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. 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

4.02
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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

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3.87
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3. Air Jordan 34

  • The AJ34 brings back the very successful herringbone traction pattern that is durable and grippy .
  • An impressive Zoom Air setup provides outstanding, springy cushioning that works for both smaller, quick players as well as big men.
  • The 34 surprises with heavy-duty support despite being marketed as a lightweight performance shoe.

Fan Average

3.55
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4.6
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4. Under Armour Curry 7

  • Like all Curry signature shoes, traction is very strong. This version uses herringbone as well as a radial pattern to tightly grip the floor. Great option for indoor 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.

Fan Average

4.50
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4.4
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5. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1

Adidas D.O.N. Issue #1
  • Traction appears to be hit-or-miss, with some reviewers praising the shoe's gripping abilities, while others complaining of slipping from the tight herringbone pattern.
  • The D.O.N. features an excellent deployment of Bounce cushioning, providing stability, court-feel and awesome impact protection.
  • Excellent lockdown and good support, like many of adidas' performance shoes. Fit and movement are also strong, despite the shoe's bulky build.
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4.03
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