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"Broken ankles" isn't just a malfunction leading to embarrassment on defense, it could be the end to your season. One can receive proper ankle support to mids or highs because of the stabilization from strong, yet padded ankles, but lowtops with wide, stable soles can provide just as much support, if not more. Nike Kobes were designed that way because of his affinity for soccer and the ease cleats lend to playing on the pitch. We can't say his shoes will protect your Achilles, they certainly will let your ankles reign free, yet give them the support they need to perform at your peak. And what better than to model a shoe after one of the greatest ankle breakers of our time? Complete basketball Ouroboros.