Are there any shoes with ankle supports?

A reader asks:

Sorry to bother you again. But now I am looking for shoes Sneakers for myself and my wife and my son who is 29 years old and in the service.. His feet are alright but he twisted his ankle about a year ago and still bothers him. Are there any shoes with ankle supports I can get him?
Thanks, Ron.


Hi Ron,

If your son’s ankle is prone to sprains because of what happened last year, he needs a shoe with bumpers that can secure the heel and prevent unnatural calcaneal shifting and too much roll of foot. This will protect his foot from deviating out of his run signature. But the running shoes with bumpers are stability shoes and are best for overpronation and flat feet. Best examples of these shoes are Brooks Ravenna 11, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20, Brooks Bedlam 3, ASICS GEL-Kayano 27, New Balance 990v5, Hoka One One Arahi 4, and Hoka One One Gaviota 2.

But if your son has neutral pronation (up to supination and high arches), he needs a neutral shoe that is stable on the lateral side. Best examples of these shoes are New Balance 1080v10 and Hoka One One Bondi 6. It’s best to try the shoe on before buying.

A Follow-up

Thank You for your information. I will look and see which one he would like. Birthday time. Him living in N.C. and myself in Michigan. He’s fussy so I will see what is available and I am sure I will find something through your suggestions. God Bless. Stay Safe, Ron.

Our Response

God Bless you, too and stay safe. By the way, if your son doesn’t run more than 5 miles, he can choose a good cross trainer because this shoe has excellent support for various movements, especially support for side-to-side movement, which is needed for ankle problems. And they look similar to running shoes.

In fact, cross trainers have better support than running shoes when it comes to side-to-side movement, because the support of running shoes focus more on the forward propulsion – walking and running. Best examples of these cross trainers are Reebok CrossFit Nano X, New Balance 623v3, and New Balance 608v5.