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 238 shoes and 1141 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 Jan 31, 2023) that were identified as wide by sneaker experts (ranked by average overall rating):

  • 8.4 rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • The Air Jordan 37 is a top performer with bouncy forefoot cushioning and strong materials.
  • Recommended for forefoot-heavy players looking for a bouncy setup
  • 8.4 rating based on 4 expert reviews
  • The Puma TRC Blaze Court offers strong traction and comfort at the expense of the materials.
  • Guards with a quick playstyle
  • 8.3 rating based on 6 expert reviews
  • The Nike Zoom Freak 4 is a worthy upgrade in Giannis Antetokounmpo's line.
  • Players looking for solid performance and springy cushioning on a budget will enjoy this shoe.
  • 8.3 rating based on 3 expert reviews
  • Russell Westbrook's fourth signature shoe is a pretty good all-around performer.
  • Great for players who like forefoot Zoom and don't make a lot of lateral moves.
  • 8.0 rating based on 5 expert reviews
  • The D.O.N Issue #3 is a dependable shoe with solid materials and great traction.
  • Best for players looking for a responsive and lightweight shoe.
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Let’s take a closer look:

1. Air Jordan 37

Performance Rating:
8.4
The Air Jordan 37 is a top performer with bouncy forefoot cushioning and strong materials.
Overall rating based on 6 reviews
Pros:
Bouncy forefoot cushioning
Materials are strong for performance
Cons:
Materials are not premium
Heel cushioning could be better
What do the experts think?
Jordan Brand switches up the traction to look more like the traction on the Zion 1, but the performance is still there. The double-stacked Zoom Strobel and Zoom Air unit in the forefoot provide plenty of bounce and responsiveness. Meanwhile, the heel cushioning is Formula 23, and it feels caged. All reviewers agree that the materials are not premium but excel in all performance aspects. The fit is improved compared to last year's Air Jordan 36. It accommodates slightly wide feet better. The support features are all there too. The materials work well to keep the foot contained during play. The latest mainline Jordan, the Air Jordan 37, offers innovative performance and has plenty of features to love.

2. Puma TRC Blaze Court

Performance Rating:
8.4
The Puma TRC Blaze Court offers strong traction and comfort at the expense of the materials.
Overall rating based on 4 reviews
Pros:
Lightweight and supportive
Comfortable cushioning
Cons:
The outsole rubber is not durable
Materials feel cheap
What do the experts think?
The traction pattern of the Puma TRC Blaze Court performed phenomenally for most reviewers, but dust pickup can be an issue. Puma's Trinomic cushioning is soft and responsive, and one reviewer said it was the most bouncy cushioning they've tested. The materials feel cheap, but they do keep the shoe feeling lightweight on foot. The support features are strategically placed around the shoe to reinforce the lockdown and containment of the shoe. Overall, the Puma TRC Blaze Court is an exceptional performer that could've been even better if not for some consistency issues.

3. Nike Zoom Freak 4

Performance Rating:
8.3
The Nike Zoom Freak 4 is a worthy upgrade in Giannis Antetokounmpo's line.
Overall rating based on 6 reviews
Pros:
Reliable traction after break-in
Cushion feels springy
Cons:
Torsional support is not the best
What do the experts think?
The traction on the Zoom Freak 4 takes time to break in, but once it does, it performs reliably afterwards. The two forefoot Zoom Air units are bouncy but can take a lot of force to feel them. The foam feels springy regardless, though. Material quality is a letdown. Nike didn't use premium materials, but they hold up for performance. One improved feature is the fit. The shoe accommodates more foot shapes and is better for players with slightly-wide feet. Reviewers mentioned the torsional support isn't the best, but it didn't take away from the lockdown and stability of the shoe. The Nike Zoom Freak 4 performs well in all performance basketball categories while being a shoe for price-conscious players.

4. Jordan Why Not Zero.4

Performance Rating:
8.3
Russell Westbrook's fourth signature shoe is a pretty good all-around performer.
Overall rating based on 3 reviews
Pros:
Solid support
Bouncy forefoot cushioning
Cons:
Inconsistent traction
Materials could be more premium
What do the experts think?
The traction on Russell Westbrook's 4th signature shoe is decent on linear moves but has trouble on lateral movements. Overall it is pretty inconsistent especially on dust. The cushion features super bouncy double-stacked Zoom units in the forefoot. The court feel isn't great but still good enough. The wild mix of different materials doesn't feel very premium to the touch but they conform to your feet well and get the job done performance-wise. Go true to size and you should get a comfortable fit with minimal dead space in the toe box. The support is great all-around and has you covered for lateral stability and containment. Overall the Why Not Zero.4 is a solid performer, with the only downside being the inconsistent traction.

5. Adidas D.O.N Issue #3

Performance Rating:
8.0
The D.O.N Issue #3 is a dependable shoe with solid materials and great traction.
Overall rating based on 5 reviews
Pros:
Traction grips well indoors and outdoors.
Comfortable materials.
Cons:
Heel slippage.
Not much impact protection.
What do the experts think?
The traction on the D.O.N Issue #3 is the best and most consistent part of the shoe. The rubber is thick, and the pattern is wide, which helps the shoe grip well on most surfaces. The cushion is full-length Lightstrike, and it feels very responsive. It also feels light when on feet. Reviewers agree that the D.O.N Issue #3 features comfortable materials that don't need any break-in time. The support and lockdown of the shoe seem consistent laterally. However, the consistency can vary depending on your size when it comes to heel lockdown. Overall, the Adidas D.O.N Issue #3 is a steady shoe with consistent traction, but make sure to get the right size.

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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