Who should buy the Reebok Floatride Energy 4

Get the Floatride Energy 4 if you want a: 

  • budget running shoe to log recovery and daily training miles, as well as uptempo runs
  • lightweight daily trainer that's built to last
  • better-fitting version of the Reebok Floatride 3

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 reebok

Who should NOT buy it

If you prefer a softer ride for long runs and don't mind spending a few more bucks, experts highly recommend the Puma Velocity Nitro 2. If you want a stable alternative to the Floatride Energy, consider the Reebok Flashfilm 2.0 or the Reebok Floatride Run Fast 2.

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 ride

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 vs. 3

For a price increase of $10, which many find "reasonable," you'll be helping the planet as Reebok drives sustainability forward in this model. The Floatride 4's upper is made up of 30% recycled materials to help trim down waste.

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 upper 

This change also shaves off some weight from the Floatride Energy 4, jumping from 241 g/8.5 oz. to 238 g/8.4 oz. in US M 9. Meanwhile, the rest of its parts are completely carried over from the last version. 

Embodies versatility

When running easy, runners report that the overall feel is comfortable and bouncy; their legs don't feel tired after. And when picking up the pace, the engineered bevel facilitates "quick and seamless transitions" while the midsole generates a responsive ride, making the shoe feel agile. 

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 heel bevel

Overall, it runs similarly to the Saucony Kinvara—easy and "effortless." In long distances, however, multiple testers find the midsole a tad firm. But it's not to say that it's not capable; it's just better suited for runners who are used to a traditional ride. 

Big on comfort, small on waste

Apart from being sustainable, the upper is also "comfortable through and through" once broken in. It has a foot-hugging wrap that locks the foot in place. In the forefoot, there is a "nice room" for the toes to splay and the foot to swell. 

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 forefoot

A lot of reviewers love the new upper, saying it makes "so much difference" as it "holds the foot better." This is also the reason why those who have tried all the past versions of the Reebok Floatride line say that this is "the best" version by far.

The Floatride 4's heel lock is AWESOME

In the rear, the Floatride 4 also has some magic going on. It has "barely-there cushioning" around the heel that prevents both rubbing and heel slips. It clutches the heel so well; many claim that they don't have to lace-lock in this shoe. 

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 heel lock

Lockdown is only getting better

Heel hold aside, the partially gusseted tongue (meaning the tongue is attached to the sides) of the Reebok Floatride amps up the shoe's overall lockdown. It stays in place and tucks the foot in.

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 tongue

Doesn't tip the scales

"Lightweight" is how everyone describes the Reebok Floatride Energy 4. Many Reebok loyalists are happy because it's not only lighter than its predecessor; it's also lighter than other daily trainers on the market that weigh 286 g/10 oz. in US M 9, on average. 

The outsole is a rockstar! 

After 100 miles of wear testing, the outsole "practically has no wear and tear." Long-time users of this shoe predict that it can go beyond 250-300 miles. Even better, its grip feels "assured" even on light trails.

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 grip

A compromise on stability

Although the forefoot has a wide base, several critics find the midfoot narrow. It makes the shoe somewhat tippy, especially on uneven surfaces. 

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 midfoot support

Performance exceeds price

"King of value," "best value for money," and "excellent performer for the price"—This is how everyone describes the Reebok Floatride Energy 4. It only costs $110 and is the epitome of "versatile." 

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 design

Ultimately, droves of experts and runners alike find it "one of the best daily trainers" available.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.4oz
Drop: Men 9mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: Men 17mm
Heel height: Men 26mm
Collection: Reebok Floatride

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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.