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 favorite 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 are 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 solecollector.com, weartesters.com and on popular sneaker Youtube channels. So far this database includes 164 shoes and 745 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 Apr 02, 2021) that were identified as wide by sneaker experts (ranked by average overall rating):

  • 8.8 rating based on 7 expert reviews
  • Dame's best shoe so far! A great all-around performer at a very affordable price
  • The Dame 5 works best for quick guards who prefer responsive cushioning

  • 8.7 rating based on 4 expert reviews
  • New Balance's first basketball sneaker in a long time really knocked it out of the park
  • A durable performer with comfortable cushioning, good materials, and great traction on clean courts

  • 8.6 rating based on 8 expert reviews
  • Great allrounder with well-balanced cushioning and a lot of support
  • Works best for explosive players looking for a supportive shoe

  • 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

  • 8.6 rating based on 2 expert reviews
  • An upgrade over the first model and an all around performer
  • Any type of player who wants to be light and quick on their feet

Let’s take a closer look:

1. Adidas Dame 5

Performance Rating:
8.8
Dame's best shoe so far! A great all-around performer at a very affordable price
Overall rating based on 7 reviews
Pros:
Responsive Bounce cushioning
Very comfortable
Cons:
Slippery on dusty courts
A little dead space in the toe box
What do the experts think?
The Dame 5 is Damian Lillard's latest signature shoe, and it's also his best! The traction works amazingly well on clean courts, but the translucent rubber versions are a little too slippery on dusty courts. The full-length Bounce cushioning provides a great balance of responsiveness and impact protection. The materials are super comfortable and very supportive, but the felt that is used on some colorways receives very little love from sneaker critics as it feels cheap and gets dirty easily. Overall, this is a great performer, especially at a very affordable retail price of only $115.

2. New Balance OMN1S

Performance Rating:
8.7
New Balance's first basketball sneaker in a long time really knocked it out of the park
Overall rating based on 4 reviews
Pros:
Comfortable Fuel Cell cushioning
High-quality and durable materials
Cons:
Rubber picks up dust quickly
What do the experts think?
The first New Balance basketball sneaker in a long time gets a lot of love from sneaker critics: The herringbone traction pattern has you stopping on a dime on clean courts, but the translucent rubber picks up a lot of dust if you play on dirty courts. The Fuel-Cell foam cushioning is the highlight of the shoe and provides you a very well-balanced and comfortable ride. The upper materials are of high quality and should last for a long time, even if you play outdoors. Overall, the New Balance OMN1S comes highly recommended for players of all positions that look for a well-balanced performer.

3. Jordan Why Not Zero.2

Performance Rating:
8.6
Great allrounder with well-balanced cushioning and a lot of support
Overall rating based on 8 reviews
Pros:
Very supportive shoe
Great all-around shoe
Cons:
No outstanding features
Pretty bulky materials
What do the experts think?
The design of the Why Not Zero.2 is almost as extravagant as Russell Westbrook's clothing style, but how does it perform? Most reviewers gave the traction good grades, but the majority of them liked the traction of the predecessor even better. The cushioning is no longer full-length Zoom, but that is not a big loss as the forefoot Zoom Air performs very well and the Phylon heel is super comfortable. Support and lockdown are strong features of this shoe -perfect for explosive players like Russell Westbrook! Overall, the Why Not Zero.2 is a great allrounder with flashy design and no glaring weaknesses.

4. Nike Lebron 17

Performance Rating:
8.6
The huge Max Air unit in the heel and 2 Zoom Air units in the forefoot provide crazy cushioning
Overall rating based on 5 reviews
Pros:
Insanely comfortable cushioning
Premium upper materials
Cons:
Steep $200 retail price
Heavy
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.

5. Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020

Performance Rating:
8.6
An upgrade over the first model and an all around performer
Overall rating based on 2 reviews
Pros:
Comfortable laceless upper
Responsive and plush cushioning
Cons:
Traction suffers on dust
Hard to put on at first
What do the experts think?
The traction on the N3XT L3V3L 2020 was definitely improved from the first version, but still had some issues on dust. The cushion was one of the highlights as reviewers loved the impact protection and responsiveness of the Lightstrike cushion. The materials are also very nice, using an all knit upper that is comfortable on foot. The lack of laces works well and the upper conforms to your foot. The fit is okay but runs a little long in the toe area. It is recommended to go down half a size. The support is great and the reviewers had no issues laterally or in the heel. Overall, the N3XT L3V3L 2020 is a great upgrade from the previous model, and at $30 less, it's worth picking up if you like to play fast.

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 thehoopsgeek.com/shoe-reviews 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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