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 165 shoes and 752 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 May 07, 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 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
- 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 8 expert reviews
- Great allrounder with well-balanced cushioning and a lot of support
- Works best for explosive players looking for a supportive shoe
Let’s take a closer look:
Dame's best shoe so far! A great all-around performer at a very affordable priceOverall rating based on 7 reviews
New Balance's first basketball sneaker in a long time really knocked it out of the parkOverall rating based on 4 reviews
An upgrade over the first model and an all around performerOverall rating based on 2 reviews
The huge Max Air unit in the heel and 2 Zoom Air units in the forefoot provide crazy cushioningOverall rating based on 5 reviews
Great allrounder with well-balanced cushioning and a lot of supportOverall rating based on 8 reviews