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 43 shoes and 272 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 March 8, 2018) that were identified as wide by sneaker experts (ranked by average overall rating):
Low profile Boost
Quality of materials
Full-length Zoom cushioning
Let’s take a closer look:
The Adidas Harden Volume 1 performs well in all categories except fit. Traction was almost uniformly praised by reviewers. Materials vary among different colorways but are of high quality in each one. The only weakness of the shoe is the painful break-in period. Especially the leather toe cap was causing a lot of reviewers trouble.
Overall reviewers are disappointed by the Air Jordan 31. While some think the traction is decent, others call it literally dangerous. The premium upper material gets a lot of praise but the synthetic leather heel is less liked and caused pain for a few reviewers. Overall, the traction is really killing what otherwise could have been a great shoe.
The strongest point of the Under Armour Drive 4 is clearly its traction. The thick and aggressive herringbone pattern works on every surface - even outdoors. The Micro-G cushioning in the heel is nice, but the forefoot feels pretty much dead. The materials are very low-key and some reviewers mentioned a slightly painful break-in period. Overall, this is a solid shoe that outperforms its budget pricing and will work for every style of player - especially if you have wide feet!
The Nike Lebron 14 receives mixed reviews. Bigger, heavier players with wide feet and the need for a lot of impact protection will like the Hex Zoom cushioning setup. Unfortunately, a lot of reviewers commented on heel slippage and excessive movement during cuts and stops. Definitely not recommended for players with narrow feet.
The Under Armour Charged Controller is a very affordable low-cut basketball shoe designed for quick guards. Unfortunately, the traction is very inconsistent. Especially on dusty courts, you will need to wipe constantly. For a very slim and light shoe, the fit is not as good as one would expect. A lot of reviewers mention the very roomy (and heavily glued) toe box. Cushioning is decent and support features are minimal but sufficient. Overall, the Charged Controller is a solid shoe, but there are better basketball shoes, even at the low retail price of $100.