From Utah to New York, shoes speak volumes about the very people who wear them. Honestly, never has such a statement been more true than with America’s ever-expanding community of serious basketball players. With mega stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose each producing their own signature pairs of shoes, young athletes can’t help but try and sport the most popular basketball sneakers.
While rocking top-notch shoes might seem like a no-brainer to you, it’s much more difficult to determine which kick type — high top or low top — is better for basketballer safety and performance. After all, let’s face it: you’re not a professional foot doctor.
Low top sneakers have their benefits. For starters, they’re lighter. The light weight allows basketball players to run faster and for longer periods of time without having to haul extra weight up and down the court. The main problem, however, is found in ankle support. Without extended support, an ankle is left to undergo sudden turns and on-the-go landings alone.
For that precise reason high tops are the more common choice for serious basketball players. Reports Livestrong.com of high top basketball shoes and their supportive design, “High tops might be heavier than low tops, but they offer extra benefits. They lace high enough to add ankle support and help keep players from turning their ankles with sudden direction changes. These shoes usually have more support and cushioning inside as well”
Needless to say, whether a recreational player, professional hoopster for the Utah Jazz or foot doctor, high tops are the best option for those who hope to keep playing the game deep into old age with healthy, happy ankles.