Under Armour Curry 4
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Overview of this review
Profile of the Under Armour Curry 4
The fourth installation of Steph’s signature shoe is designed to deliver more control, comfort, and traction. Whether he’s breaking down the defense to get to the rim or he’s draining threes from way beyond the arc, the Under Armour Curry 4 helps him do it all.
With an entirely new design, the UA Curry 4 has evolved into shoes that keep up with Steph’s unique game. It features a knitted sleeve for comfort, microfiber quarter panel for support, speed plate for containment, and cross-centric traction for enhanced court control and grip.
Cushion. The Curry 4 features a new one-piece Speed Plate that focuses on lateral containment and midfoot rigidity. “When you look in the medial arch area, we shaved out a ton of weight there and then exposed that plate,” UA lead designer Kort Neumann explains in an interview. “We’re trying to get it to do two things at once in the forefoot. We’ve gotta still let it flex but still contain your foot when you’re cutting. We wanted to expose as much of that as possible.” This full-length plate is built to withstand explosive movements.
After addressing midfoot stability, Under Armour also created a new proprietary EVA foam compound that is engineered to deliver more responsiveness underfoot.
Traction. The UA Curry 4 features a new cross-centric outsole pattern that is inspired by Albert Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves. The pattern is designed to optimize heel-to-forefoot traction for amazing on-court control and grip.
Length and Width. Because of its tricky fit, buyers are advised to try the shoes in-store first. However, testers highly recommend going with your actual size because the materials will eventually mold to your foot after the initial break-in period.
Lockdown. Keeping the foot securely in place is a knit inner sleeve that creates a locked-in fit around the ankle and forefoot. Hits of synthetic are bonded with the knit material for added support.
With the Curry 4, Steph wanted a sneaker that delivers a seamless transition from his foot to the shoe. He wanted a material that will comfortably hug his foot. With that, a knit internal sleeve was created to deliver the perfect structural fit.
A microfiber synthetic quarter panel provides lightweight reinforcement while the Bemis textile tape bonds the synthetic quarter and knit sleeve without adding any stitching.
With functionality in mind, the Under Armour Curry 4 has a highly stretchable high-top collar that allows Steph to place his ankle brace securely.
“Ultimately, the 4 is an expression of our study in minimalism,” says Neumann. Its polished and sleek silhouette features subtle design elements linked to Steph’s personal life. His family’s names and birth years are found along the outsole while his initials are seen on the inner collar strip. Rounding it out is the strong SC/30 branding located on the lateral side of the shoe.
Special Colorways of the Under Armour Curry 4
The fourth signature shoes for the Golden State Warriors’ golden boy Stephen Curry is released in several basic colorways:
- Royal Blue/Metallic Silver
Aside from the basic colorways, these high-top Under Armour shoes also got special storied renditions. Some of them are discussed in the subsections below.
Under Armour Curry 4 All Star
Stephen Curry is the captain of one of the teams that play during the 2018 All-Star Break. The Curry 4 undergoes a sleek makeover for this All-Star Game appearance in Los Angeles. The AS version boasts an all-white upper and an icy blue iridescent outsole that pay tribute to LA as the City of Angels.
The neat yet scene-stealing white upper of the Curry 4 All Star represents the duality of Stephen Curry’s on-court character. His shooting skills make him a formidable scorer; his understanding of the game makes him fit to be captain.
Because of its neat all-white appearance, the All-Star version of the fourth Stephen Curry basketball shoes are also called ‘Shine Bright.’
The UA Curry 4 for the 2018 All-Star Game is available on Feb 16.
Under Armour Curry 4 Championship Pack/More Rings
At the conclusion of the 2017 NBA Finals, Stephen Curry and the rest of the Golden State Warriors succeeded in getting the championship title back from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Shortly after their victory, fans are presented with a unique offering from Under Armour. Dubbed the Championship Pack, the company made available a special package that contains two pairs of Stance socks, a golf divot tool that also serves as a cigar holder, the two renditions of the Curry 4 that Steph wore during the Finals, and a letter signed by Stephen Curry himself.
The two Finals colorways of the Curry 4 are sometimes referred to as the ‘More Rings’ versions, in direct reference of course to the rings that the eventual champions will get from the NBA. These two builds of the Curry 4 also were released individually.
- White/Gold. The white pair from the Championship pack made a solo appearance in late November 2017. Although the two look pretty similar, there are actually subtle differences. For one, the individually released build doesn’t have an official name. The gold medial tab that used to be have ‘WE BACK’ on it now only has Curry’s SC30 logo and the Roman numeral IV.
- Black/Gold. More or less a month after the solo appearance of the White/Gold colorway, the other half of the Champion Pack also made its solo debut. Now called the ‘More Dimes’ colorway, this pair is a bit different from the original. Instead of synthetic leather, the upper is made of synthetic nubuck.
Under Armour Curry 4 Flushed Pink
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Under Armour combined the consuming passion of red with the relaxing immaculateness of white to create the ‘Flushed Pink’ version of the Under Armour Curry 4. According to UA, this color represents Stephen Curry’s sure and loyal love for his wife Ayesha and the game basketball. This build was released on February 18, 2018.
Under Armour Curry 4 More Buckets
The gray ‘More Buckets’ version of the fourth Curry shoes honors Steph as one of the league’s most prolific scorers today. According to the designers at UA, the lighter shade of gray in the lower part of the shoe represents Steph’s humble beginnings. The darker shade right above it symbolizes the player’s current and future achievements. This build was made public toward the end of 2017.
Under Armour Curry 4 More Dubs
To create the ‘More Dubs’ colorway, the Under Armour Curry 4 is made largely white with a gold SC30 on a gradient blue midsole. The colors used are an obvious nod to the Golden State Warriors. According to Under Armour, this is their way of expressing their gratitude to the fans who watch every game and make the team such a huge success in today’s NBA. This build was released in mid December 2017.
Under Armour Curry 4 More Fun
Dressed in the Dub Nation’s royal blue, the ‘More Fun’ colorway celebrates Steph’s fun-loving and playful side. "When I've always played basketball, I was always the goofy kid, running around, having fun, doing what I loved to do,” Stephen Curry himself said. “I don't think I've ever lost that as I've gone through the ranks -- high school, college to now. I just enjoy it. I think from my personal belief system is that I've been in this situation, this stage, for a reason: to shine light on things that I believe in. That's the most constant thing for me."
The ‘More Fun’ build of the Curry 4 was released in mid November 2017.
Under Armour Curry 4 More Magic
The Under Armour Curry 4 More Magic was supposed to be a China exclusive. In fact, its multicolored upper draws inspiration from the distinctive central Shanghai waterfront called Waitan or the Bund. However, due to popular demand, the shoe made it to US soil in October 2017.
Under Armour Curry 4 More Range
The ‘More Range’ build of the fourth Curry sneakers honors his unique ability to score from a distance. Its nearly all-black upper sits on a white outsole. This pair of high-tops have luminous accents to add a bit of seriousness to their overall look. The model was released on Christmas Eve 2017.