In its Spring 2014 product line, Under Armour is taking its running footwear a step further with the redesigned SpeedForm Apollo running shoe, which I had the opportunity to wear-test during a recent 6-mile training run.
The SpeedForm Apollo is one of the lightest running shoes I've ever worn, weighing only 6.5 ounces. It is especially light on top, with a mesh tongue, thin fabric and ventilation holes. However, the shoe is durable where it counts.
After too many rolled ankles, I'm usually not keen on minimalist shoes for marathon training, but the SpeedForm Apollo has a thick molded cup on the heel for extra ankle support. The rubber sole is molded around your toes similar to a Vibram shoe, giving the shoe a natural barefoot running feel with a soft cushioned sole for high-impact runners. I never felt like I needed more cushioning or stability on my run.
I gave the shoes an average speed rating during my first 3 miles, but during miles 4, 5 and 6, their light weight and foot-shaped rubber sole started to pay off. The second half of my run felt faster, my stride stayed strong and I remained springy through my final steps.
Yet the SpeedForm Apollo is not just about performance. The pair I tested were neon pink, exuding a fresh and lively style—making them fair game for people who want to look sporty and fashionable as well as for sneaker lovers and hardcore runners.
UA's next generation Apollo running shoe, for men and women, will be available beginning Feb. 28 at underarmour.com.
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