The 10 Best Basketball Sneakers to Wear if You Need Extra Ankle Support

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Too many ankle injuries have claimed the game for many pro and amateur players, enough for us at Sneaker Report to wonder how so many players

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No. 10 –  Jordan CP3.VI

Key Features: Hyperfuse Build, Podulon

This upgrade the popular CP3.V boasts improved traction with all of the added benefits of foam cushioning and a secure forefoot fit. We rated it as the best performance basketball shoe to come out of 2012, so if you’re looking for a low cut performer, this might be a great option for you.



No. 9 – Jordan Melo M9

Key Features: Forefoot and heel Zoom Air, full length herringbone outsole

Solid rubber outsoles cement the most well rounded shoe of Melo’s signatures series so far with Jordan.



No. 8 – Nike KD V

Key Features: Hyperfuse Build, Air Max, Zoom Air

The latest signature from Kevin Durant got a whole lot taller. Coming from the success of the KD IV, designer Leo Chang decided to embrace Durant’s spirit of teamwork and build a shoe that could be worn by every player on the court. The KDV offers ample support with a snug fit and a well-equipped outsole for a safe, fast option.



No. 7 –  adidas Crazy Light 2.0

Key Features: Welded Sprintweb on a non marking rubber outsole

Stability is provided from adidas’ own Sprintweb and Sprintframe construction, providing stability and speed for a shoe that is sure to lock down those ankles.



No. 6 –  Air Jordan XX8

Key Features: Zoom Air

This upper is surprisingly supportive despite how minimal the appearance. The carbon fiber heel counter paired with the Flight Plate the right amount of torsional support creates the perfect amount of support.



No. 5 – Under Armour Spine Bionic BB

Key Features: Micro G Foam, TPU heel counter

Building off of the UA Spine technology, this basketball shoe is made to cushion and rebound your heel-strike energy for optimum performance. The mesh tongue works with the Micro G sockliner to mold to your foot for a responsive, cushioned ride with the added support from a TPU heel counter.



No. 4 – Nike Hyperdunk 2012

Key Features: Lunarlon cushioning, Flywire support

This all-around favorite offers responsive cushioning thanks to the Lunarlon technology, a supportive Flywire enhanced fit, and a collar that is made for fast moves and quick cuts with an articulated heel collar and a full inner sleeve for proper ventilation. Take it from the pros and go with the NBA’s most popular shoe.



No. 3 – Ektio Breakaway

Key Features: Ektio ankle support technology

From a brand that’s sole purpose is to ensure safety on the basketball court, you can trust the Ektio Breakaway is looking out for those weak ankles. By simulating a natural feel by lowering the midsole so that it’s closer to the ground while protecting ankles with anti-rollover bumpers.



No. 2 –  Under Armour Charge BB

Key Features: Large midfoot TPU shank, Micro G cushioning

The two-piece upper is more flexible than it looks. Under Armour designers focused on articulating the shape of the ankle to provide a lockdown fit without restricting movement. With a low, full-length Micro G foam and a large TPU midfoot shank, the foot is protected from twisting or rolling. A dramatic look for ballers everywhere.



No. 1 –  Nike LeBron X

Key Features: Hyperfuse upper

The collar on the Nike LeBron X may be a surprise at first. The asymmetrical fit goes lower in the back and higher in the front, allowing the ankle to flex yet remain supportive. The full inner sleeve scores major points for comfort via a snug fit with proper ventilation, putting the LeBron X at the top of our list of most supportive basketball shoes.

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