Turns out that David Dombrow’s departure from Under Armour was more like a break.
The former Under Armour senior vice president of creative footwear and accessories announced Thursday he would return to the Baltimore-based brand beginning Aug. 1 in a newly created role as chief design officer. Dombrow announced he was leaving Under Armour three months ago to join rival Nike.
“In his time at Under Armour, Dave played an instrumental role in creating innovative and cutting-edge footwear with international acclaim,” said Kip Fulks, Under Armour founding partner. “As Under Armour continues to evolve the key pillars of innovation and design while expanding global growth in all categories, Dave’s unique abilities to challenge the status quo and to anticipate the needs of the future athlete are exactly what we need to further our success.”
Dombrow has been widely-credited with putting Under Armour footwear on the feet of major athletes. He created the Curry One, Stephen Curry’s first signature shoe. The shoe’s evolution, including the Curry 2 and Curry 2.5, has played a crucial role in Under Armour’s sales growth. Dombrow is also the co-creator of the UA SpeedForm Apollo, a shoe that utilizes a full-length 4D foam sock liner to conform to the foot’s exact shape. The technology has since served as the foundation for other footwear innovations by the brand.
In his new role, Dombrow will guide the design of Under Armour’s entire collection of footwear, apparel and accessories. In a statement, he said, “I continue to be humbled and amazed by what we have built together, fueled by the core commitment to innovation and design, as well as the entrepreneurial drive to make all athletes better. I can’t wait to help create our next chapter.”