Shoe Reeviews - Bill McInnis, Head of Advanced Innovation at Reebok, breaks down the tech behind the shoes. Here’s the inside story on Reebok’s lineup and which shoes could be right for you.
Inspired by balance-ball training, which is trusted by fitness professionals worldwide, EasyTone was designed as a walking shoe and features two pods that mimic the effect of using a Bosu ball at a gym. People use these balls because they make muscles work harder as they adjust to the softness of the ball. People balance on them as they work out.
RunTone is a running shoe, also inspired by the Bosu ball at the gym but instead of two pods, which EasyTone has, RunTone features 8 pods that are reduced in size for greater control and stability. The shoe has five pods on the heel and three in the forefoot for maximum control.
Reebok’s Natural Running
Technology — RealFlex
To strike the balance between stability & support and flexibility & freedom of movement, the design
of the RealFlex began with literally sticking squares of clay on a very thin platform and slowly figuring out the optimal blend of cushioning, freedom of movement, and support. While all the sensors are designed to move independently to some extent, you can see key areas where we added rubber to provide durability as well as some stability and control. We wanted to get the runner up off the ground just enough so that they still experience natural movement (the flexibility of the shoe helps here), but still provide protection.
Reebok’s “Energy” Technology — ZigTech
ZigTech can be summed up with one word: “Energy.” ZigTech was created to give a very efficient shoe to help get you through your run or workout. Unlike EasyTone and RunTone, which are designed to be less efficient, ZigTech was designed to keep you on your feet longer and keep your legs feeling great. ZigTech is great for running and training and can be used by all athletes, regardless of age or fitness level.