Under Armour revealed the design features of Stephen Curry’s second signature shoe—the initial Curry One debuted in January—while announcing the release dates ahead of the NBA MVP and current champion’s trip to Beijing.
China gets the Curry Two first, and then fans in the Philippines and Japan. Those of us in the U.S—and most of the world, for that matter—must wait until Oct. 24.
Curry’s desire to make his teammates better inspired the first colorway for the Curry Two, “Iron Sharpens Iron.” The gray upper has a back layer of yellow that pops through a perforated pattern. The midsole’s orange to yellow fade has speckles to “represent the forging of metal.”
The second signature in nine months for Curry comes this time with full-length Charged Cushioning—a first for the Baltimore-based company that claims the cushioning absorbs impact and converts it into a responsive burst—and a seamless upper. An external heel counter attempts to keep the foot from sliding and external shanks in the arch and forefoot offer more lateral stability.
The rubber outsole has a herringbone traction pattern popular for sneakers, while the toe tip has a “high-abrasion skin” to support quick movements.
Curry says he’s been wearing the Curry Two all summer in workouts and thinks the technical aspects help his game.
Dave Dombrow, UA’s vice president of design, footwear, and accessories, says Curry can at any moment do something not thought possible and the shoe supports his electric game. “We drew from that to build him a shoe that allows him to play untethered and unpredictable, while staying in complete control of his every movement and speed.”
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, sneakers and design for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.