The Top 5 Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet (2021)

Updated: September 26, 2021
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. Air Jordan 36

Air Jordan 36
  • Consistently excellent herringbone traction, indoor or outdoors, though the rubber can wear out on grittier outdoor courts.
  • Full-length Zoom Air provides substantial cushioning, but not quite as good as previous iterations.
  • Good fit and solid support, with a nice, wide base.
Air Jordan 36

Fan Average

3.44
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4.0

2. Nike KD 14

  • Super reliable grip, both on indoor and outdoor courts.
  • Soft and bouncy, the KD 14's cushioning does a good job protecting from impact and springing right back up.
  • Reliable support and lockdown, with a nice wide base.

Fan Average

3.76
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Review Average

4.4

3. New Balance KAWHI

  • Decent traction overall, though would expect more durability outdoors for the price tag.
  • More substantial cushioning than the OMN1S, which is both good (softer landing) and bad (takes longer to break in).
  • The support is beast-like. Perfect for its namesake's style of two-play, the shoe locks your foot in place to let you move, jump and cut all over the court.

Fan Average

3.70
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Review Average

4.3

4. Adidas Harden Vol. 4

Adidas Harden Vol 4
  • Despite missing the herringbone pattern of the Vol. 3, this shoe offers elite traction.
  • The Lightstrike cushioning is lighter than the Boost cushioning used in Vol. 3 while still offering a smooth ride.
  • The support in this shoe is top of its class and will allow you to safely make quick cuts.
Adidas Harden Vol 4

Fan Average

3.79
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4.6

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3.96
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