Less is more, at least in the case of the Under Armour Curry 3 Low. The Curry line has been focused on responsive cushioning and great fit, but the ankle collar gave some people a less-than-locked-in fit. Can a shoe with a lower collar actually fit better? Well, you know what comes next…
One big change from the mid that was tested is the translucent outsole. The pattern is exactly the same as what was on the mid, but traction on dusty courts definitely suffered because of the rubber. On clean courts, grip was no issue, the bite and hold was there, but companies continue to use translucent when, for the most part, it grabs every dust particle in the gym and holds it for safekeeping.
The rubber here is softer and more pliable, so durability will suffer as well. Again, on a clean court, no worries — you won’t be stutter-stepping and hitting 35 foot 3s like Curry (or maybe you will, who knows), but you won’t be sliding across the court either. A note: the picture above is not yellowing, the outsole is actually that color. No, it doesn’t glow in the dark. If you need that Curry 3 mid super-traction, but want the low, go for the ‘122’ Davidson colorway.
The cushioning is, again, the same set-up as the mid. You get a Charged foam midsole, and well, that’s it. Again, Curry likes it low, quick, responsive, and tight. If that isn’t you, then you won’t like the Curry series. Not much else to cover because we did it here but here is the short version: quick, responsive, low, and little to no impact issues.
Hey, guess what? Same as the mids, almost. With the lower cut and burrito-wrap tongue, the Threadborne lateral side is given more room to move. The material feels softer from the box and takes no break-in time at all. Not sure if the composition was changed or of it is just the different structure, but the shoe feels, fits, and flexes better because of it.
We still see Anafoam on the medial side and instead of being stiff like the mid felt, the wrap tongue allows the foam to more completely wrap the foot, much like the Curry 1 did after a couple of wears. The wings and the shank are still real carbon fiber and it just looks niiiiice. It does its job too, but we will cover that in a couple of paragraphs.
Last bit of materials: the diamond-shaped/square laces. I didn’t notice them on the mids until I sat down to write the review, and it may not have added much, but they add a cool factor to shoe geeks like us. Same laces here.
Here is the new: fit on the Curry 3 Low is spot-on. The mid had such thick padding, coupled with the stiff Anafoam medial, that the shoe just never completely wrapped the ankle joint like the 1 and 2, although it worked for me. Understandable, because Steph wears the biggest ankle braces since Forrest Gump. However, the Curry 3 Low takes that ankle collar away and rolls the inside to the outside, wrapping over the foot and pulling the foot completely into the midsole. This drops the distance to the floor inside the shoe as well as giving a great 1:1 fit along the middle and heel of the shoe. There was absolutely no movement at all in the Curry 3 Low; heel slip is gone, sliding inside the shoe is gone, lateral movements are locked in and quick — all from a lowtop shoe. This is the new standard.
Lowtops can’t be supportive, right? They don’t even come up to your ankle, how can they support you?
Are we still having this argument? The Curry 3 Low has everything you could need for support and stability, including the carbon fiber wings at the heel that run into the midfoot carbon fiber shank. That all ties in together to keep the heel and ankle solid and standing up. The huge but — sorry, foam heel counter — is just a little more stability in a shoe that really doesn’t need it (also an excuse to add the SC logo one more time). The rounded heel is still here and provides a natural motion while running and cutting. It would normally feel unstable, but the improved fit from the tongue structure and the wings take that away.
Speaking of the tongue, again, the stiffer Anafoam on the overlay works with the lacing to pull your foot lower into the shoe, making the ride lower, meaning more stability. Overall, vast improvement over an already very stable shoe.
The Curry 3 Mid performed well — not great, not “blown away, top all-time,” but “not scared to play in them” nice. The Curry 3 Low takes everything that worked in the mid (except the outsole so get a colorway with a solid outsole) and improved mobility by dropping the top. The burrito wrap tongue locks the foot down so the “lowtop” stigma shouldn’t be a factor unless you’re just that guy.
If you liked the Curry 3 but want a free, running-shoe-on-court feel, check out the Curry 3 Low. The cushioning is sharp and quick, materials should last for a while, and overall, the shoe just feels like a faster cousin of the Curry 3 Mid. The only thing missing is Curry throwing them on-court in a game. C’mon Steph, the support and stability is good, let’s see it!!