Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Like the UA HOVR Havoc’s traction, the majority of testers love the full-length herringbone, saying that the pattern is spaced widely enough to prevent dust and debris from getting stuck.
  • Due to the thick grooves on the outsole, the Drive 4 Premium is safe to use on outdoor courts, say most of the reviewers.
  • Many users share that the traction works regardless of court conditions and is very fitting for quick movements and sharp cuts.
  • These Under Armour basketball shoes are wide-foot friendly.
  • Two users remark that they like the toe wrap since it improves their forefoot’s flexibility and the shoe’s overall fit.
  • A couple of wearers comment that the cushioning setup of the UA Drive 4 Premium can accommodate many types of players as it provides a balance of responsiveness and impact protection.
  • A few reviewers say that they rarely need to wipe their outsole, except on special conditions like a very, very dusty court.
  • Just like the Puma Clyde Court Disrupt, at least one player shares that the high-top collar of the Drive 4 Premium makes his foot feel secure.
  • Most of the buyers love the premium materials on the upper because they make the shoe look great and impressive.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Many users wish that the Micro G in the UA Drive 4 Premium’s midsole is full-length instead of just being contained at the heel.
  • A lot of users complain that the large TPU heel cup digs into their ankles especially during side-to-side movements. A few testers report having blisters.
  • The premium materials used on the shoe’s upper are a bit stiff when new, a couple of reviewers say. They add that the shoe needs some time to break in.
  • Because of the high-top collar, a few wearers mention that it can be difficult to put the foot in.

Bottom line

The original Drive 4 already performs great, and it has its traction as the highlight. The Premium version is no different, but it ups the ante with its aesthetics, effectively enhancing the shoe’s off-court appeal and effectively widening its market.

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Good to know

The Drive 4 Premium uses the same technologies as the original version’s midsole and outsole  such as the sticky herringbone pattern and the Micro G and EVA combination. Under Armour goes a mile further by replacing the mesh and neoprene upper with a leather and suede mix.

Cushion. The shoe provides plush landing through the Micro G at the heel. EVA foam then takes the stage at the forefoot as it makes possible explosive take-offs and a low-to-the-ground feel. A softer EVA insole lines the inside of the shoe for step-in comfort.

Traction. A thick and widely spaced herringbone pattern runs throughout the shoe’s outsole.  The outsole uses solid rubber, making the shoe fit for outdoor hoopers. Regardless of the court conditions, the sole grips the ground really well. Moreover, it needs little to no wiping.

Length and Width. There are varied reviews on the shoe’s sizing. However, several wearers notice that shoe runs small. Many users recommend going half a size up, but trying the shoe in-store is still advised to get the most comfortable fit.

Lockdown. Containment is provided by the shoe’s two-layer sturdy upper and the external heel counter. Both keep the foot locked in place while the shoe’s flat and wide base provides stability.

Instead of the woven mesh and neoprene combination, the Premium model features suede and leather. Leather constitutes the inner cleatie while the suede material makes up the external layer. Perforations run across the tongue to provide breathability. The upper is also overlaid with rubber to protect high-wear areas from scuffing.

A molded TPU ankle collar is integrated into the design for structural support and added lockdown. A Micro G foam that is encased in an EVA cushion is placed at the heel. The outsole is made of solid rubber.

The high-top silhouette of the Drive 4 Premium is similar to that of a cleat. Because of the upper’s upgrade to leather and suede, a touch of classic luxury is added. However, the form of the midsole contrasts the classic feel and brings a modern edge to the shoe.

The Under Armour shoe comes in various colorways: Black, Blast, and Steel. The Black colorway features black leather and suede with a white midsole and orange detailing. The Blast colorway comes with a reddish-orange upper, while the Steel colorway comes with a light gray upper.

  • Black/Black
  • Blast/Blast
  • Steel/Steel


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