Golden State Warriors legend Steph Curry started his career wearing Nike shoes before signing a deal with Under Armor in 2013. Curry’s early career was marred by ankle injuries, which took into account his decision to change shoe brands.
The four-time champion’s initial contract paid him $4 million a year. When his popularity skyrocketed, his annual contract reportedly reached around $20 million. Curry’s current contract is set to expire in 2024, but he is set to sign a billion dollar lifetime deal.
Curry and Under Armor’s relationship was on the rocks in 2018, but both parties agreed to make it work. Since Curry joined the brand, Under Armor has grown exponentially.
Top 5 Under Armor Steph Curry Shoes
Here’s a look at his top five shoes:
#1 Curry 9
The Curry 9 has been described as the best Under Armor shoe and one of the best shoes on the market. Known for its perfect traction and stability, the Curry 9 is best suited for goalies and indoor players. The only downside to this shoe is that it is not meant to be used on outdoor courts.
Released on November 19, 2021, the Curry 9 has multiple colorways. Under Armor worked with Sesame Street to release colorways for characters like Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and The Count.
These shoes were also worn by Steph Curry when he broke the NBA 3-point record.
#2 Curry 8
The Curry 8 was the first shoe launched under the Curry brand, in which the Under Armor logo was absent. Like most shoes in the Curry line, the Curry 8 has incredible traction and very comfortable cushion. Unlike previous versions, the Curry 8 requires a break-in period to help the feet adjust.
Some of the Curry 8’s most iconic colorways include “Butter Flow”, “Dub Nation”, “Oakland Forever”, “We Believe”, “Gold Blooded”, and “Pi Day”. Steph Curry exclusively wore Curry 8s during the 2020-21 season.
#3 Curry 2
The Curry 2 was released on October 24, 2015. It was an improvement over the Curry 1 and as usual traction is its best attribute. Under Armor also introduced charged cushioning for these shoes, and that was an upgrade. However, Under Armor has been criticized for the Curry 2’s lack of design creativity.
Curry 2’s “Chef” was heavily mocked on social media when it was released. Steph Curry had just won his first MVP and championship, and Under Armor should have done better.
#4 Curry 3
The Curry 3’s exit came after the Golden State Warriors took a 3-1 lead in 2016 NBA Final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. This affected the sale of Curry 3, but his performance on the pitch was praised. The Curry 3 is best known for its comfort, support and high quality materials.
The first batch of colorways for the Curry 3 were influenced by the Golden State Warriors and the Bay Area. The line also had the all-grey “Grey Matter” and all-black “Trifecta Black” colorway.
#5 Curry 1
The Curry 1 is Steph Curry’s first signature shoe for Under Armour. It was released on February 13, 2015 and was called one of the best first signature shoes of any player. The Curry 1 has great traction, fit, and cushioning, but wasn’t suited for big and tall players.
Some of the Curry 1’s signature colorways include “Candy Reign”, “Underdog”, “Home”, and “MVP”. “Candy Reign” was inspired by Curry’s love of Sour Patch Kids, while “Underdog” came from Steph’s history as Davidson’s underdog. “Home” was in honor of the Golden State Warriors and “MVP” was a limited edition black and white shoe.