We decided to create the list of the best basketball sneakers for players with flat feet because it’s a huge hassle to find footwear that caters to flatter feet. Did you know that we are all born with flat feet (without an arch) and that we build up our arch with walking and exercise?
Some people – for one reason or another – end up without an arch and having flat feet can be a nuisance when trying to find your next pair of basketball shoes. Because of this issue, these particular players are more susceptible to ankle injuries and plantar fasciitis due to extreme overpronation caused by not having a proper arch in the foot. Support is a big factor in getting the right shoe that will allow them to play comfortably.
Close to 30% of the population is flat footed, and finding proper footwear for flat-footed basketball players can be a problem. Flat footers have to resort to buying expensive orthotics, which you have to add on top of the price of the shoe. So even if you do find a shoe you like and check all your personal performance boxes, now you have to shell out some more cash just so they’re playable.
With all this in mind, and after hundreds of hours and models tested, WearTesters has put together a complimentary list to our best basketball shoes list, list to try and help our flat-footed hooper friends out. Here are our top picks for the best basketball shoes for flat feet.
Last updated 05.18.2022
The 9 Best Basketball Sneakers for Players with Flat Feet:
Nike KD 14
The Nike KD 14 is on practically all our “best” lists and for good reason. The KD 14 is just an excellent shoe. As far as the support goes, the shoe features a standard shank plate along with an internal heel counter. The forefoot strap is more of an aesthetic touch and the fit plays more of a role in the shoe’s support. The TPU sidewall helps keep you on the footbed which is nice reinforcement for the soft Cushlon. Finally, the base of the shoe is wide and cradles the foot nicely. Read the full review. Price: $150
Under Armour Curry 9
The Curry 9 builds on the greatness of the Under Armour Curry 8. The new Flow technology is still in place but it is implemented in a way that increased the smoothness of the shoe’s ride. The instability issues that some people experienced were addressed with a smore supportive upper. The traction is still one of the grippiest in the market today. Read the full review. Price: $160
The Air Jordan 36 looks to be an improvement on its predecessor, the Air Jordan 35. The Eclipse Plate on those rides so high that it’s probably one of the worst shoes for flat-footers. But this time around, they muted things a little bit, probably due to the feedback received from consumers and testers alike. These offer arch support that you can feel, more like the Air Jordan 34. It feels good and you definitely know that it’s doing its job. Plus, who doesn’t like full-length Zoom Air? Read the full review. Price: $185
Nike LeBron 19
The Nike LeBron 19 seems like a lot of shoe, but flat-footers will most likely enjoy playing in these. The forefoot cushion is a huge Air Zoom unit that basically covers the whole front half of the shoe. There’s also a plastic piece that comes up the midfoot that will act as a containment piece for side-to-side movements. As an added bonus, the midsole is full-length Cushlon for added impact protection when you land. The one weak point of this shoe is the traction, but its build makes it the best shoe out there flat-footers Read the full review. Price: $200
Nike LeBron 18 Low
The Nike LeBron 18 Low has really good arch support that isn’t too much for flat feet. There’s a midfoot shank plate that will prevent your feet from over twisting. The midfoot section itself is also well curved to accommodate this feature. The shoe is double-lasted so it isn’t visible, but there’s full-length React as well. You don’t have to worry about your arch hurting should you accidentally land there. Also, the upper is forgiving so nothing is too constrained. Read the full review. Price: $160
Nike Zoom Freak 3
The Nike Zoom Freak 3 boasts two large Zoom Air pods in the forefoot which makes for a comfortable ride up front. The Phylon midsole also curves up the midfoot section to offer a supportive feel. There’s also a shank plate in the same area so you can play without any worries. Though there is a strap, it’s practically useless and does nothing performance-wise. But, if as strap helps you mentally, then it’s there for you. Read the full review. Price: $120
Nike Air Max Impact 3
The Air Max Impact 3 is ridiculously underrated. It has all the elements you would want in a hoop shoe, including good support in the midfoot area. The shoe is rigid and cannot be twisted too easily. There are side pieces that come up both sides of the forefoot to ensure that your feet don’t slide off the footbed. Plus, the Cushlon-feeling Phylon will cover you wherever you land. It’s plush and even has some rebound to it. The best part is that it comes at a reasonable price. Read the full review. Price: $90
361° AG 1
The 361° AG 1 has a lot of great support features for your arch. The first thing that’s great is that there’s a midfoot shank plate. It isn’t too big for you to be annoyed and it isn’t so small you don’t even notice any support happening. The second thing is that you can choose whether or not you want a TPU shank or a carbon fiber one (Pro version only). The carbon fiber shank has 15 layers of carbon, which makes for one heck of a supportive feel. Read the full review. Price: $90
361º Zen 3
The 361° Zen 3 is a shoe that a lot of people will sleep on but is nonetheless a great performer, especially for outdoor and flat-footed hoopers. There is a midfoot shank plate for stability and rigidity, plus the cushion is wrapped on the medial side so nothing becomes too plush that you get off balance when you land. In addition, the outsole is durable so the shoe should last. The Quikfoam Lite foam used here is comfortable as well. Read the full review. Price: $105