As a follow up to my previous article about the launch event for Under Armour’s latest offering of the Curry 4, I wanted to go in-depth on the actual shoe and give a few detailed looks as well as a performance review. This is my first pair of Curry’s and I was super excited to get a pair on foot and hoop in them.
The shoe itself is quite simplistic in its design, but by using bold colours and strong lines, Under Armour has made this version of the Curry 4 one of the most noticeable colourways yet. The upper is a super unique material, I had the hardest time figuring out what it was, so I resorted to the Under Armour website to get some more info. They describe it as a “microfiber synthetic” upper, with taped-seams to allow for a stitchless and weightless transition to the knit sock-liner. Add in some black speckles on the midsole, and a classic gum sole, and you’ve got a solid basketball shoe.
First thoughts upon slipping my foot in the shoe is that it is a very snug fit. The knitted internal sleeve hugs your foot (especially your ankle) and makes you feel extremely secure. That snug fit, accompanied by outstanding grip – something that I had always heard was A1 on the Currys – makes for a super stable wear, allowing for quick cuts and the ability to stop on a dime. The Curry’s cross-centric grip design is said to give you grip on any surface, not just hardwood, and after playing on a lacklustre, dusty tile floor, I can tell you that the claim rings true.
The Curry 4 is advertised as needing zero break-in time because the upper is such a dynamic and lightweight material, however, if your foot is wide – even medium width – you will probably want to try and spend some time in the shoe before playing an actual game. The sock-like fit makes for an extremely narrow ride; and that, along with a pair of thicker basketball socks, could mean a very tight squeeze. I needed about a half an hour in the shoe to get the feel where I needed it to be.
Overall I was definitely a fan of the shoe. It had my foot secure enough to give me the confidence to stop and go as I pleased. As a smaller guard, I rely heavily on mobility to free-up space and create my own shots, so I need a shoe that allows me to be as mobile as I can; and I got that with the Curry 4. The shoe is a great choice for those with a narrower foot, or someone looking for a firm shoe, with an unlimited amount of stability. Thanks, one more time, to Under Armour Canada and Foot Locker Canada for giving me the opportunity to try these out. If you’re looking for a pair yourself, they are available now at the Foot Locker locations located in Yorkdale and the Toronto Eaton Centre, and will also be releasing February 2nd on www.UA.ca.