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

4.02
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4.8
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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.
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Fan Average

4.03
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3. Air Jordan 34

  • The AJ34 brings back the very successful herringbone traction pattern that is durable and grippy .
  • An impressive Zoom Air setup provides outstanding, springy cushioning that works for both smaller, quick players as well as big men.
  • The 34 surprises with heavy-duty support despite being marketed as a lightweight performance shoe.

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3.55
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4.6
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4. Nike Kobe AD NXT FF

  • Aggressive traction on the NXT FF works well both inside and out (as long as you are OK wiping off dust).
  • Slightly on the firm side, this shoe provides good stability and enough cushioning to get the job done.
  • The Fast Fit system provides adequate lockdown, and the shoe is surprisingly supportive given the flexible materials that are used.

Fan Average

3.00
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4.3
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5. Under Armour Curry 7

  • Like all Curry signature shoes, traction is very strong. This version uses herringbone as well as a radial pattern to tightly grip the floor. Great option for indoor courts.
  • Cushioning stays true to Curry shoes, with a firm, low-to-the-ground feel. Not for everyone.
  • Outstanding support, holding the foot in place no matter how you move. Fit feels true to size, too.

Fan Average

4.50
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