Reebok Men's Realflex Optimal Running Shoe,Black/Pure Silver/Charged Green,6.5 M US
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- Synthetic and mesh
- Synthetic sole
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Reebok was founded for one of the best reasons possible: athletes wanted to run faster. So in the 1890s, Joseph William Foster made some of the first known running shoes with spikes in them. By 1895, he was in business making shoes by hand for top runners; and before long his fledgling company, J.W. Foster and Sons, developed an international clientele of distinguished athletes.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- ASIN: B006T967D0
- Item model number: RealFlex Optimal-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: August 10, 2012
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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The Reebok Realflex is a good concept shoe, in that, it promises the wearer's foot natural flexibility when worn. While the shoe is very flexible, there are issues, I believe very serious issues, with the construction.
1. A very lightweight and attractive shoe.
2. Price on Amazon is very reasonable.
1. The Realflex multi directional flex nodes run longer down the center of the she from the toes to the mid-foot. That results in the shoe/foot rolling outwards, (excessively) when striking the ground, which could eventually lead to injury. These longer nodes also leave a very uncomfortable "bulky" sensation down the middle of the foot, (from the toes to mid foot), while standing, walking and running.
2. The shoe is constructed very narrowly, even for my narrow feet, in spite of the fact I purchased wider that I normally wear. While the mesh upper offer comfort to most areas of the upper shoe, the front toe box area have a very constricting band which does not allow the forefoot/toes to naturally spread upon striking the ground. You could purchase a wider size to offset, but, I believe the fault lays with the design, a more rounded toe box area would have been much better.
I must admit that s is my first pair of Reeboks, and it was purchased for the price, (I wanted an inexpensive shoe on amazon to run with my girls in a 5k while on vacation,, as I did not pack my "tried and true" pair). I would not recommend this model/brand, not even for walking.
TRAIN HARD WIN EASY!!
Not everything's perfect though: They weren't the kind of shoe one could slip on and off without monkeying with the laces and they wore out pretty easy due to the light materials. As far as I can tell, Reebok stopped making the original style. I did a little (obsessive) research, read reviews, compared tread patterns, compared weights etc. and found the Realflex Optimal seemed the closest I could get.
The short version: Optimal is apt. They fit well. I am in love.
My immediate expectation was slight disappointment because I've ran four pairs of the old ones smooth. and that builds some biases. They were -slightly- heavier. They were -slightly- less flexible. Then I slipped them on and laced them up.
Oh my. These are some comfortable shoes.
A few weeks later and I can say the differences I expected to disappoint aren't even noticeable and the complaints I had about the original have been fixed. The more comfortable material allows me to slip them on and off and they're WAY more durable.
Give these guys a shot and you'll feel like you're running on clouds.
A few people have complained about the support of the shoe on previous reviews, it has little to no support and that's how it's built. Super flexible, lots of cushion. Not for court play,trail running or anything else intense like that. I actually just use them for everyday and love them. I haves a pair of saucony's for running because I needed a shoe with more support. I'm a regular size guy, six feet 180 lbs.
Do your research before you purchase, like anything. Figure out what you need and purchase accordingly. These area amazing shoes, super cheap. At my local shoe stores they go for over $100. So I'm supper pumped about that. I don't care about color so I just get the ones that are one for the best deal.