One of the worst feelings you can have while playing basketball is being afraid of injuring or re-injuring yourself. The most common injuries in basketball are ankle sprains. Everyone who has played basketball has rolled their ankle, and playing in shoes without the proper support is just a bad experience, especially if you have been injured before, that’s why it is important to find good basketball shoes for ankle support.
For this reason, one of the key features a shoe has to have for us at WearTesters is support. We test hundreds of shoes each year and put them thoroughly through their paces. We try to determine the best overall basketball shoes, but also which shoes are great for wide footers, which shoes feature great traction, shoes that excel outdoors, etc.
We wanted to make this list for those hoopers who need that extra boost of confidence on the court while cutting, jumping, and changing directions. So, after hundreds of hours of testing, here are our picks for the best basketball shoes for ankle support.
Last updated 02.26.2024
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Best Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support 2024
Best Basketball Shoe For Ankle Support 2024
Puma MB 03
The Puma MB 03 might just be the best LaMelo signature shoe to date (in our opinion it is), which is saying something. In terms of on-court performance, the Puma MB 01 is hard to beat, but the MB 03 features better materials, and, in our opinion, a more refined and unique design, which might just clinch the W. On top of that it features amazing lockdown an a nicely sculpted and reinforced heel, making it elite in terms of ankle support. Read the full review. Price: $130
This year’s Jordan Flagship model is a beast and a big improvement on the Jordan 37. The Jordan 38 is lightweight and nimble, with tons of ventilation, a great no-nonsense traction setup (which in this colorway is etched into a translucent rubber sole), and a very well-balanced layered cushioning system. In terms of ankle support, the Jordan 38 is top tier. The well-sculpted heel, the build of the tongue (never to be underestimated), and the lockdown straps toward the back of the shoe, keep your heel well-protected and securely in place. Price: $200. Read the full review.
Jordan Zion 2
The Jordan Zion 2 comes after a not-so-stellar performance from the Jordan Zion 1. This time around, with a different cushioning setup, the performance is better. The traction shines as it grips the floor like nobody’s business after a short break-in period. It’s best felt when going aggressively from side to side. The materials aren’t anything amazing and could have been better, but at least the strap actually works to lockdown your forefoot. Read the full review. Price: $120
Brandblack Rare Metal 2
The Brandblack Rare Metal 2 has no business being as supportive as it is at its weight, the cushion is similarly deceptive and is way more comfortable than you’d expect. The shoe does take some time to break-in, but when it does, you have a great on-court performer on your hands. The Rare Metal 2 also gets extra points for the unique design. Don’t be afraid of the shoe’s odd cut, it’s a beast. Read full review. Price: $250
Anta KT 8
The Anta KT 8 is packed with technology that it’s kind of tough to break down one by one. The foam carrier is AFlash Edge, Anta’s comfortable proprietary foam compound. In the forefoot, we have a Pebax-based cushion system. The heel features their patented Smart SAM system. Even with this much in the midsole, the feeling is more muted than before, thus helping your ankle stay stable. The 3D-printed Flow spring plate also aids in this department. Read full review. Price: $160
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Jordan Luka 1
The Jordan Luka 1 was highly rated by our team, and that’s saying a lot. Luka Doncic and the Jordan design team did well on this one. Jordan Brand used the Luka 1 to introduce its newest foam: Formula 23. Right off the bat, you’ll feel how comfortable it is underfoot. Support is an obvious priority with the IsoPlate system acting as torsional support while beefing up lateral support for extra support on stepbacks and defensive slides. The heel counter is sturdy as well. Read the full review. Price: $110
Best Low Top Basketball Shoes with Great Ankle Support 2024
People usually associate high and mid tops with better ankle support, but the two aren’t necessarily related. Low tops can offer as much or more ankle support than their taller counterparts, and you don’t need ankle insurance to rock them on court either:
With this in mind, here are some of our top picks for low-tops with great ankle support.
Nike Sabrina 1
The Nike Sabrina 1 is a great first signature shoe for Sabrina Ionescu and is one of the best basketball shoes Nike has to offer in 2023/24. The Sabrina 1 is a top-notch guard-style shoe that will give you great traction (indoors), a speedy and reactive cushioning setup, along with elite lockdown and support. If you’re looking for a basketball shoe with beefy and plush cushioning, this might not be the shoe for you, but that is hardly a drawback. Read the full review. Price: $130
Jordan Luka 1
The Jordan Luka 1 was highly rated by our team, and that’s saying a lot. Luka Doncic and the Jordan design team did well on this one. Jordan Brand used the Luka 1 to introduce its newest foam: Formula 23. Right off the bat, you’ll feel how comfortable it is underfoot. Support is an obvious priority with the IsoPlate system acting as torsional support, and the heel counter is as solid as a rock so you don’t go anywhere. And at $110 ($120 for the special editions), you get a lot of performance for the money. Read the full review. Price: $110
Nike Kyrie Low 5
The Nike Kyrie Low 5 might look similar to this year’s flagship Kyrie, the Nike Kyrie Infinity, but it’s a very different shoe. As the name suggests, they are low cut and have a more subdued and responsive cushion set up with a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot and a foam midsole. This setup makes the shoe more stable, and the Dynamic Strap System finished the job with two anchor points that lock your heel and whole foot in the shoe. The heel counter isn’t the beefiest in the world, but it works well with the rest of the shoe. Read the full review. Price: $110
Puma TRC Blaze Court
The Puma TRC Blaze Court continues Puma’s resurgence into the basketball performance sneaker scene. The outsole looks awesome and performs great on all surfaces. The heel is reinforced with a hard plastic overlay for better containment. Trinomic cushion is now foam-based and is what Puma shows when you turn the shoe over. The rest of the midsole is ProFoam+ which is really comfortable. See the full review. Price: $120
Best Outdoor Basketball Shoe for Ankle Support 2024
Best Budget Basketball Shoe for Ankle Support 2024
Nike Air Max Impact 4
The Nike Air Max Impact 4 was a big surprise. Easily the best budget model on the market today. The shoe’s support is also a stand-out feature with two outriggers that make sure your foot is secure during play. The cushion setup and the shoe’s traction are the shoe’s best features. They are incredibly soft and comfortable and have a very durable rubber outsole with an aggressive herringbone traction pattern. There’s really no other shoe under $100 that performs this well, both indoors and outdoors. Read the full review. Price: $90