Fashion-forward record breaker Cam Newton needs a shoe that looks great and performs. The Under Armour C1N Trainer is exactly that.
I’ve worn this sneaker for a week straight and right off the rip I have to say that it’s impressive how light sneakers are these days — even supportive, substantial sneakers like this one.
The Under Armour C1N Trainer is constructed with a custom multicolor and reflective Threadborne knit upper that is durable, amply stretchy, thin, and supportive. It isn’t a soft sock-like textile — it feels more like armor, and it’s comfortable.
The rearfoot is made of synthetic leather that is durable and definitely saves weight. It’s functional, and padded well (anatomically), but definitely doesn’t steal the show from the Threadborne. The synthetic is also largely covered by the elastic strap — and yes, I like the gold UA logo at the heel.
Don’t let its handsome looks fool you — this shoe is made for training. The full-length Micro G foam is responsive, and there’s a Charged Cushioning crash pad at the heel for impact protection. I like this set up because it’s adequately cushioned; it’s bouncy enough to walk all day in and firm enough when you need to dig in. The molded EVA sockliner is super thin so comfort comes from the tooling.
A note on fit: no show socks are not a thing for the Under Armour C1N Trainer. The heel rode just a tad too high up my Achilles and it caused me discomfort. I remedied this problem with higher socks.
Newton’s signature is wide-footer friendly and if you want that 1-to-1 fit, try going down half a size (I’m a wide footer and the fit is a bit roomy). Of course, try and get your feet in these in-store. Moreover, the plastic forefoot strap works and breaks up the design with a new texture.
This shoe excites me for what Under Armour has coming. The brand’s performance tools are getting more interesting in the aesthetics department without compromising in the tech department.
The Under Armour C1N Trainer released at retail today for $120. It is available now at Eastbay.com in men’s and GS sizes.
Special thanks to Under Armour.
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