A few weeks back, Reebok opened the #runwithone campaign promotion looking for brand ambassadors interested in trying out running shoes.
The survey was brief, and just days later I received a confirmation email that my shoes were on their way!
I immediately did a little research on the shoe Reebok had chosen to send me.
From their website:
- Structured textile upper designed to support the foot over the center of the platform, plus spacer mesh for breathability
- Low-cut design for added mobility with technical upper construction for fluid, seamless motion transition through the shoe
- Three-foam midsole with ultra soft layer for shock attenuation, lightweight layer for foot guidance, and a responsive layer to help with propulsion forward
- Stable and flat lateral arch area for maximum ground contact for runners with a neutral gait
- Outsole release zone for pronation control and stride integrity, plus outsole progression groove for longitudinal flexibility
- High abrasion rubber heel with decoupled outsole durably isolates shock absorption at the heel strike
I'll be honest: before getting the shoes, I was a little skeptical. Of all the brands I've run in, Reebok has never been one of them. I was also nervous to learn that these were shoes for neutral runners, and I tend to over-pronate, especially as I get tired on longer runs.
My shoes arrived in a timely manner. Out of the box, I was pleased with the color and style. I tried them on with two different running socks, my Thorlos and my Pumas, and they were comfortable with both. I waited for a training day that called for a short run because - being the cautious runner I am - I didn't want to try a speed workout or long run in brand new shoes.
I was pleasantly surprised with the ONE Cushions. They were soft in a way that made my feet feel comfortable on my run, but not so soft that I felt I was lacking support. They felt light and were extremely easy to run in. They weigh 9.9 oz (a touch heavier than my current shoes) and the fit was roomy at the toe and snug at the heel. In fact, there seemed to be extra padding there to avoid slippage, which was wonderful. I wear a size 7 shoe regularly, but in running shoes I wear an 8.5, and that's what I ordered - these fit just how I like them!
Overall, I definitely think I'll add these to my regular rotation for short runs, but because of the flatter arch, I don't see them becoming a long distance shoe for me.
I received these shoes free of charge as a Reebok brand ambassador for the purpose of writing a review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own and I was not compensated for my review. An error in my order meant I received two of the same pairs, so I'll be sending one back for a different model, which will receive a separate review.
Have you ever run in Reeboks?
Do you get nervous to try new brands/models of running shoes?