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- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 10.4 x 5.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- ASIN: B004FN1O94
- Item model number: RealFlex Runner
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 22, 2011
- 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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A little background: I'm a moderate runner. An hour a day three to four days a week and monthly 5Ks or 10Ks. I've never done research with regard to running shoes, never had my gait tested or had myself custom orthotics made. I just run.
My running shoe of choice had been C9s, a Champion brand, which I was able to find nice and cheap at Target. I was heartbroken when I went to replace my C9s and discovered that Target no longer carries them. I knew I should have bought multiple pairs.
I replaced them with Nike Initiators, which were really uncomfortable out of the box but slowly broke in over time. Still, they weren't a dream running shoe by any stretch, and they couldn't compare to my long-lost C9s.
So, as I said, I saw the commercials for the Realflex and read up about them online. There were very few reviews, but one person said, "If you want the Realflex, just get yourself some Nike Frees." So when I went to the sporting goods store, I tried them both.
The problem for me is that the Nike Frees don't have a tongue. I know that sounds like an odd reason to dismiss a shoe, but I like a shoe to have a tongue, what can I say? The Realflexes were crazy comfortable right out of the box, so I decided to trust my first instinct and go with them.
I've only had a couple of runs with them, but they feel amazing. In fact, I felt soreness everywhere else (I never stretch enough) but none in my feet. And as bizarre as this sounds, I find that when I wear them around the house, they're *more* comfortable than being barefoot.Read more ›
I have never owned a pair of Nike Free Runs or any shoe that is so low to the ground. Before the Realflex shoes, I ran in a pair of Nike Zoom Victory+, which allowed for an easy transition into these shoes because both are very lightweight. I have owned five pairs of them so these were the first different pair of training shoes that I have bought in about two years.
I went to a local store to learn more about these shoes. The store had a sample pair sitting outside for viewing and to examine the shoe. As seen in many of the pictures, the Realflex shoe is very flexible and can be bent to form a full circle, which I didn't really understand the purpose of at first. I have never owned a pair of Nike Free Runs or any shoe that is low to the ground quite like these. The Realflex boasts of a shoe with ample comfort yet lower to the ground than any shoe in its class, allowing for a more natural run. I had a salesperson get me a pair of the Realflex shoes, and half of a size lower than my actual foot size turned out to be the right fit.Read more ›
- It is very light, in fact it feels like you are running without a shoe (which I guess is the point)
- The shoe conforms well to the foot given the soft upper and the flexibility of the sole makes for a very natural running experience.
- Others have commented on the rubbing along the heel of the shoe and I've had that problem since I started using the shoe. I've worn every kind of sock imaginable, and now I have to run with a band-aid on my heel just to keep from rubbing it raw. This is the 1st pair of shoes I've ever had do that and it doesn't appear to be getting any better.
- The big issue is there just isn't enough support for running much over 5 miles. It's not about a more natural running stance or developing leg muscles that are underutilized in traditional shoes. This is about a lack of support regarding, foot, knee, and back pain. The sole appears soft and as if it would support longer runs, but I think longer runs are just not appropriate in this shoe.
Overall, the shoe feels reasonable well, short of the heel issue, but is really only good for (a) walking) or (b) runs under 4-5 miles. The Brooks Ravenna is a light, great all around shoe that I'm using now for longer runs. I'll leave the Realflex for short distance days.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best pair of shoes I have ever owned, but they need to be more sturdy for walking around with the same design, other than that, for walking and working purposes, lasted me six... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andres L.
I have had these shoes for a long time and only use them for running. I don't run long distances, but they are great. I expect to get a similar pair soon.Published on March 19, 2014 by Robert L.
I purchased these shoes because of their extremely flexible sole and because of the traction they offer. I use them as Disc Golf shoes and am quite happy with them as such. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Craig Swindell
I chose a five star rating because these shoes have taken a beating and still are comfy light and look good. Great for running jumping and all around fun. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by ivoryrascal