The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Durable Ankle Support (2022)

Updated: March 30 2022
If you play basketball for long enough, whether it’s a pickup game or at the pro level, you are going to suffer a bad ankle sprain (or even worse, an ankle break). There’s just no way around it. You go up for a rebound and land on your opponent’s foot and immediately, you’re on the ground holding your ankle. However, there are many ways to reduce the risk, the most important of which is a basketball shoe that has proper ankle support.

When choosing the right shoe to prevent an ankle sprain, most people have recommended the high top over the low top. However, the evidence suggests otherwise. The best low top shoes are just as good at stabilizing your ankle and keeping it in its proper position after you go up for that jump shot and land awkwardly.

The shoes below are those that have been reviewed and rated as the best basketball shoes for providing stable ankle support.

1. Air Jordan 36

Air Jordan 36
  • Simple but effective multi-directional herringbone tread, similar to that on the 34 and 35.
  • Full-length Zoom Air strobel board with additional forefoot unit, for a super-springy response that balances cushioning with court feel.
  • A wide base and 1-to-1 fit, combined with a midfoot shank plate and internal heel counter, gives players all the support features they need.
Air Jordan 36

Fan Average

3.49
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Review Average

4.2

2. Nike KD 14

  • Super reliable grip, both on indoor and outdoor courts.
  • Soft and bouncy, the KD 14's cushioning does a good job protecting from impact and springing right back up.
  • Reliable support and lockdown, with a nice wide base.

Fan Average

3.63
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Review Average

4.4

3. Nike Zoom Rize 2

  • Traction is solid and grippy on a range of indoor and outdoors surfaces.
  • Enhanced compression and plush cushioning is a clear improvement over its predecessor, the Zoom Rize.
  • Very good support, even with a base that isn't particularly wide. You'll feel secure.

Fan Average

3.95
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Review Average

4.4

4. Under Armour Curry Flow 9

  • Phenomenally grippy and consistent traction mean you’ll never have to worry about skidding or sliding.
  • Firm and responsive midsole with tons of court feel that’s ideal for guards and smaller players, though larger players may want a shoe with more cushioning.
  • More support than the Curry 8, with a sturdier upper and the overall foot lockdown you’d expect from a Curry shoe.

Fan Average

3.98
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Review Average

4.5

5. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3

Adidas D.O.N. Issue 3
  • Excellent traction, and a nice upgrade from previous versions of Spida Mitchell's shoes.
  • Responsive and light, the cushioning is par for the course for Adidas' performance signature shoes.
  • Good support, though some players report a bit of heel slippage.
Adidas D.O.N. Issue 3

Fan Average

3.68
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Review Average

4.2
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