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Sunday
May232010

Product Review: Under Armour running shoes

I've been asked/accused of being an Under Armour-sponsored athlete a couple different times at the YMCA, sadly this is not the actual case.  I'm just a guy who likes most of their products and spends a lot of his paycheck on their gear. 

Before their line of footwear gained acceptance on a broad level, I often got questions about my Under Armour running shoes when they were first released.  UA released their running shoes fairly close to my birthday in late January 2009, so I treated myself to a present by purchasing a pair (mostly because I liked how they looked).

Fortunately for me, the feel and performance of the shoe exceeded the fashion statement.  I have "complicated" feet (low arches, lingering scar tissue from bone break in college) so I have high standards for a running shoe.  The UA shoe has a wide toe box, which is great for me since my feet are also wide.  Also, the toe box features mesh material which gives a nice sense of ventilation.

The foot cage and tounge feel like one singular peice, which wraps the foot well like a glove, as opposed to a separate tounge in most athletic shoes.  I also felt like the shoe provided great cushioning, yet was "flat" enough to still wear during agility drills in my classes.  I've worn some cushioned shoes that fit high like driving curves in a tall SUV whenever trying to plant or make cuts during an activity.

I gave these shoes perhaps my best evaluation, since I liked them so much I had to get a second pair in a different color (seen below).

 I met US National Team soccer star (and Under Armour model) Heather Mitts last year at one of my classes, and she confirmed everything I was saying about the UA runners.  She called them the "best" shoe she had ever worn.  I gave her the benefit of the doubt since I was already wearing a pair, she had no reason to give me a sales pitch.   Here's a look at one of her national commercials:

Everyone has personal specifications as to what they want and need out of their performance shoes.  For me, I would definitely recommend Under Armour running shoes, particularly if you are a multi-purpose athlete whose training regimen expands beyond the treadmill or laps around the block.