Best Basketball Shoes for Ankle Support

Injured ankles are a part of basketball. Fortunately, advances in shoe tech have allowed basketball shoes today to provide maximum ankle support to prevent those injuries. In order to help those basketball players that need a little extra support in the ankles, I’ve compiled a list of the best basketball shoes for ankle support. If you’re afraid of rolling, spraining, or injuring your ankles while playing basketball, then read on below. 

Nike KD V Elite Mens Basketball Shoe – The Nike KD V is the latest in Kevin Durant’s line for Nike. It’s a step up from the KD IV. The V scores high marks for its comfort, lightweight, and good ankle support. Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Nike KD V Elite

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Traction – A rubber outsole with a herringbone design throughout makes gives it great traction for indoor and outdoor use.
Cushion – The KD V has Max Air cushioning in the heel which provides maximum protection from impact. In the forefoot, the KD V features Nike Zoom cushioning. According to the Nike website, the Nike Zoom unit “is incredibly thin, it brings the foot closer to the ground and enhances stability, especially during quick cuts and multi-directional movements. After impact, the tightly stretched fibers inside the pressurized air unit quickly bounce back into shape, providing a super-responsive feel and improved awareness of the surface you’re playing on.”
Material – The KD V features hyperfuse technology which allows the upper piece to be nearly seamless. This hyperfuse technology provides, ventilation, stability, and durability.
Fit – The KD V’s fit true to size. They tend to be a narrow fit, so it’s best to go with your true size here.
Support – The KD V also has a mid adding support, which according increases the stability of shoe, but still allows for the flexibility usually found in a low top basketball shoes. This allows for great lateral movement and quick cuts. The Nike Zoom cushioning also quickly regains its shape after any impact. This shoe also features the Nike flywire technology. Here’s a description of the flywire technology from the Nike website. “Flywire helps provide ultra-lightweight support and comfort for your foot. It gets its strength from thin nylon fibers strategically placed on the upper of the shoe to hold the foot in place, helping to reduce slippage during activity. This allows for a massive reduction in weight because material is used only where it’s needed for structure.”
Price – A starting price of $180.00

 

Nike LeBron X Mens Basketball Shoe – The Nike LeBron X marks the 10 year anniversary of Nike’s partnership with LeBron James, and many say it’s the best shoe the partnership has produced. Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Nike LeBron X

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Traction – The outsole is rubber with a bunch of multi-directional lines from the heel to the toe which provide great traction on the court. The way the shoe is designed, the traction is better for straight moves as opposed to lateral moves. The thick rubber is also strong enough for outdoor play.
Cushion – The LeBron X has a full length Nike Zoom unit delivering the perfect combination of impact protection and responsiveness. According to the Nike website, the Nike Zoom unit “is incredibly thin, it brings the foot closer to the ground and enhances stability, especially during quick cuts and multi-directional movements. After impact, the tightly stretched fibers inside the pressurized air unit quickly bounce back into shape, providing a super-responsive feel and improved awareness of the surface you’re playing on.”
Material – The LeBron X features hyperfuse technology which allows the upper piece to be nearly seamless. This hyperfuse technology provides, ventilation, stability, and durability.
Fit – The LeBron X’s fit true to size. They tend to be a narrow fit, so it’s best to go with your true size here. I
Support – The LeBron X has a a reinforced mid-foot wing which helps stabilize the foot during quick lateral movements. This shoe also features the Nike flywire technology. Here’s a description of the flywire technology from the Nike website. “Flywire helps provide ultra-lightweight support and comfort for your foot. It gets its strength from thin nylon fibers strategically placed on the upper of the shoe to hold the foot in place, helping to reduce slippage during activity. This allows for a massive reduction in weight because material is used only where it’s needed for structure.” When fully laced, these feel very secure and stable. t also has a collar that’s lower in the back and higher in the front for just the right amount of flexibility through the ankle, plus a mesh tongue and full inner sleeve for ventilation and a comfortable fit
Price – A starting price of $180.00

 

Nike Hyperdunk Mens Basketball Shoe – The Hyperdunk doesn’t have a major basketball star associated with it, but it’s still a terrific shoe. It features much of the same technology that the Kobe’s, LeBron’s, and KD’s have, but at a slightly lower price.  Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Hyperdunk
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Traction – With deep rubber grooves and a solid rubber sole, they provide good traction, but can’t quite compare with some of the models listed above.
Cushion – This shoe also has a lunarlon sole that molds to the shape of your foot and holds up very well over time. It breaks in quickly and gives the shoe a really nice bounce. The lunarlon sole also helps distribute impact evenly throughout which is good for you joints. The Nike Zoom unit is noticeably absent here however.
Material – The entire upper is made up engineered mesh. This keeps the shoe light but offers a ton of support.
Fit – True to size!
Support – This shoe also features the Nike flywire technology. Here’s a description of the flywire technology from the Nike website. “Flywire helps provide ultra-lightweight support and comfort for your foot. It gets its strength from thin nylon fibers strategically placed on the upper of the shoe to hold the foot in place, helping to reduce slippage during activity. This allows for a massive reduction in weight because material is used only where it’s needed for structure.” When fully laced, these feel very secure and stable.
Price – A starting price of $140.00

 

Under Armour Spine Bionic Men’s Basketball Shoe – The Spine Bionic is a versatile shoe that can match up pound for pound with many of the more popular Nike and Adidas basketball shoe choices. It’s a solid effort from Under Armour. Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Spine Bionics

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Traction – The Spine Bionic has phenomenal traction, comparable to the Kobe 8’s. It features a full length herringbone pattern surrounded by rubber, which adds to the shoe’s traction.
Cushion – It has a Micro G foam insole which feels amazing and is adept at absorbing impact.
Fit – True to Size!
Support – These shoes feature a “fuse type” material, similar to what we see with Nike. The material provides an extremely secure fit. The Spine Bionic also has a TPU heel counter that provides added stability and support. It also features Under Armour Spine chassis technology that creates an incredibly light, flexible feel without sacrificing support.
Price – A starting price of $82.99

 

Adidas  Crazy Light 2 Men’s Basketball Shoe –  The Crazy Lights are another solid shoe from Adidas. They’re true to their name in that they’re extremely light! Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Adidas Crazy Light 2

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Traction – Offers solid traction but is best suited for indoor use.
Cushion – Has a full length EVA foam midsole, which again, feels good on the foot and absorbs impact evenly across the foot.
Material – The upper is composed of three separate layers; mesh, nylon and a synthetic top layer. The three layer approach offers a lot of stability for quick lateral moves.
Fit – They tend to be a bit narrow, so if you have a wider foot it may be best if you go up 1/2 a size.
Support – The three layer upper mentioned before make these shoes very stable and supportive.
Price – As low as $89.99 (Depending on color and size)

 

 

 

Jordan Melo M9 Men’s Basketball Shoe –  The Melo’s are a very versatile pair of shoes. They offer outstanding support that makes them a great fit for any position on the court, making the best pair of Melo’s since he joined forces with the Jordan brand. Click here for more reviews, pricing, and pictures of the Jordan Melo M9’s

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Traction – The Melo M9’s feature a full length herringbone pattern, with a twist. Running through the center of the sole, is a translucent rubber. It stills provides excellent traction, but makes me wonder why they didn’t just stick with the traditional rubber all the way through.
Cushion – The heel features a Nike Zoom unit, which as mentioned from my other posts on Nike, has an amazing feel. In the forefoot, the Melo M9’s sports an additional zoom unit as well.
Material – The upper is composed of nubuck, and the rest of the shoe is filled out with a combination of synthetic leather and patent leather. The material combination keeps the break in time to a minimum.
Fit – The Melo M9’s are probably one of the best fitting shoes on this list. They have snug, yet comfortable fit that makes you feel supported, while at the same time allowing maximum flexibility.
Support – The material keeps the shoe very flexible, but supportive and sturdy.
Price – As low as $140.00

 

 



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