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 solecollector.com, weartesters.com and on popular sneaker Youtube channels. So far this database includes 99 shoes and 540 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 Aug 24, 2019) that were identified as wide by sneaker experts (ranked by average overall rating):

Overall Rating: 8.3
  • Traction works great outdoors or on dusty courts
  • Top performer that works best for quick guards
  • Deals from $67.99
Overall Rating: 8.2
  • Puma's first basketball sneaker in 20 years is a real eyecatcher
  • Great shoe if you are tired of Nike, Jordan, and Adidas
  • Deals from $120.00
Overall Rating: 8.2
  • Aggressive herringbone pattern works on every surface
  • Will work best for wide-footers
  • Deals from $84.99

Let’s take a closer look:

1. Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018

PROS:
  • Amazing traction
  • Works outdoors
CONS:
  • Heel slippage
Overall Rating: 8.3 (5 reviews)
Traction
9.3
Cushion
8.8
Materials
7.8
Support
8.0
Fit
7.8
Outdoor
100%
The Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018 has amazing traction that works well on all surfaces - even on dusty courts or outdoors. The Boost cushioning is firmer and more responsive but less comfortable compared to the Adidas Crazy Explosive which works well for quick guards. A lot of reviewers complained about issues with the fit in the form of dead space in the toe box and problems with heel slippage - make sure to go down half a size to limit these issues. Overall, the Crazylight Boost is an underestimated performance basketball shoe that offers great bang for the buck!
Best Deals for the Adidas Crazylight Boost 2018:

2. Puma Clyde Court Disrupt

PROS:
  • Great upper materials
  • Eye-catching design
CONS:
  • Inconsistent traction
Overall Rating: 8.2 (8 reviews)
Traction
7.9
Cushion
8.0
Materials
8.9
Support
8.3
Fit
8.4
Outdoor
50%
The Puma Clyde Court Disrupt is Puma's first basketball sneaker in 20 years and it's a real eye-catcher! The traction is inspired by the original Clyde sneaker and takes a while to break in and could offer more consistency. The foam-based cushioning is very comfortable and provides a nice mix of responsiveness and impact protection. The most outstanding feature of this hoops shoe is the good-looking, comfortable, and very supportive knit upper. Overall, the Puma Clyde Court Disrupt is a very solid shoe that brings a breath of fresh air into the world of performance basketball shoes.
Best Deals for the Puma Clyde Court Disrupt:

3. Under Armour Drive 4

PROS:
  • Fair price
  • Amazing traction
CONS:
  • Cushioning is very firm
  • Heel cup lacks padding
Overall Rating: 8.2 (6 reviews)
Traction
9.5
Cushion
7.3
Materials
7.7
Support
8.7
Fit
7.5
Outdoor
90%
The strongest point of the Under Armour Drive 4 is clearly its traction. The thick and aggressive herringbone pattern works on every surface - even outdoors. The Micro-G cushioning in the heel is nice, but the forefoot feels pretty much dead. The materials are very low-key and some reviewers mentioned a slightly painful break-in period. Overall, this is a solid shoe that outperforms its budget pricing and will work for every style of player - especially if you have wide feet!
Best Deals for the Under Armour Drive 4:

2 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.

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