- Model: Reebok Floatride
- Type: Neutral / cushioned
- Surface: Road
- RRP: £119.99
- Rating out of 5: 5 stars
Cushion without compromise
A long-awaited comeback from a well known brand, the first iteration of the Reebok Floatride certainly packs a punch. A lightweight cushioned shoe (233g for men’s, size 9) designed for longer distances, it offers a nice combination of soft heel strike and firm forefoot.
The Floatride is undoubtedly a good-looking shoe, and has a simple make-up of a knitted upper, soft midsole, cage and heel cup. This minimalist feel makes it lightweight, yet the foam midsole means it’s durable. Many running shoes are now positioned firmly in the ‘athleisure’ section (Ultra Boost, Flyknit), meaning they’re often worn when not running, and you can see the Floatride joining that league.
The real tech in this shoe is in the midsole. The Floatride foam is 50 per cent lighter than EVA foam and has more evenly-sized cells, which in turn offers a more balanced, consistent ride from heel-strike to toe-off. It also gives the shoe it’s light, responsive feel. The slightly sturdier strip of EVA laid on top of this acts to keep your foot in check when you land.
A stylish ride
At first look the heel cup seems as though it could chafe on the achilles when running, but in fact the soft, flexible rubber fits snug on the heel. The knitted upper makes for a handy addition, particularly when you want breathability on the longer distance runs, and apart from the heel cage it feels like wearing a technical sock.
The ‘cage’ lacing system added a robust angle to the soft upper, and in fact there was no need to tie the laces too tight as the knitted upper did the work, keeping my foot snug inside the shoe.
The outsole of the Floatride was my only apprehension: the waffle-like sole adds to the lightweight appearance, however even in light rain my foot-strike felt slightly slippery. More of a cautionary note rather than a major issue, and certainly not enough to dampen what is a very strong running shoe.
Reebok’s return to running has firmly placed them in the upper echelons of the running shoe market. The Floatride is a shoe that ticks all boxes, even for a usual stability-loving runner like myself. It looks great, has a comfortable ride, and more importantly has exciting potential – I’m already looking forward to future iterations.
This shoe certainly puts Reebok back on the map of serious running shoes, and I’m certain it’ll go the distance.