I can't play ball in Free Runs, gave it a try and it just doesn't have enough upper support. I do too many sudden stops and pivots and quick lateral movement that I feel my foot would rip through the sides or my ankle will roll. Uppers is just too flimsy for my liking. If I am looking for a low-top basketball shoes, i'd play in Kobes. I want to try Nashes Hypergamer lows though.