Why are basketball sneakers generally heavier than other type of athletic sneakers?

Question by Beer Farts: Why are basketball sneakers generally heavier than other type of athletic sneakers?
Since basketball sneakers are generally heavier than other type of athletic sneakers, is it ok to wear lighter feeling sneakers (running, cross training, etc) to play basketball? What are the risks of doing so? Thanks!

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Answer by DeFiNE™
They are generally heavier because most of them support your ankles so you don’t get injured if you jump at a weird angle or something like that.

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  • December 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm
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    Basketball players do a lot more jumping, stopping, and turning then players in most other sports. Also, basketball players tend to be a lot taller, with longer legs that put additional physical stress on their feet. Basketball shoes have extra support for the heel, arch, and ankle, so they weigh more.

    If you wear lighter shoes with less support, you may be adding to your risk of injury. That really depends on your physical makeup.

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