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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
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First - I was pretty skeptical about this or any other new-fad shoe design but was looking for something (anything) to try other than the standard shoes I have been running in for years.
Quick background - I starting running for fitness and the challenge about 3 years ago, namely distances of 5 miles plus. It started as way to lose the excess 35 lbs I had gained over some years and then became about the mental challenge of pursuing a goal - to run a full marathon. Long story short, I lost all the weight, got in shape and ran my first full marathon (first race / organized run ever actually) 3 years ago. I quickly learned that my right knee is plagued by ITBS - Inter-Tibial Band Syndrome. It basically (for me) causes the tendon running from your hip to your knee to swell and then inhibits the knee's bending while causing extreme pain over distance or continuous impact running...as confirmed last year with my 2nd Marathon where my knee "locked" up at mile 18...that last 8 miles with a knee brace and hobbling was almost enough to end my running right there.
I don't concede easily and after buying all of the high-end top name shoes, treadmill video gait checks, correcting my stride, fixing my form, trying the "barefoot" five-fingers for awhile trail running (natural) and wearing a knee brace - after a 16 mile run my knee just quits on me. From core-strengthening, to yoga to hip-flexor strengthening exercises too with cross-training, nothing helped at all.
I saw an ad for these some time ago and knew a couple of people who had them, but never really gave it another thought. 2 weeks out from this year's Marathon, I decided to give them a go...what do I have to lose. Ordered the Zig Energy (trust me - confusing, I know...the different type are generally just different materials...some for toning, some for running, etc; the soles all appear to be the same) and literally only put 30 mins on a treadmill for a quick hot-spot / fit check and another 6 miles outside when I ran out of run time that day. That was it for "break-in".
So, the final test: I did what I know better and tried something new on Race Day & ran my 3rd Full Marathon in Italy 2 weeks ago in them, untested (fully). It was cold and raining all day while I racked up the miles waiting for the 16 mile mark and imminent knee failure. 17 miles. 18 miles....no knee pain at ALL. Picked up the pace - 21, 22...these shoes are AMAZING! Ran my fastest Marathon time ever (03:44 - a PR for me at least!) on wet, cobblestone roads for 26.2 miles absolutely pain free for my first distance run ever. I am sold, no kidding, no BS. Works as advertised.

A few notes: The fit is right...I have a Wide Foot, but generally would wear an 8.5E (XW)...they didn't have it so I opted for the 9D (US size) and it fit perfectly. I worried about foot swell over distance (causing pain and blisters in the "toe-box" in narrow shoes), but while it did get snug, I didn't get a single blister or hot spot (seamless upper too helped I'm sure). I DID however due to foot lengthening / impact get 3 black toenails (impact blood blisters under the nail itself - they are lost after awhile). I have experienced this in boots and many other shoes as well...distance running just can cause this without a perfectly matched shoes tried and tested. I wore some high-end socks that I trained in for running and had no pain overall.
For Runners: Your foot-strike...this is designed to be a heel-strike shoe, FYI. I had to re-learn how to "improperly" run again after months of training otherwise (mid-fore foot). I kept my stride and gait about the same, but forced heel first impact unless I was passing other runners with some speed. It's it the design and again - regardless - it works. The only thing for me I significantly changed over 3 years, and it really works.

I have already ordered others for friends and passed the word to everyone I know. I want to find some for my kids too for Xmas...as trendy as they may seem, you can customize them completely in any color mix and even put your name on them (through Reebok for extra $$). I will be ordering a less flashy pair (black) for work as the black and bright yellow stands out a bit too much post marathon attire.

I am a dedicated customer and when a company makes something true to its claims and serves me well, I spread business by word of mouth (it goes both ways though!).

Buy them - you won't regret it. Read the other reviews - I did and had them proven correct.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2010
Size Name: 13 D(M) USColor Name: Black/CometVerified Purchase
With a recent history of plantar fasciitis and having it surgically repaired these shoes are awesome. I had a surgical repair for my condition three years ago and was still buying new shoes every 6-months. The verdict is still out on when my next shoe purchase will be. I am now working out in these shoes and have taken three all day trips to Disneyland. After the those trips my wife complains that her feet are hurting her, I laugh because mine feel great. Buy these shoes and replace the in-soles with after market thicker in-soles you will not regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2011
Size Name: 8 D(M) USColor Name: White/Pure SilverVerified Purchase
I have worn the shoes a few times as yet and done a few road runs + walks. They are really good and I like them, or more so, I love it :)
The following are my observations...

Size - I have wide feet (bordering on "E"). Therefore as recommended by others, I bought ½ size larger. It is a true to fit.

Comfort - Very very comfortable, smooth insides and hence has no "first wear" problems. Well cushioned and the arch support is good too. This is probably my best investment in sports shoes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 13 D(M) USColor Name: Black/Neon BlueVerified Purchase
these were purchased for hubby, he says they are the most comfortable shoes he has ever worn!!!! Each time he has worn them, someone else notices and comments. Reebok has been around for a LONG time and all of our purchases with this brand have been quite satisfactory...

so far, so good!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2011
Size Name: 12 D(M) USColor Name: Black/CometVerified Purchase
Best running shoes i've had in a while. They bring total comfort to my lower body in motion. I've now purchased a pair for basketball/tennis. Love them as well!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2011
Size Name: 10 D(M) USColor Name: Black/Neon BlueVerified Purchase
I loved this shoe. I bought it for work because my feet always hurt so bad. I bought these and my feet feeling so much better than they ever have. Shipped quickly and were in great condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2010
Size Name: 9 D(M) USColor Name: Black/CometVerified Purchase
Just as the title implies, these shoes are really really nice and comfy. The reason I gave it only four stars instead of five is because they are a little heavier than my previous ones, but that doesn't stop me from really liking these shoes a lot. I recommend buying these even though you are paying 100+ for shoes, it was still worth every penny in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
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I love these shoes. I bought them in white and they're super comfortable. I took them out for a test run and I was shocked at how low of an impact they had on knees. Really , these shoes are the best. Shipping was extremely fast. Awesome buy!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2011
Size Name: 10 D(M) USColor Name: Black/CometVerified Purchase
Comfortable if you want to walk but if you are planning to run, then they will hurt your feet. I do like the Pittsburgh sports colors.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
Size Name: 10 D(M) USColor Name: Black/Neon BlueVerified Purchase
The ZIGS were fabulous. They came on time and just as advertised. Great doing business with you. I have 3 pairs of this style athletic shoe, but yours cost less, are exactly the same as the ones in the store, and I didn't have to waste time and gas to purchase them.
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