Wide feet

I know there are multiple threads on this topic already but 99% are at least 5 years old.

I'm looking for some all court and clay court shoes to fit wide feet. Not obscenely wide and I have medium high arches.

I'm currently using Adidas court jam bounce and they fit quite well except the toe jamming can be bad at times.

I've heard K-Swiss are good, also whispers of Wilson shoes. Anyone who's tried Adidas Stycon please chime as well as I've had ankle injuries in the past.
Don't recommend New Balance as I think they all look like grandpa shoes, lol (no offense)
 

LOBALOT

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Unfortunately, I have found either NB, poor performing shoes, or foot pain as the only options. I am a 2E.

I just like any of us would prefer to be more stylish on the court and wish other brands offered more trendy options in a wide shoe but they don't.

I do agree a lot of NB shoes do look like grandpa shoes so I avoid them. They do have several options I do find acceptable and so I wear their shoes.

Asics has a wide version of the Revolution 8. My son uses these and he finds them comfortable. I think they could be a bit more stylish and wish they offered more colorful options. These shoes are:


I find Wilson too tight and pinch on the outside of my feet. I find K-Swiss to be "Grandpa Shoes" and heavy/clog-like so to each their own but I have a buddy using these:


I found these to be pretty stylish for grandpa shoes myself (I will wear all white or some combo of white with them) and just bought a pair but have not hit with them due to the virus so they sit ready to use:


I plan on purchasing these in yellow or another brighter color when they come out in 2E:


Good luck in your shoe search and hopefully, you will not end up with shoes that are painful to wear.
 
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Crazy Finn

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I've always needed wide shoes myself shoes - 2E is usually fine. I like a good arch, but I can't wear my Birkenstocks or Haflingers for tennis. I have NB shoes for walking and work and used to wear NB cross trainers for general active stuff a long time ago. However, there has never been decent NB tennis shoes my size at local shoe shop (which is a New Balance Store), so I've haven't worn them for tennis for years. I think I had a pair of 801's or something a long time ago.

My doubles buddy got a pair of 1006's and thought they were super comfy. However, he started plantar plantar fasciitis shortly after, which he'd never had issues with before. It started to get better when he switched shoes, though it's only progressing slowly.

I generally have 2 pairs that are functional at any one time. That way if I have matches two days in a row, I have fresh(er) shoes. I stumbled into this system by ending up with 2 pairs at times, but it seems to work well for me. Something known and reliable, and then something different that might be good.

As far as style, I don't like white shoes. Hopefully, they have some splash or flash. If the white shoes fits well and is the best, I'll buy it, though.

Shoes that I've tried in my ongoing quest to accommodate my odd shaped wide-ish feet:

- I got a pair of Asics Gel Resolution 6's. There were the standard width - they didn't make a wide at that time - and though snug, it seemed to work. I didn't love the somewhat slippery nature of the soles (I don't slide) but after about a month, I started to get some real issues with my heel and achilles. I liked the cushioning, but they were retired at this point. As mentioned above, they once again make a wide version of the Gel Res 8. Worth checking into at least.

- I moved on to a pair of Babolat SFX2's. I didn't love these at first, but these were the best tennis shoes I've had so far. Great cushioning, comfy, and very durable. I liked them so much I bought 2 more from TW. These didn't feel quite the same, but I thought they were good as well - though not quite as wide, maybe. After wearing the first of these newer pairs for a month or so, I developed problems (not plantar f, just general foot pain) so I switched to the second new pair, which was even worse. But, the first pair was amazing. Also, they were a nice 2 tone blue.

- My go to shoes after this has been the K-Swiss Hypercourt Express. They've got the width and good cushioning. The arch and general support is not special, but they fit and they're comfy. I've had 3 pairs of these. When they wear out from tennis, I wear them for whatever and they're still super comfy. I generally got them in loud colors (blue/yellow, orange/black), so not grandpa shoes.

- I also had a pair of Wilson Rush Pro 2.5's. The seemed a bit narrow, but they're very secure shoes with a decent cushioning. If I had a hard match in which I was really going to have to scramble, I'd usually wear these rather than the Hypercourts. The cushioning kind of wore out faster than the Hypercourts, but when they were newer, I liked these. Mine were teal, so I probably not grandpa shoes.

- I also got a pair of Head Revolt Pro 2.5 (I think). They were ran very short, I got a full size larger than normal. At that point they were a bit roomy, actually, but once I thought to try them with 2 socks, they were really great - all the advantages of the SFX'2 and Rush Pro's, with good cushioning. They changed in the new 3.0 iteration, which I didn't like when I tried on.

My newest shoes are the Babolat SFX3 - which seem like the SFX2's but wider and the K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2's which are very similar to the old Express except more stable and supportive. I haven't actually used them for tennis due to the current situation, but they were ready for when I was going to retire my Head and old Hypercourts soon.

I've tried various Adidas over the years but they don't seem to mesh with me. They haven't gotten past the walking around the store phase. People like them, though, so they do work for some...

I generally buy at the local tennis shop (not the shoe store), because it seems I need to put on the specific pair of shoes on. Also, I like supporting local businesses. I like TW's service, though, and when I did use it, it worked fine other than the shoes proving to be duds after some wear. That's not their fault.

So, my recommendations:

- Babolat SFX3
- K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2
- K-Swiss Hypercourt Supreme (upgraded version of the one above, didn't have at my shop)
- Wilson Rush Pro 3.0
- Asics Gel Resolution 8 Wide (might be worth trying_
 

Sardines

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I know there are multiple threads on this topic already but 99% are at least 5 years old.

I'm looking for some all court and clay court shoes to fit wide feet. Not obscenely wide and I have medium high arches.

I'm currently using Adidas court jam bounce and they fit quite well except the toe jamming can be bad at times.

I've heard K-Swiss are good, also whispers of Wilson shoes. Anyone who's tried Adidas Stycon please chime as well as I've had ankle injuries in the past.
Don't recommend New Balance as I think they all look like grandpa shoes, lol (no offense)
I suggest you first should go get your foot sizing, ie, length and width checked. "Not obscenely wide" isn't going to help you much in sizing shoes. :laughing: ;)
The typical Adidas last from the 2 latest shoes I've tried besides the Stycon, Ubersonic 3 and SoleCourt Boost, have a last that tapers/curves the front of the shoe on the outside in. I am guessing that outside 3 toes that are jamming against the shoe? I find people go with only width and length measurements for shoes. While those are basic requirements, it's sometimes actually the toe line that is the issue with fit.
The Stycon is a snug D neutral shoe, true to size for length. The front shape of the shoe rounded, a tapered (Egyptian) or rounded toe(Greek/Morton's) lines will fit. However, because the lateral/outside of the shoe in the front doesn't taper as much as the Ubersonic/Sole Court lasts, there is a little more space for what podiatrists call "Giselle"/ballerina's foot, where the toes are much closer in length that the toe line is more straight across. My oldest's foot is like that and she loves the Stycon but not the Stellas. The sockliner, cross bands and EVA cradle will make it a snug fit for people with 'thicker' feet, and that feel takes a lot of getting used to.
 

PhxRacket

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I would highly recommend the Hypercourt Supremes. They are miles better than the Hypercourt Express. Not as nimble as the Ultrashot 2s, but a very, very good shoe.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
I have Adidas SCB. I am planning on moving to Babolat SFX3 (I have two pairs now). The SCB are just too expensive and wear out quickly. If you can get them on clearance, I would reconsider. I also have to wear ankle braces even with the SCB, so I don't feel that I am losing much by going to the slightly less stable SFX3.

The SCB, I would say go down 0.5 to 1 size. Babolat SFX3, get true to size (I went with 8.5, I normally wear 9 in D width shoes).
 

WildVolley

Legend
The Babolat SFX are good for most people with a 2E foot, and they are currently 5/2 on sale here.

Just be aware that they play fairly soft, almost like a running shoe in some respects, though with better outsole durability and lateral stability.

I place almost no weight on aesthetics, especially if the shoe fits, so you'll have to judge that for yourself.
 

frank52

Semi-Pro
I would highly recommend the Hypercourt Supremes. They are miles better than the Hypercourt Express. Not as nimble as the Ultrashot 2s, but a very, very good shoe.
Are you finding the Hypercourt Supremes to be as wide as the Hypercourt Express ??
 

PhxRacket

Hall of Fame
Are you finding the Hypercourt Supremes to be as wide as the Hypercourt Express ??
They are not as wide as the Express, but comfortable for me, and I have a wide forefoot. What I like about the Supreme is that it is stable, form-fitting, and agile. I wouldn’t use the last two descriptions for the Express.
 
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Deleted member 768841

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I use the vapor x wide and size down, helps a lot. But I have used NB wide and ASICS wide. Overall they both worked.
 

Mad hatter

Professional
Unfortunately, I have found either NB, poor performing shoes, or foot pain as the only options. I am a 2E.

I just like any of us would prefer to be more stylish on the court and wish other brands offered more trendy options in a wide shoe but they don't.

I do agree a lot of NB shoes do look like grandpa shoes so I avoid them. They do have several options I do find acceptable and so I wear their shoes.

Asics has a wide version of the Revolution 8. My son uses these and he finds them comfortable. I think they could be a bit more stylish and wish they offered more colorful options. These shoes are:


I find Wilson too tight and pinch on the outside of my feet. I find K-Swiss to be "Grandpa Shoes" and heavy/clog-like so to each their own but I have a buddy using these:


I found these to be pretty stylish for grandpa shoes myself (I will wear all white or some combo of white with them) and just bought a pair but have not hit with them due to the virus so they sit ready to use:


I plan on purchasing these in yellow or another brighter color when they come out in 2E:


Good luck in your shoe search and hopefully, you will not end up with shoes that are painful to wear.
Sorry, must comment on new balance shoes which i had used for many years. The shoes two years and newer( versions) have a habit of the uppers separating from the soles in a very short time. Probably inferior glue or poor design. Will not buy then anymore. Shoe separation is a high liability for serious leg or ankle injury. I am now trying Jswiss and hoping for better results.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I haven't had that. Not that I doubt you as I have seen other issues with their shoes. Namely no consistency in sizing/widths.

It seems to me like the sizing is all over the place as if it all depends which factory the shoes are made at. If they are made at one plant they fit fine. If they are made at another the same size and width is too short and not wide enough.
 
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Deleted member 776614

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Head Revolt Evo is pretty darn comfortable for someone with preference for wider shoes and roomier toe box. I just bought a pair yesterday. They were by far the most comfortable tennis shoe I’ve tried, and even one of the most comfortable sneakers in general. I wouldn’t call them a ‘performance shoe’ for a professional player as there’s probably a little too much padding, but for any level rec/club I think they’re a great option if you like them.

For reference, I HATE most shoes as my foot gets a little wider closer to my heel than most, and my toes / forefoot are just more round than pointy, so normal sneakers are usually a horrible experience for my foot. I typically wear ‘foot shaped shoes’ like Altra or Xero, or Birkenstocks or slippers (sandals.)

The reason I’m not keeping the Evo‘s is because I prefer a lower ride since all my other footwear is zero drop. The Head Revolt have what’s probably a normal drop for typical running shoes. Since all my other footwear is zero drop, that drop is a shin splint risk for me. The NB796v2 is less comfortable in width, and with less cushion, but has a nice sporty low ride that I’m used to.
 
I wear a 2E shoe generally as well and my favorite shoes from the past year have been the Kswiss Ultrashot 2 and New Balance Fresh Foam Lav 2E. Both shoes are being updated (think the Ultrashot 3 just came out).

Babolat SFX is also wide fitting but doesn’t feel overly supportive on lateral movement - upper is a bit soft for me. The Adidas SCB is also wide fitting but felt like tanks on my feet - I thought the Adidas Solematch Bounce fit similar to the SCB but with a more foot friendly feel but a number of posters here did not like the arch placement (although it didn’t bother me).

In the past I have sized up to try to get the right fit for my feet - doesn’t work all the time but for instance my favorite shoe of all time is the Lotto Raptor IV which was known for having a slightly narrow fit but which worked fine for me a half size up. Also worked with the ASICS gel resolution 7.
 

onehandbh

Legend
The Adidas Bounce shoes have a wide toe box and fit my feet. I haven't had any toe jamming issues.
Size wise it feels slightly wider than the Prince T22 I wore previously.
Both were size US size 11.5 (but for some reason the Adidas has a different European size of 46).
 
I previously had the K-Swiss 7.0 Preventer, this was a brilliant shoe. Since then however I have had to go for the ASO Ankle Stabilizer brace, which I have found to be the best combo of support and comfort, as I also used it for Badminton as well, rather than taping my ankle.

For now I have been using K-Swiss Big Shot light 3, as its also a bit wider in its fit, but will also work with this brace.
 

PD1978

Semi-Pro
Personally I like the fit of the SFX for my wide feet and I use a custom insole.
That being said the issue I have is that I think the shoe is designed to be used with the thick/plush insole it comes with. With my custom insole I feel it lacks cushioning, it’s rigid for flat feet. I’m also 6’1 and 230lbs.
Currently using 2E NB Lavs and K Swiss Hypercourt Supremes. The Lavs are nice shoes but I prefer a lighter shoe and the K Swiss are definitely speedier.
 

mtommer

Hall of Fame
Are you finding the Hypercourt Supremes to be as wide as the Hypercourt Express ??
I've found the Supremes and the Express 2 fit just a hair too tight out of the box and then break in a bit too wide after an hour of playtime. The Ultrashot 2, follow this trend only they fit "Ehhhhhhhh, I think these are going to be too tight." out of the box and then fit pretty well after break in.
 

Visionary

Professional
- Babolat SFX3
- K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2
- K-Swiss Hypercourt Supreme (upgraded version of the one above, didn't have at my shop)
- Wilson Rush Pro 3.0
- Asics Gel Resolution 8 Wide (might be worth trying_
Babolat SFX3 is great but if you are a high performance player your foot is unsafe
Asics don't seem to have a good toe box and the arch that may confort your toes.
Not certain about the other shoes above but curious about the shoe weight. I've got a pair of Adidas Baricades that are great but heavy to compare to Babolat and especially to my light Nike Air Zoom Vapor Cage 4 (that's a bit tight). So, which of the wide feet shoes, aside Babolat, are light (like my Nike)?
 

sportsfan1

Hall of Fame
Babolat SFX3 is great but if you are a high performance player your foot is unsafe
Asics don't seem to have a good toe box and the arch that may confort your toes.
Not certain about the other shoes above but curious about the shoe weight. I've got a pair of Adidas Baricades that are great but heavy to compare to Babolat and especially to my light Nike Air Zoom Vapor Cage 4 (that's a bit tight). So, which of the wide feet shoes, aside Babolat, are light (like my Nike)?
You mentioned adidas barricades - those are narrow width right?
 

sportsfan1

Hall of Fame
I've always needed wide shoes myself shoes - 2E is usually fine. I like a good arch, but I can't wear my Birkenstocks or Haflingers for tennis. I have NB shoes for walking and work and used to wear NB cross trainers for general active stuff a long time ago. However, there has never been decent NB tennis shoes my size at local shoe shop (which is a New Balance Store), so I've haven't worn them for tennis for years. I think I had a pair of 801's or something a long time ago.

My doubles buddy got a pair of 1006's and thought they were super comfy. However, he started plantar plantar fasciitis shortly after, which he'd never had issues with before. It started to get better when he switched shoes, though it's only progressing slowly.

I generally have 2 pairs that are functional at any one time. That way if I have matches two days in a row, I have fresh(er) shoes. I stumbled into this system by ending up with 2 pairs at times, but it seems to work well for me. Something known and reliable, and then something different that might be good.

As far as style, I don't like white shoes. Hopefully, they have some splash or flash. If the white shoes fits well and is the best, I'll buy it, though.

Shoes that I've tried in my ongoing quest to accommodate my odd shaped wide-ish feet:

- I got a pair of Asics Gel Resolution 6's. There were the standard width - they didn't make a wide at that time - and though snug, it seemed to work. I didn't love the somewhat slippery nature of the soles (I don't slide) but after about a month, I started to get some real issues with my heel and achilles. I liked the cushioning, but they were retired at this point. As mentioned above, they once again make a wide version of the Gel Res 8. Worth checking into at least.

- I moved on to a pair of Babolat SFX2's. I didn't love these at first, but these were the best tennis shoes I've had so far. Great cushioning, comfy, and very durable. I liked them so much I bought 2 more from TW. These didn't feel quite the same, but I thought they were good as well - though not quite as wide, maybe. After wearing the first of these newer pairs for a month or so, I developed problems (not plantar f, just general foot pain) so I switched to the second new pair, which was even worse. But, the first pair was amazing. Also, they were a nice 2 tone blue.

- My go to shoes after this has been the K-Swiss Hypercourt Express. They've got the width and good cushioning. The arch and general support is not special, but they fit and they're comfy. I've had 3 pairs of these. When they wear out from tennis, I wear them for whatever and they're still super comfy. I generally got them in loud colors (blue/yellow, orange/black), so not grandpa shoes.

- I also had a pair of Wilson Rush Pro 2.5's. The seemed a bit narrow, but they're very secure shoes with a decent cushioning. If I had a hard match in which I was really going to have to scramble, I'd usually wear these rather than the Hypercourts. The cushioning kind of wore out faster than the Hypercourts, but when they were newer, I liked these. Mine were teal, so I probably not grandpa shoes.

- I also got a pair of Head Revolt Pro 2.5 (I think). They were ran very short, I got a full size larger than normal. At that point they were a bit roomy, actually, but once I thought to try them with 2 socks, they were really great - all the advantages of the SFX'2 and Rush Pro's, with good cushioning. They changed in the new 3.0 iteration, which I didn't like when I tried on.

My newest shoes are the Babolat SFX3 - which seem like the SFX2's but wider and the K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2's which are very similar to the old Express except more stable and supportive. I haven't actually used them for tennis due to the current situation, but they were ready for when I was going to retire my Head and old Hypercourts soon.

I've tried various Adidas over the years but they don't seem to mesh with me. They haven't gotten past the walking around the store phase. People like them, though, so they do work for some...

I generally buy at the local tennis shop (not the shoe store), because it seems I need to put on the specific pair of shoes on. Also, I like supporting local businesses. I like TW's service, though, and when I did use it, it worked fine other than the shoes proving to be duds after some wear. That's not their fault.

So, my recommendations:

- Babolat SFX3
- K-Swiss Hypercourt Express 2
- K-Swiss Hypercourt Supreme (upgraded version of the one above, didn't have at my shop)
- Wilson Rush Pro 3.0
- Asics Gel Resolution 8 Wide (might be worth trying_
Like the list.
I tried the asics gr 8 wide, but those are too big for me. The kswiss supreme seems like the right fit but I have a problem with the sock liner scraping the back of my foot. Would like some input on other shoes that have the width of kswiss supreme but aren't too wide, along with comfort/cushioning:
  1. yonex sonicage 2 wide?
  2. Head revolt pro? Lots of color choices
  3. babolat sfx?
  4. Other recommendations?
Edit: tagging @JGads for some input/recommendations
 
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Visionary

Professional
You mentioned adidas barricades - those are narrow width right?
Yes and no. The back of the shoe is somewhat narrower but with the arch and toe box in front barricades fit well for wide feet. What's more is that the sides secure your foot well which reduces chances of sprains.
 
Yonex Sonicage wide are comfortable for my wide feet and stable. I’d be interested to try fila auxilas. I hated Babolat SFX 3. I turned my ankle a few times with them.
 

JGads

Legend
Like the list.
I tried the asics gr 8 wide, but those are too big for me. The kswiss supreme seems like the right fit but I have a problem with the sock liner scraping the back of my foot. Would like some input on other shoes that have the width of kswiss supreme but aren't too wide, along with comfort/cushioning:
  1. yonex sonicage 2 wide?
  2. Head revolt pro? Lots of color choices
  3. babolat sfx?
  4. Other recommendations?
Edit: tagging @JGads for some input/recommendations
Hey, have only tried on the SFXs from your list - felt great as a wide gym shoe but I was much too worried about the floppiness/lack of support in them for start/stop tennis. So I didn't buy. It seems the Diadora Blushield 5s are a stellar wide shoe - I'm a little worried about the toebox which funnels inward a bit too sharply for my taste, but I can assure the midfoot width feels amazing on these. At some point I'll have to give these a try. Mizuno Exceed Tour 4s a good option in the lighter shoe category. And the Speed FF2 if you go up a half size will accommodate a wide foot within the fabric but are not the most stable shoe side to side. If in Europe, the Mizuno Intense Tour 5 is a solid Gel Res 8 type shoe with a wider forefoot and great stability; midfoot a touch narrow.
 
Hi, recently bought New Balance MC806 4E width. Just realized my bare feet is 5 inch wide and their outsole is 4 3/4, little too tight. Is either Babolat SFX3, Kswiss Bigshot Leather or Kswiss Hypercourt Supreme wider or snugger fit than 806 4E? I guess the outsole would be similar sizing for all of them but if there's a wider toe box or stretching ability, I'll take anything that may help.
 

RVT

Rookie
for me, the Hypercourt Express 2 ine 2E was much wider in the toe box than the 806 4E. It seems NB 4E has gotten progressively narrower over time.
 

Ruecian.G

New User
Old thread, but I bought some Yonex Sonicage 2s. They are listed as 4E on Hola bird sports' website, however, I don't think these are truly 4E. MAYBE a 2E. I don't see 4E anywhere on the packaging - it just says wide. The 4E might be a mislabel on the Hola bird website.

My everyday shoe is a New Balance Arishi v1 Trail Running Shoe, 4E, 10.5 mens. The Yonex Sonicage 2s I received are slightly longer and narrower than the New Balances. The Sonicages gave me blisters on the balls of my feet after 1 hour of intense practice, I suppose due to the fact that they are too long for my feet. If I were to downsize to a 10, I have a feeling they would be too narrow.

Good luck to those who have wide feet. Seems almost impossible (outside of New Balances, which appear hard to come by, even online) to find a good 4E tennis shoes. I might try just playing with my trail running shoes or looking into New Balance cross trainers.
 

RVT

Rookie
I'd really suggest not going the tail running shoe route, based on personal experience here! The Altra X-Trainer I tried were close, but still hurt my feet. I tried a variety of non-tennis shoes due to wide feet, with no success.

I'd really try the KSwiss Hyper court Express 2, much wider that any NB 4E. For reference, my feet are 270 mm x 106mm wide, and the size 9US are plenty roomy.
 

Crazy Finn

Hall of Fame
Using running shoes (even trail running shoes) for tennis is a good way to destroy your running shoes in a week and maybe twist an ankle. Speaking from experience, though not personal.

Cross trainers hold up .... better? Decent? This IS from personal experience.

If you're playing on public courts, it doesn't matter, but if you're playing at a facility, they won't let you wear anything but tennis shoes.
 
Vapor Cage 4 - wide-ish fit without being overly wide. I wore true to size and it was slightly long but very roomy, went down half a size and its normalish length and a little slimmer.

Note: the toe box is roomy, the volume just behind the toes where the laces start is pretty good, the wrap around the midfoot and arch area is more snug but kind of breaks in. Not as snug as NB Lavs.
 

sportsfan1

Hall of Fame
Can anyone compare the toe box width of nike vapor cage 4 to adidas sole match bounce and k-swiss hypercourt express? I thought the nike cage 4 was narrower.
 

sportmac

Hall of Fame
Head - nice wide toe box, at least on the Revolt Pro. It's my least favorite Head I've worn but that has to do with the eyelets being so close together. Otherwise they've been my shoe of choice for a long time because they've always had a roomy toe box.
 

TazerTotts

New User
Looking for the exact same thing.
What have you found so far? The Vapor Cage 4 was manageable, but I had to drop them for other comfort issues.

Currently using Adidas Ubersonic 3, but they get to be too painful after 2 hours. My next step is to try Kyrie Irving shoes.

What about you?
 
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