A month ago (man time flies by fast) I was sent a cute pair of Reebok Floatride Run shoes to train in for the Reebok Ragnar Niagara race that I’m doing with my team Endorphriends, which means that yes, this post is sponsored, but like always, this is my honest opinion.
I have to admit that at first I was hesitant about training in a new shoe – running shoes are one of those things that once you find something that works for you don’t really want to try something new. I’m pretty injury prone with my lower limbs – I’ve battled shin splints, stress fractures, peroneal tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, it band friction syndrome and the list goes on. Thankfully I’ve been injury free now for about 4 years, so this was a big risk. With two upcoming races now was not the time to get injured. (Spoiler alert: after a month of running in the Reebok Floatride Run Shoes I’m still injury free – YAY!).
When I first opened the box I noticed right away that these are super light, sleek and stylish and don’t look like a regular running shoe.
The women’s colour is light grey and fluoro yellow, while the mens are black and blue. The grey upper is stretchy like a sock, called ultraknit, with a supportive plastic cage. This provides support yet comfort for wider feet, but also accommodates a narrower foot (like mine), due to the elasticity of the material. The heel is more rigid, like a traditional running shoe to give support.
The treads are unique too:
The Technical Details
This is the part of my post where I copy and paste technical details because this stuff goes over my head, but I know some of you understand these details more than I do:
Men’s size 9 weight: 233 g (8.2 oz.)
Women’s size 7 weight: 198 (7 oz.)
Heel stack height: 26 mm
Forefoot stack height: 18 mm
Drop ratio: 8 mm
For comparison, the shoes I used to run in are 8.1 oz, so these are noticeably lighter.
Thoughts from Running in Them
The cushioning material is a technologically advanced foam called Floatride. I found that these shoes are not too heavy and offers support that’s just right. Floatride is not your typical EVA foam. It differs in that the “cells” of the foam are similar in size which creates a more balanced, more consistent underfoot support. When I ran they felt smooth, light and responsive. Because this foam is 50 per cent lighter than EVA foam, I definitely noticed how light the feel on my feet – I felt like I was floating, even at the end of last week’s half marathon! (Race recap here).
Because of the ultraknit upper I decided to wear test them on a run without socks. Ok – I admit this wasn’t exactly planned. I was supposed to do yoga during lunch but it was a gorgeous day out so I wanted to run instead. Unfortunately I discovered after getting changed that I had forgotten my socks at home. I remembered that during our meeting with Reebok they head mentioned the ultraknit upper is meant to be consistent and soft to prevent blisters. So I took their word for it and went for a sockless run:
Turns out they’re right – no blisters, no owies!
After a month of injury free training in the Reebok Floatride Run shoes, I can say that I really like them! I wore them through a half marathon (that I didn’t train for) and felt great throughout the run. I didn’t get blisters from them and enjoyed running in them, or shall I say floating in them.
Another bonus with these shoes is that they still look cute when you’re not running!
Get them for $180 at Rosedale Running Room or online from Reebok.
Do you ever run without socks?