The Top 5 Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet

Finding basketball shoes that fit your wide feet can be a real pain. Most performance sneakers are cut slightly narrow to ensure a tight fit for athletes with regularly wide feet. If you are a wide-footer, this can be really annoying as an average pair of shoes will probably fit very uncomfortably and you will have to deal with blisters and pressure marks. But fortunately, there are still a few basketball shoes that cater to wide-footers.

In this article, I am going to show you five current basketball sneakers that should fit comfortably, even if you have “Shrek” feet!

How to find shoes that work for wide feet?

Your favourite player released a new signature sneaker and you found a colorway that is so nice, you need to have it? The only problem: the shoe is not made for wide feet…

Can you still make it work?

Look for stretchy upper materials

Many shoes come with different materials depending on which colorway you get. So if you have a pair of shoes that is only slightly narrow, going for a stretchy material like a knit or woven will accommodate wide feet much better than firm mesh or synthetic leather.

On the other hand, there are basketball shoes like the KD signature line that run so narrow that you just can’t make it work as a wide-footer. If you want to know how your favourite shoe runs, check out the shoe overview I have created here. Click on any shoe and to see a profile of the shoe that tells you whether it runs wide, regular or narrow.

Basketball Shoes for Wide-Footers

How did I come up with this list?

I am continuously recording every basketball shoe review that is released on sites like, and on popular sneaker Youtube channels. So far this database includes 142 shoes and 692 reviews!

Whenever a reviewer mentions that a shoe runs wide (or narrow) this is entered into a database. This allows me to automatically create a list of current shoes (last updated on Oct 21, 2020) that were identified as wide by sneaker experts (ranked by average overall rating):

1. Nike Lebron 17

  • 8.6 rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The huge Max Air unit in the heel and 2 Zoom Air units in the forefoot provide crazy cushioning
  • Top choice if you are looking for a comfortable, supportive shoe with a ton of impact protection

2. Under Armour Anatomix Spawn 2

  • 8.0 rating based on 2 expert reviews
  • A lightweight, minimal, and affordable basketball shoe
  • Works best for guards with wide feet looking for a responsive shoe

Let’s take a closer look:

1. Nike Lebron 17

8.6 Overall rating based on 5 expert reviews
Insanely comfortable cushioning
Premium upper materials
Steep $200 retail price
What do the experts think?
The Lebron 17 is one of the most expensive basketball shoes on the market, does it justify it's $200 retail price? Reviewers' opinions on the traction were split: the Solebrother called it "god-levels" especially on a translucent rubber pair while Nightwing2303 didn't like the white solid rubber, even on clean courts. The cushioning, however, was loved by everyone. A huge Max Air unit in the heel is combined with Zoom in the forefoot and they provide a ton of impact protection and bounce. The new Knitposite upper material is thick, soft and comfortable - but it gets pretty hot after a while. Overall, the Lebron 17 is a great performer, especially you are a heavier player looking for a comfortable and supportive shoe.
Available at 8 shops:
Colorways of the Nike Lebron 17:

2. Under Armour Anatomix Spawn 2

8.0 Overall rating based on 2 expert reviews
Lightweight shoe
Affordable price
Cushioning is very firm
What do the experts think?
The UA Spawn 2 receives mixed reactions from critics. The traction worked well for one reviewer but overall it didn't live up to the great traction of last year's Spawn model. The cushioning is super firm and provides very little impact protection. This works well only for guards looking for super low-to-the-ground, responsive cushioning. The materials are comfortable but tend to stretch out after a while and become a little too roomy and less supportive. Overall, the UA Spawn 2 is an affordable guard shoe, but there are better performers out there, even at a retail price of only $100.
Available at 2 shops:
Colorways of the Under Armour Anatomix Spawn 2:

3 thoughts on “The Top 5 Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet”

  1. My son is playing high school ball and is required to wear Nikes. He has VERY wide feet, and we switched him to Adidas from Nike years ago for this reason. Any Nike recommendations that are available on the current market? All of my googling is leading me to older versions of Nikes that I can only find on Amazon, and I question the authenticity. Thanks for your help in advance!

    1. Check out for a list of all current shoes. You can filter and sort all shoes by width. This way you should be able to find a good fit for your son.

    2. Just came from the Nike Outlet today, my daughter plays travel ball and has a very wide foot. She loves the KD12’s. She had to go about a half size up but they fit her perfect.

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