Reebok Forever Floatride Energy

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When we think of running brands, Nike isn’t the first brand to come to mind but they are soon changing that perception with their new series of performance running shoes.

The goal with the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy is to create a unique underfoot feel for the runner. It is designed to give a fast feel while having ample cushioning. Reebok wanted to quantity what fast feels like and to make this shoe, they tapped into their athletes, customers, and researchers to bring their vision to life. This shoe is a budget version of last year’s Floatride so some features had to be removed. But we definitely think that budget models can still be good.

With many brands coming up with their own proprietary midsole material, Reebok doesn’t stand back but introduces its Floatride Energy foam. This is said to be 5% lighter than EVA material which increases the bounce in the shoe, propelling the runner forward.

 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Versatile enough for most kinds of runs

The Floatride  midsole is cushioned with great energy return

The upper is simple with no frills

Affordable

 

Cons

The shoe laces are too short

Runners with narrow feet may need to go down half a size

The collar is high and might be uncomfortable for some

Runners with narrow feet may need to go down half a size

Collar is high and might be uncomfortable for some

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole keeps it basic with a full coverage carbon rubber at the bottom. A lot of shoes want to be lighter and leaner which means durability is sacrificed. Fortunately, that is not the case here. The tread pattern can be described as waffle-like which helps add to a better grip on the road. The outsole pattern has a linear channel cut out in the middle which makes the shoe a little more flexible. The outsole does its job and also allows the runner to get some ground to feel creating an easy heel-to-toe transition.

The supportive EVA foam adds to the structure of this shoe. It is essential in balancing and centering the runner’s foot throughout the gait cycle. It offers durable underfoot protection without compromising comfort and flexibility.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole comprises of Reebok’s proprietary Floatride Energy material and this makes the shoe truly shine. The Floatride Energy uses a better polymer which allows bubbles to be introduced in a more consistent fashion. Interestingly, the midsole is the result of a collaboration between Reebok and the David Clarke Company who make spacesuits for NASA. It is soft to touch but holds shape and form — my test pair has been already been well run-in and yet shows no signs of losing its spring.

Some reviewers felt that this midsole foam was a mix between Adidas boost and the Sketchers Hyperburst with a touch of firmness. While the feel is not as bouncy as the Hyper burst it is much lighter than the Boost.

The heel features some innovation as it is made out of a 3d foam with a satin-like sheen on the outside. It is neither too rigid nor too flexible but some reviewers with narrow feet found their heel slipping during fast runs.

The Floatride Run features an ordinary mesh tongue which provides a smooth feel and does not irritate the foot. Although the insole is non-removable, we found that it actually can be with little effort.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper features a simple engineered mesh with no frills that reminds us of the New Balance Beacon. There is nothing fancy about it but nothing to complain about too. Like most shoes with engineered mesh, this upper provides a snug fit for the forefoot and wraps around the feet comfortably. The upper is stretchable enough to hold the foot inside and keeps it secure at all paces. The laces are a bit short but they can be replaced as per your requirements to use all the eyelets. The tongue is also a basic mesh style that stays in place and has a slot to put the laces through.
Weight
Weight

Weight

At 9.3 ounces for the men’s version and 7.7 ounces for the Women’s version, this shoe is very lightweight thanks to its midsole and upper. The Floatride Energy Foam consists of thinner and smaller polymer pellets that make it much lighter than EVA and Boost material. The engineered mesh in the upper keeps it lightweight although there are overlays to enhance the supportive features of the shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Giving shoes breathability is important especially in hot weather conditions and thankfully the engineered mesh upper keeps the shoe airy. The upper is also clutter-free allowing the mesh to stretch easily to fit most kinds of feet. Some reviewers felt that the mesh gave the shoe a rather pointed structure which a lot of Reebok Nano fans will not enjoy.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Comfort is the number one priority for this shoe and you will find several features trying to make your run as easy as possible. The midsole features the Floatride Energy which uses expanded pellet TPU that Reebok claims are more responsive and bouncy than the commonly used EVA foams. While we cannot compare the midsole to the well-loved Boost (Adidas is Reebok’s parent company), for the shoe’s price, this midsole provides a lightweight and cushioned ride. Reebok has also partnered with a company that specializes in making 3d bra cups so you can imagine the heel will be super cushioned by molded cups.
Style
Style

Style

The FloatRide Energy is a visually appealing shoe with many modern aspects. It does not look like a plain running shoe because of its smooth upper and medial overlays. As all Reebok shoes, the brand's logo is present on the tongue and one side of the shoe. There are 6 colors available in the women’s version of this shoe with blue and black being very popular. The men’s version has fewer options with shades of black and blue. This shoe is lightweight and can be worn casually besides just on the road.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Because the outsole has a lot of rubber, it is very durable and will not show signs of wear and tear easily. The Floatride Energy midsole is made from a polymer instead of the traditional EVA Foam which makes it more resistant to being compressed. One runner did complain that the upper gets dirty easily but can be washed.
Protection
Protection

Protection

A point to keep in mind is that this shoe is a road-running shoe and therefore only has minimal protective features. The upper mesh can protect your feet from debris and small rocks that you may encounter on the road. The tongue adds some more protection by preventing debris from getting inside the shoe.

The outsole is thick and durable therefore will not let debris on the road from piercing or hurting your feet. The heel here is not very structured but is almost sock-like. This does not provide maximum protection in the heel area.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The combination of the carbon rubber outsole, engineered mesh, and the Floatride midsole gives the shoe a responsive feel. The shoe uses Floatride Energy Foam which is a very lightweight compound with high-energy return properties. It allows runners to sink into the foam and gives the energy right back creating a fast feel that reduces the fatigued runner’s feel towards the end of the race. While it is not a speed horse, this shoe does well on daily runs but if you need something to propel you forward you could go for the Floatride Run.
Support
Support

Support

This shoe provides adequate support which should suit runners just fine on roads. The engineered mesh holds the foot in a sock-like grip without compromising its comfort. The upper features some overlays which while cannot be compared to the cage-like overlays on the Floaride Run, it does give the shoe a much-needed structure. The heel does not have a TPU material to hold it in place but has a 3d mold which holds it in place.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Reebok Floatride Energy is primarily a road running shoe with good responsive features. The outsole is thick with a full-length rubber with a waffle-like tread pattern giving it a good grip on the road. It does have lugs which could have made this shoe good on mud. Neither is this shoe waterproof, so it is not suitable for technical terrain.

It is also pretty lightweight making it great for fast short-distance runs. Runners have commented that while this shoe can handle hundreds of miles on dirt tracks or asphalt, it loses its performance on trails.
Price
Price

Price

The price is an attractive feature of the shoe as it is very affordable for a Reebok running shoe. This shoe checks the boxes in response, comfort, and durability and we can safely say is a bargain for its price. With so many expensive options in the market for comfortable running shoes, this shoe is a welcome change for many beginner and amateur runners.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The makers of this shoe wanted it to be an everyday mileage shoe all the way to a 5k run. The outsole has plenty of rubber that provides good traction and durability to the bottom of the shoe. Almost all runners were impressed with this shoe’s capabilities and praise it for easy day runs.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Another new material that Reebok has been using is the Flexweave which has great stretch and flexibility. While the engineered mesh on this shoe is not as stretchable, it is equally comfortable. The Floatfride foam material is quite bouncy and flexible and prevents this shoe from being too stiff. A lot of flexibility is felt at the balls of the feet which helps the natural running gait. One runner commented that she forgot she had shoes on her feet on her 10 mile run as they were amazingly comfortable and flexible.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Floatride Energy is built on a wider platform which gives it more stability. The heel is secured and feel reinforced to give a stable ride. Many runners felt that the shoe was a little long on the lateral front which gave their toes extra room to slide. The heel cage at the rear end of the shoe has been replaced by a soft heel cup which does not hamper the stability of the shoe.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe has a high drop of 10mm which used to be quite the rage until a few years ago. This kind of drop suits a lot of runners be it beginners, gym goers or even as a casual shoe. Research has also shown that a high drop helps runners who have an aggressive heel strike. The Reebok Floatride Run is recommended for those with neutral or high arches.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features




      Engineered mesh upper in the upper that for ventilation
      Heel counter for a secure heel
      10mm drop
      Floatride Energy Foam midsole for good cushioning
      Carbon rubber outsole for grip and durability
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Reebok has made a strong impression in running shoe category with this shoe. Even though it is affordably priced, the shoe is lightweight, cushioned well and is responsive. Reebok has marketed these shoes as a ‘shoe that gives a cloud-like feeling’ While we believed this to be marketing speak, it actually kept its promise. All of these features prove to be irresistible for beginner runners who are on the lookout for a training shoe. If you like the Epic React foam from Nike, so if you like a soft landing with a plush feel, you are likely to enjoy this shoe.

There are some issues they could work on such as their sizing and collar. The collar is soft but quite high compared to average running shoes which all runners may not enjoy. The sizing is quite complicated as the shoe is laterally long but narrow in width. It’s best to try these shoes on, especially if you have narrow feet, to be on the safer side before purchasing online.