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 186 shoes and 843 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 Oct 24, 2021) that were identified as wide by sneaker experts (ranked by average overall rating):

  • 9.1 rating based on 1 expert reviews
  • The shoe performs well in most aspects but isn't a huge improvement from last year's model.
  • Best for quick players who need the cushioning to take care of their legs.

  • 8.7 rating based on 6 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

  • 8.5 rating based on 3 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.

  • 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.

  • 8.0 rating based on 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:

1. Jordan Jumpman 2021

Performance Rating:
9.1
The shoe performs well in most aspects but isn't a huge improvement from last year's model.
Overall rating based on 1 reviews
Pros:
Cushioning is responsive but bouncy
Materials performed well
Cons:
Bit of a downgrade from the 2020 model
Traction pattern could be better
What do the experts think?
Most reviewers agree that the materials of the Jumpman 2021 feel and work surprisingly well despite being a bit of a downgrade from the previous year's model. Depending on your playstyle, the responsive but low-profile cushioning may or may not suit your game. Reviewers also agree that the fit is exceptional. There were no issues with the support of the shoe. The upper, toe box, and heel counter do a good job of keeping you secure. Overall, the Jordan Jumpman 2021 is still a pretty good budget model if you can get your hands on a pair.

2. Nike Lebron 17

Performance Rating:
8.7
The huge Max Air unit in the heel and 2 Zoom Air units in the forefoot provide crazy cushioning
Overall rating based on 6 reviews
Pros:
Insanely comfortable cushioning
Premium upper materials
Cons:
Steep $200 retail price
Heavy
What do the experts think?
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.

3. Adidas Exhibit A

Performance Rating:
8.5
The Adidas Exhibit A is a solid new entry into Adidas's non-signature basketball shoe lineup.
Overall rating based on 3 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.

4. 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.

5. Under Armour Anatomix Spawn 2

Performance Rating:
8.0
A lightweight, minimal, and affordable basketball shoe
Overall rating based on 2 reviews
Pros:
Lightweight shoe
Affordable price
Cons:
Cushioning is very firm
What do the experts think?
The UA Spawn 2 receives mixed reactions from critics. The traction worked well for one reviewer but overall it didn't live up to the great traction of last year's Spawn model. The cushioning is super firm and provides very little impact protection. This works well only for guards looking for super low-to-the-ground, responsive cushioning. The materials are comfortable but tend to stretch out after a while and become a little too roomy and less supportive. Overall, the UA Spawn 2 is an affordable guard shoe, but there are better performers out there, even at a retail price of only $100.

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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