The RW Takeaway: The Flow Velociti SE has a sturdy, moderately cushioned midsole that provides a lightweight, supportive, and responsive ride for runners who like less shoe for longer distances.
- Reliable traction, despite the omission of a rubber outsole
- Breathable, stretchy knit upper wraps the foot for a compressive, hotspot-free fit
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Weight: 8.5 oz (M), 8.0 oz (W)
Drop: 8 mm
The sleek Flow Velociti SE (sports edition) is a long run shoe disguised as a racing flat. It offers a minimal underfoot experience for runners who prefer a firm ride, even when they venture into double-digit territory. While some runners may want more cushioning, our most efficient testers found it adequate to take the harshness from the pavement.
Lightweight, One-Piece Flow Midsole
In 2018, Under Armour introduced a firm, responsive, and more durable EVA-based foam called Hovr. The brand used it on trainers like the Hovr Machina and Hovr Phantom, which are visibly much beefier than the new Velociti. In order to keep the Phantom feeling responsive, UA wrapped the shoe’s midsole in Energy Web. This mesh material was designed to limit the expansion of Hovr foam upon impact, so the foam could return more energy back to your stride. Flow foam launched earlier in 2021 without the accompaniment of Energy Web mesh—the more streamlined midsole proved energetic enough on its own.
Turns out, Flow didn’t need an outsole either. In our testing, we found that the material withstands scrapes well and offers enough traction to grip city sidewalks. “The foam and rubber combination held up on this shoe, even though it has a lightweight construction,” said one tester. “I tend to heel strike, and this shoe gave me confidence on my longer training runs.”
Other heel-strikers found the shoe surprisingly forgiving on hard efforts, though midfoot-striking testers wished the forefoot was more supportive. Because of the midsole’s durability and abrasion resistance, Under Armour could save some weight by eliminating outsole rubber. Instead, thin grooves in the foam provide grip, though testers weren’t as keen on its performance over wet surfaces.
Tongueless, Flat-Knit Upper
Unlike some knit fabrics that tend to overheat (and cause hot spots around bunions or pink toes), the Flow Velociti’s flat-knit upper mechanically stretches to adapt to a runner’s foot. One tester found this especially helped accommodate his swelling feet near the end of longer training runs. “The shoe feels like you’re putting on supportive slippers,” said a tester. “The elastic-weave construction along with the tongueless design lets the shoe conform to your foot better than most shoes I’ve tested.”
More RW Wear-Tester Feedback
John P. | Tester since: 2012
Arch: Medium | Gait: Neutral | Footstrike: Heel
Previously tested: Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind
“First of all, I love the tongueless design of this shoe. Your foot slides in as easy as a slipper. The laces bring the sides together like a normal trainer, but you never have to worry about the tongue sliding off to the left or right. The ventilation is excellent and the construction, although very light in weight, felt secure with just slight tension in the laces. I found the cushioning to be above average for such a lightweight shoe and I wouldn’t hesitate to run some long training miles in the Flow Velociti SE. Plus, I liked that this shoe uses a tracking chip to log and upload your runs in a smartphone app.”
Tiffany V. | Tester since: 2012
Arch: Flat | Gait: Neutral | Footstrike: Midfoot
Previously tested: Hoka Rincon 3
“These shoes felt light and nimble. I aimed for small rocks and curbs to step on and was impressed with the shoes’ ability to absorb the impact of sharp edges. I try to run mostly with a midfoot strike, but for testing, I also did some purposeful heel strikes. The shoe rolled well through all footstrikes and was surprisingly forgiving to hard heel striking. I also did some quick stops and starts on the sidewalk to wear down the foam. In my brief testing, I found Flow’s rubber-less outsole provided good traction on pavement and concrete, in many ways indiscernible from rubber outsoles.”