Verdict from 7 experts and 13 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Comfort: The upper is extremely soft and comfortable. One runner reported running sockless with "absolutely no trouble."
  • Breathability: The Eucalyptus bark upper is thicker than the traditional mesh material but it still remains "very breathable". 
  • Versatility: A few runners reported that they used the shoe for light gym workouts, long walks, and on casual days.
  • Stability: Runners lauded the wider platform of the shoe that feels more stable than the Forever Floatride Energy 2
  • Traction: The grip is outstanding, making some runners feel "very safe" while going around sharp corners on wet and slippery surfaces.
  • Durability: As a plant-based shoe, the Reebok Forever Floatride Grow is surprisingly durable. One reviewer spotted a few minimal abrasions on the outsole after 100 miles.
  • Sustainability: It is the most sustainable running shoe from Reebok that is 50% plant-based. It uses Eucalyptus bark for the upper, Castor Bean Oil for the midsole, natural rubber for the outsole, and Bloom Algae foam for the footbed.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Cushioning: According to some expert reviews, the midsole that is made from Castor Bean oil feels firmer and less responsive than the Floatride Energy foam.
  • Lockdown: A few users mentioned that the upper does not hold the foot securely, especially on sudden changes of direction.
  • Sneaker-like feel: Some runners reported that the laces and tongue are thick and puffy, making it feel more like a casual sneaker than a running shoe.

Bottom line

The Forever Floatride Grow is a sustainable performance shoe from Reebook that continues to deliver the lightweight cushioning of the original Forever Floatride Energy. It is not the most responsive daily trainer, but the shoe works well on easy paces and shorter recovery runs. 

Made almost entirely from plants, the shoe is something any environmentally-friendly runner can appreciate.

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Reebok Forever Floatride Grow: Performance and Sustainability

The Forever Floatride Grow is crafted with performance and sustainability in mind. It uses 59% USDA Certified bio-based materials and these sustainable alternatives do not compromise quality and performance.

What is it for?

  • easy and short recovery runs
  • daily training

Features of the Forever Floatride Grow

The updated version of the Forever Floatride Energy 2 employs plant-based materials, from top to bottom. It makes each step count while supporting a sustainable future.

  • Upper - The Eucalyptus bark mesh upper delivers breathable and soft foot coverage.
  • Midsole - The castor bean oil mimics the performance and soft feel of the Floatride Energy foam. It delivers reliable underfoot cushioning for slow-paced, daily runs.
  • Outsole - The sole unit is made from natural rubber that offers reliable traction on varied paved surfaces.
  • Sockliner - It uses the Bloom Algae foam that delivers a comfortable footbed throughout the run.

How Forever Floatride Grow compares

This shoe: 88
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: $120
All shoes average: $119
$40 $300
This shoe: 9.3oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
2.8oz 15.4oz
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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.

jens@runrepeat.com