Photos hit the Internets this week of what appears to be a new rendition of the Under Armour Fat Tire — a shoe everyone hates until they spend a day in it. It is, undoubtedly, ugly, but recently I was at a media event where everyone either had Yeezys or Jordans on feet and I was confident that I was much more comfortable — especially after having walked 50 New York blocks to get there. Now, it looks like Under Armour may have slimmed down the Fat Tire tooling to create the SpeedTire Low.
While the original Fat Tire tooling is very thick and extends well past the contour of the foot, the SpeedTire Low seems to slim down the tooling while retailing the Michelin Wild Gripper outsole. In order to fully suit the SpeedTire Low for the trails, the upper features UA’s STORM technology, a DWR (durable water resistant) finish that, like Gore-Tex, repels water and retains breathability. The seem between the forefoot and midfoot suggests that this silhouette will utilize a burrito-style tongue.
At Under Armour’s SS17 showcase at the end of October I saw the Under Armour Fat Tire Ascent (pictured below), another slimmed down Fat Tire silhouette that used a Storm1 upper, BOA lacing, and seemingly identical tooling to what is featured on the SpeedTire Low. While there I was told that the Fat Tire Ascent would be coming February 1, 2017. This could mean that Under has continued to expand the Fat Tire line and used modified tooling on multiple new silhouettes. Tim Coppens used the original Fat Tire tooling for his UAS RLT boot.
Under Armour Fat Tire Ascent. Coming 2/1/2017. Boa lacing and regular options. Storm1 and regular versions. pic.twitter.com/frI4XgdXao
— WearTesters (@WearTesters) October 27, 2016
Our Under Armour source says that the UA SpeedTire Low should start dropping right around the New Year, some time in January. We reached out to Under Armour and the brand would neither confirm nor deny. Thus, these remain rumors for now, but our source has been pretty reliable.
What do you think about the UA SpeedTire Low and Fat Tire Ascent? Is this slimmed down tooling more appealing? Let us know in the comments below.