Verdict from 9 experts and 97 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Charged Controller is one of the most comfortable Under Armour shoes, many reviewers remark.
  • Several wearers commend the shoe’s beautiful design. They are saying that it looks sharp and is perfect to wear on casual Fridays.
  • The fit is nearly perfect, almost all experts declare.
  • Majority of the buyers are very satisfied with the Under Armour Charged Controller. They are impressed with its quality and overall performance.
  • The shoe does a good job at delivering both lockdown and support, a good number of users notice. Even if the shoe is a low-top model (like the Curry 6), they still feel stable and experience no heel slippage.
  • A few reviewers notice that these Under Armour basketball shoes are well built and are pretty durable. They say it’s okay to use on outdoor courts.
  • Many players observe that the traction works fairly well on clean courts.
  • A lot of testers appreciate the shoe’s soft and flexible upper. They note that it is light, breathable, and conforms to the shape of your foot.
  • Most testers are happy with the cushioning setup. They observe that the cushioning is soft when standing and stiffens up during play, providing the right balance between impact protection and responsiveness.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Nearly all testers express their disappointment with the Charged Controller’s inconsistent traction. On dusty courts, wiping is necessary since the pattern grabs dust easily.
  • Some reviewers note that the toe box is pretty roomy.
  • The Under Armour Charged Controller runs slightly narrow, a handful of wearers report.
  • A couple of testers comment that the upper feels stiff and needs some break-in time. Players also gripe about the same experience in the UA HOVR Havoc.
  • During hard stops, a few players complain about their toes hitting the tip of the shoe.

Bottom line

For its $100 price tag, the Under Armour Charged Controller delivers great value. What you get is a fully-knitted upper and a full-length Micro G midsole with a Charged foam crash pad that offers a well-balanced ride. It is a versatile shoe that will provide you with what you need when you need it.

If it were not for its disappointing traction and fit, these UA basketball sneakers would have been a top-tier performer. All in all, the Charged Controller is a steal for its price; just be prepared to wipe a whole lot if you regularly play on dusty courts.

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Good to know

Take control of the game with the Under Armour Charged Controller. Featuring a Threadborne upper, these basketball sneakers offer unmatched stability and flexibility when you show off your moves on the court.

The shoe’s full-length Micro G midsole offers responsiveness while the Charged Cushioning converts impact into a reactive burst of energy as you push the pace and charge towards the basket.

Cushion. The Under Armour Charged Controller utilizes a full-length Micro G midsole carriage to deliver unrivaled responsiveness. Positioned under the heel is a Charged Cushioning crash pad that effectively returns impact energy.

Traction. The outsole is made of a performance rubber compound that features a herringbone traction pattern with diamond-shaped insets. These strategically placed insets deliver ultimate grip and optimal control on the hardwood.

Length and Width. The Under Armour Charged Controller’s length is true to size. The width is D - Medium; however, it reportedly runs narrow.

Lockdown. The UA Charged Controller has an articulated cleatie designed with zonal Lycra Spandex that delivers a secure, sock-like compression fit. It also has robust webbing bands that ensure lockdown throughout the foot.

For support, these low-cut basketball sneakers feature a low-profile external heel counter that enhances stability while an injected TPU midsole shank provides active motion control.

The Charged Controller has a seamless one-piece knit upper that is built with Under Armour’s Threadborne technology that delivers stability and flex where you need it most. The upper’s breathable and lightweight construction offers unmatched ventilation.

A die-cut antimicrobial Ortholite insole molds to the shape of your foot and stops the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

The Under Armour Charged Controller’s low-top silhouette and minimalistic design delivers on both performance and style. You can go to work then hit the gym without having to worry about a change of sneakers.

The following are some of the colorways that the Under Armour Charged Controller is released in:

  • Black/Charcoal
  • Black/Team Royal/Metallic Silver
  • Flawless/White
  • Grey/Black-Green
  • Rhino Grey/Black
  • White/Gold 'March Madness'
  • White/Phoenix Fire
  • White/Steel/White


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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.