Shoes for high arch and wide feet

irjambi

New User
Hi all,

new to the forum, very happy to be here.
I've worn different iterations of the Nike Vapor for the last 20 odd years. So I was keen to keep going with them but none of the current models really fit: the Vapor NXT and Pro didn't fit well, I play-tested the GP Turbo but it's too narrow and my feet went numb. I was wondering if you guys have any recommendations, independent of the brand, for wider feet with a high arch. The model I wore last was the Nike Air Zoom Vapor X HC which I loved but I can't find another pair any more in size 10 :/. I'm currently eyeing the Adidas Solecourt Primeblue after people recommended the Solecourt Boost (which is discontinued). Any thoughts on that?

Thanks for the advice.
Markus
 

FloridaAG

Hall of Fame
Diadora Blushield 5. Perfect for my wide high arched feet
People rave about the Adidas but they dod not fit me. Pinching in the forefoot because of my arches. Width was fine
 

tarkowski

Professional
Hi all,

new to the forum, very happy to be here.
I've worn different iterations of the Nike Vapor for the last 20 odd years. So I was keen to keep going with them but none of the current models really fit: the Vapor NXT and Pro didn't fit well, I play-tested the GP Turbo but it's too narrow and my feet went numb. I was wondering if you guys have any recommendations, independent of the brand, for wider feet with a high arch. The model I wore last was the Nike Air Zoom Vapor X HC which I loved but I can't find another pair any more in size 10 :/. I'm currently eyeing the Adidas Solecourt Primeblue after people recommended the Solecourt Boost (which is discontinued). Any thoughts on that?

Thanks for the advice.
Markus
Hi irjambi, like you, I've played the Vapor 9, 9.5, and X and have high arches and wide feet. Also, like you, I didn't like the Vapor Pro. The smallish tongue, unsubstantial heel counter, and heel-lift (never had that in a vapor) were enough to pass on it. I have to smile a little because I thought the best Vapor was the 9, and things got slightly worse with each iteration making the Pro a pass for me.

In the current lineup of Nike, the Vapor Cage 4 actually fits me best and is a very comfortable shoe, especially for a wide foot. It's a bit more bulked up and rides a little higher than a Vapor, but has better cushioning as a result. The lacing system is the biggest con of the shoe (for me), but the shoe is well built enough that it still feels stable without being able to cinch the laces as much as I'd like.

I've since turned to Asics and really like both the Court FF2 and Solution Speed FF2, with the Court FF2 the most comfortable for a wide foot. I liked both of these quite a bit more than the Gel Res 8 from a fit-perspective.
 

irjambi

New User
Hi irjambi, like you, I've played the Vapor 9, 9.5, and X and have high arches and wide feet. Also, like you, I didn't like the Vapor Pro. The smallish tongue, unsubstantial heel counter, and heel-lift (never had that in a vapor) were enough to pass on it. I have to smile a little because I thought the best Vapor was the 9, and things got slightly worse with each iteration making the Pro a pass for me.

In the current lineup of Nike, the Vapor Cage 4 actually fits me best and is a very comfortable shoe, especially for a wide foot. It's a bit more bulked up and rides a little higher than a Vapor, but has better cushioning as a result. The lacing system is the biggest con of the shoe (for me), but the shoe is well built enough that it still feels stable without being able to cinch the laces as much as I'd like.

I've since turned to Asics and really like both the Court FF2 and Solution Speed FF2, with the Court FF2 the most comfortable for a wide foot. I liked both of these quite a bit more than the Gel Res 8 from a fit-perspective.
Thanks! This is really helpful. I will probably playtest the Court FF2 and the Adidas SoleCourt PrimeBlue and decide afterwards. I have had Asics running shoes for years but never had them on my radar for tennis as I'm generally after a more direct response.
 

tarkowski

Professional
Thanks! This is really helpful. I will probably playtest the Court FF2 and the Adidas SoleCourt PrimeBlue and decide afterwards. I have had Asics running shoes for years but never had them on my radar for tennis as I'm generally after a more direct response.
Sounds good, let us know how it goes!

In addition to the fit, I find the Asics FF (Flyte Foam) much more direct and responsive than their Gel and that's my preference as well. It's just faster and more responsive feeling.
The gel is softer and less direct and some will prefer that, but I feel like I'm working harder to move around the court in them.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
Have had good luck with Nike, New Balance and Prince for width. I do not have a particularly high arch tho.

I look for shoes with good comfort & heel support but Never look to the insoles to provide arch support. You should consider (orthotic) insoles for providing the proper amount of arch support for your foot. I prefer 3/4 insoles (Dr Scholl's CustomFit) that I can lay right on top of the existing insoles.

Usually, if you buy a full-length insole, you have to take out the existing insole and cut the new one to fit your shoe. Don't need to do that with a 3/4 insole.
 

innoVAShaun

Legend
Find any shoe with a "Wide" version, buy both your regular size and half size up, and get some orthotic insoles.

I now buy two pairs of shoes each time: two sizes. Try my insoles in them, then return what doesn't fit.

It's a very long process. Good luck.
 

irjambi

New User
Hi all,

just want to give an update: I went with the Adidas Solecourt PrimeBlue and played my first two matches over the weekend. They felt really good, plenty of space but not too loose. Thanks everyone for your comments and advice.
I wanted to try the Asics Court FF Novak Tokyo as well but they only had it one size up, however with the mostly sown in tongue (similar to the Nike Vapour Pro) I already struggled to get into them so I think it would have been a fight every time.

Thanks again for all your advice, problem solved for another 8-10 months hehe.

Cheers
 

onehandbh

Legend
I bought a pair of the Adidas CourtJam Bounce b/c they were available near me.
Soft cushioning and wide toe box, but does not enough support for high arches and the shoe in general does not feel stable and firm enough for me.

I used to like the Prince T22 but the last time I bought a pair they were more narrow than before. I think they changed factories or to another country.
 

FIRETennis

Professional
I have a wide foot with medium-high arch and the best shoe so far has been the Asics Gel Resolution 8. Fits perfect true to size out the box. If you still find there is not enough arch support, use custom insole.
 

dave t

Rookie
Most stock insoles have just about zero arch support and obviously the soles of the shoes are pretty flat under there. If you really have high arches, you need some orthotics.
 

FloridaAG

Hall of Fame
I have a wide foot with medium-high arch and the best shoe so far has been the Asics Gel Resolution 8. Fits perfect true to size out the box. If you still find there is not enough arch support, use custom insole.
Did not fit my fairly wide high arched feet well at all. Horrible heel slippage and pain under forefoot for me. Perhaps the wide would fit as others have found - but the regular shoe failed for my fairly wide high arched feet and was a 1/2 size long.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
Boy I must have elephant feet. I am an 8 1/2 2E and I can't get even get the front of my foot into a Gel Res 8 or Adidas tennis shoe. The only shoe I can fit into are New Balance. I do my best to find the "Non-old man" looking ones with some color/style to them. Some have less cushioning than others. Some have less durability than others but at least I can get my foot into them and they fit well.
 

FIRETennis

Professional
Did not fit my fairly wide high arched feet well at all. Horrible heel slippage and pain under forefoot for me. Perhaps the wide would fit as others have found - but the regular shoe failed for my fairly wide high arched feet and was a 1/2 size long.
Did you ever try the Gel Resolution 7s? Those were more narrow so you probably wouldn't even be able to fit in them.
OP definitely needs to try on before deciding.
For example the Speed FF2s were good initially but after some intense matches, they looked like sausages about to burst on my feet. Very strange fit but comfortable. I don't use the FF2s anymore and just rotate some GR8s.
K-Swiss fit well, but durability is beyond laughable and I cannot support a company with such horrendous customer service.
Adidas were ok but the new lineup of all fabric tops and €140+ price marks is a joke.
Nike Vapor X seem to have been discontinued, the width was ok but the length was maybe 1/2 size too long as Nike usually is for me.
 

FloridaAG

Hall of Fame
Did you ever try the Gel Resolution 7s? Those were more narrow so you probably wouldn't even be able to fit in them.
OP definitely needs to try on before deciding.
For example the Speed FF2s were good initially but after some intense matches, they looked like sausages about to burst on my feet. Very strange fit but comfortable. I don't use the FF2s anymore and just rotate some GR8s.
K-Swiss fit well, but durability is beyond laughable and I cannot support a company with such horrendous customer service.
Adidas were ok but the new lineup of all fabric tops and €140+ price marks is a joke.
Nike Vapor X seem to have been discontinued, the width was ok but the length was maybe 1/2 size too long as Nike usually is for me.
Did not - when they were out I think I was in the original Court FF's which were awesome
 
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