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Release Date: April 1, 2017
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 8MM
Shoe Category: neutral
On April 1, Reebok released their most technically advanced running shoe ever, the Floatride Run. I was fortunate enough to get to take a pair for a test ride last week before their release date. I tested them out at last week’s Ragnar Relay in the rolling hill of Tennessee. Here’s what you need to know about the shoe along with how they felt right out of the box.
Reebok was invested in getting this shoe precisely right before producing the final product. It was tested by over 300 runners during the development process! The Reebok Floatride Run is a light-weight, cushioned but responsive neutral running shoe that has a unique look and feel to it.
According to Reebok, these are the key features of the shoe:
- Floatride Foam: Floatride Foam has a consistent cell structure that delivers the seamless integration of cushioning and responsiveness.
- Ultraknit Upper: A seam-free Ultraknit upper construction is engineered in zones to provide adaptive comfort that offers support and breathable flexibility.
- EVA Support Rim: Supportive foam rim centers and balances your foot throughout the gait cycle.
How a shoe feels straight out of the box when you slip them on in the middle of a work day and how they feel at the end of a 12-person, 200-mile relay race is very different, but a fantastic way to see just how good a shoe really feels. The first thing I want to do after running a ton of miles is to rip my shoes off my feet to set them free. That wasn’t the case with this shoe.
Out of the box, the shoe felt springy, light-weight and comfortable. I walked around in them for an entire day trying to break them in a bit before heading to Chattanooga, Tennessee for Ragnar Relay. The arch of the shoe was a little bit higher than I’m used to and the toe box was a teeny bit snug on my wide foot by the end of the day, so I was concerned this would bother me while running. Much to my surprise, neither of these things were an issue for me while running! I experienced zero blisters, rubbing or discomfort. In fact, the more miles I ran in these shoes the more I wanted to wear them. When our team finished the race, I didn’t want to rip these off my feet like I normally do. In fact, I wasn’t even thinking about my feet at all, which to me is a good sign about how I’ll like these shoes over the long haul.
Overall, I think this is an interesting shoe that could be a good fit for runners looking for a shoe in the neutral category. It takes a few times to get the lacing just right since the upper is unique and unlike that of any other shoe I’ve worn recently, but other than that it’s a comfortable shoe that delivers exactly what Reebok promises—a comfortable, cushioned and responsive ride.
The Reebok Floatride Run is available at retailers nationwide and through www.reebok.com.