Around these parts, we love all things Under Armour-they are Baltimore based and we’ve had fun watching the company grow from humble beginnings into what it is today. So when UA contacted me to see if I wanted to review their new minimalist offering, the Toxic Six, of course I was on board. The company even threw in a pair for my son which was a major coupe in his eyes–the boy spends most of his days decked out in UA head to toe, right down to his socks.
I wish I could tell you I loved these shoes, but I did not. As someone who has come to enjoy a flexible, low heel profile in a shoe, these just weren’t the right match for me. Things that didn’t work for me:
- Lack of flexibility in the sole–I found the shoes stiff and felt like my foot was hitting the ground hard. I prefer a shoe that lets my foot move as it needs to move.
- Heel-to-toe drop–UA told me this was a 4mm drop, but I really felt like it had to be more. Whatever the case, the shoe threw my gait off and I felt like I was being forced forward onto my mid-foot rather than naturally finding it as I always do on my own.
- The fit–I like a wide toe box, but these shoes were just big all over and I felt like my foot was moving around inside the shoe the entire time.
My son, on the other hand, loves his new shoes. He’s worn them to run, worn them to play around the neighborhood, and everything in between. I pretty much limit him to minimalist shoes also, but finding a style that he likes in his size can be a bit tough–he’s at the smaller end of adult sizes right now and not all companies make sizes that are small enough. He finds the shoes comfortable and throws them on more often than some of his other shoes.
Bottom line: I think that if you are someone transitioning down to a lower heel profile shoe, these might fit the bill. But if you are already used to a true minimalist model, the Toxic Six is probably not going to cut it for you.
Anyone else try these shoes yet? Anyone else love Under Armour in general?
Disclaimer: Under Armour gave me these shoes for free. All opinions are my own.