Reebok Z Belle Review Facts
Reebok is a no nonsense brand that cares more about their athletes than they do loading up their shoes with unnecessary bells and whistle and the newest technology. The Reebok Z Belle is no exception to this rule. They are a classic, high quality shoe that performs just as good on long runs as it does during cross training activities. In fact, Reebok has become a leading name in the CrossFit world, and the design, color, and overall feel of these shoes work great as a CrossFit shoe too. Because of its lightweight design, runners also liked this shoe for speed work and racing. It should be said that Z Belle is a ladies shoe designed for and by the woman runner. This is not a shoe that is offered in a men’s version.
Reebok uses a remarkably durable and protective CRTek rubber
in the outsole. Not only does it give the shoe added durability, but it also provided amazing traction. Runners reported feeling confident and protected on a variety of roads in all sorts of weather conditions
. The Z Belle uses what Reebok calls Zstrike Pistons in the outsole. This feels and acts like tiny pistons and their main function is to absorb shock and energy to keep the foot safe
The Z Belle uses a tried and true midsole foam: IMEVA. This acronym stands for injected molded Ethylene Vinyl Acetate which basically means that in this foam you get the support
and the cushioning without the added weight. This foam runs the length of the midsole and absorbs the shock
of each foot fall. In the long run, this is so important because it reduces the impact on your joints
and greatly reduces your chances of injury
. Also found in the midsole of this shoe is a unique sock liner constructed from EVA foam. This liner helps to absorb moisture and wraps the foot in cushioned support.
The upper of this shoe is a combination of classic, tried and true features and newer technologies to give this shoe an edge. The upper is a breathable mesh material. It cannot be stressed enough how important the quality of breathability is to a runner, and this shoe really gets it right. A unique feature is the adjustable overlays. This gives the runner the ability to tighten or loosen the shoe to find the perfect fit and level of snugness. The area around the ankle is padded to reduce irritation
and unwanted friction.
This is a pretty lightweight shoe, making it a good choice for the runner who is looking for a speedy companion.
Runners reported that the shoe actually feels very light and springy. Most runners were surprised to find out that the shoe weighed much more than they originally thought it weighed.
You are going to love the breathability of this shoe. The upper is made from a lightweight mesh that allows for maximum air flow and circulation. Runners know that keeping the foot cool and comfortable, even on hot, long runs
, is a difficult but important task of any good running shoe. Reebok
uses their unique NanoStretch material which actually stretches in all directions and perfectly conforms to the shape of the foot and adds to the breathability of the shoe.
Very few shoes can look this good, be priced this well, and still be so comfortable that many runners suggested them for the individual who stands for a good portion of their day
. The IMEVA midsole foam provides a stable cushioning. The upper is breathable and helps keep the foot cool and dry. One of the best qualities of this shoe in terms of comfort is the adjustable overlays that actually stretch to tighten or loosen the shoe depending on the runners' needs. This makes the shoe customizable and very comfortable.
The look of the Z Belle is very unique. Many runners commented that they love this unique looking shoe
, but the Z Belle is able to do what many other brightly colored, uniquely designed running shoes today aren't able to do: It is able to be quirky and classy
at the same time. Runners loved that this shoe looks just as good on the start line as it did running errands around town. A favorite amoung runners is the color combination of the Icono pink, black and Solar pink. Not only can you find the shoe is a variety of color combinations, the actual pattern of the shoe also changes based on the color. The bottom lines it that runners believe this to be a great looking shoe.
The outsole of this shoe contains a unique element. The patented CRTek rubber can actually be found all throughout the outsole. By designing the shoe using this material, Reebok was able to extend the life of the shoe and protect the runner from elements found underfoot. Additionally, the overlays found on the upper help keep the shoe looking and feeling new for an extended amount of time. When you factor in the low cost and the high durability of this shoe, it practically pays for itself.
The overlays found on the upper of the shoe are a great protective addition to the shoe. They wrap snuggly around the foot, giving the runner the freedom to choose their level of needed support. This keeps the foot secure and lessens the risk of injury, like a rolled ankle
. Additionally, the CRTek rubber is resistant to wear and tear and keeps the foot safe from the asphalt below.
Although the shoe is thicker and heavier than some, runners reported that this shoe felt more like a racing shoe to them. This is good news for responsiveness. Runners felt comfortable and confident changing speeds and directions quickly. They also reported being able to feel the road
below them. The underfoot provides extra grip with could aid in this.
Runners really like the level of support this shoe offers. Each level comes equipped with a different type of support. The upper uses adjustable overlays that can be tightened or loosed depending on the needs of the runner. The midsole offers a firm cushioning and arch support through the IMEVA foam. It also supports the runner through the piston system in the heel and midfoot. The outsole provides a sturdy base for runners as well.
There are three terrain options for this shoe: the road
, the track, the gym. This shoe offers a high level of responsiveness, and it has an ultra springy feeling which makes it a good choice for an activity that asks you to switch speed and position frequently.
The runner on a budget will really appreciates this shoe. You can easily find this shoe for around $50 which is practically unheard of in the world of running shoes. You really get the best of both worlds in this shoe: low price and high quality. Runners were overwhelmingly pleased by the combination.
This is certainly a road running shoe
. While the outsole does offer advanced traction to keep you safe on slippery and slick roads, don't take this shoe on the trails. The responsiveness of this shoe is good, and that combined with the added grip on the underfoot makes this a good choice for cross training
or speed work on the road, track or treadmill.
The base and midsole of the Z Belle is firm and stable. It offers firm cushioning, shock absorption and an extra grippy underfoot. However, with all of these stability qualities, the shoe can feel slightly inflexible. Runners reported that although the upper is extra stretchy and breathable, the midsole and outsole of this shoe is not flexible. This isn't necessarily a deal breaker. Some runners are happy to trade flexibility for all of the added features of the Z Belle, but if you are a runner who is looking for a flexible shoe, this might not be the top choice for you.
Runners report that they loved the stability offered in these shoes. Although they are marketed as a neutral running shoe
, the technology used in the midsole and outsole actually give them a very stable feel. The IMEVA midsole foam is a thicker, cushioning found through the midsole that conforms to the shape of the foot and provides good arch support. The outsole uses a patented technology called Zstrike pistons that actually act like pistons to absorb shock. They create a very stable base for the runner and promote a proper gait.
This shoe offers a lower than average heel drop, around 6mm. What is unique about this shoe is that it is designed using CRTek high-abrasion rubber. The Z Belle uses this rubber at the heel and forefoot for extra support. If you are looking for a minimalist running shoe, you should keep looking at some of the other great options.
- Zstrike Pistons in the outsole provide shock absorption for the runner.
- The shoe provides a pull tab on the heel to quickly and efficiently get the shoe on and off.
- Nano Stretch overlays are included in the upper. This allows the runner to loosen or tighten the snugness of the shoe to find their perfect fit.
- Patented CRTek rubber is found in the midsole. This improves the overall durability of the shoe.
- Injection Molded EVA midsole foam gives the shoe a lightweight, cushioned ride.
- ZStrike Pistons in the midsole give the shoe a springy, cushioned feel. This protects the foot by absorbing shock in each foot strike.
-EVA foam sockliner
Comfort and support (and style!) is king, or it should be said, queen, in the Z Belle. The upper is made from a breathable mesh, the midsole is cushioned and comfortable, and the look is second to none. Overall, this is a lightweight, responsive shoe that is great as both a racing and training shoe. The upper is constructed with a unique overlay system that actually tightens or loosens to make the running experience individual for each runner. Breathable, stylish, comfortable, and affordable, the Reebok Z Belle is a great option for female runners.