Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi Reviewed & Rated

7.3 score
Runnerclick score (7.3)/10

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Editor rating: 6.7 / 10
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Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi Reviewed & Rated Review Facts

The Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi is a high-top sneaker with a classic look. It was originally billed as a basketball shoe, for good reason considering the ankle-supporting design. Now, it’s marketed more as a fitness shoe, good for those who require some extra ankle support or as a stylish high-top casualwear sneaker. The shoe is men’s only and was originally inspired by a women’s shoe back in the day. We say back in the day because the Ex-O-Fit has been around since the ’80s. When a shoe has been around that long, there’s probably a good reason. One of the reasons for the popularity of the retro-styled Reebok sneaker is its supportive design, its minimalist look, and the fact that it’s super easy to simply slip on. It won’t be your go-to for running, but if you’re into other fitness activities that require a lot of lateral movement or you want a supportive shoe for daily walking around, the Ex-O-Fit Hi is a great choice.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • Excellent support overall
  • Incredibly durable
  • Classic design
  • High-quality construction
  • Great fit
  • Flexible
  • Lightweight
  • Sizing up may be required
  • Light on the cushioning
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What are buyers saying?

We have spent 5 hours analyzing a total of 450 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

  • I have been using this shoe for over 2 decades and I am never disappointed. They are super supportive and comfortable all over my feet and ankles.
  • These fit perfect and were a bit wide. They look great and style is dope.
  • I have bought 3 pairs of these now and I love them. They are super fly and old school. They have to be some of the most comfortable shoes ever.
  • These have great ankle support and have stuck true to the vintage style as always. They are so comfy, I love them.
  • Great classic trainers. They are always great in comfort and look great with anything.
  • These are always a winner. They are comfortable and look classic. The leather is easy to clean as well.
  • 2 decades of comfort right here. They have never changed and they have been super consistent in quality and comfort.
  • These are kind of like sneaker boots. They are really supportive and very comfortable. A great sneaker all around.
  • My husband and I both get these. I love the style, very classic, and they are so comfortable and never change, so I know what I am getting every time I order.
  • These are so versatile and good looking I am able to run or play in these with no issues. Great shoes.
  • I have been ordering these since they first came out years ago. I dance in these and they have such great support and comfort. These are really flexible, which I need and they look great.
  • The boots are incredibly snug and comfy yet still look like “going out” boots. I love them.
  • The size never changes, thank god. They work so good with my feet and support me with my daily activities. You cannot go wrong with these shoes.
  • The quality is not quite as good when the first came out, but nothing is any moe. I love these shoes. I continue to buy them every year and they are always comfortable and a great price.
  • These look great with everything and have the comfort to go with it. I usually get them every 15 months or so, they last.
  • These are great shoes to drive in. hey are always comfortable and really durable I’ve bought 4 airs in 15 years and always wear them out. I like that they are plain too, not all flashy.
  • These are like wearing an extremely comfortable boot. I feel they have changed a bit. I had to get these a size larger than normal.
  • I love high tops! They fit good with pants and can go business casual with the black ones. They are so comfortable and easy to clean. They fit like a glove every time.
  • These are a real classic, one they have barely changed over the years. They are good quality and durable a well as have great comfort and stability. I love this shoe and have for years.
  • I was looking for a classic throwback sneaker. These are it. They are actually really comfortable and well designed. I was surprised, as I was going strictly for aesthetics.
  • Comfortable and very supportive shoe. These are the only trainers that work with my feet. I have been buying these for years and I do not plan of changing. Perfect shoe.
  • I have very flat feet and find these shoes to be just what i need in support and comfort. They fit to size and don't squish my feet.
  • The ankle support is beyond anything out there. They are so comfortable . They are by far the best shoes I have ever owned and I am so happy that they continue to make them the same. For years now!
  • These are actually my “work boots” They are so supportive and comfortable and keep my feet pain free all day.
  • I had reconstruction done on my feet and I need high tops. These were the only non-fashion ones I could find and mand are they comfortable. I am so pleased with these. They are so supportive and look great. I am so grateful.
  • Apparently Reebok doesn't like their older customers. After getting these for years, the last pair was a size to small. I always order the same size. I am so disappointed.
  • I am not happy. These were way too narrow and had a poor quality design. Do not waste your money.
  • I wish they had available widths. I used this shoe for years. My foot has gotten wider and now they do not it anymore.
  • These are high tops but they were not high enough to keep my ankles supported. The laces and strap were too low for what I need.
  • Cheap product. They have no padding and were not comfortable. They look good though.
The Reviewmeter shows you an overall score that you can easily refer to. The highest rating is 10 (100% positive feedback)
Of the 450 reviews we found in total, 12% were negative, and 88% were positive.


The Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi isn't really designed as an outdoor shoe. The outsole is made of high abrasion rubber so that the sole wears slowly and is somewhat resistant, but it's doesn't have an impressive tread pattern that makes it suitable for outdoor training. It's more of a walking around shoe or a shoe for indoor workouts. The rubber is tacky enough to provide grip on slippery indoor surfaces like a basketball court, but the Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi is not for outdoor conditions.


The midsole of this Reebok shoe features EVA foam. It's a standard midsole material that offers a bit of protection from impact and adds a comfortable layer between the wearer's foot and the shoe's outsole. The cushioning isn't overly generous, but for what you'll be using it for you don't really need tons of padding. Unless you'll be using the shoe to walk around all day, the EVA foam should suffice. A few reviewers complained that there wasn't enough midsole cushioning, but they were in the minority. It's a good sneaker for the gym but you shouldn't hit the treadmill with it since it just doesn't have the right amount of midsole padding to protect you from the forces of impact that come with running.


The upper of this Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi shoe is composed of high-quality leather. The ankle height of the shoe provides stability and there's even a strap - in addition to laces - to secure the foot and ankle in position. Inside the shoe, there's a lightly padded sock liner for added comfort. The upper is clearly made of sturdy materials, which reviewers really appreciated. The result is a solid, durable shoe. A few reviewers took issue with the ankle strap and didn't like the look or feel of it, while others found it a convenient way to tighten the fit without fiddling with the laces.


We couldn't pinpoint a listed weight for this shoe but users should expect a little more heft consider the higher cut and durable construction materials. That's not to say that the Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi is a behemoth of a shoe, quite the opposite. Reviewers found the Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi incredibly lightweight considering its design. Just keep your expectations in check. This isn't a shoe that's built for racing, but it's lightweight enough that it feels comfortable and allows users to feel agile no matter what activity they're pursuing.


You'd think that with a full leather upper the Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi shoe would leave your feet sweaty and hot as heck. According to reviewers, that's not the case. Users didn't have any complaints about their feet feeling overheated in the Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi. If anything, the narrow fit that some mentioned was the bigger culprit in ruining the feel of the shoe. Breathability, though? Not a problem. Again, the Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi isn't meant for running, so users were likely perspiring less anyhow, but it's nice to know that the shoe doesn't suffocate the foot, in the end.


Reviewers found the Ex-O-Fit super comfortable. The fit was good for most, except for the few who had to size up because they felt the shoe was too narrow. Reviewers also commented on the flexible nature of the Reebok shoe, which helped enhance overall comfort. The shoe ventilates well, too, is lightweight, and features just the right amount of midsole padding. It's a great option for everyday wear and many users found themselves wearing the shoe all-day, even for work purposes.


One of the biggest reasons for the Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi popularity is its design. The look is a bit retro - largely unchanged since it's debut in the '80s - and seriously minimalist. The branding is subtle and there are no large logos that make the shoe look busy. The colorways are also single-color designs. There are no accent colors or two-toned styles. The white version is all-white, and the black version is all-black. Even the other color options feature a very simple color scheme. Wearers like the designs because they are plain and work well with plenty of outfits. The understated classic look is easy to wear. A few reviewers weren't super excited about the look of the velcro strap, but others really liked this element.


The retro Reebok sneaker really shines when it comes to durability. Over and over again, reviewers said the same thing. They have been wearing the Ex-O-Fit for years. They've had the same pair for years. They wore the same shoe for over a decade without swapping it out. Either all these reviewers are taking extremely good care of their sneakers, or they've all chosen to wear a high-quality shoe with a fantastically sturdy construction. It's definitely the latter. Newcomers to the Ex-O shoe were equally impressed with the shoe's ability to withstand high-frequency wear. The high abrasion rubber outsole plays a part in keeping things together starting right at the sole and the beautiful leather upper isn't just stylish, it's super high-quality and will last a while. Of course, the shoes won't look new forever. They'll get dirty, maybe start to wear out in a few places, but users were adamant that they felt comfortable wearing the Reebok shoe for years before purchasing a new pair.


This isn't a running shoe, so don't expect a high level of cushioning in the midsole. That said, this doesn't mean the Ex-O-Fit isn't going to protect you from everyday impact. There's a nice layer of EVA foam in the midsole, which provides protection. The shoe also features a high-cut design, which offers a tremendous amount of support, particularly for the ankle. This makes the Ex-O-Fit a good candidate sneaker for anyone playing sports or doing activities where lateral movement is required. It's also a good choice for those with weak ankles who need protection from potential injuries.


The Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi isn't a running shoe nor does it have the responsive midsole cushioning you might see in many shoes geared towards running activities. Reviewers had nothing to say about responsiveness but did find the shoe suitable for activities that require a little pep in the step.


The sneaker provides ample all-around support. Unlike low-cut shoes, the Ex-O-Fit provides generous support around the ankle. This makes the shoe a great choice for activities where lateral movement is frequent and ankle injuries are common. Reviewers found the Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi extremely supportive not just because of the ankle height and secure strap design, but also because of the sturdy upper construction. Not everyone enjoyed the ankle strap design, but it definitely works well to secure the foot in place.


Don't expect to wear this shoe for outdoor hikes. It's more suitable for indoor gym workouts. You probably wouldn't want to get the shoes dirty anyhow. They would work for light walking around town, but otherwise, the Ex-O-Fit shoes are best kept indoors. Many users also used them for all-day workwear. Keep them for the gym or for work and you'll likely get plenty of use out of them. Plus, you'll keep them clean.


The majority of reviewers were happy to pay for the retro Reebok sneaker because of its extremely impressive quality construction. The durable shoes lasted many users several years and users found the value very much outweighed any cost associated with the shoe.


The outsole of the Ex-O-Fit Hi is composed of high abrasion rubber. That keeps the outsole from falling apart. The tread is a little more basic but provides enough traction for indoor workouts like those on a basketball court or at the gym. Users had no complaints about the shoe's ability to grip surfaces and were happy with the Ex-O-Fit's performance in this area.


While the shoe doesn't look naturally flexible, users said otherwise. They liked the flexible design of the Reebok shoe. The very supportive Ex-O-Fit doesn't feel rigid and uncomfortable, quite the opposite. Users were able to get support, without feeling uncomfortably stuffed in a shoe that doesn't move with them.


Thanks to the ankle height construction and strap design around the ankle, users can choose to tighten the fit of the shoe as they wish. Instead of just the standard laces, wearers can also adjust the fit around the ankle to increase or diminish the amount of lateral support provided. Other aspects of the Ex-O also help to provide stability. The upper fit is just right, which helps to keep wearers from experiencing unwanted movement in any plane. The tread underfoot provides enough grip for indoor training scenarios or simple casual wear.


We couldn't find a listed drop for the Ex-O-Fit Hi, but at a glance, it looks like a shoe with a minimal heel to the toe height difference. Either way, reviewers didn't seem to find any issue with the geometry of the shoe.
Key Features

Key Features

- Originally produced in the '80s
- Leather high-top design for support
- The ankle-height design provides stability
- Ankle strap for secure fit and support
- EVA midsole for protection
- EVA foam sock liner
- High Abrasion rubber outsole for durability
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you're looking for a casualwear sneaker or a shoe to wear to the gym, the Ex-O-Fit is a valid contender. For anyone with ankle weakness issues or athletes participating in sports that require a lot of side to side movement, the retro Reebok shoe not only offers a classic look and design but plenty of support. The shoe is worth its price thanks to its incredibly durable construction. Many users seemed happy to wear the shoe for years upon end. The Ex-O-Fit is comfortable, fits well and offers a lightweight flexible design that moves with the user. A few users with wide feet may need to size up but otherwise, if you choose this Reebok Ex-O-Fit Hi sneaker, expect them to provide long-lasting support, style, and comfort.