How does the Basketball Shoe Review Aggregator work?

Finding your perfect pair of basketball shoes can be a difficult task! In order to find basketball sneakers that fit all your needs you need to ask a lot of questions:

  • What shoes are out right now?
  • Which shoes are actually good performers?
  • Do they fit my playing style?
  • In what size do I need to get them?
  • Where can I find them for the best price? 

This research phase used to take me weeks! I would check out all the latest shoes on the stores, read every review I could find, search online stores for discounts and finally I would order 2 pairs in different sizes to make sure at least one has a good fit.

The goal of the Basketball Shoe Review aggregator is to make finding your next pair of basketball shoes as easy as possible!

How does it work?

There are a lot of great web sites out there that talk about the latest basketball shoe releases and publish great shoe reviews. Every piece of information you need to make an informed buying decision is already out there - it's just not very well organized! I didn't want to add even more information, the goal is to aggregate the info that is out there and make it sortable and easy to filter. 

If you want to know if a movie is good you can check out rottentomatoes.com to see an overview of critic opinions, the same is true for video games and metacritic.com. I want to build the same for basketball shoes!

What information is collected?

The following information is collected about every single sneaker in the database:

  • ​Name and Brand
  • Is it a low top, mid top or high top?
  • Retail Price
  • Best price currently available
  • Release date
  • A list of the available colorways
  • Average expert opinion on traction, cushion, fit, support and materials
  • Average overall expert opinion
  • Does the shoe work outdoors?
  • How does the shoe run? (length and width)

Having all this information available makes it easy to find a shoe that fits your personal style.

An example: You are a small guard with narrow feet who does a lot of shifty crossovers?

In this case you need a lot of traction to support your quick moves, on the other hand, the cushioning of the shoe is not quite as important. You can filter the list of shoes to exclude wide shoes and show only sneakers that have great traction (>8.5) and also perform well across categories like materials, support and fit (>7.5).You now end up with a shorter list of shoes that makes sense for your personal preferences!

Or even easier: You can take this quiz, answer 6 questions and get a basketball sneaker recommended! 

Which reviews are used for the aggregator?

The scores for cushion, traction, material, support, fit as well as overall rating are generated by reading all reviews published for a particular shoe and taking the average score out of all these reviews. These are the criteria that are used to determine if a review is included or not:

  • The reviewer has to have played a significant amount in the shoes. No previews or overviews are used.
  • The review has to be honest and unbiased.
  • The reviewer needs to review shoes frequently.

Here is a list of all reviewers included in the review aggregator:

How are reviews collected?

Scores and quotes:

Every review is read or watched to gather quotes and scores. If the reviewer uses a 1-10 scale, then the score is just recorded as is. If the reviewer uses a different scale, the score is transformed to a 1-10 scale to provide consistency across the different reviews. If no scores are given out at all, a score will be assigned depending on how enthusiastic the author sounds.

This is the scale that is used in this case:

Explanation of Ratings:
10
Amazing
9
Great
8
Good
7
Satisfying
6
Below Average
5
Bad

Outdoor, width and length

When reviewers mention whether a shoe works outdoors, this information will be recorded as one of these 3 choices: Good, fair or bad. 

Length of shoes will be recorded as either "runs small", "runs slightly small", "true to size", "runs slightly large", "runs large". 

Width of shoes is registered as one of these choices: "very narrow", "slightly narrow", "regular", "slightly wide", "very wide".

Current Prices

The review aggregator is pulling daily updated prices from Eastbay.com. This allows you to find discounted shoes that used to be much more expensive. This way you don't have to compare retail prices but get a good indication of how expensive shoes actually are in stores.

Any questions?

If things are still unclear I am happy to provide more detailed information. You can send me your questions via the contact page.

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