Why do basketball players wear basketball shoes, and no normal running shoes?

The “going through your ankle” is, in addition to knee problems, one of the most (30%) Common basketball accidents and good footwear can prevent a lot of misery.Otherwise, the number might already be much higher, starting from the fact that most of those players had basketball shoes, but there are no figures left.

The main difference between the two shoes is in the soles.
Running shoes have a specific sole to absorb the shock (on the heel) and then roll it down and turn it off.The shoe is constructed in such a way that it provides the least strain on your joints (depending on your pronation type (say how crooked your feet stand and unroll) during the walking motion, which usually goes from front to back. (Field runners tax the foot in other ways as well)

Basketball shoes have a totally different sole.
You have to be able to run it.A lot of basketball moves are turning around your shaft. If your shoe is too tight on the floor, twist everything in your knee and ankle joints. But there must also be a lot of transverse grip. Transverse forces on the ankle are up to 1 1/2 times your body weight quite normal.
That’s also one of the problems with running shoes, which are on the side too soft, giving you less grip, but especially less stability.

In addition, you’ll also come down on your forefoot , and not on your heels.So there must be more cushioning than running shoes.

Finally the top.In running shoes It is made so that you can roll off and you can only move freely.

In basketball, you want to protect the ankle from being weird on the ground.Because this happens is evident. You rarely land completely in balance, but you can not think about it, there are other things, you land on 1 square meter, between 2 or 3 other players, and you are working with a ball (or your opponent). The shoe is made so that the foot is always neatly in balance under your ankle , before you land and then provide some support for landing whatever direction you are moving.

Now you can choose between high or low shaft shoes.
The difference is tricky to measure and has much more to do with your preference as a player.I have known smaller players who prefer to play on low shoes (more freedom of movement), but also long centers.

It doesn’t seem to matter very much, other things are more important (condition).An investigation reveals that this does not really matter much.

I myself (1.97) played on high shoes for years and then went through my ankle regularly, on my 24 I started playing on low shoes and almost never bothered.That had nothing to do with the shoes I think, I was just more trained and I had mostly gotten stronger ankles.

But… If you come down on someone else’s foot, there is little that a shoe or brace or tape can prevent.Your own flexibility is worth a lot more.


  1. Basketball is a heavy sport for ankles and knees
  2. Good shoes can focus the foot, but above all give balance when coming down.
  3. Shock absorbing shoes prevents a lot of misery on shins and knees (jumpers knee)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc… An investigation into the effect of high and low basketball shoes.

Lower Extremity kinematics and Ground Reaction forces After Prophylactic Lace-Up Ankle Bracing gives more background information on what powers are playing, but also how ankle braces can support it.

https://www.researchgate.net/pub… Also a research on forces with and without braces and taping

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