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The Best Running Shoes for Ankle Support

author image Vanessa Newman
Based in Colorado Springs, Vanessa Newman writes for "Women's Edition" magazine and has been published in "Rocky Mountain Sports," "IDEA" magazine and "The Teaching Professor." She has been writing professionally for over 10 years and holds a master's degree in sports medicine. She has written online courses for companies such as Anheuser-Busch and Chevron, but prefers creative writing.

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The Best Running Shoes for Ankle Support
Finding the right support and stability is important in a running shoe. Photo Credit: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Picking the correct running shoe is important if you want the proper support and stability for your feet and ankles. The good news is that most manufacturers these days make shoes for all kinds of needs, including some that provide extra support or stability.

"Shoes provide all kinds of cushioning and support," said Anthony Wall, director of professional education for the American Council on Exercise. "If you have the wrong shoe and an unnatural gait, it could affect your ankle."

The goal, Wall said, is to find a shoe that supports your natural gait.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 9
Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 provides support and flexibility Photo Credit: Hemera Technologies/ Images

Mizuno Wave Inspire 9

If you're looking for support and flexibility, consider the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9, which not only is lightweight but also provides a glove-like fit. It's made with internal foot overlays that hold the toe and a heel that helps you land smoothly. It's about 10.1 oz and goes for about $115.

Asics GT 3000
Asics GT 3000 for extra support Photo Credit: Hemera Technologies/ Images

Asics GT 3000

With its Impact Guidance System, the Asics GT 3000 is worth a look when you also want extra support. It has an Exoskeletel heel that provides that support and a support system that enhances stability and support. A layer of foam is intended to stabilize the foot. It costs about $130.

Brooks Beast '12
Brooks Beast '12 for sturdy support Photo Credit: Hemera Technologies/ Images

Brooks Beast '12

Look at the Brooks Beast ’12 for a sturdy and supportive shoe. It not only has flexibility but also full-length cushioning. It's great for motion control and runs about $140.

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