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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Corescore is a score from 0-100 that summarizes opinions from users and
experts. Below shows the distribution of scores for all basketball shoes.
This shoe has a 8% penalty on its user ratings because it has fewer than 50 ratings. It
also has a 8% penalty on its expert reviews because it has fewer than 5 reviews. This is
to avoid that shoes with few ratings unjustly receives high scores.
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.
The Under Armour SC 3Zer0 3 is a budget-friendly basketball sneaker that delivers exceptional performance on the court. Users feel quick on their feet thanks to the grippy herringbone traction and responsive Micro G cushion. The synthetic leather upper also supports their every movement without weighing them down. Simply put, the SC 3Zer0 III is one of the best basketball sneakers that you can grab for under a hundred bucks.
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.
The Under Armour Spawn 2 sounds like a work in progress. It definitely delivers in some areas (e.g. comfort and traction), but it also leaves much to be desired in others (e.g. support and durability). Because this basketball shoe collection is still in its infancy, we can still expect improvements in the Spawn line's future releases.
Grippy: The Lockdown 5 has a really good bite on the hard court, especially if it is clean.
Comfortable: The Under Armour Lockdown 5 is so comfortable it can be used every day at work or at school.
Durable: This shoe is so well-made and sturdy that it can withstand even more rigorous activities such as running and even hiking.
Supportive: Players point out that this shoe offers great lockdown, especially around the ankle.
Good for outdoors: Given its durability, it's safe to assume that players can wear this UA model for outdoor games.
Versatile: This Under Armour basketball shoe can be used for other sports such as tennis and gym training.
Narrow: Players are complaining that this basketball shoe is not as wide as they had expected.
Minimal cushion: While comfortable, this shoe does not offer much impact protection. This isn't for heavier players and those who jump a lot.
Potential buyers shouldn't be fooled into thinking that cheap shoes entail subpar performance. This definitely is not the case with the Under Armour Lockdown 5. This basketball shoe is 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 has another solid performer with the HOVR Havoc 2. Except for the somewhat inconsistent traction, owners just love everything about these basketball shoes. The molded textile upper hugs the foot, keeping it secure and contained. The HOVR technology delivers a well-balanced ride on the court. The outsole is also quite durable and can withstand a beating outdoors. Overall, the UA HOVR Havoc 2 is a great all-around basketball shoe that has something good to offer to guards, centers, and anyone in between.
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.
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.