Who should buy the Reebok Energen Plus

The Reebok Energen Plus is perfect for runners who are looking for a budget shoe that can be used for moderately-paced daily runs and walks on short to middle distances.

Reebok Energen Plus logo

Who should NOT buy the shoe

If you're looking for a tempo speedster or a long-distance running shoe, you can skip the Reebok Energen Plus. It's not energetic enough for fast runs. And for the long hauls, its restrictive toe room can be uncomfortable.

Alternatively, consider Reebok Floatride Energy 4 or Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2.

Reebok Energen Plus upper

Soft and comfortable

Almost all reviewers agree that the Energen Plus from Reebok is very well cushioned. The tongue, heel collar, and midsole are very padded, they're almost "cloud-like." Even those with bad knees really enjoyed the shoe. The shoe is also perfect for walking and standing for hours on your feet.

Reebok Energen Plus padding

Forgiving ride of the Reebok Energen Plus

Apart from being very pampering, the midsole is also supportive and peppy. Even after 10 miles of running, runners report their feet to feel great.

Reebok Energen Plus cushion

Lightweight trainer

"A sock with a sole."

This is how testers describe it. It's so sleek, they claim it feels like "nothing at all." 

Well-ventilated upper

The shoe is reported to stay breathable even in hot weather.

Reebok Energen Plus is great value for money

At $65, the Reebok Energen Plus is very affordable, yet it has the makings of a more expensive pair — plush comfort, support, and lightweight build. For reference, running shoes cost $127 on average.

Reebok Energen Plus outsole

Even though some runners did find minor quality issues in the shoe (such as a few threads off on the tongue) they didn't affect the shoe's performance and were considered normal for a shoe at this price point.

Reebok Energen Plus: Anything but fast

Although its cushion has some bounce to it, critics state that it still "lags behind" in responsiveness to be truly speed-ready.

Constricting toebox

Loads of users share the same gripe over the shoe's narrow toebox. There are even those who had blisters because the upper rubbed against the toes. Unfortunately, the shoe doesn't come in a Wide version either.

Reebok Energen Plus toe room

Heel slip potential

More than a few runners were concerned with the fact that the collar sits rather low around the ankle. They felt as if they were about to slip out of the shoe any minute.

Short tongue

A lot find the tongue "barely enough" to prevent lace pressure, especially from the lacing on the topmost eyelets. 

Reebok Energen Plus short tongue

Energen Plus looks simple yet sleek

This Reebok shoe gained many fans with its minimalist and straightforward design. The wearers also loved the selection of monochromatic color options of the Energen Plus.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: All-day wear, Walking / Jogging / Treadmill
Material: Mesh upper
Features: Breathable / Cushioned

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.