Do basketball shoes really matter?
The basketball shoes have a better grip so that the player will not trip easily. However, a player will benefit from purchasing the more expensive basketball shoes, only if he chooses the right shoe size which will fit the feet properly.
Does wearing basketball shoes outside ruin them?
The cardinal rule is to never wear your indoor shoes outside. Doing so can cause your basketball shoes to lose both grip and color faster. If you avoid exposing them to the elements, they will likely last much longer. By only wearing your shoes on the court, you can keep them cleaner as well.
Is basketball shoes good for running?
Generally, basketball shoes are not good for running because they are heavier and have thinner cushions than running shoes. Running shoes are lightweight and designed specifically for forward motion while basketball shoes are made for multi-direction short movements including front, back, side to side movements.