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16 Best Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support

Best Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support

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 that 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 9.20.2022

Best Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support

Best Basketball Shoe For Ankle Support

Jordan 36

Air Jordan 36 is as high performance as a shoe can get. It features full-length Zoom Air, top-notch traction, and most importantly, great support features. The shoe features a sturdy internal heel counter, a midfoot shank plate, a secure 1-to-1 fit, and a fairly wide base. The only issue is the protruding forefoot Zoom Air bag but that just takes some getting used to.  Read full review. Price: $185

9.3/10
Total Score
Buy Jordan 36
Jordan Zion 2

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

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy Jordan Zion 2
Puma Court Rider 2

Puma Court Rider 2

The Puma Court Rider 2 is the follow up to the shoe LaMelo Ball wore before he got his own signature sneaker, the MB.01. Though he’s 6’8” and can jump, he’s still a point guard. And that usually means preferring a lower-to-the-ground ride, which is what you get with the Court Rider. What gets the Court Rider here is the extra stability features added to the shoe. Puma has been doing a great job with their basketball shoes, and these are their best basketball shoes for ankle support. Read the full review. Price: $110

8/10
Total Score
Buy Men's Puma Court Rider 2 Buy Women's Puma Court Rider 2
Nike KD 15

Nike KD 15

The Nike KD 15 is a great performer, just like its predecessor. The same tech specs that we came to love are back. The foam midsole is Cushlon, which is soft and plush, and on top of that foam is the full-length Nike Zoom Air Strobel that feels like springs under your feet. The materials have changed slightly, though they’re still breathable and flexible. The heel counter is solid, plus the insides of the collar are well-padded. See the full review. Price: $150

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy Nike KD 15
New Balance TWO WXY V2

New Balance Two WXY V2

The New Balance TWO WXY V2 is an upgrade from the last version and is even better than their flagship model for the Klaw. The traction is fantastic for as long as it lasts. The cushion with FuelCell and Abzorb DRS works well for most positions. The FitWeave upper is comfortable and moves well with your feet. The heel is stabilized inside and out, so there’s no worrying about tweaking your ankles. Read the full review. Price: $130

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy New Balance TWO WXY V2
New Balance Kawhi 2

New Balance Kawhi 2

The New Balance Kawhi 2 gets the job done, although quietly and without a lot of extra, unnecessary features – much like its namesake. The FuelCell foam midsole is on the firmer and denser side of the spectrum which offers a lot of stability. The FitWeave upper may look flimsy, but it does a good job of containing your foot and reducing weight at the same time. Not a common combination for basketball shoes. A good option, especially for Kawhi fans. See the full review. Price: $160

8/10
Total Score
Buy New Balance Kawhi 2
nike kd 14

Nike KD 14

The Nike KD 14 is on practically all our “best” lists, and for good reason. The KD 14 is just an excellent shoe. As far as the support goes, the shoe features a standard shank plate along with an internal heel counter. The forefoot strap is more of an aesthetic touch and the fit plays more of a role in the shoe’s support. The TPU sidewall helps keep you on the footbed which is a nice reinforcement for the soft Cushlon. Finally, the base of the shoe is wide and cradles the foot nicely. Read the full review. Price: $150

9.7/10
Total Score
Buy Nike KD 14
nike lebron witness 6

Nike LeBron Witness 6

The LeBron Witness 6 might be a budget shoe, but it sure doesn’t feel like one. Those “shark fin” plates you can see on either side of the shoe are why the Witness 6 made the list. This feature will keep you locked into the heel of the shoe and help prevent ankle rolls, better than 99.9% of the other shoes on the market. Aside from that, you get 3/4 length Zoom Air and some sturdy, 90’s style traction. Can’t ask for much more than $100 these days. Read the full review. Price: $100

9.1/10
Total Score
Buy Nike LeBron Witness 6
anta kt 6

Anta KT 6

The Anta KT 6 was rumored to be too supportive when it first dropped. Once we were able to get them in hand and test them, we realized that the support on the shoe was just right. Anta introduced something called 3D hug, which is a TPU piece that goes from the front of the shoe, along the outside, and finishes on the inside at the back of the foot. The TPU at the front of the shoe is a lot softer and allows for more flexibility while keeping your foot locked in. The TPU in the back of the shoe is harder and offers extra support and lockdown. Read full review. Price: $120

9/10
Total Score
Buy the Anta KT 6

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under armour embiid 1

Under Armour Embiid 1

The Under Armour Embiid 1 is another shoe that pops up a lot on our “best” pages. That’s because it’s a very solid and versatile performance model. The support on Joel Embiid’s first signature shoe is similarly solid. The base is fairly wide but does offer a slightly rounded edge for players that may be a bit shifty. There is a midfoot shank along with a sturdy midsole build that cups the foot in the rear. Add in the lockdown wings and you have yourself a shoe supportive enough for players of all positions and sizes. Read full review. Price: $90 $120

9.1/10
Total Score
Buy Under Armour Embiid 1
Puma RS Dreamer 2 white background

Puma RS Dreamer 2

The Puma RS Dreamer 2 is a refresh of the Puma RS Dreamer. They offer the same exact tech specs just in a taller package. The Puma RS Dreamer was an excellent shoe with support features similar to the Clyde Hardwood. You sit within the midsole a bit so that helps keep your heel and forefoot on the footbed. The rest of the support comes from standard performance features: a midfoot torsion shank and the shoe’s fit. Nothing to really complain about or highly praise. They get the job done and that’s exactly what most of us want from support.  Read the full review. Price: $130

9/10
Total Score
Buy Puma RS Dreamer 2
rare metal 2

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

8.8/10
Total Score
Buy Barandblack Rare Metal 2
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New Balance Kawhi

The New Balance has some good features and some bad features, but more good than bad. By far the best attribute of the New Balance Kawhi is the support. Initially, it almost feels like too much support. It starts off feeling bulky and stiff, but, as the shoe begins to break in and mold to your foot, it quickly becomes one of the more secure shoes on the market. The shoe features an enlarged plastic torsional plate, a wide base, and supportive materials. Read full review. Price: $160

7/10
Total Score
Buy New Balance Kawhi
adidas D.O.N. Issue 3

adidas D.O.N. Issue 3

The adidas D.O.N. Issue 3 feels slightly stiffer than the previous D.O.N. Issue model upon the first try. This is mainly due to the support features the shoe is equipped with. Once they break in, however, you have a good-looking, lightweight, and secure hoop shoe that gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Read full review. Price: $110

8.2/10
Total Score
Buy adidas D.O.N. Issue 3

Best Low Top Basketball Shoes with Great Ankle Support

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.

Puma Clyde All Pro

Puma Clyde All Pro

The Puma Clyde All-Pro is one of the best shoes of 2021. In general, if you’re looking for an amazing hoop shoe, this is a great option. As far as support is concerned, the shoe features a small outrigger, torsion bar, and internal heel counter. The fit/upper is where the support features are allowed to do their thing without giving it much thought. You lace up, play, and enjoy the game. Read the full review. Price: $79 $130

9.7/10
Total Score
Buy Puma Clyde All-Pro
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Nike Cosmic Unity

The Nike Cosmic Unity is the result of combining the best features of the KD 12 and the Kyrie 7. The midsole is thick, yes, but that thickness serves a performance purpose. The midsole is built to cup the foot perfectly in three areas — the forefoot, midfoot and heel. The forefoot section cups just enough to maintain confidence with your movements while still feeling agile and responsive. The midfoot isn’t too noticeable until you need it on, say, a hard cut. And finally, the heel acts as a giant heel counter that ensures the other two sections are covered in case one may fail. Read the full review. Price: $123 $150

9.2/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Cosmic Unity
Kyrie 4 Low

Kyrie Low 4

For a shoe that is so light in weight and not the widest, the Kyrie Low 4 does a fantastic job in terms of support. The Nike Kyrie Low 4 offers a low-profile ride, durable materials in the upper, and a good fit that work together to offer an ultra-secure ride in all directions on-court. The shoe also features a strong internal heel counter and some added support. Read full review. Price: $110

8.9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Kyrie Low 4

Best Outdoor Basketball Shoe for Ankle Support

Best Budget Basketball Shoes: Nike LeBron Witness 6

Nike LeBron Witness 6

The Nike LeBron Witness 6 is a great outdoor option. For just $100 you get full-length Air and a durable outsole which is exactly what you want from an outdoor basketball shoe.

The Nike LeBron Witness 6 also offers some beefy support features which will help you feel confident cutting and changing directions out on the blacktop. This shoe is proof of how much budget models have evolved and improved over the years. Read the full review. Price: $100

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike LeBron Witness 6

Best Budget Basketball Shoe for Ankle Support

Best Budget Basketball Shoes: adidas Harden Stepback 3

adidas Harden Stepback 3

The adidas Harden Stepback 3 is a great budget version of the adidas Harden Vol. 6. The Bounce foam midsole feels like the one we fell in love with a few years ago. The materials are basic yet comfortable. The fit is accommodating, and wide-footers will especially enjoy it. The best part is the traction. It grips every surface, outdoor and indoor. Read the full review. Price: $80

8/10
Total Score
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