How To Find Your REAL Shoe Size For Tennis, Basketball, And Other Court Sneakers

How To Find Your REAL Shoe Size For Tennis, Basketball, And Other Court Sneakers

Real foot doctor shows how to find your REAL shoe size for basketball, tennis and other court sports sneakers such as padel, volleyball, badminton and handball. Most athletes struggle with finding their ideal shoe size when playing and its even harder now that most of us buy our shoes online and its getting more difficult to figure out what shoe size you should buy when shopping online for sneakers.

Because performance athletic shoes and sneaker serve such different purposes than regular shoes its important to find your baseline shoe size in these court shoes vs regular shoes

So from size to shape to matching the shoes last to your foot lets look at how to fit shoes!

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Time Stamps:
00:00 Video Intro
00:37 How to find your foot / shoe size
01:37 How to modify your size from shoes to court shoes
02:29 How to find your foot shape
03:01 How foot shape affects shoe fit
03:52 How to match your foot to a shoe
04:42 How to fit shoes when shopping online
05:09 Court sneaker sizing guide
06:44 Orthotic Considerations

As a foot doctor I look at tennis basketball and other court shoes a bit differently as I focus more on what foot types benefit from these shoes as well as the tennis, pickleball, basketball, running and hiking shoe’s functional attributes

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  1. Classic Laundry on January 12, 2022 at 1:14 am

    So I’ve never gone up a half size for a court shoe. I wear a 10 for walking/running and that’s what I wear in basketball shoes. I do usually have to go through a break-in period where new shoes feel a bit too tight, but I don’t have any shoes where they didn’t fit and play well after that period of time

  2. Gökçe Özkonuk on January 12, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Really good idea. Thanks a lot!

  3. Ivan Savic on January 12, 2022 at 1:15 am

    best video for buying shoes

  4. tillug79 on January 12, 2022 at 1:16 am

    nice tips! Doc, do you know why my toe nails always get black when I wear my basketball shoes? this has been a recurring problem since I started playing basketball at the age of 9. is it because I’m wearing shoes that are too big? too tight? my toe nails fall off after a few months and the cycle repeats itself. so much pain 😢

  5. TJ Wurm on January 12, 2022 at 1:17 am

    I love your content.
    I have a question. Can you recommend an ortholite insole for tennis shoes. I have the Babolat Propulse Fury in size 46.5.

    Thank you

  6. VINNY SEED on January 12, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Accurate video. My shoe size according to the brannock device would be like a 7 or 7.5 mens but most shoes I need to get a size 8 or else my pinky toe will rub against the side of the shoe and it’s very uncomfortable. So I just have to have a little extra toe room to accommodate my wider feet

  7. Matt Bale on January 12, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Amazing video once again. Great tips and info as always.
    As a fellow C shaped footer, which tennis shoes would you recommend? We also have the same widest spot on foot.

  8. kevin white on January 12, 2022 at 1:20 am

    I am a bit over 6’1 and wear US14

  9. Hector Silva on January 12, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Sizing with the Brannock while wearing the socks you intend to use with the shoe will get you the correct size.

  10. Làm SEO Chuyên Nghiệp on January 12, 2022 at 1:24 am

    6:15 shoes name ?

  11. E. R. A on January 12, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Hi good day Dr. Zach please help me with my shoe size my feet measures 10.3 inches or 26.5cm from the longest toe to heel. My current shoe size is 26.7cm it feels a little small my toe will reach the tip of the shoes a little does it mean it is as long as my foot? What size should I wear?

  12. Jen Verar on January 12, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Great video. Helped me a lot on picking what size I should pick for my basketball shoes.

  13. FB on January 12, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Great vids Dr. Zach! Do you do professional shoe consultations online or remotely? Your videos are extremely helpful and informative. I would love to arrange a brief chat to discuss my particular problem and your suggestions. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  14. Denny Lin on January 12, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Me too, I wear 11.5 on all my court shoes. I have a wide foot!

  15. David S. on January 12, 2022 at 1:34 am

    my right foot is about a quarter inch bigger than my left foot! is this normal?

  16. Tim Chung on January 12, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Every so often when I run after drop shots, i smash my second toe into the front of my shoe and it bruises the nail. Does this mean my shoe is too big?

  17. Danial Raziq Adwa' on January 12, 2022 at 1:36 am

    If i go size up the shoes will be too long and my toe keep hitting ground while walking. My sport shoes always narrow at middle. But my boot doing just fine. But they same size.

  18. Henry Chan on January 12, 2022 at 1:36 am

    They need more wide fit EE basketball shoes. Nike has none, Adidas has couple, and New Balance has 2 pairs.

  19. nightowlDC on January 12, 2022 at 1:37 am

    This is probably your best video yet – very handy tips! When I buy tennis shoes I usually go half a size larger so I have an index finger worth of wriggle room and so I have enough room to wear thicker socks. Just curious to know if this is actually bad for my feet?

  20. DoubleD on January 12, 2022 at 1:38 am

    The foot stencil idea is gold, thank you👌

  21. Leonel Bego on January 12, 2022 at 1:38 am

    Very informative video thank you! What brand and model of tennis shoe do you personally use? I have similar foot shape than yours.

  22. CIKEDEES on January 12, 2022 at 1:41 am

    What if I have a bunion on one foot and not the other?

  23. Joseph Moran Bonilla on January 12, 2022 at 1:41 am

    First time ever watching one of your videos. Would you ever do one on Olympic lifting shoes?

  24. Dan C on January 12, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Also need to note the shoe material. Real Leather when used will stretch a bit but I find the shoes now use a plastic coated leather and it does not stretch at all. Or the have soft cloth which will stretch or a firm nylon mesh which does not. This will alter how a shoe fits and the comfort you will have

  25. onye enomate on January 12, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Found out thru your vid that I got identical feet xD

  26. Felipe Apolinario on January 12, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Hey doc! Have you already put your hands on the new Barricades? Do you know if adidas will discontinue the solecourts due to the barricades? They are vanishing from the market, cant find anywhere on "regular people size", only dwarfs and giants sizes hahaha

  27. Jennifer D. on January 12, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Thank you for the video. I find the best system to measure your foot is to stand against a straight wall with heel touching the wall and to put a piece of a4 paper under the foot and trace your foot on that piece a paper. Then use a measuring tape to measure the longest toe to heel. That will give you the size in cms. Then when ordering shoes look for the size in cms (japan uses this system) and see if it matches up to your size. Because a size 7 US female for Nike may be 23.5 cm for example and a size 7 for Addidas may be 24 cm, etc…the companies run different sizes against cm. The cm seem more consistent.

  28. Neal Jackett on January 12, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Awesome video brother, I now look at my hoop shoes differently 👌

  29. g man on January 12, 2022 at 1:45 am

    My foot measures 113/4 inches long online the shoe size to inches chart says that’s a 13.5 on majority of them.if u add 1/2 inch of space infront of that it pushes it to 12 1/4 inches witch is size 15…I been buying 14-15 my whole life usually 14 boot and 15 tennis shoe .. does this sound accurate? ….a 15 new balance has excatly 1 finger width behind heel .. Or 1 finger width infront of toe….a 14 is usually very snug with the finger heel width and or there’s lil to no space infront of toe …I think 14.5 would prolly be perfect but half sizes stop after 13….what u think giving this info is this correct?…my width is standard D or E depending on socks …

  30. bromleybroms on January 12, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Dr Zach I love the videos! Thank you! Quick question, I have a bad habit of hitting of my back leg on forehands, so much so I twist and tear my miniscus. So much so it twists and locks my knee. Crazy painful lol. Just did it today playing in a new pair of Uber sonic 4s . Bought online for a cheap price never tried on felt like I was wearing high heels Pulled out the insole right away …. also happened in the vapor x’s a year ago. Just wondering any recommendations for mcl inner knee support. I have narrow feet with high arch. Wear 13’s . I’m tall and gangly. I wish the vapor x’s didn’t have the cut out soles in the inner arch area of the shoe. Thank you!

  31. Pedro Mejia on January 12, 2022 at 1:49 am

    I find my feet are pretty similar when looking down at them length and width size but my right foot feels like it is “taller” right where the tongue of a shoe starts… this become a problem become of all my years of soccer I learned to only play with shoes that fit with toes almost touching the very front of shoe. But sometimes now with tennis my right foot feels tooo tight where the tongue ends and I don’t know what I should do

  32. Pis de rata on January 12, 2022 at 1:49 am

    whn I see people with the put the foot on a paper forget that the heel is circular and you should add extra mm

  33. SplayMnBoss on January 12, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Do you prefer Mizuno , brooks, saucuno, or Asics

  34. sohosterable on January 12, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Great video! I have big bunions. Should I go 1/2 or full size bigger? So hard to find indoor court shoes

  35. Kevin You on January 12, 2022 at 1:52 am

    New adidas barricade , plz

  36. Richard Ortiz on January 12, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Not 100% sold on the idea of sizing up. My ubersonic 4’s already have a half inch or so in front of my big toe. The space was enough so that I jammed both big toes hard enough that the both toenails eventually fell off (ie. Lauren Davis AO.) This could indicate other issues in my sizing but I can’t imagine more space to slide around helping at all.

    Edit: also doesn’t help adidas sizing is so inconsistent model to model. I had no room whatsoever in front of my big toe with ubersonic 3’s.

  37. Moss Lucid on January 12, 2022 at 1:55 am

    How bad is it to wear shoes that are tight around your toes? I was size 12 but I think my feet grew or I didn’t properly size them because my shoes feel suffocating esp around my pinkie toe. I got a size 12.5 recently and that’s much better but I think I need to make the switch to 13 for the sake of my toes. Anyway i spent a lot of money on all these size 12 shoes is it ok to keep wearing them in the short term?

  38. Lachmc on January 12, 2022 at 1:56 am

    I go true to size for all my hoop shoes

  39. moaning pheromones on January 12, 2022 at 1:57 am

    I think I just saw someone holding some cute little foot cut-outs next to a phone.
    That’s it for me – no more crack, back to re-hab.

  40. AVENGERS ARMY on January 12, 2022 at 1:58 am

    My size is 9.5 amirica so what is size on sockz

  41. Saul Goodman on January 12, 2022 at 1:58 am

    I wish these companies will measure them from the inside. It would make it a lot easier to buy.
    My bare foot size in 10. So 11 to have some room. But I wear a 13 4e.
    I have to try on like 20 pairs before I find one that fits. Even in the same brand, sizes are different.
    My last couple new balance fit perfect the first time. So I’m sticking with that brand. Makes it easier to by online.

  42. Bart Hakkennes on January 12, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Would this be good for skate shows too?

  43. Sweeta on January 12, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Doc what’s your opinion on tennis and playing in two pairs of socks?

  44. Foot Doctor Zach on January 12, 2022 at 2:02 am

    When should you throw away your sneakers??

  45. FREUD JUDE PAUL GAGUA on January 12, 2022 at 2:03 am

    How do I know if my basketball shoes are big for me? (if it’s a half to a full size too big)

  46. str33tspirit on January 12, 2022 at 2:03 am

    I think my feet are like yours. Which other shoes fit your feet besides the solecourt?

  47. Stinger389 DylanLong on January 12, 2022 at 2:04 am

    Yeah I’ve had my feet professionally measured for Custom shoes
    They are size 14.5 Mens
    Went to a store in town, used a branch device the guy brings out a size 13(4e)
    Which I really didn’t understand

  48. Mathias Nielsen on January 12, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Could you do a video of what shoe is the best for basketball, for people who have achilles tendinitis? Greetings from Chile

  49. Phil77 on January 12, 2022 at 2:09 am

    Hi Zach, just wondering why you recommend an orthotic for court shoes? A lot of debate on this topic and it is a bit confusing as a non-expert 😊

  50. Soham Datta on January 12, 2022 at 2:10 am

    Hello! So I have been looking for running shoes for flat feet and all of the shoes have been hurting me after like .5 miles. It’s very frustrating. When I run with the Adidas SoleMatch Bounce tennis shoe, I don’t experience that foot pain strangely. I just don’t understand which shoe to buy. I also want it to be affordable (under 100). My flat foot causes me a lot of pain I also have plantar fasciatis. I can’t find a running shoe. And I don’t want to keep running with this tennis shoe because i want to reserve it for actual tennis. Do you have any suggestions? What does the solematch bounce have that allows for zero foot pain? Thank you

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