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 205 shoes and 973 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 24, 2022) that were identified as wide by sneaker experts (ranked by average overall rating):

  • 8.8 rating based on 8 expert reviews
  • Good traction, soft Lightstrike cushioning, and a fast, low-to-the-ground silhouette
  • Best for guards looking for a fast, low-to-the-ground, and supportive shoe
  • 8.7 rating based on 2 expert reviews
  • Damian Lillard's 7th signature shoe is a significant upgrade over last years model.
  • A perfectly balanced shoe that fits any position or player.
  • 8.4 rating based on 2 expert reviews
  • The D Rose 11 is a solid all-around performer with nice cushion and traction
  • Great for wide footers or those who prefer a roomier fit.
  • 8.3 rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • The Nike LeBron 19 Low might be a better performer than the 19s.
  • Players looking for a less bulky LeBron shoe.
  • 8.3 rating based on 4 expert reviews
  • The Adidas Exhibit A is a solid new entry into Adidas's non-signature basketball shoe lineup.
  • Great for players that have a quick and shifty play style.

Let’s take a closer look:

1. Adidas Harden Vol. 4

Performance Rating:
8.8
Good traction, soft Lightstrike cushioning, and a fast, low-to-the-ground silhouette
Overall rating based on 8 reviews
Pros:
One of the lighter Adidas shoes
Great all-around performance
Cons:
No longer uses Boost cushioning
What do the experts think?
The Vol. 4 is the first shoe in the James Harden signature line that comes without Boost cushioning. But that's not necessarily a bad thing as the Lightstrike cushioning provides a much lighter shoe that still feels very comfortable to play in. The traction works great on clean courts and requires only minimal wiping on dusty courts. Materials differ between colorways, you can choose between Primeknit or Mesh uppers - they all get the job done! If you are looking for a supportive, fast, and low-profile basketball shoe then the Harden Vol. 4 is a great choice!

2. Adidas Dame 7

Performance Rating:
8.7
Damian Lillard's 7th signature shoe is a significant upgrade over last years model.
Overall rating based on 2 reviews
Pros:
Balanced cushioning
Solid traction indoors and outdoors
Cons:
Not the most premium materials
What do the experts think?
The traction on the Dame 7 performs well - significantly better than the 6. Good news if you play outdoors a lot: the outsole is made of very durable rubber and performs well on the blacktop. The Lightstrike foam cushion setup is also an upgrade over the 6 and is a good balance of impact protection, court feel, and responsiveness. The materials are of decent quality, well ventilated, and get the job done performance-wise. The support offers good lateral stability and containment but the low cut doesn't provide any additional ankle support. Overall, the Dame 7 is a great all-around performer - especially for the price!

3. Adidas D Rose 11

Performance Rating:
8.4
The D Rose 11 is a solid all-around performer with nice cushion and traction
Overall rating based on 2 reviews
Pros:
Comfortable cushion
Very good traction
Cons:
Unorthodox fit
Materials could be better
What do the experts think?
The traction pattern is very similar to the D-Rose 7 which had some of the best traction ever. The D-Rose 11 will provide great traction indoors and outdoors after they break in a bit. The cushion features a good implementation of full-length Lightstrike. You'll get a nice balance of cushioning and impact protection with a bouncy heel and a firmer forefoot. The materials are nothing special and feel a little flimsy and cheap but they get the job done performance-wise. The D Rose 11 runs a half size big and reviewers noted a wide roomy fit in the forefoot. A great fit for athletes with wide feet, but if you have narrow feet you better stay away. The support provides very good lateral containment and stability, but there is no real ankle support. Overall, the D Rose 11 is a solid performer that's especially recommended to wide footers.

4. Nike Lebron 19 Low

Performance Rating:
8.3
The Nike LeBron 19 Low might be a better performer than the 19s.
Overall rating based on 3 reviews
Pros:
Materials feel better than the highs
React foam feels great
Cons:
Traction has room for improvement
What do the experts think?
Reviewers agree that the traction on the LeBron 19 Lows still isn't the best; it's better on the lows than on the regular 19s. The React foam used in the cushion setup works well when paired with the Air unit in the shoe. This shoe also uses improved materials. Reviewers mentioned that the shoe feels much more comfortable around the heel and ankle area. When it comes to the support and stability, the cushion setup used makes the shoe not have any issues. The Nike LeBron 19 Low may just be more consistent of a performer than the LeBron 19s if you don't need the exact same cushion setup.

5. Adidas Exhibit A

Performance Rating:
8.3
The Adidas Exhibit A is a solid new entry into Adidas's non-signature basketball shoe lineup.
Overall rating based on 4 reviews
Pros:
Lightweight
Has everything you need for support
Cons:
Stable cushion sacrifices impact protection
What do the experts think?
Reviewers agree that the traction on the Adidas Exhibit A is very reliable. It performed consistently on both clean and dusty courts while needing only minimal wiping. The Lightstrike cushion leans more towards the firm side of things, but it is lightweight and responsive. There's a small amount of impact protection in the heel, but the setup is clearly catering towards players the favor court feel. The materials perform well on the court, they are comfortable and feel good to play in. Support in the ankle area of the shoe is a strong point. Coupled with a wide base for lateral stability, the Exhibit A is a very supportive shoe. Overall, Adidas has delivered a solid performer with the new Exhibit A. It features everything you could want for traction and support. On top of that, it's built well and positioned at a great price of just $110.

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

  1. Angela

    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. Andy

      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. Ashley

      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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