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 121 shoes and 630 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 Feb 23, 2020) that were identified as wide by sneaker experts (ranked by average overall rating):
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4 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.
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8 expert reviews
Puma's first basketball sneaker in 20 years is a real eyecatcher
Great shoe if you are tired of Nike, Jordan, and Adidas
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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:
- Insanely comfortable cushioning
- Premium upper materials
- Steep $200 retail price
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.
- Great upper materials
- Eye-catching design
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.
- Lightweight shoe
- Affordable price
The UA Spawn 2 receives mixed reactions from critics. The traction worked for one reviewer but doesn't live up to the great traction of last year's Spawn model. The cushioning is super firm, provides very little impact protection, and only works for guards looking for super low-to-the-ground, responsive cushioning. The materials are comfortable, but they stretch out after a while and become a little roomy and less supportive.
Overall, the UA Spawn 2 is an affordable guard shoe, but there are better performers out there, even for $100.