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Boasting a bold contemporary style, the Reebok RUN_R 96 is a brand new running shoe silhouette that draws inspiration from the past. It is an everyday running shoe that is meant for running on paved surfaces. 

This road running shoe is crafted with a mesh top with synthetic rubber accents. The mesh fabric offers breathability, while the rubber materials promote durability and support. Instead of the traditional lacing system, the cord lock laces are featured in the upper for easy on and off. 

A thick cushioned sole with sawtooth detail is incorporated into the Reebok RUN_R 96. The split sole unit is inspired by the 1996 PUMP EVO prototype that has never been released. The sole structure is designed to provide a healthy combination of cushioning and flexibility.

Just like the Nike Zoom Fly SP, the Reebok RUN_R 96 is a unisex shoe, thus it can be worn by men and women. This running shoe uses the standard sizing measurement to accommodate the usual expectations of consumers. However, it is recommended to test the shoe in-store before making a purchase decision to ensure a comfortable fit.

The Reebok RUN_R 96’s sleek design is a contributor to a secure yet unrestricted fit. Other technical components that directly affect the fit of the shoe are the sockliner and lacing system. The sockliner provides added comfort while the lacing system offers an adjustable fit that meets personal preference.

A four-part split-tooled outsole is integrated into the Reebok running shoe for excellent protection. It utilizes a carbon rubber material, which is made from solid rubber with carbon added. This element helps boost the outsole’s resistance against the abrasive elements. It is also more durable compared to the blown rubber materials.

Dual-density cushioning is utilized for optimal shock absorption when the foot strikes the ground. The cushioning foam delivers comfort, flexibility, and protection at each stage of the gait cycle. 

The injection-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) is positioned under the heel to help reduce the impact during the heel strike and propel the foot during toe-off. It is a lightweight and flexible foamed midsole material that offers lasting comfort. 

A molded anatomical sockliner is positioned above the cushioning foam. This element is used to provide another layer of cushioning for maximum comfort, durability, and underfoot support.

The sole’s sculptural build extends to the upper unit, which features an intricate mix of mesh and faux leather materials. The soft mesh fabric offers continuous airflow while providing a supportive and irritation-free fit. Faux leather materials are used for added durability and structural integrity. 

For a personalized fit, the cord lock-system laces are incorporated into the upper. The shoelaces help ensure a secure and snug fit every time. A minimally padded tongue is also included to protect the top of the foot from lace bite. It also seals the opening of the shoe, preventing the entry of small rocks and debris. Complementing the stylish upper design is the minimalistic branding on the heel cup and tongue.


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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.