New for 2015, the Under Armour Speedform Gemini is a mouthful to say but worth a good look. The UA Gemini is soft like a Brooks Ghost or ASICS Nimbus, but flexible like a Nike FREE. Most heavily cushioned shoes seem to result in a runner’s forefoot moving as a single unit. In contrast, minimalist shoes (more minimal than Nike FREE) seem to create a sensation where each metatarsal head moves independently and thus creates a “natural” running sensation. Somehow, the Gemini combines plentiful cushioning and a natural forefoot feel.
The fit of the shoe is interesting. The Speedform upper provides a seamless wrap around the foot, which feels great, but the shallow toe-box has some runners going up a half size to relieve pressure on the top of the big toe. The heel lacks a padded collar found in many shoes and instead has a soft, minimalist, semi-stretch fit with no points of irritation. The heel feels sublime while walking, but lacks a snug feel while on the run. While heel slippage was not evident, there was a sense of a lack of security. There are no problems yet, but it has different feel.
By combining the cushioning of a plush training shoe with the foot-movement flexibility of a minimalist shoe and a streamlined upper, the Gemini stands out as a unique option for neutral runners.
• Weight: 10.1/8.5 oz (Men’s Size 9.0/Women’s Size 8.0)
• Stack Height: Medium (21mm Forefoot)
• Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (29mm Heel, 21mm Forefoot)
• Foot motion: Neutral