24. February 2014 10:55
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.
Are you a runner? Do you want to run faster?
ZQuick. The shoe that makes you unnaturally fast. Sounds great, doesn't it? I know I was intrigued and super excited to give them a go!
They arrived to me packed up in a nice reusable tote bag! I loved that I had no big bulky shoe box to contend with! I received the Punch Pink color which is just perfect for me because pink is my favorite color!!
The first day I wore them to CrossFit because we had a running WOD.
And I did move #unnaturallyquick though that workout. But I started to notice that the shoes were hurting the back of my heels. This is not unusual for me, but I was hoping it was just a matter of breaking in the shoes a bit more.
The next day I wore them on a run with the dog.
And by the end of the jog my heels looked like this
I contacted Reebok to let them know that I was having issues with the shoes. They thought it might be my socks, so they sent me out a few lovely pairs to try. I really did like the socks.
They also advised that I wait a week, let my heels heal and then give them another try.
I did that, and it didn't work. My heels just don't like the #zquick.
This makes me sad because I love Reebok and I loved the way the Zquick shoes felt when I had them on. It was moving that didn't work. So if I just needed them for standing they'd be great! Back when I was younger and Keds were all the rage, my heels would get ripped up, so this isn't something new for me. I think I just have super sensitive heels and depending on where the back of the shoe hits my heel makes all the difference in the world.
The toe box was super comfortable and I love the color, but I won't be able to wear them. Sad sad sad.
But I was still curious HOW ZQuick could make me a faster runner and this is what they said:
"For handling we also wanted to take into account the dynamics of the foot itself. Your foot changes in dimension when you put weight on. When your foot is completely weighted, it’ s about 5mm wider than when it’s in the air. That’s your own naturally handling feature. Your foot spreads out on impact to distribute force over a broader base. To accommodate for that natural handling feature we built slashes into the bottom unit that go all the way to the lasting board so that your Z-series shoe spreads with you."
So while this shoe doesn't work for me, maybe it will work for you. Reebok does offer FREE shipping and FREE returns, so if end up not working out for you, you can return them!
What's your favorite type of running shoe?