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Feb 25

Reebok ZQuick + 5 Fast Miles

My shoe collection is out of control. 

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

I’m not complaining!  As someone who works out nearly daily, I actually use the 10 pairs of athletic shoes in my closet.  Dress shoes, notsomuch.

This is why I was so excited when I had the opportunity to try out Reebok’s new ZQuick. I realized I’d been wearing Reebok apparel for a long time, but had never tried their shoes!

ZQuick

About the ZQuick

The fact that the ZQuick was inspired by the high-performance “Z-Rated” tires makes them even cooler than they look.  (Side note: I’m a BIG car person.)  Like the tire tread, The Z-Rated outsole provides top-notch handling and control.

The grooves in the rubber outsole provide flexibility and ground-gripping performance.  This was especially helpful when I went jogging after Atlanta’s ice storm!  I was rocking my city’s shady streets, which is a miracle given my reputation as a klutz.

ZQuick

I finally learned my lesson and hung out indoors until the ice melted.

Finding a shoe that fits well can be a struggle for me.  I found that these shoes ran a tad large.  When the size they sent over was too big, they replaced it so fast I was shocked (good customer service!!!).

Once I got into the right size, I fully appreciated the way Reebok considered the dynamics of the foot.  You know how your foot seems to spread out when you put weight on it?  That’s not in your head!  It’s about about 5mm wider than when it’s in the air.  To accommodate for that natural spread, Reebok included slashes in the bottom unit that ensure the shoe spreads with you.  The Z-Rated outsole geometry is calibrated for control, traction and speed, while the no-sew upper and internal bootie (hee hee… bootie…) ensure you’re locked in tight for the ride. I loved this video about the technology behind the shoe.

ZQuick

Reebok ZQuick Features:

  • No-Sew upper with light and flexible NanoWeb PU cast for breathable protection and support
  • Low-cut for mobility with lightweight Bootie fit system for comfort
  • Light, low profile EVA midsole designed with a radical new geometry for outstanding handling.
  • Medial and lateral underfoot grooves allow midsoles to flex and expand, increasing ground contact for a smooth, quiet ride
  • A sleek new last allows the foot to move naturally, while keeping foot stable on the platform
  • CRTek high abrasion rubber in key wear areas for lighter durability

My Point (and I do have one)

With my variety of shoes, the first thing I noticed when I picked up the ZQuick was how incredibly light weight they were.  Second was the bootie.  It gives a comfortably snug fit, which is perfect if you have ever struggled with your heel slipping like I have.  The fabric overall felt natural.  The material they used almost made it feel like the top of my foot was bare!  I mean that in a  good way – it was a very natural run!

In these shoes, I ran the fastest 5 miles I have in a long, long time.  I hated to stop to take a pic, but how could I pass up a shot of this painting of trees among trees?

Trees on trees

Where to buy Reebok ZQUICK:

Price:  under $85
Online: Reebok.com
In Stores: Finish Line

Connect with Reebok on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Learn more about the Reebok ZQUICK here!

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I’m getting the run itch again… I signed up for my first race in over a year!

How many pairs of shoes do you have?  More athletic shoes or heels?

What’s the strangest sight you’ve seen while running?

 

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  1. Emily

    I love that sole! It looks super comfy. I’d love to pick up a pair!!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! It was a really neat tech add!

  2. Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness

    I was pleasantly surprised by the ZQuick!

  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I always like to add more shoes to my collection! Some say it’s a problem. What do they know? ;) BTW – very cool pic of the trees!

    1. Laura

      Nah… no shoes would be a problem. ;)

  4. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    My preference is always barefoot BUT since I know it’s not highly recommended to go around without shoes, then I want to be comfortable and that just doesn’t mean heels and dressy shoes for this girl very often. I also haven’t purchased a new pair of workout shoes lately and I think I’m overdue… ;)

  5. Kierston

    I don’t own very many heels! I don’t like concentrating on my walk LOL

    This look super fun.

    1. Laura

      Funny for a competitor after wearing those stripper heels, right? ;)

  6. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I actually don’t have that many pairs of shoes. I’ve had to do cross country/planet moves so many times that I learnt to stop being excessive!

    1. Laura

      If I ever had to move… it would be tragic!

  7. Tina Muir

    I am starting to see a lot of reviews for them! I am open to new brands, and new styles of shoes as I rotate mine daily, but I can see the hype behind these, they look good! I love lightweight shoes, and actually all of mine are! I should look into trying a pair soon! Thanks for the insight!

  8. Emma @ Life's A Runner

    Thank you for such a detailed review! I have three pairs of running shoes and ZERO heels. Yuck.

    1. Laura

      Lucky you! I have to keep ‘em on hand for work. :(

  9. Jennifer F

    I have 20+ pairs of running shoes that still have lots of life in them but about 5 are in my regular rotation. Saw a coyote on Sunday while running, he crossed about 20 yards in front of me and then jogged parallel to me on a neighborhood trail — I was on the road but could see him through the trees, I was hoping he wasn’t hungry and looking at my juicy calves.

    1. Laura

      20+?! You are my shoe hero.

      That coyote… I would have peed myself. LOL!

  10. Jody - Fit at 56

    Wish I could run in other brands but due to my feet I have to stick with the Hoka OneOne.

  11. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    you know i love me some reebok shoes! these look amazing. i’m all about light!

  12. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's

    Okay, you’ve made me NEED to try these. I always have an overhang because of my wide feet and I wonder if these would eliminate that?

    1. Laura

      Yes! I have that same problem with so many hoes. I call them my Flinstone feet. ;)

  13. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Cool. My shoe collection is insane. Really insane. I love shoes. I couldn’t even begin to count the number and I have to switch out winter and summer shoes b/c the don’t all fit into a single closet. I’ve seen so many strange things during runs … today we saw the wiener mobile vandalized and parked on one of the side streets in the neighborhood.

    1. Laura

      The weiner mobile?! That’s really cool. They need to put one of those on my trail. LOL!

  14. Jolynn @ Lift Pray Love

    I have a TON of heels that have barely been worn. Back in the college days I had a thing for buying them. Actually, I still do. Only they hardly get worn. I’m just starting to add to my gym shoe collection and I can’t say I’m hating it :)

    1. Laura

      I used to wear them all the time too. Now I’m like “but I don’t skip leg day, bro.” LOL!

      Cheers to getting back!!!

  15. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I’m so jealous! I was supposed to go to the reveal in NYC a few weeks ago and was snowed and iced in. :( Love these shoes!

    1. Laura

      Oh no! That would have been SO cool!!!

  16. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    TAKE ME SHOE SHOPPING? You might BARF when I tell you this but…. I have been wearing the same kicks for the past 5 years! HA! Talk about foot injury waiting to happen!

    1. Laura

      Whaaat?! But you live in the fashion mecca. You should have golden sneakers.

  17. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    I never tried Reebok shoes!! But when you say they are light – I LOVE light running shoes. I’m stucked with my Asics so far – I guess my next ones will be Reebok!

  18. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    Haha – love that painting of trees among the trees! I usually have a couple pairs at one time – one for indoor treadmill running and one for outdoors running – weird yeah – but my pronation is different inside and out. I dont believe you ran after the ice storm – even my dog didn’t wanna go for a walk – she turned back at my mailbox at the top of my driveway!

    1. Laura

      Have you seen it? They changed it to eyes this week!

  19. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    YAY for a race!!!! And 10 pairs of shoes? Nice!

  20. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Cute shoes! They just look light and fast :-) And comfy too!

  21. Kim @ FITsique

    I am not a big runner, but I honestly live in sneakers all day everyday. I am always looking for pairs that have good support for standing all day but are light and can transfer right into a workout. I’ve never tried Reebok sneaks before but my next pair might have to be some!

  22. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    My workout shoe collection is crazy! I don’t care for those other shoes…. ;) These do look and sound awesome!

    1. Laura

      “Normal” shoes are overrated. ;)

  23. Purelytwins

    cute shoes! and we have about 3 or 4 workout shoes, though we are about to buy some new ones. typically we workout in our bare feet but we love a good light weight shoe!

  24. Mary Ann

    Like those shoes and thanks for the snug heel comment. It’s hard to find a shoe that doesn’t slip. As for a car nut, so am I. Ialso drive a BMW 328ixdrive…love it.. It’s a 2011 so I’m just starting to look at a new one. Drove the 2014 328 and am so disappointed with the electronic steering. Just not the same!

    1. Laura

      German cars are the best! Mine is a 2012… but I’m already looking forward to the next one. That new 4 series is pretty!

  25. Cassie

    I have probably at least 30 pairs of shoes in my closet. It’s a good mix – flat sandals, wedges, heels, boots, booties, athletic shoes. I just bought a casual pair of sneakers to wear around instead of my running shoes and I’m obsessed.

    1. Laura

      That’s what a need next – casual sneakers! I think if I got black I could get away with them at work…

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