Nike‘s Kobe IV gets all the credit, but low-tops in the NBA started long before Kobe Bryant was finally winning a championship without Shaq. Think back to the adidas Superstar and the Converse Chuck Taylor, to the Nike Bruin and the Puma Suede. Low-top silhouettes have always been around.
However, a major reason why sneakerheads always cite the Kobe IV as one of the defining sneakers of this generation is it’s influence on the competition. Everyone has a low-top now. Doesn’t matter what style of play you have or what brand you rep.
One of the most unappreciated right now has to be the Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 2, a sneaker most often worn by players like Raymond Felton, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Will Barton. Featuring full-length Charged Cushioning, a full-length Micro G sockliner, and a 3D-molded tongue, this shoe should be on every ballplayer’s radar if it isn’t already.
Available now at Champs Sports are two new player exclusive versions of the ClutchFit Drive 2 for any Maryland and Notre Dame fans out there. As an added bonus, they come in both mid and low-top versions.
The cool thing about what UA has done with the sneaker is they’ve released both muted colorways and flashy ones. It’s a silo that makes either one work. And considering the performance, it’s a shoe that is versatile as well, capable of being used both inside and outside.
Under Armour’s basketball products don’t stop with Stephen Curry‘s sneaker. They have some of the most underrated gems in the game right now. This is one of the shoes that tops the list.