Whether you are walking or running, if you ever get sore ankles after your exercise you may need a trainer which provides additional ankle support.
Whenever you are looking for trainers providing ankle support, consider a shoe with a higher profile up your ankle. A good tip is to look for trainers which are described as being ‘stability’ shoes as these tend to tackle the problem of overpronation – one of the most common causes of ankle pain during or after running.
In this post we take a look at the best trainers for ankle support and divide them into four sections based on gender and whether you want to use the trainers mostly for running or mostly for walking.
Best running trainers for ankle support –
Premium – Asics Gel-Kayano 28 AWL and Asics Gel Kayano 28
At the top end of the budget spectrum are these highly developed women’s running shoes. The AWL version is an ‘all winger long’ trainer and comes in at a pricey £165, but the Gel-Kayano 28 (without the AWL) is a great shoe for around £155 if you don’t need the water resistant feature of the AWL.
These running trainers are specially designed to help counteract overpronation and therefore to reduce ankle pain when running. They are particularly great for people with low arches or flat feet. The upper of the trainer provides cradling support around the ankle, and then the patterning of cushioning in the midsole provides a smooth and supporting feel. The sole of the shoe then provides a specially formulated guideline for your foot to naturally take, which reduces movement through the ankle and provides stability while running.
If you can afford it, the Gel Kayano range is the way to go for a woman’s running shoe if you suffer with discomfort in your ankles when jogging and running.
Upper range – Saucony Hurricane 23
Saucony specialise in running kit and are a favourite amongst long-distance runners. The Hurricane 23 provides a supportive guidance frame and pairs this with a secure upper to guide each step. The high-level cushioning brings softness and bounce to your running to make these a really enjoyable shoe to wear.
This trainer provides enough bounce and cushioning to give comfort but avoids allowing the foot to move on the cushioning, thereby reducing the likelihood of ankle pain. They are also a great looking running shoe, so you aren’t giving up on style in order to gain comfort.
Mid range – Brooks Addiction GTS 15
A great option for a maximum support shoe, the Brooks Addiction GTS 15 is the latest in a long line of Brooks running shoes which have been tailored to give extra support for runners with ankle issues. This particular version offers maximum support and has an increased ankle profile and ‘guiderails’ technology to keep movement to keep ankle roll to a minimum through the stride. This in turn helps to keep the feet, knees and hips in line to reduce injury and stress on the joints. The outsole is also firmer, again to minimise movement.
One of the best things about this running shoe is that it is available in a variety of widths so it is particularly suitable for women with wider feet who may struggle to find running shoes elsewhere. At £110 these shoes fall within the mid range price point for specialist running shoes.
Affordable alternative – NewBalance FuelCell Prism
For an affordable stability running shoe, try NewBalance’s FuelCell Prism. Available in some funky colours, these trainers offer a lightweight fit whilst still providing ankle support. The structured upper helps to reduce foot movement during running, again reducing ankle discomfort. The added support under the arch helps deal with issues created by flat feet. However, they do not provide as much support as the full stability shoes listed above, so they are better kept for shorter runs and gym work.
Best walking trainers for ankle support
Premium – Brooks Addiction Walker V-Strap 2
At £110 these walking shoes are not cheap, but if you can afford it they are worth it for reducing your ankle discomfort when walking. With a Velcro fastening, the Brooks Addiction Walker V-Strap 2 provides an easy-on but secure grip. They feature an ‘Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar’ which basically stops your ankle from rolling to the sides and keeps your foot in line through your stride. These trainers also provide targeted arch support which gives relief to those with flat feet. This is coupled with high level cushioning to reduce impact on your joints and provide all day comfort.
The Brooks Addiction Walker V-Strap 2 is available in several width options so you are bound to find your perfect fit.
Mid-range – Sketchers GOwalk Stability
Sketchers are a great brand for walking shoes generally, and their GOwalk Stability shoes provide extra support for walkers who experience ankle pain during or after walking. The shoes have wonderful cushioning compared to ‘normal’ shoes you might use for walking, and the ankle support helps prevent overpronation of the ankle. The fit is slightly roomier as well, to allow for extra comfort.