Versatility is an underrated quality in a running shoe. While the trend in trainers has been towards specificity, with ultra-lightweight sneakers, heavy-duty trail runners, zero-drop stability shoes, and maximalist designs dominating the market, it seems shoe companies have walked away from the idea that a running shoe can work as an everyday sneaker. The Under Armour Charged Lightning has entered the more general market as an affordable trainer that functions as a dependable workout and light running shoe with a sleek, minimalist design that can be worn as a stylish, comfortable everyday shoe.
With an upper comprised of a woven jacquard that provides lightweight support and a seamless, sock-like fit. Its midsole is made of proprietary Charged Cushioning technology developed by Under Armour that provides a good amount of energy return after landing impact. The foam Charged Cushioning provides a burst of energy with every stride, and its one-piece EVA sockliner enhances the cushioning and improves the amount of overall comfort. The Charged Lightning outsole has solid rubber placed in key high-wear areas with a pattern that delivers moderate grip on running surfaces which are formed into rectangular shapes that strategically slant in various directions for improved overall traction. In addition, several flex grooves enhance the Charged Lightning’s flexibility.
The Under Armour Charged Lightning is an ideal choice for those seeking a neutral running shoe that also functions as a stylish and comfortable everyday shoe. It can be used for a number of activities for the active wearer, from short runs to light sports to workouts to just going out to the store. Affordable, comfortable, and versatile, this is a trainer that will find fans for those looking for a sneaker that will keep up with their busy day without the need to switch their footwear between exercise and relaxation.
Sleek minimalist design
Lightweight and breathable
Shoe runs true to size
Few reviewers have said the shoe is a bit too narrow
- Affordable price
- Low-profile, slick, minimalist aesthetic
- Woven jacquard upper
- Proprietary Charged Cushioning technology
Ideal for those in the market for a neutral running shoe that acts as a comfortable, stylish everyday shoe, the Charged Lightning will keep up with the active wearer looking for a sneaker they can wear whether on their daily run or just to go grocery shopping. Aesthetically pleasing without being too flashy and built to perform without going overboard with bells and whistles, the Under Armour Charged Lightning is an all-around versatile sneaker.