Early this week we reported on Reebok’s first foray into knit sneakers, the Zoku Runner Ultraknit. Now, the all-new sneaker is available for purchase in seven colorways and two builds. Here are my first impressions.
Equipped with a one-piece knit upper, TPU cage that combines design elements from iconic Reebok models of the past, and an OrthoLite insole, the Zoku Runner sits atop a DMX Lite midsole and a high abrasion rubber outsole.
From walking (and running) around in these this morning I have a couple notes: the step-in comfort is fantastic, probably due to that OrthoLite insole. I haven’t worn these for hours on end yet, so I’ll get back to you when I do. The tooling is a bit narrow beneath my wide foot, but I am not leaning over the tooling.
The knit feels great; it’s got some stretch and is fairly thick, and quite frankly, it’s a lot like Primeknit (Reebok is part of the adidas Group after all). For the price, I am not mad at what the Zoku Runner offers — I just don’t know if it will be a great running shoe, yet.
You can pick up the Reebok Zoku Runner in both men’s and women’s for $115 at the links below (women actually have a dope exclusive colorway). I will be in NYC tonight for the launch event, which is also the official reopening of the Reebok Union Square location, so stay tuned to the WearTesters socials.
Images via Reebok