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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry’s rise to popularity has been meteoric. After being snubbed as an All-Star just two years ago, the Davidson product trails only LeBron James in fan voting for the 2015 NBA All-Star contest. Thanks to his phenomenal play and his team’s league-leading 29-5 record, it was a no-brainer for Under Armour to grant Curry the first signature sneaker of his young career.
The Curry One was unveiled by Under Armour in the Bay Area recently for a select group of media. Curry and head designer Dave Dombrow were on hand to give their first-hand experiences on developing the shoe and what we learned about the highly anticipated basketball shoe is that although it doesn’t venture too far from other UA hoops shoes stylistically, it is most definitely its own shoe from a technical aspect.
Under Armour is known for pushing boundaries with practical use tech and the Curry One falls in that ethos thanks to two advances. First, the shoe’s upper is comprised of Anafoam. Essentially UA took elements from its stretch apparel and compressed it with a foam compound giving the upper a lightweight structure that also conforms to the wearer for ultimate support. Curry says he’s practiced and played scrimmages in the Curry One sans ankle brace with no issues. Given Curry’s history of ankle injuries, it is clear that he has the utmost confidence in his shoe’s support.
Charged Cushioning is an all-new compound underfoot for Under Armour that features adaptive technology. Under low pressure, like standing around, the foam cushioning remains soft and cushy. On the flip side, when you’re playing on the court, it becomes firm and responsive to the wearer. Charged Cushioning was developed in a partnership with UA and Dow and is their most innovative foam system yet.
UA allowed AskMen to put the Curry One to take the shoe through the paces during several basketball drills that involved shooting, running, cutting and dribble exercises. Right out of the box, the Curry One responded well. There was no need to break in the shoe; it is very comfortable and supportive at the outset.
Next up, all of the media on hand were broken up into teams and allowed to scrimmage in the Curry One, with Stephen Curry serving as a referee for a few games. The true test of any hoops shoe is how it feels and reacts in live action. The Curry One traction was great, the shoe responded well to cuts and stopped on a dime. The shoe is obviously engineered for backcourt players but it gives enough support to play in the paint as well.
When asked to compare the Curry One to past shoes he’s worn professionally, Curry — who has worn Under Armour shoes for the last two plus seasons since bolting from Nike — had this to say: They’re very comparable, but the Anafoam is a little more sturdy; it’s still comfortable and has the padding that you need inside there. The ClutchFit technology is great with how seamless it is from the toe to the heel. The Curry One has a couple more sections to it, and it’s comfortable, sturdy and supportive right out the box. That’s something that I wanted to have, going through the whole experimental process. Once we got the look down, I wanted it to be great out of the box so that there’s no breaking-in period. That’s something that’s very important and helps to make the shoe comfortable. They’re comparable, but this has got a little more padding on the inside.”
The Warriors team colorway of the Curry One will be released on February 13th for $120, a couple days before Curry will most likely start for the Western Conference All-Stars at Madison Square Garden. “I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch — but to be voted a starting guard in the All-Star Game is a very humbling and surreal feeling. To have a shoe to back that up, I don’t know what I’m going to feel like, to be honest with you,” says Curry. “That week, I know we’re going to have a big launch party and give the shoe what it deserves and have a huge unveiling at All-Star Weekend. This is just a dream come true and all of that, just even thinking about it. The All-Star colorway is gonna be some fire, and I can’t wait for you all to see that.”
Curated from Ask Men.