on their feet.

It’s also by far the cheapest shoe on this list making it one of the highest value options on the market.

Recommended Use

Fantastic budget-friendly option for back court players.

The Good

Extremely affordable retailing at around the $100 mark.

Great traction.

Super responsive and lightweight. These shoes make you feel extremely connected to the court.

The Bad

Pretty average cushioning system, so not ideal for anyone doing a large amount of spiking.

Note: These shoes retail primarily via Amazon, as they’re no longer selling through the official Nike USA website. You should be able to find other local retailers near you with a simple Google search.

Also Great

Nike KD14 Shoe For Volleyball

Nike KD14

There’s a good reason more and more volleyballers are choosing to wear basketball shoes on the volleyball court. Many of these shoes are designed exceptionally well for the needs of volleyballers, the KD14s being at the top of the list.

Best Nike Basketball Shoe For Volleyball

The KD14 was one of my highest ranked basketball shoes for volleyball in 2023 and for good reason.

This shoe is almost perfect in every way.

It has one of the most advanced cushioning systems, making it incredibly springy when jumping with top tier shock absorption – making it an ideal choice for opposites and middles doing a lot of jumping.

Traction is also incredible meaning it’s suitable for outside hitters and front row setters who don’t mind feeling quite high up off the ground.

They come in a variety of interesting colorways but you can’t go wrong with the white.

Recommended Use

One of the best all-rounders suitable for all positions. This is my sister’s favorite volleyball shoe of all time!

The Good

Incredible cushioning system makes them ideal for all hitters.

Superior traction and responsiveness to comparable shoes, making them great for setters too.

This is my sister’s (who is our head product tester and national level setter) favorite volleyball shoe of all time!

The Bad

For some people, the velcro strap can get a little annoying when lacing up.

Definitely on the more expensive side.

Special Mention

Nike Lebron 18 Volleyball Shoes

Nike Lebron 18

Just like the KD14s, the Lebron 18s have one of the craziest cushioning systems of any shoe making them one of the bounciest shoes for spikers to jump in.

Best Nike Volleyball Shoe For Jumping

If you’re a volleyballer who does a lot of jumping, you’re concerned with two things…

First, you need solid impact protection to save your joints from the constant beating.

And second, you want a shoe with some extra spring in it that’ll make you feel like you’re flying.

This is a premium shoe designed with both of those things in mind.

To put it simply, there’s arguably no better jumping experience you can have than by wearing a pair of Lebron 18s.

This is a unisex shoe available in a variety of colorways. Great for wide feet too!

Recommended Use

Great option for opposites and middle blockers looking for maximum bounce!

The Good

Most ridiculously bouncy shoes to jump in, awesome for spiking and blocking!

Fantastic shock absorption and ankle support.

Incredibly comfortable.

The Bad

Lateral movements aren’t the best because of the really thick heel, so not the best option for liberos and probably setters also.

This is one of the most expensive shoes on this list!

Final Verdict?

I’d recommend either the Hypersets or HyperAces depending on whether you want to go for style or support/comfort.

Both of these shoes are pretty hard to find, so you’ll be lucky if you can get either in your size…

If you couldn’t find any, my recommendation is the KD14s for setters and outside hitters and the Lebron 18s for opposites and middles.

For liberos (and setters) the Giannis Immortality is going to be an excellent option.

Are Nikes Good For Volleyball?

Nike makes some absolutely top notch shoes when it comes to volleyball.

Not only do they have some really decent volleyball specific designs, but a huge number of their basketball shoes make excellent volleyball shoes too.

The Hypersets have rapidly become extremely popular because they’re designed really well.

The HyperAces, and HyperAttacks were also received extremely well by the volleyball world too.

How Do Nike Shoes Compare To Other Volleyball Shoe Brands?

Historically, Nike never was regarded as a volleyball shoe brand.

It used to be Mizuno and Asics with the vast majority of the market share.

In today’s day and age, Nike is probably the most popular volleyball shoe brand in the world.

You saw earlier a picture of one of the top professional volleyball teams in Italy – almost all of them were wearing Nike Hypersets. This is a very common sight particularly amongst top level volleyballers.

Nike’s basketball shoes are also quickly becoming more and more prevalent on the volleyball court.

Nike desperately needs to restock the Hypersets and HyperAces which are becoming close to impossible to buy online nowadays, a testament to their popularity.

Having said that, I think it’s fair to say that Nike is still very much at the top of the hill when it comes to volleyball shoes.

About the author

As a former international level volleyball player, I now spend my days working out and writing for Volleyball Vault. I look for ways to bring my wealth of experience and knowledge to create unique and insightful perspectives in my content.