Updates to Reebok Runner 3

  • The Reebok Runner 3 is a product that’s designed to be part of the global roster of neutral running shoes. It features a sporty yet straightforward construction that allows it to have the image of a garb that’s ready for vigorous activities. A two-layer mesh graces the external part of the upper while printed and stitched-on overlays bolster it. Padding in the interior walls cushions the outline of the foot, preventing it from being affected by the impact of the footfalls.
  • Cushioned landings and energized takeoffs are the responsibility of the ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole. This injection-molded piece has a lightweight nature that doesn’t weigh down the foot. Shielding the platform from wear-and-tear is a rubber compound.

Size and fit

The Runner 3 from Reebok was constructed to be true to size. Potential purchasers can get ahold of a pair using their usual sizing expectations, though it is worth noting that trying on the shoe before buying is a wise thing to do. Full and half-size variations are available to permit allowances and other changes to preference.

When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium and 4E – Extra Wide. The brand has intended this road running shoe to be made with men’s foot dimensions in mind. The extra width variant is for consumers who have broader foot measurements.

The Reebok Runner 3 has a semi-curved shape that welcomes the natural curvature of the human foot. Both the upper and the outsole work together to give an agreeable in-shoe wrap.


The outsole unit of the Reebok Runner 3 features a rubber compound that covers the entire underside of the midsole foam. This layer protects against the abrasive nature of the surfaces, preserving the form and quality of the cushioning unit. It is also tasked with providing traction, an aspect that is fundamental to the excellence of the run.

Flex grooves line the surface of the external pad. These shallow trenches make the platform flexible, thus permitting the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle and outputting a well-rounded step.

The windlass mechanism is a rubber protrusion near the ball of the foot that helps in setting up a stable and energized toe-off. It also makes sure to center the push-off force to its point-of-might, thus heightening the performance.


The midsole unit of the Reebok Runner 3 is composed of ethylene vinyl acetate, most commonly known as EVA. This material runs the entire length of the running shoe, supporting the whole underfoot with its traditionally soft configuration. It has a bouncy nature that lifts the foot up with ease, as well as a sponginess that helps with shock attenuation. EVA is a feature that is present in many well-known shoes like the Nike Downshifter 7 and the Clifton 5 from Hoka One One.

Additional underfoot comfort is provided by a sock liner that’s placed right above the primary cushioning unit. This thin piece can be removed or replaced with another insert if the wearer decides to do so.


The external part of the Reebok Runner 3’s upper unit is primarily made up of double-layer mesh. This material has a seamless construction that averts hot spots from causing irritation to the skin. Breathing pores pockmark its entire surface, allowing environmental air to go through and maintain a cool and dry in-shoe experience for the wearer.

Printed overlays grace the instep, the sides, and the forefoot. These thin add-ons have the goal of bolstering the structural integrity of the façade. They also make sure to provide a snug and secure fit. The ones on the medial and lateral sides take the form of the Reebok logo to heighten brand recognition.

A traditional lacing system is employed in this running shoe. Flat laces zigzag through print-reinforced eyelets, covering the bridge of the foot. Adjusting the shoelaces cause the rest of the upper to adapt, giving customized coverage that benefits the overall performance.

Faux leather is used as the external heel counter of the Reebok Runner 3. This synthetic layer is stitched onto the fabric. It is meant to hold the back of the foot in place, preventing it from quivering at any point during the run or exiting the foot-chamber unintentionally.

The padded tongue and collar are designed to cushion the Achilles tendon, the ankles and the bridge of the foot. These parts of the inner sleeve also make sure to evoke a feeling of being secure while wearing the shoe. A loose wrap may contribute to a mediocre performance.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Reebok Runner 4
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: All-day wear, Walking / Jogging
Features: Cushioned

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