I’ve harped on about how epic my Ragnar Relay experience was in Tennessee last week, and now the video has finally uploaded and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. Would love if you gave the video a watch (and a thumbs up!) and subscribed to my Youtube channel if you haven’t already!
The main reason that Reebok invited us to take part was to launch their new distance running shoe; the Floatrides. We were each sent a pair about a week in advance to get some miles in them before race weekend, so all in all I’ve put about 50 miles into these.
First impressions were good. I’m not going to lie but some Reebok running shoes haven’t been the most attractive (although I have a serious love for my original Z Pumps), I loved the look of these. The women’s colour way is light grey and fluoro yellow, whilst the mens are black and blue. I think they look great – super sleek and stylish.
Obviously, more importantly than the look is the fit of the shoe.
They fit like a glove, or in this case, a sock. Speaking of which, you can wear these shoes with or without socks, whichever you prefer (this runner prefers with socks, usually a mis-matching pair). I love the knitted upper, which provides support yet comfort for wider feet, like mine, but also accommodates the narrower foot too, due to the elasticity of the material. The lightweight cage adds an additional layer of support however it’s definitely a neutral shoe and so won’t protect those who over or under pronate. I did find that after 15 miles my big toes were a little sore, however I get pressure points there on more shoes from the way I run.
Also I know you’re probably not supposed to, but these shoes are great for the lazy runner that doesn’t undo the laces between runs… I know I’m not the only one
Unlike a number of knitted trainers though is the more rigid, supportive heel piece, which provides protection. Personally, this is where I get blisters and have even bruised the bone of my heel from ill-fitting shoes, but am happy to report that there were no issues at all with this more solid fabric. It stopped my foot slipping out of the shoe whilst also providing a ‘you-can’t-miss-this’ fluorescent yellow hit to ensure you’re seen on your early morning (3.20am Ragnar leg) or late night run.
The sole is a grid shape, providing traction and grip both on and off road (although I wouldn’t take these on a trail run, take it from me that sticks will poke through the knit upper and little stones nestle their way into your shoes, plus they don’t love the mud).
With an 8mm drop, slightly less than your average running shoe but more than you’d find in a minimalist shoe. The cushion is lovely (not quite as springy as the Adidas Boost), but bouncy enough that I suffered no ill effects as a heel/mid foot striker on the roads of Tennessee. The midsole is made from Reebok’s Floatride Foam, they’ve developed this with ‘cells’ of foam that are similar in size to create a consistent, responsive support underfoot.
One major point to mention is that these shoes are really, really lightweight. Perfect for throwing into your gym bag, carry on or luggage on holiday without adding bulk or weight to your bag. Apparently the foam is 50% lighter than EVA foam -that’s ethylene vinyl acetate (I had to google it).
You’ll love these if… you’re a fan of the knit upper of the Nike Flyknit and the Adidas Boost.
Give them a miss if… you’re looking for more support from your shoes.
These shoes are going to make a solid addition in my shoe rotation. These shoes are out today, April 1st from SweatShop for £119.99.