Tennis shoes generally have a low top so they remain light and don’t rub against your ankle. Basketball shoes come in high-top, mid-top and low-top versions. Most basketball players, 70 percent according to Dick’s Sporting Goods, wear high-tops because they provide maximum ankle support.
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Basketball shoes lack the structural elements that tennis shoes have to resist the friction of a tennis court, particularly at the front of the shoe. Tennis shoes are lightweight and less bulky than basketball shoes, allowing for faster motions on the court but lacking the support required for vertical basketball movements.
Basketball shoes should provide ankle support. The best basketball shoes will have higher heels. Because they offer better support for the ankle when you jump, make lateral moves and perform quick stops and starts, Tennis shoes don’t provide the best ankle support because they have primarily focused on protecting your heels and toes while moving around the court.
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