6 Best Under Armour Basketball Shoes For Men, 40+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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6 Best Under Armour Basketball Shoes For Men, 40+ Shoes Tested in 2022

With Stephen Curry (UA’s main endorser) winning his 4th NBA Title and the 2022 NBA Finals MPV, the demands for more Under Armour basketball shoes are also growing higher. Yes, there’s a huge correlation between Curry’s enormous success and the brand’s skyrocketing sales.

It was a marriage made in heaven, of course. With Under Armour’s innovative technology and Curry’s generational talent, the potent combination of the two gives the other top rivals – Nike and Adidas – a good run for their money.

For quick reference when looking for a perfect fit, we’ve rounded up 40 of the best Under Armour basketball shoes for men. After testing all the models, we feature our top highlights for different categories depending on overall value, style and budget.

How we test basketball shoes

To determine the top Under Armour models requires strict objectivity. We have to adhere to a stringent protocol to achieve a bias-free and 100% transparency. That means performing rigorous testing in our independent shoe lab and doing on-court performance tests. Here’s exactly our approach:

  • We personally purchase all the men’s Under Armour basketball shoes using our own funds. This ensures the validity and objectivity requirement in all of our reviews.
  • We bring all the AU shoes to the RunRepeat shoe testing lab where we cut them into pieces. We then examine and measure 30+ parameters of each model such as the energy return, cushioning technology, durability, ankle support, and traction, among many others.
  • We do real-world wear tests on the hardcourt and the hardwood to personally experience their actual performance, comfort, and fit moving and running around the court.
  • We also consider what other basketball shoe experts and regular ballers are saying about a particular Under Armour shoe.

For the verdict, we go to CoreScore to calculate all the gathered data. A final score or overall rating ranging from 0-100 is given on each Under Armour model, in which we highlight the highest-rated ones.

Best men's Under Armour basketball shoes overall

Under Armour Spawn 3
Under Armour Spawn 3
£46
£109

CoreScore

87
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 177 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

The Under Armour Spawn 3 is a well-received shoe, and players don't have qualms recommending it to others. Yes, there are issues here and there, but they surely are not that significant to be dealbreakers.
Under Armour Spawn 3 full review

Best Under Armour low top basketball shoes for men

Under Armour Curry 4 Low
Under Armour Curry 4 Low
£46

CoreScore

85
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 87 users
83 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Phenomenal traction on all courts
  • Stable cushioning setup
  • Enhanced court feel and mobility
  • Good impact protection
  • Soft, more flexible material
  • More supportive
  • Lovely minimalist aesthetic

Cons

  • Uncomfortably tight lockdown
  • Requires longer break-in period
  • Quick dust pickup
  • Not for outdoor play

Verdict

Just like the high-top model, the Under Armour Curry 4 Low is a great on-court performer. The cushioning and traction is the same as the high-top version, albeit its updated upper makes it more comfortable. With its minimalist design, low-to-the-ground cushioning, and glove-like feel, these low-top basketball sneakers are ideal for players who want to feel light and fast on the court.
Under Armour Curry 4 Low full review

Best Under Armour outdoor basketball shoes for men

Under Armour Lockdown 5
Under Armour Lockdown 5

CoreScore

83
Good!
4.5 / 5 from 14,854 users
N/A

Pros

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

Cons

  • Narrow
  • Minimal cushion

Verdict

The Under Armour Lockdown 5 is proof that good performance does not really have to cost a fortune. It performs at the same level or slightly better than its more expensive counterparts. This basketball shoe is also so well-rounded people are using it for activities even more rigorous than basketball. If this is not a testament to how well-made it is, we don't know what is.
Under Armour Lockdown 5 full review

Best Under Armour mid top basketball shoes for men

Under Armour Curry 3ZER0
Under Armour Curry 3ZER0
£110

CoreScore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 605 users
84 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • Solid traction on clean courts
  • Balanced, smooth cushioning
  • Excellent ankle support
  • Stylish and with cool colors
  • Breaks in nicely
  • Great for outdoor conditions

Cons

  • Needs wiping on dusty courts
  • Disappointing overall fit
  • Too short laces

Verdict

The Curry 3ZER0 is marketed as a team shoe, similar to LeBron’s Soldier line. Under Armour trimmed down the Curry 3 and the result is a surprisingly solid on-court performer. Its cushioning has been modified to provide a better balance between protection and responsiveness while its adjustable collar delivers better lockdown and support. The pair provides a better all-around experience that different types of players enjoy.
Under Armour Curry 3ZER0 full review

Best value Under Armour basketball shoes for men

Under Armour Jet 2019
Under Armour Jet 2019

CoreScore

85
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 6,442 users
N/A

Pros

  • Excellent court feel
  • Killer traction
  • Fast and responsive
  • Durable
  • Sufficient support and lockdown
  • Stylish

Cons

  • No impact protection
  • Minimal user reviews

Verdict

The Under Armour Jet 2019 is a basketball shoe with plenty of court feel and responsiveness. However, big players and older hoopers who require more cushioning may want to think twice before copping a pair. Or it may be a good idea to try these on first to see if it has enough cushioning for your liking. Overall, these Under Armour basketball shoes offer good value for the money.
Under Armour Jet 2019 full review
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.