I purchased these McDavid ankle braces because I wanted black ankle supports in a pull-on elastic style. I am comparing to the similar Ace white supports. These are very soft -- too soft for me. They also go higher up on my legs. It depends on what you're looking for, but these are much closer to a very light compression sock than an actual ankle support. They did not meet my needs, and I thus have gone back to the white Ace ones, which feel a lot more stable. Unless you are only looking for a bit of compression, I cannot recommend these but YMMV depending on what you need.