I admit it; I had a prejudice - a prejudice against running shoes. I only wore Nike. I had previously tried all other brands: Adidas, New Balance, Saucony - you name it, I had owned it at one point. For the longest time, Nike was the most comfortable and best choice for my super sweaty “grandma” feet (no offense against grandmas – I love grandmas).
Then it all changed. Under Armour (UA) lured me in with their bitchin’ fluorescent colors and ambitious claims: “EVERYTHING UA DOES RIGHT WITH APPAREL, BUILT INTO THE NEXT GREAT EVOLUTION OF THE RUNNING SHOE.”
I love UA apparel so I gave the shoes a try figuring that if they weren’t functional I could at least wear them casually. I can unequivocally and without hesitation tell you the shoes are amazing and I absolutely LOVE running in them. Lately there has been talk about how running barefoot is actually better than with shoes on. Apparently, our feet are meant to absorb much of the shock and impact of running. By wearing shoes, we are actually causing more problems for our knees and joints. I do not plan on running barefoot anytime soon but do believe the latest UA running shoe, the Women’s Charge RC Running Shoe, is the next best option.
The shoe is very lightweight and conforms to my foot very well; it almost feels like I am wearing a thick dry-fit sock. They also have a “springy” quality that makes me want to take off running. My feet sweat an abnormal amount and even after miles of running my feet feel dry. The shoe soaks up the sweat very well; wet shoe equals dry foot. So toss you’re your prejudices aside and try something new.
The UA website describes the shoe best (and is accurate in my humble opinion):
“WHAT’S IT DO? The UA Charge RC packs seven game-changing innovations into fast running shoes that weigh in at less than 10 ounces. A two-piece upper encourages your foot to flex like it does naturally. Snug, UA compression wraps your forefoot muscles in a squeeze that maximizes their strength and slows fatigue. UA HeatGear® fabric wicks away sweat to keep your feet dry, cool, and ultra-comfortable. Micro G® foam and a carbon fiber spring plate add a bounce to each step, converting downward heel-strike energy into forward energy. Inside, our 4D Foam™ sockliner literally molds to your foot for a slip-free fit. We added more of it around the collar, so you won't even feel this shoe around your ankle. Be light on your feet. And be quick about it. With the fast, innovation-packed UA Charge RC.”
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