Under Armour Curry 2.5 Performance Review
During the NBA Playoffs, shoe companies often release updated versions of their top signature shoes to give their signature players to enhance the performance of their footwear on the court. These tweaked shoes are of course sold to the general public to generate additional revenue. Under Armour has released an updated version of Stephen Curry’s second signature shoe, the Curry 2.5. The Curry 2.5 is a bit bulkier than the Curry 2, and from the midsole down is the same as the Curry 2. Does the Curry 2.5 live up to the ideal of improving upon the Curry 2? The Sole Brothers have put it to the test, so let’s start off as always with the traction.
The outsole is a semi-translucent rubber that provides excellent traction. The outsole is the exact same type of rubber and traction pattern as the Curry 2, which was also very good. Like the original, the Curry 2.5 does attract dust so wiping is required every 3-5 plays. The outsole is very squeaky and performs well, on cuts you stop hard and fast. The Sole Brothers give the traction on the Curry 2.5 a rating of 9/10.
The midsole is the exact same as the one in the Curry 2. The Curry 2 and 2.5 both use a full length Charged foam midsole, which provides good heel to toe transition, provides a good amount of impact protection, good responsiveness, court feel, but is not particularly bouncy. The difference between the cushion in the Curry 2 and Curry 2.5 is the insole. In the Curry 2, the Speedform material is sown into the midsole, preventing the use of an insole. The Curry 2.5 however, does not utilize Speedform, so a Micro G insole sits on top of the Charged midsole, and the result is a very plush feeling cushion. The addition of an insole does affect the fit, which we will discuss in a moment. The Sole Brothers give the Curry 2.5’s cushion a rating of 8/10.
The main point of departure between the Curry 2 and 2.5 is the types of materials used on the upper. The Curry 2.5 uses a molded synthetic upper and large sections of mesh overlaid with rubber/plastic ridges/lines for reinforcement. The tongue area and other areas are made of a neoprene like material (the molded synthetic) that is very padded and comfortable. The only negative thing about this new upper is that the new tech adds a lot of extra weight and is also very hot, but it does perform well on the court. The Sole Brothers give the materials of the Curry 2.5 a rating of 8/10.
Fit: Sammy copped the Curry 2.5 in a size 8, which is 1/2 of a size up for him, and they fit well. The insole seems to take up space in the shoe that was available in the Curry 2, so going up 1/2 of a size worked out perfectly for Sammy. The Curry 2.5 uses a burrito style fit similar to the Adidas Light Em Up 2. Don and Sammy are not fans of the burrito fit, but I play a lot in the Adidas Light Em Up 2 and I love the burrito fit in that shoe, so if the burrito style does not bother you, then you will still enjoy the Curry 2.5.
Support: The Curry 2.5 is not as supportive as its predecessor. This is due in part to the burrito fit, when Sammy tried to use his ankle brace with the shoe, it forced the tongue forward which defeats the purpose of the wrap around burrito tongue, which messes up the fit, support and lockdown in the shoe. Overall, though, the Curry 2.5 is a supportive shoe, the materials do not stretch and the support in the forefoot is quite good.
Lockdown: The lockdown was very nice, Sammy reported that he experienced no slipping in the heel or the forefoot. The Sole Brothers give the fit/support/lockdown a rating of 9/10.
Ventilation, Durability, Aesthetics, and Price
Ventilation: The Curry 2.5 is a very poorly ventilated shoe, and causes your foot to get very hot. If ventilation is important to you, then do not buy this shoe! Sammy reported that this is one of the hottest shoes he has ever played in, so the Sole Brothers give the ventilation a disastrous rating of 1/10.
Durability: The Curry 2.5 should be a very durable shoe, and certainly a lot stronger than the Curry 2. The upper on the Curry 2.5 is stronger than its predecessor due to the use of much tougher materials. The Sole Brothers give the durability of the Curry 2.5 a rating of 8/10.
Aesthetics: Simply put, the Curry 2.5 is one sick looking shoe. The silhouette is great, and looks like a shoe that Batman would wear (not just talking about Sammy’s black and yellow colorway). The upcoming colorways that sport Golden State’s colors look awesome, and I’m sure Don will be stoked if they release a blackout. The Sole Brothers give the Curry 2.5 a rating of 9/10 for the aesthetic value of the shoe.
Price: $135. The Curry 2.5 is only $5 more than the Curry 2, which is pretty crazy since updated versions of shoes like Nike’s Elite line are typically much higher than the original version. This low price point and the fact that Nike’s Elite lineup are priced the same as the original silhouettes (with the exception of the Kobe 11 Elite which is $40 more expensive than the EM) demonstrates how the market is changing. Under Armour and Adidas have been able to create shoes that compete with Nike’s top models at a much lower price point than Nike, forcing Nike to start coming down on their prices, all of which is good for the consumers.
Overall, the Curry 2.5 is a good shoe that Sammy recommends to those who are interested in copping a pair. Stay tuned to thesolebros.com to find out if the Curry 2.5 is better than the Curry 2 or not, as we will bring you that VS matchup in the next day or so. Be sure to check out the scoring breakdown of the Curry 2.5 below and watch Don and Sammy discuss the shoe in their Performance Review.