Wow, who else is pumped that the sun finally came out?! I know this girl is. While it may be raining today, whomp whomp, yesterday was a beautiful day here in Little Rock, and I was bursting at the seams to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. After feeling a bit under the weather lately, I felt like a kid in a candy shop frolicking outside finally! Did I mention it was almost 60 degrees?!! Praise!!!
I’d been waiting for the perfect chance to get out and take my new shoes for a ride! Finish Line recently sent me the Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo Vent to test out, and now I’m finally getting the chance to tell you all about them! Testing shoes at the gym is one thing, but I think wearing them around outside adds a whole new factor!
I pretty much knew as soon as I pulled them out of the box that I would love them. They are ridiculously lightweight, coming in at just 6.5 oz, and the magenta/neon yellow color palette was a fresh change of pace from some of my more neutral shoes. I’ve never worn UA shoes before, so this was a completely new experience for me. In fact, I think the only UA gear I even own are several pairs of cold gear running tights. (<—- Lifesavers! AND I’ve had them since high school. The quality is amazing!)
So the SpeedForms are fairly basic, and remind me of a minimalist running shoe, since it almost feels like you aren’t even wearing anything. Like seriously, they are noticeably lighter than any of my other shoes. There’s not a ton of cushioning, though just enough, and since it’s got such minimalistic build, you get a really responsive feel and can really feel the ground beneath you. So for a fast training shoe, I think this shoe is fantastic! It’s simple, form fitting, and just feels like a glove on your foot.
The outer mesh is super breathable, and I imagine it would be equally as comfortable barefoot as it is with socks on! I am a huge fan of running sans socks, guilty, so I’m anxiously awaiting those hot summer days when these will feel even better!
The back of the shoe has a silicone heel grip to help hold your foot in place, and ensure a tight fit. Thank goodness for that! Raise your hand if you suffer from skinny-heel syndrome.
As far as traction goes, there’s not a ton, and it’s basically what you’d imagine a very, very basic shoe would have. Think: foam with a little added grip. Pretty straightforward!
The laces are plenty long, and with the front/top of the shoe really being all one piece, or so it seems, it makes it easy to get the fit just right. My only complaint would be that the tongue seems a little short, and I would worry that it might rub a blister on the top of my foot.
Overall, the UA SpeedForm Apollo Vent really does seem like a quality speedwork training shoe. I would not run long distances in it by any means, but track work, or simple cardio workouts at the gym, I think would be perfect.
So there you go! I wouldn’t classify them as my new go-to training shoe necessarily, but I will definitely be putting them in my lineup! Plus, I’m thinking this summer they will make the perfect cut-off jean shorts, baggy white v-neck t-shirt, errand-running-days, accessory.
Cheers to happy colored shoes and more sunshine filled days!! Bring it on spring!
If you want to check these kicks out for yourself, you can find them at FinishLine HERE.
Have you worn Under Armour shoes before? What did you think? Are you a fan of this color? Do you prefer bright shoes or more toned down colors?