Are you also one of those people who end up buying a basketball sneaker that looks just perfect for both: the court and urban fashion, only to find out that they are not made for your feet?
Your feet are wide … a little wider than the usual feet and because of this problem either your first toe or the pinky toe face all kinds of problems including pain and injuries.
Well, I’ve talked to a lot of basketball players who faced the same problem, I’ve been ferreting out Amazon reviews made by the customers who faced such problems and I’ve been asking for recommendations.
This is all what, this guide is all about … it is a review of best basketball shoes for wide feet and there is a buyer’s guide too.
- 1 Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet [Top picks]
- 2 Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose Best Wide Basketball Shoes
- 3 Conclusion
Best Basketball Shoes for Wide Feet [Top picks]
Air Jordan 31
Air Jordan 31 is the first sneaker that comes to mind when I think of (asked people of) the basketball sneaker for wide feet. As the name suggests this sneaker is from Nike’s famous and most favorite line of sneakers manufactured to pay tribute to the basketball legend Michael Jordan.
Mentioning it before any other sneaker does not obviously mean that it is better than the lot of them mentioned in this list. As a matter of fact, traction – which is one of the most important factors to consider while buying a basketball sneaker – is not totally there.
This sneaker has a translucent rubber outsole which is not considered ideal for a solid grip on clean courts. However, the herringbone-like pattern on this outsole does not damage control and reportedly this shoe’s grip is better than many other sneakers with a translucent outsole.
Where things get interesting is cushioning of this shoe – it has got a full-length Air Zoom unit (Nike’s best and most famous proprietary cushioning) and the shoe has a low-to-the-ground court feel as well.
For people who need wide feet, it would be satisfactory to know that Air Jordan 31 is widely labeled as a shoe for wide footers.
Puma Clyde Court Disrupt X-Ray
Do you love Halloween? How about a special entrée from Puma? This is a colorway of Puma Clyde Court Disrupt and what we know about Puma Clyde Court Disrupt is that this shoe is another amazing shoe made for wide footers.
So, in case you want a basketball sneaker made for wide feet with a bare toe made on it (2x the punch), this is the shoe to go for.
The best thing about this version is traction – we know that Puma Clyde Court Disrupt has a translucent rubber sole with an inverted traction pattern on it. This kind of outsole and pattern is not considered ideal for traction, but thanks to this colorway, you can have a mild-tough rubber outsole.
As far as cushioning is concerned, like every big basketball shoe brand, Puma has its own recipe. It uses a mix of IGNITE foam and NRGY beads. While the NRGY part works like a charm for shock absorption, the IGNITE foam is considered ideal for a high energy bounce that a player needs for the next move i.e. dunking the hoop.
Another special thing about Court Disrupt is its lockdown. It has a lacing system that is connected to two loops on the rearmost side – so when you cinch them down, you sort of sandwich your feet between the upper and the heel.
Nike LeBron 17
Nike LeBron 17 has been a craze among the fans of this line of Nike basketball sneakers for a long time. As a matter of fact, for Nike fans, it is hard to decide between LeBrons and Jordans. But the reason we picked this sneaker for this review it is being an ideal shoe for wide footers.
First thing first – this shoe has a tough rubber sole which is considered ideal for a strong grip on any type of court. The biggest problem with the translucent outsole is that its corners start fraying and it does not have the same grip as it had on the first day.
The pattern is not a defined pattern – you can compare the shapes with mosaic or rhombus, but the fact is that with deep grooves of this close-knit pattern, this shoe delivers marvelously on all types of courts.
The cushioning of this shoe makes things even more interesting for a basketball lover. It has two Air units – one in the front of the shoe and one of them right underneath the heel.
The Zoom Air and Air Max units + a soft phylon midsole make it impossible for the wearer to complain of cushioning. The material is a mix of TPU and fabric – rest assured that there is a good amount of breathability in the forefoot area.
Adidas Tmac Millennium
I cannot go about making a big list of the top basketball shoes for wide feet and not include brands like Adidas and Under Armour (yup wait for that).
Tmac Millennium from Adidas strikes your mind when you think about the best Adidas shoes for wide footers. Depending on the colorway you choose, you get to enjoy beautiful design that is not only made for the court but one that blends well with your urban/casual style statement.
The good news is that based on the colorway, you can choose from two options: a tough rubber sole or a translucent sole.
In case you love translucent outsoles but you secretly dislike how they fail to grip the court you’d admire the herringbone pattern on these outsoles because it is the best pattern when it comes to traction.
For tough rubber outsole fans – you would love this shoe even more because of the perfect duo of the tough rubber outsole and a herringbone pattern on it.
And you know what? Cushioning is cherry on the top. This shoe features Boost cushioning which is Adidas’s proprietary cushioning technology just like Zoom Air from Nike. Boost is made of micro-pellets of foam that compress and come back to their actual shape when they come under pressure.
Under Armour Drive 4
As promised …
And as it has been said before, you cannot leave Under Armour out while making a list of best basketball shoes for wide footers.
This shoe has so many qualities other than being good for wide footers, but before I explain those qualities, it is important for you to know that there is a twist in the story. While this shoe is good for people with wide feet, your toes might dig into the top.
When it comes to traction, this shoe has the best combo to offer to you. It has a tough rubber sole and on that sole, there is a herringbone pattern with decently deep grooves. I cannot emphasize enough how this is the perfect recipe for a strong grip on any type of court.
The cushioning is perhaps a department that UA does not do enough justice to when compared with brands like Nike and Adidas. This shoe features a combo of die-cut EVA sock-liner and molded EVA midsole.
The molded midsole is better than the just foam cushioning that many average shoes come with. Not only this type of cushioning provides great shock absorption but it also ensures the much-needed bounce you need for the next movement.
Adidas D Lillard 2
Adidas’s D Lillard 2 has got the look and feel of traditional Adidas sneakers made not only for basketball but for life above and beyond the court as well.
However, the focus here is on what this shoe can deliver on a court, and from the looks of it, it seems to be a sneaker that means business.
Let us start with traction – D Lillard 2 just like its predecessor, has a tough rubber sole. The reason why hard rubber sole is so good is that it does not lose its shape to friction, dirt, and other stimuli – this wear-resistance protects the pattern and ensures good traction.
This is where it gets tricky – the pattern. The pattern of this shoe is a tread pattern (like those that you see on tires) and it is thin. Not only the lines are so close, but the grooves aren’t deep and this is why Lillard 2 has good traction, but not a great one.
This Adidas sneaker has Bounce cushioning – the other proprietary cushioning technology introduced by the sports giant. While Boost is mostly about thick cushioning, Bounce ensures a court feel that allows you to have better control.
I won’t blame you if you are not deep into Nike sneakers and if you never heard of this one coz of the din of all those Nike shoes dedicated to the basketball giants.
However, I bet that you’d take an interest if I told you that this shoe features one of Nike’s exciting experiments. Nike has changed something so important for a basketball sneaker and the good news is that it has proved to be worth-while.
And it is the traction pattern – but before I jump to that, it is important to mention here that depending on the colorway that you pick, you can get either a tough rubber outsole or a translucent one (NASA colorway has a tough one).
The pattern looks like a galaxy of small suction cups; the idea was to have them work exactly like a suction cup works: get ahold of the object. And they work exactly like suction cups – the kind of traction you get with this pattern is somewhat comparable to the results that you get with herringbone pattern.
The cushioning that you get with this shoe is a mix of soft phylon midsole and oval-shaped Zoom Air units in the forefoot area. We cannot say it is the best (i.e. full-length Zoom unit), but it works perfectly.
Under Armour Curry 3 Zero
Curry 3 Zero is one of UA’s best basketball shoes and the line was named after Stephan Curry – the rookie of the year 2009. When it comes to the look and feel of this shoe, it seems to be challenging Nike’s hegemony on basketball sneakers made for a mix of court life and urban life.
In case you want a UA sneaker with the best traction combo, you should trust Curry 3 Zero to it. It offers a solid rubber outsole that you would find on most of UA basketball shoes and the pattern is herringbone. However, what I missed were deep grooves – the pattern on Curry 3 Zero has shallow grooves that no basketball player will approve.
As for cushioning, this shoe has got UA’s signature and proprietary cushioning technology: Micro G. Micro G is another foam-based cushion, but the best thing about it is that it is 30% thinner than other variants and thus the player enjoy a low-to-the-ground court feel.
Other than Micro G cushion, there is Charged Cushioning midsole in this shoe – it works like a charm for shock absorption.
The upper of this shoe is made of two different materials – there is a fused overlay on the mesh. Mesh ensures maximum breathability, while Fuse works like a protective layer and compensates for the vulnerability of mesh.
Nike Air Force 1
Nike Air Force 1 is a love affair to those who dream to have a perfect basketball shoe (okay near perfect) with all the bells and whistles that are expected from a good basketball sneaker.
It is made for the court, it has got good traction and cushioning, the high collar one provides ideal ankle support and you can wear it to any urban/casual gathering.
Let us first talk traction – this shoe has a tough rubber sole so you do not need to worry about grip on the court. However, it does not have a herringbone pattern; it has a pivot point circles pattern that testers approved because of how easy it makes the multidirectional moves.
And as far as the cushioning is concerned, this shoe features Nike Zoom Air cushioning which is considered one of the best cushioning technologies.
The material of this shoe is a mix of Flyknit (a synthetic material made of high-strength fibers that are not only durable but also breathable) and TPU. While we would have to give this sneaker 9/10 for durability, we cannot say the same about breathability; TPU and Flyknit leave little space for that.
Adidas Neo Ilation
In case you’re an Adidas fan and you want a traditional Adidas basketball sneaker – the kind that would shout Adidas even if you hid the logo, go for Adidas Neo Ilation.
It is a mid-top sneaker with one lockdown option (lacing) and by the look and feel of this sneaker, you can tell that material-wise it is made for those who prefer durability to breathability.
In case you’re a player who is bent on traction and knows the value of a good grip on all sorts of surfaces, this sneaker should attract you with its tough rubber sole and herringbone pattern. While it is not a classic herringbone pattern but a mix of herringbone and wavy patterns, its deep grooves provide a good grip on clean and dirty courts alike.
When it comes to cushioning, the most famous technologies from Adidas are Boost and Bounce – but this sneaker features another technology and that is Cloudfoam. Cloudfoam is a midsole and sockliner that Adidas use for the purposes of shock absorption and bounce.
As for the material, as I said it is not much breathable – this is for those who want a more durable and water-resistant shoe than a breathable one. However, they made perforations in the leather to make it somewhat breathable.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose Best Wide Basketball Shoes
I bet that if you have wide feet, you can pick any of the 10 shoes that I’ve reviewed in this post and go merrily your way because these shoes are good for people with wide feet.
However, for those among you who’d still want to know what to look for while buying shoes for wide feet, here is a buyer’s guide.
And while this buyer’s guide sheds light on general stuff like traction and cushioning etc., there is a special section on how to find out if a shoe is made for wide feet or not.
Here you go …
Let us imagine that you do not have a Nike or Adidas store anywhere near you and you want to buy a basketball shoe for your wide feet.
The only way for you to get your hands on a new basketball sneaker is Amazon Prime and you have already selected a new sneaker for your selection.
However, there is no way for you to know whether that shoe will be good for your wide feet or not. Unless you try that shoe, you can never know this for sure.
But what if you could tell this by looking at the construction of a shoe? Follow these points and see if you can get a decent basketball sneaker for your wide feet:
- Take a look at the shoe from the top and see if the construction of the shoe is narrow or wide. You are going to focus on the toe box and judge if it is wide enough for your toes.
- Read the reviews of the customers who purchased the shoe and tested it; it is in Amazon reviews that you find out the most honest and reliable opinions about the product.
- Take a look at the shoe’s outsole – if it is wide right underneath the toe box, it means that the shoe was made for wide footers.
In simple words, if the shoe has a smart and sleek outlook like that of a magician’s pointy shoes, you better skip that and keep looking for the perfect one.
Traction or grip is something that you need in all sports …
Even if you’ve never been to a court and your passion is football, you need shoes with great traction, because without solid grip on the surface you cannot do a lot of things that players have to do.
Basketball only makes this a bit tricky. How come? Well, basketball is played on a court and that court is mostly indoors, but it can be outdoors as well.
In the case of an outdoor court, you get to experience a totally different surface when compared with a clean and slippery surface of an indoor court.
Traction basically relies on the two most important factors:
- Outsole – A basketball shoe’s outsole can be made from a few diverse materials. From synthetic materials to translucent rubber to tough rubber – the variety is there. However, most of them are made from tough rubber because it is the best material when it boils down to grip on the court. It does not fray with time and thus it does not lose grip easily.
- Pattern – There can be a hundred different types of patterns on a basketball shoe’s outsole. While some of the patterns are famous and they have their own names, most of them can be termed based on their shapes. Herringbone pattern, among all of these patterns, is considered the best for grip. The reason being all the close-knit triangles and deep grooves (that do not fray thanks to tough rubber outsole).
There is another factor that helps with establishing a good grip on the court. It is called low to the ground court feel.
What is low to the ground court feel? When your shoe’s cushion is thin and thus your foot is not much elevated from the ground, you enjoy a better control on your feet and thus an improved grip on the court.
After traction is the most important factor in a basketball player’s life is how well-cushioned their shoe is.
Cushioning performs a two-pronged task for the player: a) it works like a shock absorber and it does not let your feet feel the kind of shock they would in case there was no cushion, and, b) it creates a bouncy effect that enables the player to move to next direction or next move right after their feet hit the ground – dunking the hoop is the best example of that effect.
Unlike traction, cushioning is a bit controversial thing because there are so many cushioning technologies out there.
Every big basketball shoe brand – Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, you name it – has its own proprietary cushioning technology.
Let us take a look at some of them to see what the buzz is all about:
- Nike Zoom Air – Nike Zoom Air is perhaps the most cushioning technology made for basketball players. So, Zoom is actually an Air unit (in rectangular and oval shapes) that is filled with air and there are tensile fibers in it. With pressure, these fibers compress and thus help with shock absorption and then they spring back to their actual shape – giving the player the bounce that they need for the next movement.
- Adidas Boost and Bounce – Adidas has two or three cushions that the company introduces with differently priced shoes – for high-end shoes Adidas uses UltraBoost/Boost cushion. It is made of micro-pallets of thermoplastic polyurethane and these pallets compress and revive just like tensile fibers in case of Zoom Air. To the contrary, Bounce is a foam-based midsole that does both: shock absorption and the launching effect.
- Under Armour Micro G – Under Armour is one of those basketball shoe brands that are gaining traction pretty fast among young fans and players of basketball. It is also a foam-based cushioning, but the best thing about this foam is that it is 30% thinner than other such cushions and this is why wearer of a shoe with Micro G enjoys a low to the ground court feel.
This is where things get tricky …
Why? Well, it is because everyone and their brother have their own preferences in terms of material.
There are people who prefer mesh or fabric because shoes made of these materials are really breathable and quick-dry ones.
The wearers do not end up getting blisters or other problems related to feet and bacteria.
On the other hand there are those who dislike mesh because shoes made of mesh even synthetic fabric are not as durable, protective, and water-resistant as those made of leather, suede or faux leather (TPU), etc.
So, be sure to think smart before you pick your sneaker.
In case you want to know my personal choice/opinion, I always go for breathable shoes. Sweat, rashes, and blisters can be easily avoided with a breathable shoe.
However, the simple mesh makes things complicated – if the upper of a shoe is mostly made of mesh, you’d not see it for longer than a year or two. This a widely noticed complaint about sneakers made with this material.
So, I always advise to either go for engineered mesh-made sneakers (because that is a highly durable type of mesh out there) or you can opt for synthetic fabric shoes. An example of the kind of shoe you should look for is Fuse overlay on mesh – Under Armour Curry3Zero.
What is a lockdown?
It is the name of a snug feeling that your feet have when you cinch down the laces and fasten them tight.
However, a lockdown is not as simple as laces anymore.
There are many other options – for example, there are sneakers with a combo of laces and hook and loop tape or with only hook and loop tape.
Then there are options like under the fabric cables that are connected with the insole/heel of the shoe as well as laces, so when you cinch down those laces, those cables pull up the insole and you feel as though your feet are kind of sandwiched between upper and the insole.
Depending on your budget, it is always good to get a basketball shoe with a secondary lockdown option.
So, before I give my verdict on three best basketball shoes for wide footers, here is a table to put things into perspective:
|Air Jordan 31||Translucent sole||Zoom Air||9/10|
|Puma Clyde Court Disrupt X-Ray||Mild-tough sole||IGNITE Foam||6/10|
|Nike LeBron 17||Tough sole||Zoom Air||8/10|
|Adidas Tmac Millennium||Semi-Translucent||Boost||8/10|
|Under Armour Drive 4||Tough sole||Molded EVA||6/10|
|Adidas D Lillard 2||Tough sole||Bounce||7/10|
|Nike PG3||Tough sole||Zoom Air||7/10|
|Under Armour Curry 3 Zero||Tough sole||Micro G||6/10|
|Nike Air Force 1||Tough sole||Zoom Air||7/10|
|Adidas Neo Ilation||Tough sole||Cloudfoam||8/10|
And based on this table, here is my verdict …
You can pick any of these 3 sneakers and see how they