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Best Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet in 2020

Reaching your maximum at the basketball court can be a great challenge, this is especially true for people with flat feet. In order to avoid pain and injury, you will need to find the best basketball shoes for flat feet available.

As you might already know this isn’t an easy task. Finding the perfect shoes will require hours of your time that would be better spent at the basketball court.

If you wish to achieve sharper crossovers and experience faster drives without the fear of hurting yourself, you’ve come to the right place. We did all the tiresome research for you.

So why don’t we skip the lines, and go straight for the win?

Discover the Best Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet

The market is filled with sneakers. It’s easy to get lost between all the different brands and colors, but only the ones with proper arch support, comfort and stability will do the trick.

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Under Armour Men's Hovr Havoc Low Basketball Shoe
Editors' Choice
adidas Men's Dame 5
Nike Men's Trainers
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Under Armour Men's Hovr Havoc Low Basketball Shoe
adidas Men's Dame 5
Nike Men's Trainers
Weight (oz)
12.69
14.85
15.5
Type
Low-top
Mid-top
Mid-top
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Under Armour Men's Hovr Havoc Low Basketball Shoe
Title
Under Armour Men's Hovr Havoc Low Basketball Shoe
Weight (oz)
12.69
Type
Low-top
Editors' Choice
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adidas Men's Dame 5
Title
adidas Men's Dame 5
Weight (oz)
14.85
Type
Mid-top
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Nike Men's Trainers
Title
Nike Men's Trainers
Weight (oz)
15.5
Type
Mid-top

1. Nike Men's Lebron Soldier XII

Nike Mens Lebron Soldier XII SFG Basketball Shoes (10 D(M) US), Hot Lava/White-black

The Nike Men’s LeBron Soldier XII Basketball Shoe is a very modern-looking shoe that has a lot of different colors. The futuristic look is sure to attract those who want something a little different.

Made using mesh these shoes are a little more breathable than many others. This means that your feet are less likely to sweat.

These would have been ideal for my cousin who was having trouble with his shoes when it was hot last week. They would have helped his feet stay cool and allowed him to keep playing.

When it comes to the cost of these shoes they are a little expensive but you seem to get a lot for your money. The upper part of the shoe not only offers a bit more breathability but it also offers more support too.

This potentially means that those who have ankle issues are likely to find these shoes give them the support they need. A lot like high tops, these outdoor basketball shoes can also be worn inside should you wish to.

Complete with responsive Zoom Air technology, these LeBron Soldier XII’s will give your feet a bit more cushioning while you play. These means you won’t have to worry too much about running around the court and getting hurt.

Those who have previously worn these shoes have said that they run true to size and they look good.

Things We Liked ​

  • They have an original design
  • The cushioning is good
  • Your ankles are supported
  • The shoes are very breathable

Things We Didn’t Like

  • The shoes can be too narrow for some

2. Adidas Performance Crazy 8

adidas Men's Crazy 8 Basketball Shoe, Black/White/Vivid Green, 8.5 M US

Adidas may not be quite as big of a name as Nike, but they have regularly and recently put forward basketball shoes that can compete with any brand.

Specifically, adidas is one of the few basketball shoe companies that competes with Nike in the innovation and niche department. The adidas Performance Crazy 8 perfectly exemplifies this approach by, ironically, going a bit old school. It is these old school features that make the Crazy 8s our best rated outdoor basketball shoes for flat feet.

When it comes to the main features of basketball shoes for flat feet, the Crazy 8s are not the absolute best, but they are still pretty good. While the toe turns up slightly, the outsole of these shoes is still mostly flat to provide a good plane for flat feet.

Even better than that, these shoes have a minimal arch to ensure that flat feet feel more comfortable. Of course, the Puremotion midsole provides a great deal of comfort but also offers plenty of support for flat soles.

Just to add a little bit something special, these shoes have numerous outside pivots which are perfect for flat feet. On top of that, the tread is stiffer than most which is ideal for rougher outdoor courts made of concrete or some other stone. 

Things We Liked

  • Exceptional tread traction
  • Numerous pivot points
  • The arch is minimal
  • A fairly flat outsole
  • Has a comfortable midsole

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Not all sellers are genuine
  • Shoes feel bulky

3. Jordan Nike Air Spike Forty PE

Jordan Air Spike Forty PE

Though he may have started as part of the Nike brand, Michael Jordan’s personal brand–which is still technically part of the Nike lineup–is a beast of its own these days. That said, the Jordan brand has a tendency to focus a bit on the fashion and aesthetics of their shoes.

This can definitely lead to some major flaws, one of which the Spike Fortys have as well. Of course, a big part of high-end fashion shoes involves making them not just nice to look at but comfortable as well. As such, it should come as little surprise that we rated the Spike Fortys as our most comfortable basketball shoes for flat feet. 

While the traditional features you look for with shoes for flat feet are there, the Spike Fortys make it a point to provide as much comfort as they can. This is most prominently noted with the cushioning where the Spike Fortys are the first pair of shoes that used a full-length Zoom Air cushion.

The upper is made of a knitted mesh that not only provides some support but is also nicely breathable and can offer some flexibility for flat feet that have a tendency to splay horizontally. 

Things We Liked ​

  • The arch is minimal
  • Has a flat outsole
  • Full-length Zoom Air cushion
  • Has a mesh knit upper
  • Has TPU reinforcements

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Not the most durable
  • Accents look plastic

4. adidas Men's Dame 5

adidas Men's Dame 5, Black/Shock red/Active Purple, 6.5 M US

The Adidas Men’s Dame 5 is a tough-looking outdoor basketball shoe that comes with a rubber sole that ensures it has a great grip. This means you are a lot less likely to slip on the court as you move around.

When it comes to the price of the shoe it can get quite expensive if you choose a shoe size or color that isn’t very popular. With a lace closure and a suede upper, these shoes have been made to be comfortable.

The finish is quite different from many other shoes which helps them to stand out a little. If you want a shoe that isn’t the same as every other shoe, you may want to opt for these ones.

The bounce cushioning means you have a shoe that is more flexible and comfortable than you would have thought. This would have been ideal for me last week when the shoes I was wearing we very uncomfortable, so much so that they affected my game.

Those who have previously bought this shoe have said that it has excellent ankle support and are very comfortable. Others have said that the Adidas Men’s Dame 5 is slightly longer than normal but it’s ideal for those with flat feet.

Things We Liked ​

  • They have a great grip
  • These shoes are very comfortable
  • There’s a lot of flexibility
  • They look good
  • Ideal for those with flat feet

Things We Didn’t Like

  • They may rip a little too easily
  • They may hurt your ankles if they’re the wrong size

5. NIKE Air Force 1 High 07

NIKE Air Force 1 Mid '07 Men's (11.5 D(M) US)

Though we may consider Nike the unquestioned leader of the basketball shoe market, it is not a title they just recently earned. In fact, these very shoes are reissued from over 20 years ago when Nike had truly started its climb to prominence on the back of Michael Jordan.

Of course, when it comes to basketball shoes for flat feet, there are a different set of features that you look for. Thankfully, the Nike Air Force Ones have all of those desired features and then some as icing on the cake. That is why we rated the Nike Air Force Ones as the Editor’s Choice best basketball shoes for flat feet. 

This rating all starts with the design of the outsole combined with the build of the arch. A quick look at the outsole is all you need to see that it is very nearly flat and is the flattest outsole that we found.

Turn the shoe to front facing and you will see nary an arch on the interior arch, but even better, the outer shoe provides additional room for the splaying of your feet as you play. To make things even more impressive, the Air Force Ones also have excellent stability with a high-top cut and an ankle strap. 

Things We Liked

  • The outsole is flat
  • The arch is minimal
  • Is a high-top shoe
  • Has an ankle strap
  • Is exceptionally comfortable

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Not that breathable
  • Not that mobile

6. Under Armour Men’s Team Drive 4

Under Armour Men's Team Drive 4 Basketball Shoe, Forest Green (301)/Forest Green, 8

The Under Armour Men’s Team Drive 4 Basketball Shoe looks like no other shoe on the market right now. The rubber sole gives the shoe a bit more grip allowing you to concentrate on your game without worrying about slipping.

The lightweight and breathable textile upper not only looks good but it provides your feet with a bit more ventilation. The bootie-like construction gives the shoe a better structure.

This means you can rely on it to be more supportive for your feet. A shoe such of this would have been ideal for me a few years ago.

If I’d have worn a shoe like this I might not have turned my ankle. We live and learn.
The external heel counter works to give you even more support while also keeping your foot locked in. This means you won’t have to worry about your feet moving around inside the shoe.

Price-wise, the Drive 4 Basketball Shoe is a little costly but you do get a lot for your money. Those who have previously bought and worn this shoe have said that it’s really comfortable and provides excellent ankle support.

Other customers have mentioned that this shoe has good arch support but it could be a little sturdier.

Things We Liked ​

  • The look of the shoe is very modern
  • The amount of support it offers
  • It has a lot of grip which means it’s easy to play in
  • It’s very comfortable

Things We Didn’t Like

  • The shoes could be a little sturdier
  • The laces are not as good as they could be

7. Adidas NEO Men's Cloudfoam Revival

adidas Men's Cloudfoam Revival Mid, Black/Solar Red, 12 D

While most basketball shoes made for flat feet have a tendency to be larger and bulkier to accommodate the shape, there are still quick, darting players with flat feet. This is where adidas saw an opportunity to cater to an often underserved demographic while still making a great pair of shoes for anyone to wear.

The features you look for to aid flat feet are there, though they are not quite as impressive as some of our earlier entries. That said, the NEO Cloudfoam Revivals do make up for this by being the best fitting basketball shoes for flat feet we saw.

It is important to note that a big issue for flat feet is that the shape of the shoes make them fit poorly. This leads to sole fatigue, blisters, and an all-around uncomfortable experience. The arches of these shoes are minimal while the outsole only turns up at the toe–and then only barely.

However, the NEO Revivals combine that with a woven mesh upper that keeps your feet secure while still flexing when necessary. On top of that, these shoes also come with a Dual Layer sock liner that prevents your foot from feeling loose and moving around in the shoe.

Things We Liked

  • The arch is minimal
  • Has mostly flat outsole
  • Has a woven mesh upper
  • Has Cloudfoam soles
  • Has a Dual Layer sock liner

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Not the most durable
  • Not easy to put on

8. Under Armour Men's Hovr Havoc

Under Armour Men's Drive 5 Low Basketball Shoe, Graphite (101)/White, 7

The Under Armour Men’s Hovr Havoc Low Basketball Shoe is a low-top shoe that comes with a white rubber sole that keeps your feet on the ground. The two tone mesh that has had a hot melt film placed over it means your toes have even more protection.

This means you won’t have to worry quite so much about getting hurt. I would have loved this feature on my shoes this morning as I kept getting stood on.

The UA HOVR technology offers what Under Armour call a ‘Zero gravity’ feel. This means you will feel lighter on your feet and can get on with the game in hand.

The external heel counter has been added to give you even more support as far as lockdown goes. What this means is your feet will not be sliding around inside these shoes.

This can only be a good thing, especially on those days when the sun is beating down and you’re starting to sweat. You can play basketball until you’re ready to quit without having to worry.

The anatomical flex grooves that are located in the forefoot give the wearer a bit more flexibility. What this ultimately means is you can move slightly better in these shoes and still feel protected by them.

If your previous shoes have restricted movement you will appreciate these ones as they don’t seem to limit what you can do. When it comes to the cost of these shoes they are less expensive than the others we have seen so far.

Customers who have bought these shoes have mentioned that they are great quality and they’re really comfortable. Others have said that the shoes are a little narrow across the toes.

Things We Liked

  • The shoes look good
  • They’re not too costly
  • They really good in terms of lockdown
  • They have a lot of flexibility

Things We Didn’t Like

  • They can be a little narrow across the toes
  • The tops of the shoes may cause blisters at first

9. Adidas Performance Men's Crazy Explosive

adidas Men's Crazy Explosive Basketball Shoes, MGH Solid Grey/White/Black 1, ((11 M US)

If you’re looking to achieve sharper crossovers, faster drives, and more consistent dunks, then Adidas Crazy Explosive is a right shoe to start with.

Built for the explosive player, these shoes give fantastic impact protection. This model is considered to be among NBA’s favorite Basketball Shoes.

If you’re a huge fan of Adidas shoes, you’ll notice they look better and feel lighter and sleeker than their predecessor.

Boost is a part of this shoe. There are many kinds of Boost technology, and it has been known to be made a bit spongy in the past, failing to offer much-needed support.

With this new design, that issue has been improved. The Boost technology is a lot denser, and you can feel the difference once you try it on.

If you’re a newbie, Boost made by Adidas is a special kind of technology. It consists of thermoplastic polyurethane (or TPU) that forms a bundle of shock absorption nuggets.

What’s unique about Boost is the ability to instantly bounce back to its original shape. The shoe also features double eyelets which are an improvement over the older model of Crazy Explosive.

You can clearly see the cushioning around the ankle. The upper feels nice and comfortable on your feet and it does provide added support for your ankles.

Some people complained it’s a bit hard to put them on. You do need to take your time with them, but it does get easier each time.

Things We Liked

  • Features improved boost technology
  • Lightweight, extremely comfortable;
  • One of NBA’s favorites.

Things We Didn’t Like

  • They require time to put on in the beginning

10. Adidas Performance Men's Amplify

adidas Performance Men's Amplify Basketball Shoe, Collegiate Navy Blue/Grey/White, 10 M US

We liked the clean and sleek design that Adidas Amplify offers.

The three stripes incorporated with mesh padding will satisfy the fans of subtle, we’re sure of that. Aside from being comfortable they also look good on your feet.

We liked the breathable mix of materials, and the circulation in the inside of the shoe is excellent as well. The rubber outsoles will keep your foot steady.

Basketball players looking for shock absorption will appreciate the Adiprene footbed. It feels while providing that extra cushioning for your flat feet.

If you need a good pair of sneakers to support your feet for longer games, this would be the choice. An excellent quality basketball shoe that will be able to take much use & abuse.

People that don’t play sports but have jobs that require them to stand 8 hours a day also talk highly of the support the Adidas Amplify provides.

Buyer’s Guide

Soles

Generally, this would not be the most important factor to consider, but flat feet and fallen arches require a bit different of an assessment. Basically, the 2 soles–the outsole and the midsole–are most responsible for the comfort of a basketball shoe anyway. When you consider that these 2 qualities most determine the shape of the arch in the shoe, it is easy to see why these are more important for flat feet and fallen arches than other qualities. 

Midsole – When it comes to flat feet, this is the more important of the 2 soles, but that is primarily because it is the sole that comes in direct contact with the wearer’s feet. That said, the midsole can be approached a couple of different ways depending on how the wearer plays basketball. Specifically, if you are a larger player who spends most of the time in the paint, you will probably prefer a thicker, more cushioned midsole. Conversely, the midsole can be constructed from softer materials so it does not dig into your foot’s sole. It is worth noting that most manufacturers do not include both features because one feature can negatively impact the other. 

Outsole – Of the 2 soles, the outsole is definitely less important, but it still plays a vital role in determining the comfort of the shoes. That said, the outsole and cushion system will vary a great deal from wearer to wearer in terms of what is best. For instance, if the outsole is not that flat, then the shoes can use cushion to support and reinforce the soles of your feet. Of course, the best outsole solution for flat feet is flat outsoles, though those are not as common since flat feet is not the norm–especially for athletic shoes. The material will not really affect how well a pair of shoes perform for flat feet. 

Shank

This would be arguably the most important quality except for the fact that only specific models of basketball shoe really focus on the shank as a feature. Even then, whenever a shank is made special, it is generally for the purpose of providing additional support, to create a pivot point, or to increase lateral and torsion mobility. Rarely are shanks made specifically to support flat feet and are almost never made with the purpose of increasing comfort. Of the options, the flanks that provide additional torsion mobility are often the most beneficial for flat feet as they move with the foot. 

Heel

It might be a bit unexpected, but the heel can actually influence how comfortable basketball shoes are for flat feet. That said, more often than not, if a company makes it a point to focus on the heel, the feature is likely meant to either provide additional support or rebound. The former is generally pretty good for flat feet as it will help keep the shoe positioned properly–a major factor in the comfort of shoes. On the other hand, heels designed to improve rebound which assists in jumping or landing, are usually asymmetrical with the rest of the outsole. These heels either lift the heel or the forefoot, depending on the desired effect. 

Conclusion

In the end, finding the right basketball shoes for flat feet requires a completely different approach to choosing shoes than you would otherwise use for any other niche. In this instance, we find the Air Force One 07s to be the best performing basketball shoes for flat feet. In fact, the outsole and arch are so ideal of flat feet that they are actually uncomfortable for people with high arches. However, the Air Force Ones also reinforce the solid fit for flat feet with some of the best ankle support that we saw on our list.

That said, all of these features do lead to a shoe that is not that breathable and is not nearly as mobile as others that we reviewed. Moreover, if you are looking for a pair of shoes that are not nearly as expensive as many on our list, then the Nike Air Max Audacity 2016s are decent, though those shoes are not nearly as well-fitting for flat feet.