Who wears a size 17 shoe?

The height of an average NBA athlete is 6 feet 7 inches. Compared to the average male height, which is 5 feet 9.3 inches, basketball players are way bigger. Their body shape, strength, and pace are second to none. Ever wonder what size shoes these people wear on their giant feet?

The article should help you find their shoe size if you are unaware of it. It contains ten players with the biggest shoe size in the history of the NBA. Let's dive right in.


  • 1. Shaquille O'Neal
  • 2. Bob Lanier
  • 3. Brook Lopez
  • 4. Robin Lopez
  • 5. Yao Ming
  • 6. Kevin Durant
  • 7. DeAndre Jordan
  • 8. Dwight Howard
  • 9. Andre Iguodala
  • 10. Blake Griffin
  • In Closing

1. Shaquille O'Neal

  • Height: 7 feet 1 inch
  • Shoe Size: 23
  • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, and Cleveland Cavaliers

Shaquille O'Neal was one of the finest centers to watch in the 2000s. His defensive abilities help him to feature in the NBA All-Star 15 times. Shaq was the MVP 3 times out of 15 games.

His super athletic body was indeed a significant advantage throughout his career. Although there are numerous folks in the league with a muscular physique, no other player has the same foot size as O'Neal.

Thanks to Shaq's height, frame, and foot size, almost everything he uses is custom-made for him. The former Lakers' star knows that having a customized lifestyle is difficult, especially when you cannot afford it.

A mother posted an appeal on social media, seeking help finding shoes for her son's big feet. Shaquille gifted ten pairs of sneakers to the kid.

2. Bob Lanier

  • Height: 6 feet 11 inches
  • Shoe Size: 22
  • Teams: Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks

Bob Lanier has been known for his big feet since early childhood. His shoe size jumped straight to 11 when he was only 11 years old. Lanier's large feet almost prevented him from becoming a basketball player.

Basketball requires precise foot movements. Lanier's coach told him that his big feet would make him clumsy. Therefore, he is not eligible to play the game. While it was frustrating for the "Dobber," his biology teacher suggested he try basketball, telling Lanier that he was physically suited for the sport.

Thanks to that teacher, Lanier had a decent time in the NBA, averaging 20.1 PPG and 10.1 RPG in his 15-year career. On the other side, the foot size continued to grow. The NBA showcased a 22-size shoe at the hall of fame that belonged to Lanier. People could see how huge those feet were in person.

3. Brook Lopez

  • Height: 7 feet 0 inch
  • Shoe Size: 20
  • Teams: New Jersey (currently, Brooklyn Nets), Los Angeles Lakers, and Milwaukee Bucks

Twins are supposed to have some things in common. It is certainly true for the Lopez brothers. Both of them are similar in height (7') and wear the same shoe size (20).

The elder twin, Brook, has a four-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks worth $52 million. He was selected to be an NBA All-Star in 2013. Furthermore, Brook got a spot in the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2020.

4. Robin Lopez

  • Height: 7 feet 0 inch
  • Shoe Size: 20
  • Teams: Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, and Washington Wizards

Robin is not on the same level as Brook when it comes to performance. Over his career, he has averaged a not-so-impressive 8.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game. Having said that, we cannot measure his quality based on numbers. Robin is a player who sets the screens and cares more about boxing out. He may not have the fanciest stats, but he's an important asset for his team.

5. Yao Ming

  • Height: 7 feet 6 inches
  • Shoe Size: 18
  • Teams: Houston Rockets

Yao Ming is one of the tallest athletes to ever play in the NBA. His giant feet also sets him apart from other players. As a center, he grabbed 19 points and 9.2 rebounds each game on average in his career. Moreover, the "Ming Dynasty" was named in the NBA All-Star 8 times.

Unfortunately, he quit the league in July 2011 after several foot and ankle injuries. Yao could have accumulated some more achievements if not for constant injuries.

6. Kevin Durant

  • Height: 6 feet 10 inches
  • Shoe Size: 18
  • Teams: Seattle SuperSonics (currently, Oklahoma City Thunder), Golden State Warriors, and Brooklyn Nets

The argument never stops on whether Durant is currently the most outstanding athlete in the league. There are some questions about his height as well. In spite of all the uncertainty surrounding KD, we can be certain of one thing: he has enormous feet.

Multiple pictures of his long feet are on the internet. If you find one with socks on, you would understand those are not regular-human feet.

7. DeAndre Jordan

  • Height: 6 feet 11 inches
  • Shoe Size: 18
  • Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets

DeAndre Jordan wears 18-size shoes, which is expected given his height. Jordan's height combined with strength makes him a magnificent defender. DJ has everything that a proper center requires. He holds the record of participating in 322 consecutive games. It proves how durable the guy is. Whenever he dunks, you better give all you have to stop him because he hardly misses.

From 2014 to 2017, Jordan had up to 70% field goal percentage. Another of his impressive stat is securing more than 2 blocks each game for 4 seasons.

8. Dwight Howard

  • Height: 6 feet 10 inches
  • Shoe Size: 18
  • Teams: Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards, and Philadelphia 76ers

Prime Dwight Howard was one of the best defenders of his time. His ability to rebound and dunk was exceptional a few years ago. Howard has many achievements, such as being included in the NBA All-Star 8 times and All-NBA First Team 5 times. Moreover, the center won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award three times consecutively.

Howard doesn't pose the same threat as before, but his foot size makes him worthy of including in the list. Due to his large feet, he wears 18-size shoes.

9. Andre Iguodala

  • Height: 6 feet 6 inches
  • Shoe Size: 17.5
  • Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, and Miami Heat

As surprising as it is, Andre Iguodala makes it to the list despite not being a center. The shooting guard started his NBA journey in 2004 and currently plays for the Miami Heat. In this long career, he has earned three titles as an NBA champion. Iguodala was also the NBA Finals MVP in 2015.

Though Iguodala is 6 feet 6 inches, he prefers 17.5 as his shoe size. It is pretty unusual since the size is more common among people who are 6'9" and taller.

10. Blake Griffin

  • Height: 6 feet 9 inches
  • Shoe Size: 17
  • Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, and Brooklyn Nets

One of the recent signings of the Brooklyn Nets is Blake Griffin. It only took 10 days for the center to debut for his new team. The debutant was on the court for 15 minutes and logged 2 rebounds, 2 points, and 1 block for his side.

Blake stands at 6 feet 9 inches and has a broad frame. Griffin's parents are interracial, and he inherited a bit from both sides. In terms of shoes, he goes with the 17-size.

In Closing

An individual's performance has nothing to do with the length of the feet. However, there is no denying that all of the players mentioned above are well-known for their contributions to the team. Some say that big feet can help to get a proper elevation on the kicking motion. While we cannot confirm that, long feet do give basketball players a strong base.

Are big feet a benefit or a detriment in basketball? We would love to hear your opinion on the comment section.