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!
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!
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!”
- 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!
- 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!!