Reebok Floatride Run Smooth

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Reebok Floatride Run Smooth Review Facts

The Reebok Floatride Run Smooth was engineered to be a fast, lightweight, supportive, and breathable neutral road running sneaker. The outsole and midsole work together to deliver a smooth heel to toe transition while the upper is made to be adaptable to any foot shape. The material used in the upper is extremely breathable and the sockliner provides lots of soft comfort. The sneaker is pretty subtly-designed but also aesthetically pleasing. The rear of the shoe boasts a shiny heel cup which is both great looking and supportive. These shoes do not feature a ton of amazing technologies but a large number of reviewers admit that they are both comfortable and supportive.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight design
  • Breathable and adaptable Flexweave material in the upper
  • Rippled rubber outsole is durable and supportive
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Floatride cushioning system delivers cushioned comfort yet firm support
Cons
  • Midsole tends to feel a bit stiffer compared to other midsole materials
  • Some users said the durability is not so great
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Reebok Floatride Run Smooth features a high abrasion rubber outsole designed to withstand lots of use. The rippled rubber design enables the sneaker to grip the ground with ease and last throughout lots of mileage. The engineering of the outsole allows the shoe to maintain contact with underfoot terrain to create a smooth ride, hence the word “smooth” in the name. The outsole also features thin strips of carbon injected rubber which aid in the great traction and durability of the sneaker. The materials that make up the outsole enable the sneaker to perform well during road racing and help the shoe to be durable and reliable.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of this shoe is made up of a combination of different types of foam, aiming at making the sneaker deliver the best cushioning and responsiveness around - whether it is or not is yet to be seen. This mixture of foam is 50% lighter than typical EVA Foam which is a huge plus. The cells within Floatride Foam are evenly sized which help the shoe to deliver a more balanced and consistent ride from heel to toe. If you look at the midsole, it may look like it has a minimalist design but the cushioning is much more superior to minimalist sneakers. The midsole also boasts a thin strip of EVA Foam on the top which helps to keep your foot centered and balanced. Aesthetically speaking, the Floatride foam features a zig-zag pattern on the top of the midsole, which is unique yet attractive.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper on this shoe is constructed using Flexweave material which is flexible and durable. The material delivers an adaptable fit that moves and flexes with your foot. Flexweave is formed by using a figure-8 weaving configuration and allows for excellent breathability and comfort. This material extends throughout most of the upper ending only at the heel where Reebok placed a supportive 3D heel cradle. This heel cradle is designed to offer a supportive fit and to contour your Achilles in cushioned comfort for zero heel irritation. The entirety of the upper features a bootie-like construction for exceptional comfort. There is no separate tongue in this shoe, instead, the upper forms the tongue and helps reduce irritation. At the rear of the shoe, above the heel cradle, you will find a heel pull tab to aid in easy on and off application.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Although there are no exact specifications available for how much these sneakers weigh, they are going to feel lightweight on your feet due to their engineering. The heaviest part of the sneaker will be the rubber outsole but it is rippled in design and not solid all the way from heel to toe, so that will detract from the weight of the shoe. The midsole and upper are both made from lightweight materials and will feel adaptable and light on the feet.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Flexweave that makes up this sneakers' upper is extremely breathable thanks to the way that the material is weaved together. The figure-8 weaving pattern allows air to flow into and out of the foot chamber easily. The interior of the Floatride Run Smooth is lined with a breathable sock liner as well that is designed to wick moisture away from your foot and allow for comfort. Overall, many users said that they were impressed with how breathable these shoes were.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

These lightweight neutral running sneakers have earned the love of many reviewers because they are very comfortable. The Floatride Foam found in the midsole is extremely lightweight and very soft on the feet. This combines with the Run Smooth outsole with rippled rubber. These two features help to deliver a smooth running transition from heel to toe. The upper is made of Flexweave material which is engineered to adapt and form to any foot shape. This means that the sneaker will mold to your foot comfortably. The bootie design of the upper gives the sneaker a slipper-like feel and will be comfortably snug on your foot.
Style
Style

Style

The overall design of the upper is fairly simplistic; there are no flashy colors or bold designs. Rather, the sneaker boasts a sleek and simple solid color throughout most of the upper. Some colorways do offer a dual-tone option, with a brighter color underneath the mesh and popping in the heel collar. The firm heel cradle is an opaque rubber-like material that looks stylish and offers a pop of excitement to the upper with its shiny design. Overall, these sneakers are sleek and simple but look great on and off.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsole of these sneakers is made up of highly durable rubber that is very abrasion-resistant. This means the shoes should be able to withstand hundreds of miles of use without unnecessary wear and tear. The midsole’s Floatride Foam is also designed to bounce back to its original shape easily so it should be fairly durable, although any sort of foam is going to crease and break down eventually. The upper has no overlays and is only made up of a flexible fabric so it is a little more susceptible to wear. With that said, the heel cup delivers exceptional durability in the heel area and will help the sneaker to maintain its shape over time.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The bulk of the protection in these sneakers will come from the durable rubber outsole. The rippled design is made to allow your feet to experience a smooth and comfortable heel to toe transition which will, in turn, protect you from a jolting and uncomfortable running performance. The Floatride Foam found in the midsole of the sneaker will absorb some shock and help to protect your joints from the natural jarring motions of running. The firm and supportive heel cup found at the rear of the shoe will help protect your Achilles.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Floatride Foam is a relatively new midsole material that is a combination of a number of different foams and is designed to be lightweight and responsive. With that said, there is not a ton of information on how responsive this foam really is just yet. However, the foam is designed to be both cushioned and responsive although one consumer did say that the midsole felt stiffer than other comparable sneakers.
Support
Support

Support

A number of reviewers said that the midsole of the Reebok Floatride Run Smooth provided ample midsole support for their feet. The Floatride Foam allows your foot to be cushioned yet supportive since it is not a marshmallow-like foam material like other midsoles might be. The arch support in this sneaker is fairly neutral while the outsole is supportive to the rest of the shoe by moving and flexing with it. The upper is pretty flexible by design so it is not incredibly supportive other than as a second-skin type bootie. The heel cup, on the other hand, is greatly supportive for the rear of your foot and supports the Achilles and heel amply.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

These sneakers are built for use on asphalt, concrete, or well-packed trails. The outsole does not boast a strong lug-system, rather, it features a durable abrasion-resistant ribbed rubber design. This will help you to achieve great performance on the road or sidewalks, or even on well-groomed trails but not so much if you decide to take them off-roading.
Price
Price

Price

Currently, these sneakers can be purchased for anywhere from $95 to $120, depending on where you purchase them. This is a fairly competitive running shoe price but may be a little steep considering the jury is still out on them.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction on these sneakers is fairly decent, considering there isn’t a whole lot going on in terms of strategically-placed lugs on the bottom of the shoe. The rippled rubber design features small round nubs on each square of rubber which will help you to gain some grip on the road surface. The outsole also boasts some thin strips of carbon-injected rubber which not only add to the outsole’s durability but also increases its traction.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Reebok Floatride Run Smooth is flexible in some ways but not the most flexible shoe on the market. The durable rubber outsole includes carbon-injected rubber which may detract from the shoe’s overall flexibility while the midsole is said to be stiffer than comparable sneakers. The upper is extremely flexible, however. In fact, the name of the material used in the making of the upper is called Flexweave, which is both flexible and breathable. This material is designed to adapt to any foot shape and is made to move and bend with you as you run. This makes the upper portion of the shoe not only flexible but also adaptable and comfortable.
Stability
Stability

Stability

One of the most impressive stabilizing features on the Reebok Floatride Run Smooth is the heel cup found at the rear of the sneaker. This 3D heel cage is designed to deliver support and stability to your heel as you run and also to provide comfort to your Achilles. The Floatride cage, which is the mesh that makes up the most of the upper, helps to stabilize your foot as well because it is designed to adapt and mold to your foot shape. The platform of this sneaker, especially in the heel portion, is wide enough to provide decent stability.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Although there is no definitive data on what the exact heel and toe stack of these sneakers is, the drop appears to be fairly neutral, if not a little low. This means the ride will feel more natural and lower to the ground, but you will not have any ground feel thanks to the Floatride Foam found in the midsole.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Flexweave upper provides an adaptable fit and moves with your foot all the way from heel to toe
- Rippled rubber outsole will withstand abrasion and is made with strips of carbon-injected rubber for added durability
- Floatride foam in the midsole is 50% lighter than the average EVA midsole and provides a decent level of cushion and comfort
- 3D heel cup delivers support and comfort to your Achilles
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Reebok Floatride Run smooth was designed to be a lightweight, breathable, and fast running sneaker. The rippled rubber on the outsole was made that way with a smooth ride in mind and many users have said that the sneaker delivers just that. However, there are not a large number of reviews that say the sneaker left an amazing impression on them. Rather, the feeling that most reviewers have is that the shoe is light, comfortable yet firm, and breathable. There is not a whole lot of mention about how amazing the technologies of this sneaker are. With that said, the upper’s Flexweave design is impressive with the way it adapts to your feet, and the weight of the midsole is also something worth noting. These sneakers look great and may be a good option for you if you are looking for a lightweight and breathable shoe but they are not the most amazing sneakers on the market today in terms of technology and are lacking that “WOW” factor.