Wardell Stephen Curry II is much more than just a 7-time All-Star, a 2-time league MVP, and a 3-time NBA Champion. He is a disruptive force as influential as George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, or Michael Jordan himself. He’s a once-in-a-generation talent that single-handedly changed how NBA basketball is played and how NBA rosters are configured. Steph Curry shoes, although not quite as revolutionary, have also left their mark on the sneakerverse.
Steph wore Nike’s in college and during his first years in the NBA, and intended to stick with them as a signature athlete. But, after Nike famously flubbed their pitch meeting, Steph looked elsewhere for a sneaker deal. Curry, who’s always demonstrated little aversion to risk, took a chance with a budding sportswear company, one with very little performance basketball experience by the name of Under Armour.
With Curry on their roster, Under Armour quickly became a player in performance basketball, and Steph Curry shoes became some of the most popular models each year. The Curry signature line at one point outsold LeBron James’s signature line, and was second only to Jordan Brand.
Steph Curry shoes aren’t only popular, they have consistently been some of the best on-court performers each year. With all that being said, let’s jump in and go over Steph’s sneaker history, and see why the Curry line has been such a force over the years.
Steph Curry Shoes: A Full Timeline
- Steph Curry Shoes: Golden State Warriors
- Steph Curry Shoes with Under Armour
- Steph Curry Shoes 2021-22 Season
- Steph Curry Shoes 2020-21 Season
- Steph Curry Shoes 2019-20 Season
- Steph Curry Shoes 2018-19 Season
- Steph Curry Shoes 2017-18 Season
- Steph Curry Shoes 2016-17 Season
- Steph Curry Shoes 2015-16 Season
- Steph Curry Shoes 2014-15 Season
- Steph Curry Shoes 2013-14 Season
- Steph Curry Shoes with Nike
Steph Curry Shoes: Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry Shoes with Under Armour
Steph Curry Shoes 2021-22 Season
Curry followed up an amazing individual season in 2020-21 with an excellent collective season. Curry’s numbers decreased, but the Golden State Warriors re-established themselves as a dominant force in the NBA. Steph and Draymond Green were healthy, got solid contributions from Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole, and the second splash brother, Klay Thompson finally made it back on the court post-injuries. During the regular season, they were able to rack up 53 wins and entered the playoffs with a similar vibe to the Golden State Warriors that brought home their first title.
Steph averaged 25.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 6.3 APG over 64 games. He was named to the All-Star team and won the game’s MVP trophy, adding another piece of hardware to his trophy case, and became the NBA’s all-time leading three-point shooter.
Under Armour Curry 9
During the season, Steph primarily wore the excellent Curry 9, but we also saw him bring back older Curry models like the Curry 1, Curry 2, Curry 4, Curry 6, and Curry 8. The Curry 9 is extremely grippy and features a beefed-up torsional support unit, a neutral and fluid cushion feel, similar upper tech as the UA Flow Velociti Wind, and a synthetic nubuck rear end.
The release colorways were all Sesame Street collabs. There was Elmo, Big Bird, The Count, the Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch colorways, all of which are cool, just beware of the fluffy tongues. We have also seen an “MVP” colorway, several pastel-based colorways, and an aqua green and gold colorway Steph wore when he became the NBA’s all-time three-point leader.
Steph Curry Shoes 2020-21 Season
Steph’s 2020-21 season, on an individual level, was better than anyone could have expected. It would be his 12th season in the NBA after suffering a season-ending hand injury the year before. But Curry was still able to average a league-leading 32 PPG, with 5.5 RPG, and 5.8 APG. He was named to the All-Star team, and to the All-NBA first team. But, the Golden State Warriors had a disappointing season, finishing 8th in the Western Conference and missing the playoffs.
Steph exclusively wore the Curry 8 during league games. He did break out a pair of Curry 3s, but just for shoot-around. The Curry 8 was the first model for the Curry Brand, made to be like Jordan Brand is with Nike. And we knew these were bad boys even before the review. The traction on the Curry 8 is insane. One of the underrated GOATS in some people’s estimation. Plus, they’re just as durable as rubber outsoles. The big breakthrough for this debut is the cushion, featuring Under Armour’s all-new Flow technology. It’s comfortable, full-length, and provides the necessary impact protection for prolonged play. Materials are standard with knits and synthetic overlays for added durability, and those very breathable and comfortable materials add to that very nice, one-to-one fit.
Under Armour Curry 8
Curry played in a wide variety of different colorways as well as several custom Curry 8s. Two of the more popular colorways of the shoe are the “Butter Flow” and “Dub Nation” colorways. What’s great about these is that a lot of the colorways that Steph wears, we get on shelves. The most special PE by far has to be the one that his children design and gifted to him for his birthday.
Steph Curry Shoes 2019-20 Season
Curry didn’t get much of an opportunity to showcase his talents during the 2019-20 season. Steph was injured for most of the season and played in only 5 games where he averaged 20.8 PPG and 6.6 APG.
Under Armour Curry 7
He wore that year’s signature model the Curry 7. The shoe was solid with the cushion being one area that could be improved. As a Steph Curry shoe, you can expect a firmer setup, but with the way the shoe’s marketing heavily focused on UA’s two best foams, we expected a bit more out of the Curry 7.
The seventh iteration of Curry’s signature line was really good on the court. It had breathable materials that conformed well around the foot and was breathable enough not to make the shoe a sauna. Traction was really good with herringbone and a radial pattern. Support was adequate, to say the least. The fit was also true to size which made shopping easier.
Even though Steph only played 5 games, he was still able to break out a bunch of different colorways during his rehab process, as well as several Curry 6 golf shoes out on the green. The Curry 7 “Bamazing” was a collaboration with American actress Storm Reid to help empower women all over the world. It’s a mostly violet silhouette with words like “Humble” and “Amazing” printed on the insole.
Steph Curry Shoes 2018-19 Season
Steph and the Warriors had a very successful 2018-19 season, right up until the end. The Warriors, led by Steph and Kevin Durant, finished the regular season as the best team in the NBA with 57 wins. Steph had a great individual season playing alongside KD averaging 27.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 5.3 APG. He was named to that year’s All-Star team, as well as the All-NBA first team.
The Warriors entered the 2019 Playoffs as the most feared team in the league. They reached the NBA finals easily and seemed to be heavy favorites against the Kawhi Leonard-led Toronto Raptors. But, when Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson went down with a torn Achilles and a torn ACL respectively, the outlook changed drastically. The Raptors would take home the first NBA title in franchise history and the Warriors were left hobbled going into the next season.
Under Armour Curry 6
Steph started off the season wearing the previous year’s signature model, the Curry 5. The Curry 6 dropped in January of 2019, so Steph made do with the 5 until then. The Curry 6 would end up being one of the most well-rounded of the Curry shoes in the line. The shoe catered more to players that preferred more court feel, but it has something for everyone. It features the same great traction and support from past models with an improved cushion that still provides a significant amount of court feel.
One of the coolest colorways to come from the Curry 6 line is the Curry 6 Thank You Oakland. It features the word “Oakland” printed in yellow on the whole lateral side of both midsoles and a black upper to really make the yellow hints pop. We really see here where Steph’s heart is at.
Steph Curry Shoes 2017-18 Season
The 2017-18 was a great season for Curry and the Warriors. Steph averaged 26.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 6.1 APG during the regular season, and coming off a championship year, and with KD now in his second season on the team, the Warriors looked unstoppable. The Warriors finished 2nd in the NBA after the regular season with 58 wins and entered the playoffs as the favorites to win the championship.
The Warriors breezed through the first two rounds of the playoffs and would face the Rockets in the Western Conference finals. The rockets pushed them to 7 games, but the Warriors would ultimately come out on top and face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.
Steph brought home his third NBA title after sweeping the Cavs. He was also named to the All-Star team that season as well as to the All-NBA third team.
Under Armour Curry 5
Oddly enough, Curry primarily wore the Under Armour Curry 4 that season, as the Curry 5 ended up dropping in March. The Under Armour Curry 5 required ample break-in time and caused chafing for many on the inside arch. We would suggest trying them on and considering buying a half size up. Once you break them in, assuming you don’t have the arch issues, they’re a decent performer, but not one of the best in the Curry line.
Steph wore a ton of different colorways of both the Curry 4 and the Curry 5 and would even break out a pair of Curry 1s. Some of the sleekest Curry 5 colorways were the models he wore during the NBA Finals. He rocked a white and gold and a black and gold colorway
Steph Curry Shoes 2016-17 Season
Before the start of the 2016-17 season, the Warriors added one of the best scorers in the history of the league, Kevin Durant. With KD on the roster, the Warriors instantly became favorites to take home the title. And bring home the title they did. The Warriors dominated the season from start to finish.
They finished the regular season as the best team in the league, racking up 67 wins. They entered the playoffs on fire, and would only lose one game to the Cavs in the Finals.
Steph had another great individual season as well averaging 25.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 6.6 APG. He was again named to the All-Star team as well as the All-NBA second team.
Under Armour Curry 4
Curry surprisingly didn’t wear that year’s signature, the Curry 4, very much during the regular season. He primarily wore the Curry 3 and the Curry 3.5 and broke out the Curry 2 and the Curry 1 sparingly. The Curry 4 was prominently featured however during the Finals vs the Cavaliers.
The Curry 4 is a sleek-looking sneaker. On the court, it’s very supportive, especially considering the minimal cushion setup. What’s really interesting about this shoe is that most, if not all, of the support, comes from the tooling. The upper is knitted with a synthetic overlay and it doesn’t have a lot of structure in and of itself. Thus, getting the right fit is absolutely essential. If you don’t, the risk for injury gets much higher.
Steph Curry Shoes 2015-16 Season
The 2015-16 season was both a season to remember and a season to forget for Warriors fans. The Warriors shocked the world with their 73-9 regular-season record, the best regular-season record of all time. Steph was as dominant as ever, averaging a league-leading 30.1 PPG, with 5.4 RPG, 6.7 APG, and 2.1 steals per game, which also led the league. He was named to the All-Star team, the All-NBA first team, and won that year’s MVP trophy, the only unanimous Most Valuable Player in league history.
The Warriors entered the playoffs as the favorites to win the title, but experts worried about the amount of effort they had expended to reach the 73 regular-season wins. They easily handled the Rockets and the Blazers in the 1st and 2nd rounds but they hit a wall in the Western Conference Finals. In the end, they managed to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They reached the Finals gassed.
They would face LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and the Cavs. The Warriors started off on fire and pulled ahead to a commanding 3-1 lead. But, they weren’t able to sustain the output and fell in 7 games to the Cavs.
Under Armour Curry 2 and 3
The Under Armour Curry 3 officially dropped in October of 2016, but Steph stuck primarily with the Curry 2 and the 2.5. The Curry 3’s support isn’t going to be for everyone, but as long as you know what you want and need from a shoe, then you’ll likely make the right decision. The Charged cushioning set-up will be a great option for Guards, but larger players might want to look elsewhere – especially if you want something with a little more spring or bounce back. Other than that, it’s a solid shoe that the average hooper will enjoy having in his or her on-court rotation.
Steph Curry Shoes 2014-15 Season
In 2014-15 Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors reached the pinnacle of the NBA. Steph had a great individual season and averaged 23.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 7.7 APG. He led the Warriors to a 67 win season, he was named to the All-Star Team, he won the NBA three-point shoot-out, and was named league MVP for the first time in his career. The Warriors capitalized on the spectacular regular season by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.
Under Armour Curry 1
This was also the season in which Steph got his first signature shoe. The Under Armour Curry 1 was a great shoe, and still one of the best first signature shoes ever alongside the Puma MB 01. The Curry 1 has great traction, cushion, fit, court feel, and materials, but is definitely better suited for smaller, shifter players, because of its low to the ground responsive cushioning. Curry also laced up the UA Clutch Fit Drive during several games that season.
Steph Curry Shoes 2013-14 Season
During the 2013-14 season, Curry solidified his status as a star in the league. He was named to his first All-Star team and to the All-NBA second team, all while averaging 24 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 8.5 APG. His play carried the Warriors to a 51 win regular season, and a ticket to the Playoffs.
The young Warriors would face the then powerhouse Lob City LA Clippers. They pushed Chris Paul and the Clippers to 7 games but would come up short in the end.
Under Armour Clutch Fit Drive / Under Armour Anatomix Spawn
During the season Curry would wear two Under Armour models: PE versions of the Under Armour Spawn and his first “non-signature signature” the Under Armour Clutch Fit Drive.
The original Under Armour Spawn is one of the greatest, forgotten, performance models of all times. The shoes featured full-length Micro G foam cushioning, targeted herringbone traction pods, amazing fit, and Under Armour’s Anatomix tech throughout the shoe. It was an incredibly well-rounded performance model.
The Under Armour Clutch Fit Drive was also an excellent on-court model. The shoe again featured full-length Micro G, full-length herringbone traction, and Under Armour’s Clutch Fit tech along the upper. Traction and support were amazing on the shoe. UA’s Clutch Fit was a great little bit of tech that allowed the shoe to conform to your foot and remain soft and supportive at the same time. The Micro G was slightly more stiff than the Micro G in the Under Armour Spawn, but it was more responsive as well.
Steph Curry Shoes with Nike
Steph Curry Shoes from 2009 to 2013
It took Steph 4 seasons to establish himself as a superstar in the league and change modern basketball with his shooting ability. Steph had some ups and downs in those first 4 seasons but one thing they had in common was Nike sneakers.
Steph was a Nike athlete until the summer of 2013. That summer Nike reportedly didn’t treat Steph with much respect during negotiations and didn’t seem interested in making him a signature athlete. Steph looked elsewhere and would end up signing an initial deal with Under Armour in September for just $4M. Of course, that number would balloon to $20M a year, but at the time the deal was a huge bet by both parties.
Over those years, Steph wore a bunch of different Nike models, most with the prefix Hyper in the name. He wore the Nike Hyperdunk 2008, the Nike Hyperdunk 2010, the Nike Hyperfuse 2010, the Nike Luner Hypergamer, the Nike LeBron 10 and the Nike Hyperize.
Steph Curry Shoes Davidson College
Steph wasn’t highly recruited out of High School. He accepted a scholarship from a small College in North Carolina called Davidson. Steph played at Davidson for 3 years and, from the get-go, was a scoring machine. He averaged 25.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 3.7 APG over three years, and 28.6 PPG in his last year. He was a 2-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and a 2-time consensus All-American.
At Davidson, Steph wore Nike, primarily the Nike BB Zoom 2k3 and the Nike Hyperdunk 2008.