Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of high top sneakers for ankle support.
Has your medical professional diagnosed you with weak ankles? There are many reasons as to why your ankles can become weak, and hopefully, your medical professional already went over those reasons with you.
Luckily there are steps that you can take to protect, support, and strengthen your ankles. Whether you were born with weak ankles or are recovering from an injury, I will help you find the correct type of shoes to protect and support your ankles.
I have helped many women with ankle pain find the correct type of footwear to protect their ankles to increase their stability and prevent injuries. The best type of footwear is the one that will protect your feet and offer stability and balance to the ankles.
I work for a specialized shoe store that focuses on helping women with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot problems. Some women come to the store referred by their physical or occupational therapists to be fitted for the correct type of shoes. Sometimes depending on the degree of the women’s foot condition they might need to be fitted for a pair of orthotics as well.
The main issue with having weak ankles is that they can cause issues in balance and increase your risk for ankle sprains and injuries.
Are High Top Shoes Effective for Women with Weak Ankles?
High top shoes can provide women with increased ankle stability, as long as you choose the correct ones and they fit the shape of your feet correctly. The high top shoes I recommend for women with weak ankles provide the following two key features:
☑️ Substantial Outsole: The outsole of your high top shoe should be thick to provide a stable base of support for your feet but not so thick that it can create an imbalance.
☑️ Targeted Heel Support: The high top shoes I recommend provide extra support right below the ankles to minimize the impact that your feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
The ideal high top shoe will also be stable on lateral or exterior facing side to prevent your feet from rolling and spraining your ankles.
Keep in mind that for the high top shoes I recommend to be effective for your feet we need to make sure that they are fitted correctly. If you wear shoes that are the wrong size you can aggravate your weak ankles condition, but also create foot deformities and pain.
Do You Know Your Exact Foot Shape? – Let’s Find Out!
Do you know whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet? Do you know whether you have a high instep or not? These are all factors that determine what shoe brands and shoe styles you can wear.
Most women always buy the same shoe size simply because that’s the shoe size that they have worn for years. Did you know that just because you have worn a certain size for most of your life that doesn’t mean that your foot size has not changed? As we age the body’s ligaments and tendons lose their strength and ability to spring back, which means that our arches decrease, which flattens and lengthens the foot and toes. This often results in an increase in shoe size by a half-size or more.
Since most specialized shoe stores are closed now, I came up with a free system that helps women determine their exact foot size and shape from home:
Now that you know your exact foot shape, let’s take a look at a list of the best high top sneakers for ankle support. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
Best High Top Sneakers for Ankle Support
The high top sneakers below can fit women with medium or wide feet. If you have wide feet please choose the wide width option.
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
To prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or side part of the shoes, I highly recommend that you order the shoes a whole size larger than the size that your feet measure. This translates to 3/8 of an inch or 0.8 centimeters of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoes.
Keep in consideration that shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for yourself.
You always want to wear a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
However, if you measure a foot size 7 and the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to choose the shoe size 8 in order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes (a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer). On the other hand, if the shoes fit “long” then you will need to pick the same shoe size instead of going a half a size longer (since the shoes already fit long).
Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?
Do not hesitate to contact me if you are looking for a different type of shoe to help treat your weak ankles:
There are exercises you can do to help strengthen your ankles, so I strongly suggest that you speak with your physical therapist about starting an exercise routine.