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10 Best High Top Shoes for Boys for Ankle Stability and Strength

Growing Strong: Unveiling the best high top shoes to boost your little boy's ankle strength and overall foot health.

Bhashwati Deb Barma - Writer for First Walkers
By Bhashwati Deb Barma
Davor Štefanović - Editor for First Walkers
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated February 14, 2024.

Children's feet in high-top shoes in a pile of autumn fallen orange leaves

Good footwear can make a world of difference in a child's movement and physical development. High-top shoes, with their extra support around the ankle joint, are a great choice to ensure your little boy moves with confidence and style. Let's explore some of the best options out there for your toddler!



Top 10 Best Boys' High Top Shoes for Ankle Support



Advantages of High-Top Shoes for Your Little Boy

Investing in high-top shoes for your little boy goes beyond style; it's a strategic choice that caters to his overall well-being. These shoes offer key advantages, especially in enhancing ankle stability and strength.

Unmatched Ankle Support

High-top designs prioritize robust ankle support, a crucial factor for active boys engaging in various physical activities. This heightened support significantly minimizes the risk of ankle injuries, fostering a stable foundation for their movements and healthy foot development.

Tailored Stability for Dynamic Activities

Going beyond mere fashion, high-top shoes incorporate a supportive cushion that reduces injury risks by mitigating excessive foot motion. With diverse materials, styles, and additional features like shock-absorbing soles and arch support, these shoes become the perfect companions for your toddler's dynamic and active lifestyle.

Choose high-top shoes as a parent, ensuring your little boy experiences the functional benefits that contribute to enhanced ankle stability and strength.

Best high-top sneakers for ankle support

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First Walkers Nuru Mercury Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Nuru Mercury Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Nuru Mercury Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Nuru Mercury Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
BLACK SAVANNAH supportive high-cut sneakers

Nuru Mercury Sneakers

Orthotics friendly high-top sneakers

Material

Leather


Type

High-top sneakers


Price

$186

Features

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Brief overview

We designed this model to create greater comfort when your little one uses orthotics. It is so much easier to put shoes on with two-sided zippers. Unzip them both, and voila - the little foot is in!

Why we chose Nuru Mercury sneakers

The Nuru Mercury Sneakers blend style and function with their two-sided zipper and shoelaces. This model supports orthotics, allowing you to remove the insole whenever you choose. With high-quality leather and shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles, these shoes offer comprehensive ankle support.

Best boys' winter high-tops for ankle support

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First Walkers Taylor Warms Fur High-Top Boots
First Walkers Taylor Warms Fur High-Top Boots
First Walkers Taylor Warms Fur High-Top Boots
First Walkers Taylor Warms Fur High-Top Boots
First Walkers Taylor Warms Fur High-Top Boots

Taylor Warms Fur High-Top Boots

Snuggly winter warmers

Material

Leather + High density sheepskin


Type

Autumn/Winter boots


Price

$156

  • Two adjustable Velcro straps
  • Extended ankle support
  • High built-in arch support
  • Autumn/Winter sole
  • Removable insoles
  • Thomas heel

Winter boots Taylor Warms are created for fun and outdoor adventures. Bright accents create a lasting impression on kids and adults. Leather boots with sheepskin inside have a sturdy outsole, so little feet will be kept dry & warm while enjoying the outside play.

When the temperature drops, your boy needs footwear that keeps him warm while ensuring stability. Enter the Taylor Warms Boots! These high-ankle shoes, made from high-density sheepskin, offer extended ankle support, a sturdy outsole, and adjustable Velcro straps for the perfect winter adventure footwear.

Best black high-tops for ankle support

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First Walkers Ezra Batman Sneakers
First Walkers Ezra Batman Sneakers
First Walkers Ezra Batman Sneakers
First Walkers Ezra Batman Sneakers

Ezra Batman Sneakers

Orthotics friendly high-top sneakers

Material

Leather


Type

High-top sneakers


Price

$186

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

We designed this high-top shoe for boys with ankle stability and strength in mind. This sturdy model also creates greater comfort when your little one uses orthotics. It is so much easier to put shoes on with two-sided zippers. Unzip them both, and voila - the little foot is in!

If you're after high-top black shoes, Ezra Batman Sneakers won't disappoint. This model is comfortable with orthotics and boasts high built-in arch support for superior ankle stability. Plus, it has a cool two-sided zipper and shoelaces to boot!

Best velcro high-tops for ankle support

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First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots
First Walkers Dacota Trinket Extra High-Top Orthopaedic Boots

Dacota Trinket Boots

Extra high-top orthopaedic boots

Material

Leather


Type

Extra high-top boots


Price

$172

  • Three adjustable Velcro straps
  • Extended ankle support
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support
  • Air valves for moisture reduction
  • Thomas heel

One of our tallest models with extra high ankle support secured with three Velcro straps. The heel cup is very firm to help stabilising the feet in the correct positions. If required, you can easily remove the insole to use the shoes with orthotics. Classic orthopedic outsole with Thomas heel will decrease pressure on the joints and the backbone of the little walker.

The Dacota Trinket Boots stand out for their extra high ankle support bolstered by three adjustable Velcro straps. The insoles are removable for orthotic use, and the high-quality leather, Thomas heel, and air valves contribute to a comfortable and well-ventilated fit.

Best boys’ athletic high-top shoes for ankle support

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First Walkers Max Coolers
First Walkers Max Coolers
First Walkers Max Coolers
First Walkers Max Coolers
First Walkers Max Coolers

Max Coolers Sneakers

Style meets function

Material

Leather + Nubuck leather


Type

High-top sneakers


Price

$172

  • Three adjustable Velcro straps
  • Extended ankle support
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Anti-scratch/scuffs toe cap protector
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Max Coolers offers supportive high-cut sneakers designed for both style and comfort. These high-top sneakers feature three adjustable Velcro straps for easy closure and a secure fit, making them ideal for boys on the go. With a high built-in arch support, these sneakers blend functionality and fashion.

For the little athlete in your life, the Max Coolers Sneakers are perfect. With double ankle support reinforced by three adjustable Velcro straps and a toe protector, these shoes guarantee optimal comfort for active kids. They're made from high-quality Nubuck leather, ensuring durability.

Best boys’ extra high-top boots for ankle support

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A black kids' boot with laces
A black kids' boot with laces on a white background
a close up of a pair of black boots
a pair of black boots on a white background
Raven Noir - First Walkers

Raven Noir Boots

Extra high-top chic black boots

Material

Leather


Type

Extra high-top boots


Price

$172

  • Shoelaces + Zipper
  • Extended ankle support
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • Removable insole
  • High built-in arch support
  • Air valves for moisture reduction
  • Thomas heel

Discover the pinnacle of support and style with Raven Noir's extra high-top orthopedic boots. Crafted from premium leather, these boots blend form and function perfectly. Featuring shoelaces and a zipper for convenience and a snug yet comfortable fit, these boots redefine orthopedic footwear.

Look no further than the Raven Noir Boots for the ultimate ankle stability. Their extra high-ankle design, quality leather, and high built-in arch support ensure maximum comfort and stability. Plus, the removable insole makes orthotic use a breeze.

Best boys’ blue high-top shoes for ankle support

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a child's blue boot with two straps
A child's blue boot with two straps
a child's blue boot with a brown sole
A child's blue boot on a white background
A rear view of a blue child's boot

Miles Lagoon Boots

Unparalleled comfort and support

Material

Leather


Type

Boots


Price

$172

  • Two adjustable Velcro straps
  • Extended ankle support
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support
  • Air valves for moisture reduction
  • Thomas heel

Mils Lagoon offers style and orthopedic support in these high-top boots. Crafted from premium leather, these boots prioritize your boy's comfort with features like two adjustable Velcro straps for a personalized fit, extended ankle support for stability, and a removable insole with anti-bacterial properties for freshness, enhancing your baba's overall foot health.

The Miles Lagoon boots, with their extended ankle support, high-quality leather, and adjustable Velcro straps, offer a perfect blend of fashion and functionality. Ideal for any little boy who loves a pop of color!

Best boys’ trendy high-top shoes for ankle support

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A child's boot with red spikes on the back
A child's black boot with red spikes on the back
A child's boot with red spikes on the back
A child's boot with red spikes on the back
A child's boot with red spikes on the back - bottom view

Spiky Rex Boots

Navy high-top boots for dino lovers

Material

Leather


Type

High-top boots


Price

$172

  • Shoelaces + Velcro closure
  • Extended ankle support
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-scratch/scuffs toe cap protector
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support
  • Air valves for moisture reduction
  • Thomas heel

Spiky Rex boots suit both small and grown-up kids. Classic rounded toes in black leather with anti-scratch/scuffs toe cap protectors, red laces, and decorative elements at the back of a shoe make Spiky Rex stand out amongst others.

A combination of laces and velcro closure allows kids to put on the boots effortlessly without your assistance. Spiky Rex guarantees that your youngling is the coolest kid on the block.

For the fashion-forward toddler, the Spiky Rex Boots are an unbeatable choice. With its unisex design, this model sports classic black leather, red laces, and an air valve for foot freshness. Plus, your little one can independently put them on, thanks to the shoelaces and Velcro straps.

Best boys’ shock-absorbing high-top shoes for ankle support

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A blue and orange kids' shoe
A blue and brown child's shoe with three straps
A child's blue and orange high top sneaker
A top-down view of a child's blue and orange shoe
a brown and blue shoe on a white background

Skyler Brave Sneakers

Lets him bounce with ease

Material

Leather + Nubuck leather


Type

High-top sneakers


Price

$172

  • Three adjustable Velcro straps
  • Extended ankle support
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

Elevate your stride with Skyler Brave's supportive high-cut sneakers. These sneakers are a fusion of style and orthopedic features designed for your little tyke's utmost comfort. Let your boy walk confidently as you rest assured that every step is towards support and style.

Skyler Brave Sneakers offer high-top comfort coupled with shock-absorbing capacity for adventurous boys. High arch support offers good ankle stability, and the insoles are removable for orthotic adjustment. Customer reviews tout their comfort and durability.

Best boys’ patterned high-top shoes for ankle support

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First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers
First Walkers Gabi Vulpini Orthotics Friendly High-Top Sneakers

Gabi Vulpini Sneakers

Foxy orthotics friendly high-top sneakers

Material

Leather


Type

High-top sneakers


Price

$186

  • Two Zippers + Shoelaces
  • Extended ankle support
  • Dense heel counter
  • Fit with the orthoses (AFOs/SMOs)
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-bacterial insoles
  • Shock-absorbent thermoplastic outsoles
  • High built-in arch support

First Walkers designed this model to create greater comfort when your little one uses orthotics. It is so much easier to put shoes on with two-sided zippers. Unzip them both, and voila - the little foot is in!

Gabi Vulpini Sneakers, with their attractive high-top design, two-sided zipper, shoelaces, and removable insoles, are a perfect blend of style and convenience. Ideal for those seeking a combination of aesthetics and support.



Confident Young Strides

High-top shoes significantly contribute to enhancing ankle stability and strength. While further studies are required to establish definitively the effects of high-top shoes, the benefits are clear. So, equip your toddler with stylish high-tops, and watch them confidently conquer their day!



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