Good shoe for wide forefoot?

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  1. Anton

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    I put in about 2 hours of tennis a day and the right side of my forefoot has been killing me lately, just feels too cramped in the shoes I'm wearing, this got me thinking about looking at wider shoes. Any suggestions are welcome.

    I have size 9 foot with normal heel, size 2E forefoot and a high arch.

    I try many shoes (when they go on sale) and here is my stable at this time (and they all feel cramped up front)

    Nike Ballistic 2.3
    Nike 2k10 (that I use with Superfeet Orange inserts)
    Barricade V
    Asics GR3
    Vapor 8 Tour

    I like how Vapor Tour grabs my heel and has nice arch support, but the forefoot is still a bit narrow.

    I think my favorite to date were Asics GR2 which seemed to be a bit wider in the forefoot then GR3s.

    I liked the fit Prince Vipers (low cut ones) too, but the shoe materials were inferior and I tore them up pretty fast.
     
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  2. Rafa4Ever

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    the kswiss bigshots are the most comfortable for people with a really wide forefoot. That and nike vapor 9s are the only shoes that don't hurt after playing a while for me
     
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    Just took a look at description for Prince Viper V on TW since they fit me well:

    Medium to high height arch support. Width is medium to wide with a generous width fit in the forefoot. Low to the ground feel.

    I guess that's what I'm looking for, just in a better quality shoe :)
     
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  4. Anton

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    hmm, big shots are listed as normal width on TW and the review did talk about crappy traction.

    I wanted to try Vapor 9's but they are pretty ugly (i can get over that though) and are outrageously expensive for a low durability shoe, maybe I'll buy them once they go on sale for under $100.
     
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  5. WildVolley

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    I always suggest the Yonex 304s for people with wider forefoot and toe spread.

    I have a pair of Prince Viper VI, and though they have the straighter last which shouldn't bunion the big toe, the toe box is not at all wide and is quite stiff. A lot of people who used to wear the Viper V are complaining that it is now too narrow.
     
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    DANG 12.8 oz? Seems too light for a solid tennis shoe, I'll probably burn through them fast...but the price is right enough to try them. I do remember overall liking the SHT-305s (but again a bit narrow up front).
     
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    I wear a size 4E shoe so New Balance is my only option.
     
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  9. WildVolley

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    They are light, but as you can guess, they are not durability shoes.
     
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    Babolat Propulse III
     
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    I think you should try New Balance. They are ugly, but they have a lot of room.
     
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  13. WildVolley

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    The T22 didn't work for me. They had a fairly pointed toe box, so my little toes ripped holes in the sides of both of them long before the soles were wearing through.
     
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    Nike just came out with a 2E width in an "Air" model. Don't recall the name, will try them next order. New Balance 1004 has been good for me.
     
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    Asics GR
    Bigshoots
    any T series (Prince)
    Propulses (these are on sale! and with the 6MW!!)
     
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    Propulse III...wide enough for me and I have a flat foot that's wide in a size 14. They are definitely worth a shot
     
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    This is one of the problems with discussing shoes - companies scale the shoe width relative to shoe size. I wish there was separate, absolute width measurement, not one relative to length of the shoe.

    I'll try them out.
     
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  18. DANMAN

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    Interesting point. I never thought about that.
     
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    Try out the new vapor 9 my friend, it works brilliantly with my wide foot.

    Gino
     
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    Can anyone compare this one to the 8 Tour?

    Because TW lists "slightly wider then medium width" for the 8 and the 9 and I find the 8 still a bit too narrow up front.
     
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    Tried these on at the tennis shop today - forefoot felt pretty standard (a tad too narrow)
     
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    Have both the 8 & 9. Much larger than both, larger than any vapor
     
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    Try the new Babolat SFX.....I have been in the Bigshots and the vapor 9s but tried these on 2 weeks ago. Very generous fit and the the SFX tech is great.
     
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    So I played 4 hours today in Tour 9s...and that was the best 4 hours I've ever spent in a tennis shoe. Just seamless - through all the pressure and all stress, it held me everywhere, pinched nowhere and flexed naturally with my foot.

    Lets see how long it lasts.

    I also have 2K11 in 2E Width coming in soon, we'll see how it compares.
     
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  25. PhotoBlue

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    If you play high intensity tennis a lot, you will blow through both vapors and 2k11s very quickly.
     
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  26. Anton

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    Just got my 2011 2E NikeID shoes - fit is perfect
     
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