Reebok ZQUICK: Unnaturally Quick!

Reebok ZQUICK: Unnaturally Quick!

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.  All opinions however are my own!

When it comes to running and fitness shoes, I have to be a little picky.  Sure, the color, style and brand are all taken into account, but what’s most important to me is the stability that is given to my most troublesome body part: my ankles!

Reebok ZQUICK - “These shoes will make you UNNATURALLY QUICK!”

You see, my entire life I have struggled with loose ankles and sprains, strains and twists that have happened far too often in my 25 years.  A few examples include:

  • When I was a level 6 gymnast at age 7, I had a great floor routine going at a competition.  However, wouldn’t you know that after landing a round-off back handspring back tuck tumbling pass, I went on to trip and fall while doing a grapevine…Yes, a grapevine…
  • When I was a high school football cheerleader I tried to make a quick getaway to avoid a buzzing bee and I proceeded to twist and turn my ankle.  I then got an Active Ankle brace for the right ankle.  Maybe two weeks later I was running and twisted the left ankle, so then I had a matching pair of ankle supports for the rest of the season.
  • Now we are up to college, surely my ankles are stronger now?  Nope.  I was running outside and twisted my ankle, resulting in a fall on one of Ohio State University’s busiest streets, 15th.  Thankfully no cars were coming, but my mom came to campus to take care of my bruised and swollen ankle…and ego!
  • Fast forward now to a month ago and I turned my left ankle while walking down the stairs…and it still hurts even today.  Note to self – Don’t text and walk!

As you can see, shoes and the ankle support they provide are very important to me.  When Reebok reached out through a campaign with Fitfluential for a chance to try their new Z QUICKs, I decided to go for it and give it a try.  And you know what?  These shoes are not only pretty, but they are also really stabilizing too!

Reebok ZQUICK - “These shoes will make you UNNATURALLY QUICK!”

I haven’t gotten a chance to take them for an outdoor run yet thanks to the snow mounds covering the sidewalks and the absolute freezing temperatures, but I have to admit that they have been great on the treadmill and I can tell that my foot feels really flat.  This is important for those with ankle problems and high arches like me, because the flatter the foot is to the ground, the less likely your foot will roll out since it is parallel to the pavement.

Here is a little more on the Reebock ZQUICK shoes that will make you “Unnaturally Quick!

Reebok ZQUICK - “These shoes will make you UNNATURALLY QUICK!”

  • These shoes are inspired by hi-performance, Z-rated tires to allow for a “sports car handling for your feet.”
  • The outside of the shoe is built to deliver control, traction and speed, while the inside ensures a tight fit, (which is great for someone with loose ankles and who need extra support like me)!
  • The ZQUICKs are incredibly light, which allows for mobility, and a breathable protection and support.  So although your feet feel snug, they do not feel uncomfortably tight.
  • The grooves on the sole of the shoe are designed to allow your foot to flex and expand, which once again allows for comfort and movement while still keeping those feet and ankles nice and stabilized.
  • The design of the ZQUICKs also allow for the foot to move naturally, but to still feel stable on the platform.  It’s a win-win!

ZQUICKs can be purchased online through Reebok, or in-stores at Finish Line.  Also, be on the lookout for the ZQUICK commercials during this year’s winter Olympics on NBC, NBC Sports, USA, CNBC, MSNBC and the NHL Network.

Finally, make sure to check out this commercial for ZQUICKs that includes athletes Knowshon Moreno, Aly Raisman, and Johnny Hendricks.  It is sure to get you motivated to get up and move!

Reebok ZQUICK - “These shoes will make you UNNATURALLY QUICK!”

Conversation Time.

  • When it comes to choosing a fitness shoe, what do you look for most in the design and elements?  What in your opinion makes for a good running shoe?
  • Do you have a favorite pair of fitness or running shoes?  What makes these shoes or brand so special?
  • Do you have loose ankles (or are just clumsy!) like me?  Feel free to share one of your experiences so I know I am not alone!!

 

Comments

  1. Definitely intrigued by these shoes! I have a pair of Reebok Nanos that I LOVE!!! They are perfect for BodyPump class and I also wear them as an “everyday” sneaker sometimes, too! These look like they’d be perfect for running and other types of cross training!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      This is actually the first time I have ever tried a Reebok shoe and I have to say that I am pretty impressed! Honestly, I could see these shoes being able to be used for both crosstraining and running since the soles are so flexible, yet the shoe is still tight and sturdy. I would be interested to see how they would feel on a long run!

  2. I have GOT to get some of these… I’m in need of new shoes and I love my Reebok’s
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      This is the first time I have had a pair of Reebok shoes and I have to say I am pretty impressed! The way the sole and the bootie of the shoe were created really is different than any other shoe I have tried.

  3. I have a more traditional pair of running shoes (Asics Gel Cumulus) but I’m looking for something with a lower profile and a little bit lighter in weight. I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers talk about the ZQUICKs, and they look great! I used to do HIIT intervals, tabatas, and other strength training in an old pair of New Balance running shoes past their prime, but I finally ponied up for a pair of Nike Free Bionics that I love.

    Also, I had no idea you went to OSU. I live in Columbus!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh so funny! Yes, I graduated from OSU in 2010! I love the school and Columbus in general :) What area do you live in? Dublin, Powell, Hilliard? Just curious!

      I think the ZQUICKs are perfect for cross training and for HIIT runs. I can’t really comment on whether they are good for long runs or not, but I am hoping to test them outside once the weather gets a little warmer!

      • That’s funny! I didn’t read your bio, apparently, so that’s how I missed it. Do you still live in central Ohio? I graduated in 2010 from college too, though I moved here to go to grad school at OSU. I lived in Clintonville for about a year, downtown on Gay Street for almost three years, and just moved to Grandview in September!

        Random question on the ZQUICKs with the built-in sock… you still wear socks, right? Seems like a crazy question but I can’t imagine washing or cleaning the inside of the shoes would go very well on a regular basis.

        Also, this winter is wearing me down. I’m from western New York state (Rochester) so I’m no stranger to cold and snow, but I’m done with the piles of iced over snow everywhere. Most of my half marathon training this winter has been done indoors, sadly!

        • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

          Awesome! What are you studying in grad school? I love Grandview, it is such a cute little town and I lived about 5 miles from there during my junior/senior year.

          Yes! I do wear socks just because I think it will keep the shoes fresh and my feet less likely to slide. I am actually not sure if I am supposed to or not though lol, good question!

          Ahh this has been one of the worst winters in my memory! Which half marathon are you running?

  4. LOVE my ZQuick kicks too! They’re super cute and way comfortable. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve been enjoying them for my runs too. I wasn’t expecting it since I typically need more cushion and support, but these help up great.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I have only tried them during short HIIT workouts on the treadmill along with crosstraining in the gym. I haven’t tried them out on long runs or outdoor runs yet, but I am interested to see how they do! I actually was really happily surprised how much support the shoe gave considering how light it is!

  5. I’ve never purchased Reebok’s before- I sent to stuck with Asics or New Balance, but I did buy a pair of Nike’s last summer. They’re super cute though so I only wear them while running when I know they won’t get dirty, haha. Is that weird? ;)
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      This was my first pair of Reeboks to and I am happy to say that I am pleasantly surprised! I am not sure how they do with long distance running yet, but I have loved them so far for short HIIT workouts on the treadmill, as well as for crosstraining purposes in the gym! :)

  6. I’m a pretty loyal Brooks shoe wearer! Reebok I feel has been making a huge come back and has some amazing products!! These are super cute!! I recently realized I need to wear a neutral shoe with my orthotics to keep my ankle and feet from being TOO cushioned, which as I learned before the marathon is what injured me when I bought new support shoes! Love this post!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I have never tried Brooks shoes before but have heard nothing but great things! I seriously feel like Reebok has made huge strides forward in their products recently too! I like how they are trying out a completely different design than I have seen before. Always nice to play around and find out what works best for you! :)

  7. Kate Crowder says:

    I’m a little late on this post but I’ll still participate. Oh wow those are really cute shoes they look really comfortable too. I’m thinking about getting a new pair of shoes soon I’ve used the same raggedly old pair of nike running shoes for quite a few years. But recently they caused me to sprain my ankle for the very first time in my life. I will not soon forget how painful it was it was almost as bad as child birth. While walking through our yard I stepped on a icy root sticking out of the ground and rolled my foot, my ankle popped and I hit the ground crying like a baby. I had to be carried into the house and everything it was ugly.

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