What to Look For
Unlike many other athletic shoes, most basketball shoes are designed with substantially more support than the average running or cross training shoe. Due to the constant lateral and vertical motion that the sport demands, basketball shoes have more cushioning, arch support and ankle support than other shoes. Because of these qualities, it isn't too difficult to find a pair of basketball shoes that are well suited for wide feet, since people with wide feet typically need this kind of support anyway.
Many basketball players with wide feet make the common mistake of using cross trainer shoes to play basketball. While these shoes are designed for athletic wear, the constant jumping done in basketball can risk rolled ankles and injured arches without the high ankle support that basketball shoes have. Particularly if you have wide feet, wearing low rising cross trainers or running shoes to play basketball in can risk serious injury to the ankle and arch without the proper support.
Where to Buy
You can find a quality pair of basketball shoes at any sporting goods store, including Sports Authority or Big 5 Sporting Goods. These stores are typically stocked with the newest model designs that a company produces, and thus are generally sold with factory warranties in addition to in store return policies. Particularly for players with wide feet, if you have trouble deciding whether or not a pair of shoes fits you well, you should definitely shop somewhere that offers these kinds of return policies and warranties.
Since the basketball shoes sold in retail sporting goods stores like Sports Authority are typically the newest models, they can be slightly more expensive than other discount stores (like Payless or Shoe Pavilion, which sell old season models). A store like Sports Authority charges anywhere from $70 to $100 for a pair of basketball shoes, as opposed to the discount stores, which might charge $30 to $60 for an older model pair of shoes. Although these discount shoes are cheaper, however, they typically do not come with warranties, since they are older models.
Players with wide feet might consider investing in a pair of shoe inserts to help support their arches. Since many shoes are not designed for wide feet, they can often lack the level of cushioning and support that wide feet demand. If you commonly run into this problem, a pair of gel inserts or arch support inserts can help solve this problem. Inserts cost around $20 to $30, and are sold at most sporting goods stores.