You don't have to skip your favorite aerobics class simply due to weak ankles. Whether you take Zumba, step class, kickboxing or other cardio classes, you can find athletic shoes that offer more and stability features. These classes typically require a lot of side-to-side moves and quick stops and starts, which require different technical features than a typical running shoe which encourages mostly forward motion. Look for shoes that provide increased stability and motion control -- to avoid rolling your ankle -- but that don’t have such high tops they hinder your workout.
Cross trainers are an easy place to start when looking for aerobics shoes that will help improve stability. Puma’s Pumagility was reviewed highly by Fit-Bottomed Girls for gym shoes and classes. a shoe that has just the right mix of agility and stability. The pyramid grooves compress on impact and widen for more ankle stability, but without sacrificing for flexibility and lightness.
Asics Gel-260 TR
You’ll find extra ankle padding in the Gel-260, along with a grippy sole. Shape magazine called this one of the best shoes for the gym because it was supportive even during the quick Zumba moves.
The cradle technology of the 2052 centers and stabilizes the heel in order to reduce twisting on ankles, while a concave sole softens impact. The shoes earned top billing at Fitness magazine for stability, as well as a recommendation by the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Men with weak ankles may have difficulty finding aerobics shoes as not many exist. A solution is to look for basketball sneakers, which allow for the same type of start-and-stop movement required by aerobics classes. Sneaker Report rates the Ektio Breakaway highly for extra ankle support, with features like anti-rollover bumpers and a higher lace-up top.
Pearl Izumi SyncroInfinity
Voted a top stability shoe by Fitness magazine, these shoes have an outsole that provides premium traction.
Adidas Crazy Light 2.0
Another option for guys, the Crazy Light 2.0 doesn’t rest too highly on the ankle, but still provides stability. Sneaker Report says its construction locks down ankles, and also has a non-marking sole, so you won’t scuff up the aerobics room.