7 Best Under Armour Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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7 Best Under Armour Basketball Shoes in 2022

For many years, Under Armour has been a household name when it comes to sports apparel. They produce merchandise of different kinds, including basketball shoes.

UA Basketball enjoys success even with the presence of rival Nike and Adidas, and this is largely because of the brand's successful run of Stephen Curry's signature basketball shoes. In fact, Curry shoes have been so successful that the Curry brand has been given an autonomous reign, pretty much like what Nike did with the Jordan name. 

Besides the Curries, UA is also a powerhouse with several other basketball shoe releases. We take a look at the best ones that UA has produced in this article.

How we test basketball shoes

Determing the best basketball shoes from Under Armour is a task that requires strict objectivity. To remain bias-free, we observe the following:

  • Say no to sponsorships from Under Armour (and any other brand for that matter); all shoes are bought using our own funds
  • Test the UA basketball shoes in actual basketball games, and on different surfaces if possible
  • Write reviews that are solely based on what we experienced; flattery not allowed. Of course, we praise when it's well-deserved
  • Come up with Corescores based on the individual ratings given by users and experts from in and out of RunRepeat

Best Under Armour basketball shoes overall

Under Armour Curry 8
Under Armour Curry 8

Corescore

81
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 39 users
89 / 100 from 13 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Great traction for indoor court
  • Low to the ground cushioning
  • Nice fit
  • Stable cushioning
  • Weighs lighter
  • Breathable

Cons

  • A bit tight
  • Not for outdoor play
  • Too elastic upper
  • Break-in period

Verdict

In all, the Under Armour Curry 8 is a fantastic performer for me, lifted by its elite traction and overall well-roundedness. The only weakness of the shoe was its poor outdoor durability, so make sure to scoop these up for indoor play to get a healthy lifespan out of them. Stephen Curry’s 8th shoe is easily in contention for one of the best in his line - here’s to hoping the future of the line will continue trending in this direction!
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Best stephen curry Under Armour basketball shoes

Under Armour Curry 3Z5
Under Armour Curry 3Z5

Corescore

80
Good!
4.6 / 5 from 5 users
84 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Grips clean courts quite well
  • Balanced cushioning
  • Dependable lateral support
  • Nice materials
  • True-to-size fit
  • Great for indoor courts
  • Insanely lightweight
  • Reliable traction
  • Excellent stability

Cons

  • Dust-prone sole
  • Not for outdoors
  • Faulty collar

Verdict

The Under Armour Curry 3Z5 is a takedown model and it's more affordable. Luckily, this price drop did not put the design and materials of this shoe in jeopardy. Players, especially guards, will truly regard this shoe as a true bang for their buck. Big men can still try this out, but shoes like the UA Embiid One might be better suited for them.
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Best low top Under Armour basketball shoes

Under Armour HOVR Havoc 3
Under Armour HOVR Havoc 3

Corescore

83
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 1,857 users
81 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Overall performance
  • Fit
  • Stylish
  • Comfort
  • Traction
  • Base support

Cons

  • Not recommended for outdoor
  • Not enough cushioning

Verdict

The third HOVR Havoc from Under Armour seems like a shoe for quick guards. It provides a lot of a court feel and is quite grippy on indoor courts. It is also quite supportive. Bigger players who need impact protection may want to try other models.
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Best Under Armour ankle support basketball shoes

Under Armour Lockdown 5
Under Armour Lockdown 5

Corescore

83
Good!
4.5 / 5 from 14,243 users
N/A

Pros

  • Fantastic traction
  • All-day comfort
  • Sturdy materials
  • Supportive structure
  • Good for outdoor use
  • Functional versatility

Cons

  • Narrow
  • Minimal cushion

Verdict

Joel Embiid's signature line with Under Armour is off to a good start with the Embiid One. It is obviously built for a big man, but the shoe is still flexible enough to catch the interest and patronage of lighter players who function as guards and wingmen. It has quite an effective grip on the court and offers a lot of support. The midsole also delivers a nice balance of bounce and compression.
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Best mid top Under Armour basketball shoes

Under Armour Embiid One
Under Armour Embiid One

Corescore

82
Good!
4.5 / 5 from 29 users
85 / 100 from 14 experts

Pros

  • Satisfactory grip
  • Sufficient energy return
  • Offers impact protection
  • Supportive structure
  • Breathable upper materials
  • Lightweight
  • Suits wide-footers
  • Sleek appearance
  • Doubles as a lifestyle sneaker

Cons

  • Cheap-feeling materials
  • Needs break in time
  • Not for outdoors

Verdict

Joel Embiid's signature line from Under Armour is off to a good start with the Embiid One. It is obviously built for a big man, but the shoe is still flexible enough to catch the interest and patronage of lighter players who function as guards and wingmen. There are notable issues, but they are ones that are quite easy to remedy.
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Best value Under Armour basketball shoes

Under Armour Spawn 3
Under Armour Spawn 3

Corescore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 168 users
90 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Great traction: Basketball athletes are so thrilled with the Spawn 3's traction. They say it's "freaking phenomenal"
  • Balanced midsole: Reports say that Under Armour's Micro-G tooling provides an amazing blend of comfort, impact protection, and court feel.
  • Nice fit: Ballers say that the shoe "did a really good job of hugging [their] foot."
  • OK for outdoors: A player suggests that the outsole of this Under Armour shoe is sturdy enough for outdoor use.
  • Lightness: At only around 11.2 oz (318 g), the Under Armour Spawn 3 is definitely among the lightest low-tops.

Cons

  • Cheap-feeling materials: Though this isn't such a big deal performance-wise, players still point out that the materials aren't the most premium.
  • Lateral instability: One player points out that his side-to-side movements felt a bit unstable because of the curve in the heel.

Verdict

Under Armour truly makes itself felt in the basketball shoe market through the quality of its products, which of course include the Flow FUTR X. This basketball shoe delivered on aspects that matter, especially to guards like UA's Stephen Curry. It can be said that this shoe has no real performance issue, so betting on this with your hard-earned cash won't be such a bad move.
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What are the cheapest Under Armour basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Under Armour Spawn 3 - from $50
  2. Under Armour Jet '21 - from $55
  3. Under Armour Curry 3Z5 - from $59
  4. Under Armour Embiid One - from $65
  5. Under Armour Flow FUTR X - from $120

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Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.