Reebok Supreme Runner Review Facts
The newest addition to the Reebok Supreme family is an epitome of efficient athleisure – a running shoe and a gym trainer in one, the Supreme Runner delivers on both fields. The foot-mapped outsole, IMEVA midsole and faux-leather perforated upper make for a great combination of durability, comfort, stability and effortless style. If you’re the type of fitness enthusiast that needs a good winter shoe for a mix of cardio, weightlifting and HIIT, but one that can also be worn with casual outfits, you’ve come to the right place.
The Reebok Supreme Runner features an outsole that has a very interesting placement of lugs and grooves. But, first thing’s first – the outsole is made out of a patterned rubber compound that is meant to provide great traction and grip. You’ll probably read that the outsole of the Supreme Runner is foot-mapped, but not much more. What this means is that there are shallow grooves on the outsole that are shaped so as the rearfoot features an elongated, heel-shaped groove which continues on into the forefoot. This branches out into four grooves, basically making a five-part forefoot outsole area, mimicking the toes. What this does is it allows for a smoother weight transition during lateral movements, and considering this is a trainer
, those movements will be plenty. Between the foot-mapped grooves are the rubber lugs that aren’t sharp, but look more plump than anything else. Each of the lugs has rectangular micro-grooves that enable a firm grip on the surface. The lugs are larger in the rearfoot area in order to provide a bouncy, cushiony energy-return.
This stylish-looking trainer and running shoe features an injection molded ethylene-vinyl acetate midsole (IMEVA), which is on the thicker side, providing lots of shock-absorption and impact protection. IMEVA is a compound known for being durable and lightweight while providing good and comfy cushioning. Along the sides of the one-piece midsole are diamond-like grooves which give this trainer an aerodynamic, modern and almost luxury look. All midsoles tend to flatten and lose the cushiony feeling over time, but due to its bouncy nature, the IMEVA midsole should prove to be surprisingly durable
, save for the creases on the sides that you’re sure to notice over time.
The material used for the sleek and spacy-looking Reebok Supreme Runner upper is a perforated synthetic leather, which is soft to the touch but firm in its form, providing additional support to the foot. The upper is perforated throughout the entire length of the foot, and those perforations do provide breathability to an extent. However, the primary focus of this trainer is to be supportive and suitable for wearing in winter time, so the brand decided to intentionally sacrifice ultimate breathability
for a bit of structure and warmth. The sturdy faux-leather upper features sharp, vertical sidewalls in the midfoot area, which provide additional stability and a tight grip on the foot. The lacing system is traditional and the tongue is slightly padded and completely integrated into the upper, which has a sock-like construction.
At 13.2oz for half a pair, the Supreme Runner is heavier than an average running shoe due to the synthetic leather material used for the upper. While this might sound off-putting to some runners, it’s worth noting that this shoe isn’t meant to be a racing day
or a sprint shoe. Rather, it’s meant to satisfy your gym and training needs and your jogging or slow-paced running needs in one swipe – in which scenario, you won’t feel like the ounces are pulling you back from attaining a maximum result.
Breathability isn’t the Supreme Runner’s forte. This isn’t to say that it lacks breathability altogether, but let’s just say that the brand went for an “everything in moderation” approach. The perforated leather no-overlay upper is just perforated enough so that your feet can breathe and avoid overheating in the shoe box, but that’s where the breathability of this trainer ends. However, keep in mind that this is a winter shoe
and that having a mesh upper in each and every shoe you own is rather impractical – it’s wise to have a pair you know your feet will be warm in. With this in mind, try to air your Supreme Runner on a regular basis so that they have time to be completely dry and de-odorized in between uses.
With the foot-mapped outsole with plump, round lugs throughout, the thick IMEVA midsole that provides supreme cushioning and the warm and stable faux-leather upper, there isn’t much room for something to not be comfortable here. The Reebok Supreme Runner is a comfy gym shoe
that enables the freedom of movement without being flimsy. Whether you decide to go running or hit the gym and do some weightlifting, the Supreme Runner is ergonomic enough that it can do both. The fit of this beauty is true to size. The toe box isn’t exactly as roomy as some would hope for – the snug fit of the leather upper made sure of that. However, there is still some room to wiggle the toes and not feel too constricted. There is a practical pull tab on the back of the shoe that enables you to put the shoe on and pull it off easily.
We might be a bit partial to the sleek, minimal, modern
vibe that this shoe has, so take this with a grain of salt: the Reebok Supreme Runner is a thing of beauty. It’s sleek, it’s elegant, it’s sexy, and most importantly, it’ll fit any casual outfit you can think of. The colorways of this trainer are also pretty minimal, but stylish nevertheless: all-white, all-black, black with camel outsole rubber and gray with cream outsole rubber. When you combine the diagonal diamond groove design of the midsole and the discreet, but still very visible Reebok logo on the back, you get a sneaker that is best described in one word: athleisure.
The foot-mapped rubber outsole seems like it can last for a long time, provided you don’t take this shoe on a terrain
that’s unfit for it. The IMEVA midsole is known to last a long time and doesn’t begin to flatten for the first 80-100 miles. It’s possible to see small creases creating on the sides of the midsole – that’s completely normal and no, it cannot be prevented. The sturdy upper is made out of high-quality material and, as an added bonus, doesn’t have any overlays, so we have a good reason to set the expectations high for this running shoe. In order to maintain the shape and the quality of the upper, be sure to air dry the sneaker regularly.
The Reebok Supreme Runner is a fairly protective shoe, especially when it comes to the midsole – the one-piece IMEVA midsole provides amazing cushioning, and when you add to that the noticeable thickness of said midsole
, you get really good impact protection that alleviates the stress on your joints. Additionally, the thick and sturdy upper, while not water-resistant, will succeed at keeping your feet dry until you find cover if you get caught by the rain.
The Reebok Supreme Runner creates a good balance of cushioning and responsiveness
, although it skews to the cushioning side. This is a natural choice for the brand, given that they made a cross between a trainer and a running shoe. The energy-return and bounce will be more than sufficient on shorter and medium-length runs – be it while sprinting or jogging. After the 10-mile mark, our impression is that an average runner would crave a springier ride and a little less cushioning.
The sturdy, firm upper makes this a pretty good support shoe intended for neutral runners with normal to medium-high arches
. Given the vertical midfoot walls and the heightened, pointed collar that hugs and supports the ankle, you can count on the Reebok Supreme Runner to provide a great deal of ankle support. The perforated leather, sock-fit upper will provide a tight fit and support the whole foot, making this a great shoe for footwork and lateral movements.
This everyday running shoe and trainer in one is perfect for track running, pavements, light gravel, gym floor, treadmill and every other kind of flat surface. This makes it ideal for combining weightlifting, HIIT, circuit training and multi-direction compound movements with cardio.
For the kind of a non-specialized shoe that the Supreme Runner is, the triple-digit price might seem too steep, especially given the great pricing of the similar Nike Air Max Trainer 1
. However, if you like the look and feel of the shoe (the black and camel combo really is amazing) and you’re looking for a trainer you can run in, this shoe is definitely worth your attention, especially if you find it on sale.
The microgrooves on the outsole rubber lugs provide great traction
and grip, especially on dry surfaces that have some texture to them, such as concrete and pavements, but it’ll also prove to be efficient on the treadmill as well. Due to the stack height of the shoe, you won’t get a lot of ground feel, but the stability of the Supreme Runner which we’ll talk about in a little bit will make up for it.
The thickness of the midsole unit and the sturdiness of the faux-leather upper don’t leave much room for flexibility. However, the toe-shaped outsole grooves provide just enough lateral outsole flexibility, so that when you’re doing footwork, lateral lunges, and exercises such as jumping jacks, the Supreme Runner will follow suit.
Despite its stack height, the outsole of the Supreme Runner is so ergonomically shaped and wide that the stability
is a done deal when wearing this trainer. The midsole unit goes almost a centimeter beyond the heel point of the upper, providing great stability while doing squats and any other type of movement while leaning backwards. Additionally, the forefoot part of the shoe outsole is a bit wider than the upper, essentially providing good stability all around. The firmness of the upper stabilizes the foot in the shoe box, and the pointed collar stabilizes the ankle.
The Reebok Supreme Runner features a natural-to-medium drop
of around 6-7mm which slightly favors heel-strikers over midfoot-strikers, but will probably suit both types of runners. Choosing the medium drop is a smart move from Reebok because it ensures that this shoe will be appealing to a lot of different types of runners. As far as the stack height goes, it ranges from around 25-30mm in the heel and 18-24mm in the forefoot area, making it possible to dampen the ground feel and accentuate the cushiony nature of the IMEVA midsole.
● Foot-mapped outsole with rounded lugs throughout
● Thick IMEVA one-piece midsole
● Perforated synthetic leather upper
● Moderate-to-low breathability
● Extremely comfortable
● Very stylish, sleek, minimal look with basic colors
● Heightened, pointed collar for ankle support
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Not that flexible
● Excellent rearfoot stability
Supreme Runner is an all-round high-quality running shoe from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection of the famous brand. Reebok sensed the mixed nature of winter training which consists of a lot of gym time and a little bit of running and delivered the Supreme Runner, a trainer and running shoe that has a lot going for it. Its outsole is made out of durable patterned rubber, and with an IMEVA midsole and a synthetic leather upper, we’re looking at a sturdy trainer overall, that provides great heel stability and ankle support. However, this comes at a price that most runners and fitness enthusiasts won’t be willing to pay, especially because the Supreme Runner isn’t, in fact, that superior to some other trainers on the market. It has got the looks going for it, that’s for sure, and by using it on a daily basis, it might even turn out to be cost-efficient in the end. With this shoe, you can be certain that you won’t make a mistake by deciding to buy it; whether you could get more features for less money – that’s a question that everyone has to answer for themselves.