When anyone begins their quest to increase hops and learn to dunk one of the first things they look at is jump shoe or strength shoes. The elements are plastered everywhere. In magazines or online on almost any site that has to do with sports.
These items can assist you in your workouts to jump higher, but they are only assistants, not cure-alls so I would strongly suggest you weigh your options before you invest your money in either product. If you want to check out some other opinions on both, you can here.
Jump shoes can be useful for things like running and lateral activities. They provide weight because they are bulky and weigh about five pounds per foot. They allow you to have resistance in your movements, but they are not ideal for jumping. Jump shoes are very hard on the knees when jumping. Because the weight is on your feet, when you jump they put extra weight on the bottom portion of your leg which puts added pressure on the knees.
Now for strength shoes, they are first and foremost more expensive. But you are just paying for the added protection to the knees. Because the platform is attached to the shoe it is much lighter and doesn’t add but a few ounces weight to the pump. This will save the knee pressure considerably. Now the one thing that concerns me about the strength shoe is the stability when doing agility drills.
So we go through this whole review to say that if you are more price conscious and are not worried that they will put pressure on the knees then, by all means, go with the jump shoes. They are more secure for lateral movements.