This is a topic that’s really close to me. Ever had that experience when you put an awesome shoe on and it just doesn’t feel right? That’s right, those damn wide feet! Basketball shoes are becoming these tight, narrow, plasticy sneakers that wide footers definitely can’t stand.
The truth is, it’s a lot harder to find good wide feet-compatible shoes today than some time ago. The focus is heavily shifting. But regardless, today I’ll list the best basketball shoes for wide feet of the most . Sit tight and ENJOY!
MY #1 RECOMMENDATION
1. AIR JORDAN XX9
My Rating: 8.5/10 | Weight: 12.7 oz | Type: Mid Top | Outdoor Ready: YES
The Air Jordan XX9 barely has any problems. With a super light “Performance Woven” upper, this is an awesome option for wide footers. This shoe is considered as the best basketball shoe EVER by some people. That’s right, it’s a beast.
The Air Jordan XX9 has ZOOM AIR cushion in the heel, which feels amazing. FlightWeb system enhances support and lockdown beautifully, as well as the FlightPlate system which connects the forefoot and heel areas and unlocks ZOOM AIR’s true potential. Literally everything works amazingly in the shoe AND it’s super comfy design is perfectly fine for wide footers.
One last thing – there’s also a low top version, which basically performs the same with some minor changes. Check the review out here if you’re interested.
MY #2 RECOMMENDATION
My Rating: 10/10 | Type: Mid Top | Outdoor Ready: YES
The original D Lillard 2.0 with a jaquard upper and BOUNCE cushioning is THE best shoe of 2018 right now in my opinion. And now, we got a Primeknit upper version that also has BOOST cushioning instead of BOUNCE.
The shoe already has quite a few versions out, so I made an article explaining just that here.
So obviously the shoe has a Primeknit upper, which is very light and comfortable (like all Primeknit shoes are). BOOST cushioning is as good as it gets – it’s responsive, comfy and has impact protection. This is basically a premium version of the standard D Lillard 2. So the performance here is MASSIVE.
Don’t forget SprintFrame (midsole support), TORSION SYSTEM (arch support) and Continental Rubber (durable outsole). Yep, that’s quite a package for just over a 100 bucks.
My Rating: 9/10 | Weight: 16.3 oz | Type: Mid Top | Outdoor Ready: YES
Once again a shoe has multiple versions with different upper materials. I picked the Primeknit version because it’s the lightest, the most flexible and the most mobile upper. These materials adapt to your foot quickly like I said, and it’s the best fit for wide footers.
So the Rose 6 Primeknit has BOOST cushioning, which is ENERGETIC. Seriously, I probably said this a thousand times already, but this is the #1 cushion setup for me. StableFrame is for midsole support and you got a NON-MARKING outsole. Great shoe, great tech. I like that it has proper support even for a Primeknit shoe. StableFrame works well, as well as that snug fit. This is also a great outdoor option.
My Rating: 8.5/10 | Weight: 12.7 oz | Type: Mid Top | Outdoor Ready: NO
The Melo M12 has a very soft mesh upper with nothing against to back it up, just pure mesh. Guess what, yeah, it’s great for wide footers. Not only that, the shoe has a solid all-around performance.
You got two ZOOM AIR units and the FlightPlate system for cushioning. A lot of premium tech, and it works well. This is more for bigger players, because I think small guards would want more court feel from these. Apart from that, you got great traction, solid support and very importantly, superb comfort.
The only real flaw of the shoe is relatively weak containment, During harsh movements, your foot tends to slip out of the footbed.
My Rating: 8.5/10 | Weight: 11.8 oz | Type: Low Top | Outdoor Ready: NO
By far the lightest shoe in this list. Hence the name, Crazylight. They have an EXTREMELY light construction along with that Primeknit upper. Definitely a good bang for your buck. A lot of premium touches to a $100 shoe.adidas has been killing it with their cheaper shoes.
BOOST for cushioning, StableFrame for extra support and a NON-MARKING outsole. Performance of the shoe is solid all-around. Traction is good for indoors, good support for a low top and cushioning that focuses on court feel.
The issues with this shoe is the extremely sensitive traction pattern. It’s great for outdoors, but it’s just not durable. And BOOST cushioning in this case is definitely not for all people – it barely has any impact protection.
My Rating: 6/10 | Weight: 14.3 oz | Type: Mid Top | Outdoor Ready: NO
Last on this list is a pretty unpopular shoe, but popular isn’t always best. The J Wall 2 does have some flaws, but it’s a perfect construction for wide footers. It doesn’t have a soft upper, but it is one of those shoes that are still being made with wide footers in mind. That’s why it’s on this list.
The J Wall 2 has an adiPrene+ cushioning setup, which isn’t great cushioning honestly. But it works. For support, it has the QuickFrame technology, which again, is pretty outdated.
The shoe has solid traction and cushioning, but it has some slippage and fit problems. But the reason I picked this is because the sole is really wide, so it’s comfy for a wide footer, even with a sturdy upper.
7. ADIDAS CRAZYLIGHT EXPLOSIVE
This shoe features the then-new Boost technology, designed especially for wide-footed athletes to get themselves comfortable as possible even in the most heated moments on the court.
The technology involves the use of thermoplastic polyurethane, which absorbs impact and returns it to the foot in the form of energy. In that way, wide-footed ballers will be able to create those explosive moments on the court.
8. NIKE LEBRON 14
The softness and durability of Nike LeBron 14’s upper allows flexibility, enabling the wearer for freedom of movement. This is due to the combination of materials such as mesh and foam (and leather in some colorways). It sits on top of the HexZoom Air (which is noticeably larger than that of the past models) which provides great impact protection and comfort.
However, narrow-footers tend to experience slippage on the heel part and unnecessary movements during starts, stops and cuts. That’s why the Nike LeBron 14 is the best shoe for wide feet.
Okay! That wraps up my list of the best basketball shoes for wide feet. Hope you learned a thing or two from this, hope you enjoyed it too!