Size and fit

Much like the Reebok shoes inspired from running, the Zig Kinetica Concept Type 1 is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Although generally running true to size, several reviews mention that it feels narrow on the forefoot and recommends getting it half a size up. This runs particularly true for those who prefer to don socks.

A couple of users suggest avoiding wearing ankle socks as the tongue can chafe at the skin. The tongue’s flimsy material does not provide enough support versus the neoprene on Reebok’s Sole Fury, which hugs the midfoot fine.

Putting on regular socks can also help give additional support to the ankles, as the heel portion of the shoe seems to have barely-there padding around the edges, which can feel a little uncomfortable.

Reebok Zig Kinetica Concept_Type1 Style

Keeping in mind the color or print of the socks one wears is crucial to rocking the Zig Type 1. Even though the white colorway will most likely give out more vibrancy, the mish-mash of overlays and the zig-zag midsoles will catch any onlooker's eye. 

No matter if one wears this highly-coveted pair with denim, joggers, dress, or even workout getup, expect questions about this walking piece of art on feet.

Notable Features

Where to begin? There is so much going on in this masterpiece. Looking very different from the first Reebok Zig Kinetica, the Concept Type_1 version is swathed in a translucent mesh upper with various over and underlays to reinforce areas of impact.

While there is minimal padding on the heel, the rubber nib, together with a TPU patch, is great stabilizers. The lacing and adjustable strap combo allow the midfoot area to have a secure fit.

Reebok Zig Kinetica Concept_Type1 History

Zig technology was introduced in 2010. Otherwise known as ZigTech, it surpassed aesthetics as performance footwear.

Fast forward to 2019, Reebok revamped the ZigTech and made it better by infusing it with kinetic energy inspiration. Kinetic energy is the energy that a body possesses by being in motion. 

Tapping designer and Garbstore founder, Ian Paley, to craft this dual-tech-infused footwear resulted in this prototype-style design, which a lot of sneaker collectors want to add to their roster.

Nice to know

  • The Zig Kinetica Concept Type_1 upper features 15 individual segments strategically layered on top of each other to create that avant-garde design.
  • When hit by sunlight, the hard mesh material tends to reflect, which gives it an additional uniqueness.


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