Feet, like every other part of the human body, come in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, for people who have feet that are wider than average, finding shoes that fit comfortably can be a challenge. At And1 Australia, we believe that everyone should have the most comfortable basketball shoes available. That’s why a number of our shoes are suitable for a wider foot. Read on to discover how to find styles that are going to provide the space and comfort your feet need, as well as the pick of our basketball boots when it comes to footwear for a wider foot.
Measure your feet accurately
Whilst it’s common for children to have their feet measured each time they buy new shoes, the same can’t be said for adults! Whilst the length of a foot may not change significantly over the years, factors such as fluctuations in weight, trauma, the development of medical conditions or degenerative joint problems can all cause a variation in foot width. We recommend measuring your feet before purchasing basketball shoes, to check their width. The easiest way to do this is to draw around them: see our sizing guide for how to do this. Once you’ve accurately measured your feet, check our generous sizing – you may be surprised to see that basketball shoes such as the Attack 2.0 Mid or the Tai Chi Mid are exactly right for your needs.
Look for “give” in the design
The best basketball shoes for wide feet are those that provide more rigid support towards the rear of the shoe, but which have a softer, stretchier material covering the lower part of the foot, particularly the area which covers the little toe across to the interior (medial) side of the foot. Shoes such as the Tai Chi Mixtape for example, have a durable fabric upper that has plenty of “give”, exactly where wide feet need it.
Consider the fastenings
If you have wider feet, show fastenings can play a critical role in determining how comfortable a shoe might be. Look for shoes that use velcro fastenings for a beautifully adjustable fit. Laces that start low on the shoe are also a helpful feature, enabling the width to be varied in order to accommodate a wider foot. The Gamma 2.0 features an adjustable velcro strap, which is just the thing for a player with a wider foot.
Men’s sizes provide more width
As a general rule, men’s feet tend to be slightly wider than a female foot of equivalent length. For this reason, men’s basketball shoes will be a centimetre or so wider than the equivalent female-orientated shoe, even if the size is the same. For female basketball players with wider feet, simply buying a male-orientated shoe could mean you end up with the additional room your foot needs.
We provide the basketball shoes Australia sports lovers can depend on to provide excellent value and a great fit, no matter what size or shape your foot might be.