I don't watch a lot of basketball, but I did see a game yesterday where the player's shoe tore wide open.

In sports, equipment failure is certainly part of the game but in US college sports (which is typically well-funded, meaning they don't need to play using substandard equipment) I have never before seen a shoe failure such as this.

Have there been other cases in college or professional basketball where shoes have failed in this manner?

broken shoe

  • USA today was able to find a few clips of failures, I see. Half were not the same type of failure since one was caused by pulling from under another player's foot and another was a sole coming off. Two were similar failures. 8 years worth of games and so few documented failures. And commentators saying "I've never seen that before".
    – Dale
    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:12
  • For what it's worth - before I got old I was squatting 650. I was pretty skinny to be squatting that so it was a rotate and press hard movement. I could blow out a pair of Nike running shoes (air pockets deflate) every 3-4 sessions. No hole or puncture just no air and not really sure I could tell when it happened but it was repeatable. Nike sent me a couple of replacements when I complained. A side note is if you have blown out air pockets terrible for running/sports but super comfy - like slippers.
    – Coach-D
    Mar 10, 2019 at 3:40

1 Answer 1


Yes, there have been.

From 2010 to 2014 there have been approximately 10 NBA sneaker mishaps. https://www.complex.com/sneakers/2014/04/history-of-sneaker-mishaps-in-the-nba/tony-wroten-loses-sole-of-his-jordan-x

This is an uncommon occurance, but in the NBA, it seems to happen about 2 times every season. If a shoe just falls off someone's foot, they keep on playing. The link above shows a history of sneaker mishaps from 2010 to 2014

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.