Our editor and reviewers are always checking for the latest shoe release dates and quite a few shoes are introduced to the market annually. However, just because a shoe is the latest model to the marketplace, that does not mean it’s the best one for the job. Several of our top picks are not from the newest or latest year. Some are models from years ago, but still get the highest marks for comfort from reviewers and buyers with wide feet!
Finding a comfortable, proper-fitting wide basketball shoe when you have wide feet can be quite the ordeal. Sometimes it might seem that those wide-footed people are living in a narrow-fitted world. And if finding a solid pair of shoes to play basketball in (not to mention somewhat stylish) was not the worst of your problems, there are also the issues of finding shoes with proper arch support to help correct some of the problems brought about by having wide, flat feet. Let us help you find the best basketball shoes for wide feet!
But thankfully basketball is a sport where a number of players have rather large feet, so this issue is not the most detrimental. Compared to finding a good fit in other types of sports shoes, finding just the right basketball shoes for wide feet is very easy. However, it does require a little bit of prior knowledge and understanding of what exactly to look for. With the help of this list, you no longer need to be cursing your parents for giving you those wide feet.
What to Look for When Buying Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet?
When looking for a shoe that will fit well for wide feet, it is important to first locate the material of each shoe. The more forgiving that the material is, the more that the basketball shoes for wide feet will be flexible and able to wrap around a wide foot. If the shoe is hard, then there will be little give in the foot area of the shoe. Finding a shoe that is flexible is much easier in this day and age, than say, five years ago. The sheer amount of knitted or woven material in these basketball shoes is ideal for the wide foot. Synthetic leather is not the best material to choose since it does not stretch or mold well with your foot. Woven or knitted materials will accommodate your wide foot very nicely, BUT they may stretch a bit too much which leaves you without good support and opens you up to twisted ankle injuries! We’ve tried to find the best of both worlds in our review!
Another trick would be to merely look at the outer sole of the shoe. If the material and traction pattern seems larger or stretches on for longer than the average basketball shoe, then that means the actual meat of the shoe will cater towards the wider foot.
Finally, this list will rank these shoes according to the overall quality of the shoe. If you were searching for just a shoe that will fit comfortably, then you might not have the best shoe for the court. Those with wide feet tend to have flat feet, meaning that arch support is ideal in a shoe. Also, traction, ankle support, style, price, and weight should be taken into account when purchasing one of these pairs of shoes. Solely having wide feet does not mean you should be held back when it comes to on-court performance. So, here is the list:
Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet Reviews
At the top of our list of best basketball shoes for wide feet is the Adidas Cloudfoam Ilation.
The Men’s Cloudfoam Ilation has some excellent features, but it’s not without its drawbacks either. I’ll get into that in a bit, but for now, let’s look at the good stuff!
If you have wider than “average” feet, you’ll almost undoubtedly be thrilled with these shoes. From nearly every 5-star review it seems they’re not only wide, but exceptionally comfortable. They’re lighter than average for their size and the cushioning is better than many higher-priced shoes. The herringbone traction is quite good for a budget shoe and it does come with a mesh ankle collar for ventilation. Also, the price is unquestionably attractive, but that’s also a sign that there may be some issues that make this not quite the “perfect shoe”.
With a really good price like this shoe sports, you know you’re in for some criticism right? Well, here it is: These shoes are not the most durable in the world and the outsole, as well as the main material or shell, has been known to lose integrity. The sole can peel from the main shoe body, while some of the stitching has been known to rip on this model. The write up on Amazon says these have a leather upper, but our research tells us that’s not true. The outer shell is a synthetic composite cover and it’s not terribly flexible at that.
This is a wonderful option if you fit the following profile; You’re a basketball player, but you don’t play every day. You play maybe once a week or even less. You may also be someone who stands a lot during the day at work, etc. You happen to not want to spend an arm and a leg on a pair of signature basketball shoes for wide feet, and of course you have wider-than-average feet. You understand that if you use them for basketball every week, you may be replacing them in 1-2 seasons (maybe, or maybe they’ll last indefinitely). If that’s you, then these are your shoes!!
It looks like Adidas has gone to some deliberate effort to make shoes with a softer insole and outsole to help cushion a heavier weight while at the same time accommodating a wider foot. The OwnTheGame model is not unlike the first Adidas on our list (the Cloudfoam Ilation) and it offers similar features. Let’s see what they are.
- The wide basketball shoe is lighter than you might think by looking at it and has enough features to justify its $60-ish price tag. The OwnTheGame has:
- A mid-top design to maximize support while minimizing unnecessary weight
- Synthetic mesh weave upper with imitation leather composite for a pretty decent lockdown and lateral support qualities
- Traditional lace design so you don’t have to re-learn a new way of securing your shoes
- Pull tab to aid in putting the shoe on
- Cloudfoam footbed with ortho qualities to maximize freshness and hygiene
- Lighter than expected
- Just the right amount of flex
- Adiwear outsole
- As expected, because it is not a premium signature shoe, the low price point betrays a lower construction quality. Don’t expect premium performance, support and durability
- Feels cheap and performs a bit less than a premium wide basketball shoe
Much like the Cloudfoam Ilation, wide basketball shoes are an excellent budget-oriented shoe. The midsole padding and adequate support features make this nearly identical to the Illations and offer just another alternative that some players may find more comfortable and durable.
The Air Max Penny makes our list because it’s made by, well, NIKE! …and it’s built more like a premium shoe since it is a signature shoe for NBA legend Penny Hardaway. It’s a nice looking basketball shoes for wide feet with lots of aesthetic features like accented trim or piping (more visible on some shoes than others), visible air unit on heel, visually appealing swooshes everywhere and a Nubuck upper. These shoes run true to size and are built a little more substantially than our previous Adidas recommendations. With that tougher built comes a slightly heavier weight and a heftier price tag.
It looks like our opinion on this shoe’s performance is shared by a lot of satisfied users around the world. You can start your search for user reviews (other than ours) at Amazon!
- Recognizable signature shoe
- Well built and far more durable (for longevity) than our other recommendations
- Aesthetically engineered for visual appeal
- True to size
- A bit heavier than the #1 and #2 options on our list
- Heftier price point so not for the over budget-conscious
If you appreciate good looks and have a few extra bucks to spend (though not at all as much as you’d spend on a high-end signature shoe) these may be for you. They’ll definitely last longer than our first 2 recommendations, and if a bit more weight doesn’t bother you, these may be the ones!
The Zoom Witness is kind of a cross between a budget model shoe and a Lebron signature shoe. Officially it’s a “budget” shoe but it really does have some performance qualities. Let’s get into it!
The sole features a diamond pattern which is fine on hardwood as long as you wipe it with your hand every few trips down the court. It’s not our first choice for indoor hardwood competitive play, but it’ll do the job.
The hex zoom units (there are 2 of them) in the forefoot offer the expected energy return we appreciate, but the heel protection is a disaster. If you land on your heels too much, you’ll start to feel it. This shoe almost causes you to bias your step to forefoot contact even more than you otherwise might.
The mesh upper has no fuse overlays and that’s a great thing for ventilation. These shoes are breathable!! However, with every good comes a bad and in this case the bad is the lack of durability or impact protection in the forefoot. That also spells bad news for long term durability and longevity. Scuffing and abraiding will happen fairly quickly, so beware!
The ankle support is quite good given the overall weight of the shoe. Usually, good support comes at the expense of a heavier weight, but this shoe has both great support and low weight! Good job Nike!
- Unparalleled ventilation
- Reasonable traction
- Good support – especially considering the low weight.
- Heel protection is lacking so be sure to bias your step on the forefoot rather than heels
- Not very durable along the top and sides of the forefoot (no added protective features like composite or plastic insets or fuse overlays)
- Expensive for a “budget” shoe
If you’re looking for a wide-foot friendly model that is extremely breathable and lightweight, the LeBron Zoom Witness is probably right on the money for you!
The Dame 3’s from Adidas are stepping up our options in price a bit (that’s part of the reason it’s not #1 on our list) and it fits the profile of a “budget” shoe which is also a signature shoe of Damian Lillard. Going upwards of $120, we can see that the features and qualities of this shoe reflect the higher price. Let’s see some details;
The traction is a multi-direction bladed pattern which is definitely not common, but oh so adequate! The seamless mesh shell of the shoe sturdy yet stretchable in places where it needs to be! There’s a soft textile lining and the whole shoe is sensationally breathable (at least compared to last year’s version of the D Lillard). There’s a midfoot overlay that offers very good lateral support while at the same time offering multiple lacing options. We’re not sure if the multiple lacing options are really a great idea or just a gimmick, but we’ll go with the first option for now!
We like the Bounce cushioning system found in this shoe better than the Boost, and it all comes at a non-premium price!
- Well-priced for value
- Unique mid-foot overlay for both lateral support and multiple lacing options
- Very comfortable “bootie-style” ankle collar
- Twice the price of some of our top recommendations on this list
- May have features that are more gimmicky than functional
- Wide foot hole in the collar needs an aggressive lockdown to keep foot secure
- If your foot is too wide, the mid-foot collar may be uncomfortable and may be a deal-breaker
In spite of the “bad” features, we like the shoe a lot more than we dislike it. It has the looks and performance we appreciate without sacrificing anything REALLY important. The price is twice what you could pay for a wide shoe, but it’s also about half of what you could pay as well! Figure that one out!
Here’s another low-cut shoe with the name of the game’s best player of all time behind it! (please tell me you don’t need me to spell his name for you!) Like a number of other Jordan brand shoes, the CP3.X is crafted in a manner that allows for wide feet, and it does so with a forgiving material. The shoe is made with a breathable woven material that will allow your foot all the room that it needs to fit into the shoe comfortably.
Overall, this is not the best low-cut shoe on the list, but it is somewhat cost-effective, as is much of the CP3 line. It will not make or break your performance on the court, but it definitely gives enough space for wide feet to not feel crushed by the outskirts of the shoe.
One of the highlights of this shoe is actually the cushioning that is built into the shoe. It will not wear down your feet, leaving them sore. That can especially be the case if you have flat feet that might exaggerate some foot pain. Having said that, we think the zoom unit pods are so small in the forefoot, they don’t really compress to offer great cushioning, yet they’re just prominent enough to hinder “court feel”.
The malleable rubber on the main body upper is soft-ish and keeps your foot secure. I didn’t mention the sole so here’s a quick overview. The bottom of the shoe has a thick, wave-like tread pattern which is hard enough to keep dust from gathering and coarse enough to not hide any dust and also offers sturdiness. However, it’s only adequate on hardwood floors given that it’s so hard and sturdy.
- Great to have a Jordan brand shoe
- Will expand (be malleable enough) Jordans for wide feet
- Good Price
- Not so great cushioning system
- Not the best sole for indoor hardwood court
The slightly awkward feel on my toes from the zoom unit pods under my forefoot was mildly annoying, but I’m guessing that will not be the case for everyone. As such, we’ll give it a 6.5/10 or so because of the looks, the exterior construction and brand name. Other players may find it’s the perfect fit for them and I would not at all be surprised!
The Air Force 1’s have such a storied and incredible history, that it’s almost “wrong” to talk about the composition of the outsole and stitching patterns. That would trivialize this iconic shoe which stands for much more than basketball.
The Air Force 1 was released in 1982 for the first time and it was named after the U.S. president’s aircraft. It was the first shoe to include the revolutionary Nike “AIR” technology. The original design was inspired by a hiking boot. Since that time, it has become …. ready for it??… the BEST SELLING athletic shoe in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD – EVER ….PERIOD! I’d say that says a lot – especially since it doesn’t have Michael Jordan’s name attached to it!
Today (and for the past 25 years) this shoe has been used as a symbol for fashion, culture, the vibe of a city and other things that have nothing to do with basketball. In fact, there have been so many updates and versions of this shoe that it even branched out into formal wear. It became a brown, polished leather $2000 shoe in one of its versions along its evolutionary lifespan.
This version is made of leather and synthetic compounds. It features the classic adjustable ankle strap and its high cut collar provides a great, snug fit around your ankles. It’s no slouch on the court either since it was actually designed for basketball with NBA greats like Jamaal Wilkes of the Lakers and Moses Malone of the 76ers. It was also worn by Kobe Bryant in 2002.
- Stands about the rest of the Sneaker crowd as the best selling sports shoe in history
- Sturdy build with good overall support for foot and ankle
- Reasonable price at around $125-$130
- Can be purchased to wear for casual or fashion or to make a statement
- No new Tech in many, many years
If you like fashion, function, classic and historical icons of pop culture and actual practical function, then you’ll never get all those things in any other shoe (though maybe a version of Air Jordans for wide feet at some point) so you may want to snag one of these while you can!
Akin to the player that this is named after, the Adidas D Rose 773 IV is an altogether good shoe (although I’m not sure whether these will be the cause of numerous injuries). It is versatile and lightweight, comes with good traction and is aesthetically pleasing in a sort of crazy way. Let’s break it down!
The traction is unique in that it consists of segmented chunks of herringbone patterns on an otherwise treadless shoe bottom. However, the herringbone that does exist in each little segment is extremely soft and that offers an unparalleled grip on the hardwood.
The cushion is Adidas Bounce – which we really like even though we think it’s a bad name. You see, you don’t actually BOUNCE in them. Bounce just offers a wonderful impact cushion – not actual bouncy-ness. Energy return is Bounce’s claim to fame.
It features an injected TPU upper for great stability. There are 2 layers of netting/screen/mesh for adequate but not super great ventilation. The material is forgiving and thus, it can accommodate a wider foot. The D Rose 773 IV is crazy durable since it is made out of a durable mesh as well as synthetic leather (TPU injected) and it’s all seamless in its construction.
- Stellar Traction
- Bounce Cushion Impact Resistance and Energy Return
- Sturdy Build for durability over time
- Can definitely be worn for casual/fashion out on the town
- Not super ventilation (just good)
- Kind of big and bulky for a basketball shoe (by today’s standards)
If you’re a bigger player (large forward or center) who just wants good cushioning and durability, this shoe fits the bill. If you’re a quick forward who wants to “feel” the court and have responsive and well-ventilated shoes, this may not be your choice for a new pair!
We couldn’t help but add in these shoes which are not the newest D Rose model on the market (hit the market in 2015), but received way too much positive feedback for being wide-foot friendly! From excellent heel support to lightweight and good ankle support, these shoes (almost) have it all! And remember, get the primeknit version rather than synthetic leather, so they’ll hug your wide foot better.
The only drawback (which may be almost undetectable) is the fact that the D Rose 6 has such excellent cushioning, that some players have noted that it’s not quite as responsive on the court as less cushioned models. Remember, the more cushioning, the less “court feel” you’ll have since there’s a layer of pliable material that compresses and shifts, between your foot and the actual hardwood. Otherwise, the great price point and glowing reviews should get you excited about this option!
- Great Cushioning
- Great Price
- Very Wide-Foot Friendly with non-rigid Primeknit material for easy foot expansion on the sides
- Less than perfect lateral support because of forgiving Primeknit
- Cushion is not responsive for a “court feel”
This shoe represents one of the better “values” on our list. It’s way under $100 and offers great impact protection (landing and jarring) and is arguably the best shoe on the list for fitting and hugging a wide foot. As long as you’re not a fussy point guard, my guess is that you’ll love these shoes!
Here’s a surprising entry into our top 10 best ball shoes for wide feet – at least for me! These Under Armour shoes have some really strong features which made it impossible to leave them out! Firstly, the traction is unbeatable. So many shoes are criticized for mediocre to poor traction given a shallow tread depth. Not so with the Drive 4s. A deeper tread on the forefoot allows for grippy traction which will always outperform most other shoes (worn by your opponents) on the same surface. Depending on your foot size/shape, you may experience an uncomfortable break-in period, but that’s not unlike many shoes costing double! It runs true to size and has a more-than-adequate ankle support feature.
One of our reviewers mentioned this is a great shoe for flat-footers too given the arch support! It features a die-cut EVA sock liner midsole which provides better than average cushioning and support, while the exposed Micro G heel unit gives even more firm cushioning. At this price point, I’d be more than tempted to give them a try if I had wide feet. ALAS, I have really NARROW FEET!!!! (hey I’m not rubbing it in – in fact it’s just as hard to find a good fit for me as it is for you, now get off my case!) 🙂
- Insanely Good Traction
- Bonus Ankle Support
- Good Arch Support for Flat-Footers
- Firm Cushioning (for more “court feel”)
- Break-in Period may be Uncomfortable
While not the least expensive shoes on our list, they do rank among the best with traction, ankle support and arch support, not to mention “court feel”. Most others on our list have poor court feel, little arch support and mediocre traction. The price difference between them is not that big. Some might even argue that the Under Armour Drive 4 should be at the top of our list and not the bottom! Oh, well, you made it this far didn’t you?!
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