The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Durable Ankle Support (2021)

Updated: October 22, 2021
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 35

  • Outstanding herringbone traction, similar to the traction in the 34, which grips like a beast, but also may wear down quickly if playing outdoors.
  • Zoom in the forefoot and the heel provides superior cushioning and amazing heel-to-toe transitioning.
  • A big step up in support from the 34, with a heavy-duty frame and great lateral and torsional stability.

Fan Average

3.24
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4.6

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

3.76
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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

4.12
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Review Average

4.4

4. Under Armour Curry 7

Under Armour Curry 7
  • Like all Curry signature shoes, traction is very strong. This version uses herringbone and a radial pattern to tightly grip the floor. Great option for indoor and outdoor courts.
  • Cushioning stays true to Curry shoes, with a firm, low-to-the-ground feel. Not for everyone.
  • Outstanding support, holding the foot in place no matter how you move. Fit feels true to size, too.
Under Armour Curry 7

Fan Average

3.66
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Review Average

4.6

5. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #2

  • Like its predecessor, the Issue 2 has decent traction, with questionable durability outside.
  • The cushioning is reasonably nice and springy, particularly in the heel.
  • Lots of support with good lateral containment, in this heavy-duty low-cut silhouette.

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3.77
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