The 10 Best Basketball Sneakers for Players with Flat Feet

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Believe it or not, we are all born flat footed. Exercise helps humans develop the arch naturally and promote proper development of the foots ligaments and tendons but some people never properly develop their arch for one reason or another. This will cause overpronation and leave you susceptible to multiple injuries and ailments such as plantar fasciitis. Since some players may need a little more support than others – due to having flat feet – check out The 10 Best Basketball Sneakers for Players with Flat Feet.


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  • Henry

    Can you tell us your orthotic insole choices. Thanks

    • David

      You need to get one molded to your foot. They are pricey. There’s a doctor for it

  • Tyler

    How can you rate the drose 777 2 and the crazy light 3… Are they also good choices for people with plantar fasciitis? Does a lower to he ground shoe helps better than a more cushioned shoe? Thanks. Hoping for your favorable reply.

  • Jonatan Jimenez Delgado

    Can you do write and article about
    ¿The 10 Best Basketball Sneakers for Players with Plantar fascitis?


    • Neisha Perez Gueho

      That would be awesome! I suffer from this daily and I have spent ridiculous amounts of money on shoes that just end up making it worse. Would love to find some good suggestions that would ease this particular issue.

  • Muhammad Malik

    Ive been using custom orthotics for 4 years and the amount if pain at the end of a game iso so intense I can hardly stand. I need to be picked up because I can’t put any weight on my feet. I just recently bought those Dr Scholes inserts and they work a lot better than $300 insoles. I do still get pain but its much less, I’m rolling my arhces on a tennis ball as I wrote this heh

    • Jim

      I totally agree….Not that specific insoles aren’t a good option to the OEM insole that comes in the shoes…But that no one says, that a drastic increase in arch height in a custom orthotic is just too much of a jump or stressor for the low arch or flat footed person right off the bat.
      The so called professionals on the topic with these articles don’t even touch base on what I’m saying….You can’t go and lift someone’s current arch “too much too quickly” as that will create excessive stretch on the arch & muscular & tendons, and thus create excessive pain.
      This arch support needs to be done on a gradual basis, increasing the arch support & height slowly, so the foot can handle the changes without possible injury & pain…Not in a radical “too much too quick” a way.
      Just my opinion on this topic of arch support.

  • B.D.

    Those Foamposites are too heavy and one of the least comfortable basketball shoes I have ever played in. Great list other than that…

  • Mr. Wilson

    the mistake EVERYONE seems to make about being flat footed is thinking that we need “arch support” why would you need support for something you DON’T have? we actually need a shoe that is comfortable for someone without an arch & so far I see none on this list… the problems I have as a basketball player are NOT lack of arch support…. it’s the quick & eventual inclination of my shoes because of my foots strange shape.

  • Mr. Carl

    Mr. Wilson: it’s not a mistake that we think we need “arch support” it’s our body that’s telling us something is wrong in the form of pain.
    That being said, I have flat feet and prior to getting my custom orthotics I was getting pain all of my body from my shins to my lower back from doing all kinds of activities (Basketball, tennis, running)… list goes on. Shortly after using custom orthotics which provide arch support, all these pains went away. Like most of the posters here I too am having A LOT of difficulty in finding a basketball shoe that can accept my custom orthotics even when removing the foot support that comes with the shoe. I’ve tried numerous shoes and wasted a lot of money in trying to find something that works, some have been better than others but my search continues because i have to find one that I can say fits very well. The issue i’m facing which I’m sure many of the other poster can attest to is the custom orthotic deforming the shoe pretty much at the mid point of the foot which is usually the narrowest point of a basketball shoe. This causes my foot not to lie flat inside the shoe which affect my balance and performance on the court, additionally because custom orthotics are generally a lot thicker than the shoe insole which causes my foot sit a lot higher in the shoe and causes my foot slip up and down against the back of the shoe when I play. I can tell most of you right now that the Nike hyperdunk has probably been the worst shoe i’ve tried yet in terms of being compatible with wide custom orthotics so if you have custom orthotics do yourself a favor and avoid getting this shoe.
    I’ve looked into New Balance shoes because I’ve read online that they could be more compatible with custom orthotics but they’ve discontinued basketball shoes for the time being and are not sure if they’ll be releasing new models in 2015, it’s close to impossible to find the size you need in the older models because they’re pretty much sold out everywhere.

    Right now i have on order the Under armor spawn and I hope they’ll fit well but I honestly have no idea. If they do fit well I’ll come back and be sure to let you all know.

  • D-Bone

    I got knee pain playing with custom orthotics and could never get one to fit properly into any of my ball shoes. I’ve been playing without them for a few years now and it’s just far more comfortable. The 2012 Hyperdunks are decent, but I’m going to check out the CrazyQuicks or Kobe System 8 as I like the “low to the ground” feel.