Best Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet 2020 [TOP RATED]

Best Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet

As that kid said from that movie “Freedom Writers” and as we know that young souls idolize only those who can “rap a lyric or dribble a ball.”

However, dribbling the ball or dunking the hoop is not an equal opportunity for everyone. Take people with minor or major physical disabilities for example.

Someone with plantar fasciitis cannot play basketball as easily as someone who is physically fit.

A minor physical problem is flat feet … you cannot play basketball easily with flat feet. There are certain problems.

For example, flat feet make it hard for you to run fast and easily – unlike the guys and gals with normal feet.

Also, because of little or no arch, when you land on the ground after dunking the hoop, the impact that you feel is bigger when compared to that in case of someone with normal feet.

This list of ten best basketball shoes and the buyer’s guide will make it super easy for flat-feet people to pick basketball shoes that support flat feet.

Ten Best Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet [Top Picks]

In this section, you will get to read the reviews of top ten basketball sneakers for flat feet people.

So, sit pretty in your armchair, grab a cup of tea or coffee and go through the details of each shoe.

Under Armour Curry 6

Most of my reviews start from Nike or Adidas sneaker because when it comes to basketball shoes, these two giants are the biggest competitors. However, I’d start this list with this basketball sneaker from UA, because it has impressive features.

Depending on which colorway you pick, you may end up with a translucent rubber outsole (still better quality than other translucent soles offered by other sneakers) or a tough rubber outsole.

The pattern is a multi-directional one. There are different types of shapes and designs. The circular pattern on the lateral side makes it super easy for flat-feet players to have a solid grip while moving in any direction.

In terms of cushioning, this shoe delivers way better than most of the shoes on this list. It features UA’s proprietary HOVR cushioning. This shoe has a full-length HOVR midsole. The HOVR cushioning is less about softness and more about the court feel; this is why wearer enjoys better control on their feet.

This shoe has a synthetic and textile upper that makes the shoe highly breathable. It is a lightweight sneaker that allows you maximum speed and quick movements.

In terms of lockdown too, this shoe does a better job when compared with ordinary basketball sneakers. It has a full-knit construction and lacing that offers better lockdown because of how the eyelets are positioned.

What we liked
  • Breathable Upper
  • HOVR Cushion
  • Multi-Directional Outsole Pattern
  • Lightweight
What We didn't like
  • Soles Are Poorly Glued
  • Thinly Padded Tongue

Jordan Air XXXIV

Jordan Air is one of the best lines of sneakers that Nike ever made and I picked Jordan Air XXXIV for this review.

Because this basketball sneaker has – more or less – all the qualities expected from a basketball sneaker made for flat-feet players.

Let us start with traction – we know that this is one of the most important criteria for basketball sneakers. This shoe features a tough rubber outsole.

Although the pattern deviates a little from classic herringbone style – it is nonetheless a herringbone pattern. This is the best combo for anyone who is concerned about a strong grip on all types of courts.

The second most important thing is cushioning. It is actually more important in case of people with flat feet. Good cushioning reduces the impact that their flat feet otherwise receive with more intensity when compared with normal feet.

This shoe features Nike Zoom Air capsules – under the heel as well as in the forefoot area. It is because of these capsules that you enjoy the springy effect that is needed to jump as well as shock absorption.

Then there is molded TPU Eclipse plate right in the midsole area. This is hollowed out so you can see the impact of this plate. It provides arch support and stability for your side to side movements.

What we liked
  • Breathable Upper Material
  • Zoom Air Units
  • Eclipse Plate
  • Herringbone Pattern
What We didn't like
  • Pricy
  • Materials could be More Durable


Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1

Adidas D.O.N. Issue#1 is Adidas’s tribute to one of the best basketball players from Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets: Donovan Mitchell. This is number 3 on our list of best basketball shoes for flat feet – and for very good reasons.

This shoe features the perfect traction duo that you can expect from a high-quality basketball sneaker. All colorways have this tough rubber sole with herringbone pattern on it. The grooves are deep – although they could use a little more depth to spice up the traction game.

In terms of cushioning, it has Bounce – Adidas’s proprietary cushioning technology. As the name suggests, this cushioning is perfect for a high-energy rebound effect that a) reduces the impact and b) gives you a much-needed bounce for next move or jump.

It has a 100% textile material that makes the shoe breathable. What I loved specifically about the upper is that while it is not as vulnerable as mesh, it is also not as airtight as synthetic leather.

Another good thing is a well-padded collar and tongue area. Those of you who love shoes with good ankle support, D.O.N. Issue #1 is simply perfect.

What we liked
  • Breathable & Durable Material
  • Herringbone Pattern
  • Bounce Cushion
  • Good Ankle Support
What We didn't like
  • Breaking-In Required
  • Midfoot is a little Tight


Nike KD 12

While making a list of best basketball sneakers for flat-feet people, we could not ignore kids and teens with flat feet. They might not be playing professional basketball, but they definitely love playing it and many of them have this problem.

Nike KD 12 struck me as the basketball shoe for flat feet kids and teens. Another reason why I picked this sneaker over many others, is the colorful and radiant colorways that this sneaker comes with.

Also, kids love multi-purpose shoes. This sneaker has a sleek and stylish profile; the wearer can wear it to any casual or urban gathering as well as the basketball court.

The only disappointment that I can express is in terms of its outsole. It is a translucent rubber outsole and the problem with such a material is that it starts fraying after some time. Due to that, the wearer loses whatever grip they initially enjoyed.

What I love the most about this shoe is its material. It is made of multi-layered mesh. While mesh is the most breathable material, a single layer of it is vulnerable to wear and tear. This shoe is breathable and durable at the same time.

From the flat-feet wearer’s viewpoint, the best thing is the cushioning. This shoe features a full-length Zoom Air unit and I cannot express how awesome it is for all kinds of tasks cushioning serves. It reduces the impact (primary concern of flat-footers) and it’s compressed tensile fibers will launch you with ease.

What we liked
  • Breathable
  • Radiant Colorways
  • Full-length Zoom Air Unit
  • Flyknit Tongue for Comfort and Support
What We didn't like
  • Translucent Rubber Outsole
  • Not for Wide Footers


Adidas Harden Vol. 2

Adidas Harden is Adidas’s tribute to rookie of the year 2009 and a living legend James Harden. Apart from being a very practical basketball sneaker for flat-footers, this shoe has a sleek and stylish outlook that expands its horizon from a court-only shoe to a sneaker that wearers love to wear and show off everywhere.

Traction first … this sneaker features a tough rubber outsole that is considered best for grip (because the edges do not fray). Although it does not have a herringbone pattern, the fractal pattern on this outsole makes it super easy to make multi-directional movements.

In terms of cushioning, it features Adidas’s other proprietary cushioning technology: Boost. Boost is a foam-based cushioning and the small pellets of foam get compress and then spring back into shape to provide ample shock-absorption. People prefer Boost because of the low-to-the-ground court feel that they enjoy it.

Another amazing thing about this shoe is the lockdown style that it provides to the wearers. It has two die-cut patches on both sides with columns of eyelets to choose from. For a very tight lockdown, you can use the lowest eyelet and see the difference.

What we liked
  • Durable Forgefiber Upper
  • Boost Cushion
  • Advanced Lacing Lockdown System
  • Tough Rubber Outsole
What We didn't like
  • Traction Needs Improvement
  • Heavy


And 1 Downtown

Now, this is a new entrant in the basketball shoe industry. So, why did I pick this shoe for the list of top ten basketball shoes for flat feet? Well, it is obviously because of the amazing features of this shoe.

First and foremost, this shoe has a tough rubber sole with a unique pattern. The pattern on clearly visible lines goes from horizontal to vertical. As per the wearers, because of this pattern and the tough rubber outsole, they enjoyed a great grip on all types of courts.

In terms of material too, this shoe is really impressive. The upper material is textile with machine-made perforations. Suffice it to say that while this shoe upper is more durable than mesh only uppers, the breathability is not compromised.

In terms of cushioning, this sneaker relies on EVA foam. We cannot compare it with tried, tested and best cushioning, technologies like Zoom Air or Bounce, etc., but it is nonetheless medium-range/quality cushioning.

What we liked
  • Textile Upper
  • Loop and Hook Velcro Strap Lockdown
  • Tough Rubber Outsole
  • EVA Cushion
What We didn't like
  • Traction Pattern Could be Better
  • Single Velcro Strap is Insufficient


Under Armour Torch Fade

Under Armour is one of those brands that know how to retain their clients – and not by smartassery or useless gimmicks, but by sticking to the basics that always please the end-user and convert them.

Take this shoe for example. It does not have some out of the outer space traction or cushioning technologies to throw at you. This shoe features a tough rubber outsole and a herringbone pattern on it. And this is it; this is how simple traction is.

Grooves could be deeper, but I’d say that they’re decently deep.

For cushioning, this sneaker has a molded EVA sockliner that does a pretty nice job at the protection of your foot. Plus this shoe has UA’s proprietary Charged Cushioning midsole that is amazing for shock absorption and for a bouncy effect.

If you asked my personal opinion, I’d say that the lightweight leather upper is not a good choice because I personally prefer breathability to protection/durability. However, those of you who want a durable sneaker, this one is perfect.

What we liked
  • Tough Rubber Sole
  • Charged Cushioning
  • EVA Sockliner
  • Nice Lockdown
What We didn't like
  • Not Breathable
  • Not Very Comfortable


Nike Air Overplay IX

In case you want a nice basketball sneaker for flat feet and you still want it at a reasonable price, Nike’s Air Overplay IX is the sneaker that you may like.

As it is pretty obvious, this shoe has Nike Zoom Air cushioning: one of the best cushioning technologies known to basketball lovers. However, it would have been better if they included more than just one small Zoom Air unit right under the heel.

Where this shoe delivers better than many other Nike sneakers is in terms of traction. It checks all the boxes. It has a tough rubber sole. The pattern on that outsole is a herringbone one. And grooves are just as deep as they get.

The bootie construction – along with a standard lacing lockdown system, provides a real snug fit. The upper material is a mix of mesh and leather. Mesh on the sides and on the tongue, makes this shoe breathable, while leather-toe provides protection and durability.

What we liked
  • Breathable and Durable
  • Zoom Air Unit
  • Tough Rubber Outsole
  • Well-padded Collar and Tongue
What We didn't like
  • Not for Wide-footers
  • Short Tongue


Adidas Dual Threat Mid

This is last Adidas sneaker on this list and it definitely had to be really good to win this place. I personally love this sneaker and in case you’re someone concerned about ankle support, you’d also love this sneaker.

It features a tough rubber outsole. The circular traction pattern on this outsole delivers amazingly well. This provides you really impressive on-court grip because if there is one thing that circular patterns are known for, it is the ability to support multi-directional moves.

In terms of cushioning, you do not get to see something special. However, the foam-based midsole cushioning does a commendable job of providing comfort and support to the wearer’s feet. The midsole is intended to soften the landings and minimize the impact – something of concern to every flat-footer.

This shoe has a breathable upper – consisted of mesh and fabric. This is why while you keep it breathable down there, there are no compromises to be made on durability.

What we liked
  • Breathable Upper
  • Circular Pattern
  • Tough Rubber Sole
  • Amazing Ankle Support
What We didn't like
  • Not Much Useful on Outdoor Courts
  • Heavy


Nike Zoom REV

So, I chose Nike Zoom REV to end this list on and there are many good reasons for that. For example, this is a lightweight, low profile and yet high-performance shoe.

The reason why I considered this shoe worthy of a list of sneakers made for wide-footers is how Nike planned the cushioning of this shoe. It has a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot – to help you with a springy effect that is needed for jump.

And it has a phylon midsole in the heel area that helps with shock absorption and that reduces the impact.

However, where this shoe performs even better is traction. The shoe features a tough rubber outsole (irrespective of whichever colorway you choose) and the traction pattern is herringbone. As far as my opinion is concerned, Nike does not get traction this well in case of most of its sneakers.

The upper of this sneaker is even more pleasing. With high-quality mesh and foam backing, they made this a breathable sneaker at no cost to protection or durability.

What we liked
  • Tough Rubber Outsole
  • Nike Zoom Air and Phylon Units
  • Breathable Upper
  • Snug Fit
What We didn't like
  • Not Much Grip on Dirty Courts
  • Insufficient Ankle Support


Buyer’s Guide

How to Choose Good Basketball Shoes for Flat Feet

So, this was my list of top ten basketball sneakers for flat feet.

However, you do not have to agree with the list and you might want to know what to look for when buying basketball shoes for flat feet.

This is what this buyer’s guide intends to help with.

Make a checklist based on these points and buy a sneaker (from this list or off this list) that checks most, if not all of the boxes.

Arch Support

We’re now talking about one or two points that are actually important to flat-footers specifically. We will later discuss the general points of concern.

Arch support is basically a feature in basketball shoes that is achieved in different ways. Sometimes, sneakers are made keeping in mind the people who need arch support (flat-footers mostly) and sometimes, like in case of Jordan Air XXXIV, Eclipse plate or similar gimmicks are used to support mid-foot.

Make sure that whatever sneaker you buy, most have an arch-support feature. In case it is rare to find (with all other qualities), buy a sneaker with good cushioning. Why? This is what the next tip is about.


So, why cushioning is relevant to people with flat-feet? We know that this is a general “must-have” when we talk about basketball sneakers, but in the case of flat-feet, it becomes of paramount importance.


It is because cushioning does two amazing jobs. First of all, it acts like a flubber and protects your feet from impact.

Since flat-feet do not have the arches, they are deprived of natural impact management that people with normal feet enjoy. This is why you need shoes with above-average cushioning if you have flat feet.

The other job that cushioning does is avail you with a springy effect that prepares your body for the next movement or jump. With normal feet, you do not need too much help with that, but flat feet can use this feature of cushioning.

Make sure you buy a sneaker with one of the few best cushioning technologies such as Nike Zoom Air, Adidas Bounce or Boost or Under Armour Micro G or Charged or HOVR etc.


Now, I would not call traction a specific requirement for people with flat-feet – it is, by all means, basic and general quality of a good basketball sneaker and you should seek it.

However, in the case of flat-footers, grip on the ground is of paramount importance so good traction becomes more than a basic necessity.

If you are touchy about traction-related issues, you should better not go with a translucent rubber outsole, with shallow grooves and some smart-ass traction pattern that looks well but does not perform well.

This is the recipe for disaster.

Better invest in a sneaker that comes with a tough rubber outsole, a pattern known for strong grip and/or easy multidirectional movements – such as herringbone or wavy or circular patterns – and deep grooves.


This is, by all means, a general point of concern and not all related only to people with flat feet.

However, the material is very important because it describes one’s end goals and comfort goals. In case you are bent on protection, water-proof material or durability, etc., you should go with a sneaker that has leather, synthetic leather or strong fabric upper.

In case you prefer breathability to durability, you can go for fabric-based or mesh-based upper. A sweet spot is a fabric only upper with perforations because it’d neither be as vulnerable as a mesh only upper nor as airtight as a leather upper.


So, which of these 10 basketball shoes for flat feet are the best?

I cannot say this for sure, because all of them have their own pros and cons, but if you take a look at the buyer’s guide again, you’d agree the these 3 are the best of the best basketball shoes for flat-footers.

  • Jordan Air XXXIV – Eclipse plate for arch-support, Zoom Air cushion, and breathability
  • Under Armour Curry 6 – Full-length HOVR cushioning, breathable and good traction
  • Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1 – Bounce cushion, herringbone pattern, and a combo of durability and breathability

The choice is yours – pick any of these 10 or top 3 shoes and I bet that you’ll not regret.v

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