The Top 5 Basketball Shoes For Durable Ankle Support (2019)

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. Nike Adapt BB

  • The shoe has above average traction and will keep you glued to the floor on most courts.
  • The shoe does not have the cushioning level of some of the other high end Nike shoes.
  • Given the way this unusual shoe works, its no surprise that the support in this shoe approaches the next level.

Fan Average

4.6
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3.7
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2. Nike Kyrie 5

Nike Kyrie 5
  • The Kyrie 5 has the exceptional multidirectional herringbone pattern traction that Kyrie sigs are famous for.
  • The new Zoom Air Turbo is excellent, feeling more like a foam than traditional Zoom Air.
  • Good lockdown, very solid support, though the flytrap enclosure may require going up half a size.
Nike Kyrie 5

Fan Average

3.9
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Critics Average

4.2
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3. Air Jordan 33

Air Jordan 33
  • The traction is considered solid but noisy. Those who play primarily outdoors will want to consider another shoe.
  • The shoe has been criticized for requiring a long break in period but once you get past that point, it's smooth sailing.
  • Despite having no laces, the Air Jordan 33 has excellent support, bolstered by its rear strap system that encourage heel lockdown.
Air Jordan 33

Fan Average

4.2
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4.4
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4. Adidas Dame 5

  • The herringbone pattern is well employed to offer a solid traction experience both indoors and outdoors.
  • The implementation of Bounce technology is considered to be some of the best available, offering impact protection without loss of court feel.
  • The support offered by the Dame 5 is considered elite, with the midsole and outsole components offering best in class stability.

Fan Average

4.1
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4.8
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5. Nike Kobe AD Mid

  • Offering multi-directional coverage, the shoe has A+ traction - just don't use them outdoors if you want to keep it that way.
  • Using Lunarlon in the midsole and Zoom Air in the heel, this Kobe AD Mid strikes a great balance between fusion and comfort.
  • The shoe offers great support and lockdown, the basketball player's dream.

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4.5
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