The Top 5 Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet (2019)

Flat feet can be a nuisance in everyday life, requiring custom or off-the-shelf insoles that provide arch support and stability. But when you hit the hardwood, flat feet can be downright disastrous without the right basketball shoe.

Let’s face it. Most performance shoes are not designed with flat feet in mind. The balance of cushion, support and fit is geared toward the average foot shape, often with a little (but not too much) support, and not a huge amount of arch support. And of course, those orthotics need to fit just right.

The list of shoes below are those that have been rated as the best basketball shoes for people with flat feet. But as always, your best bet is to try and see what works for you.

1. Adidas Dame 5

  • The herringbone pattern is well employed to offer a solid traction experience both indoors and outdoors.
  • The implementation of Bounce technology is considered to be some of the best available, offering impact protection without loss of court feel.
  • The support offered by the Dame 5 is considered elite, with the midsole and outsole components offering best in class stability.

Fan Average

4.14
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2. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1

Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1
  • Traction appears to be hit-or-miss, with some reviewers praising the shoe's gripping abilities, while others complaining of slipping from the tight herringbone pattern.
  • The D.O.N. features an excellent deployment of Bounce cushioning, providing stability, court-feel and awesome impact protection.
  • Excellent lockdown and good support, like many of adidas' performance shoes. Fit and movement are also strong, despite the shoe's bulky build.
Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1

Fan Average

4.02
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4.3
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3. Air Jordan 33

Air Jordan 33
  • The traction is considered solid but noisy. Those who play primarily outdoors will want to consider another shoe.
  • The shoe has been criticized for requiring a long break in period but once you get past that point, it's smooth sailing.
  • Despite having no laces, the Air Jordan 33 has excellent support, bolstered by its rear strap system that encourage heel lockdown.
Air Jordan 33

Fan Average

4.15
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4.4
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4. Nike Kobe AD Exodus

Nike Kobe AD Exodus
  • Tacky rubber and a tooth-like traction pattern give the Kobe AD Exodus decent traction, reminiscent of the Kobe 10.
  • Lacking cushion in the forefoot, the Exodus uses injected Phylon in the midsole and a Zoom Air unit in the heel to give a Kyrie-like cushion feel.
  • Fit is ho-hum, perhaps wearing a little small, while support is solid particularly in the midsole.
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Fan Average

3.44
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4.1
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5. Nike Adapt BB

  • The shoe has above average traction and will keep you glued to the floor on most courts.
  • The shoe does not have the cushioning level of some of the other high end Nike shoes.
  • Given the way this unusual shoe works, its no surprise that the support in this shoe approaches the next level.

Fan Average

4.33
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3.7
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