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  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 9.6oz
    Women: 7.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Oct 2016
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We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A lot of consumers were impressed with the visual aesthetics of the Reebok ZStrike Elite, noting that they received compliments while wearing it.
  • The word ‘comfortable’ was used many times as a means to describe this running shoe.
  • Some testers were able to use this casually and they stated that it was still an agreeable experience.
  • Some users have observed that the upper unit was able to wrap around the foot securely, preventing the foot from wobbling inside.
  • A number of runners felt that it didn’t cause any discomfort, even after using it for long periods of time.
  • The size and width were lauded because they followed the standard preferences of many of those who have tried it.
  • Several purchasers noted that the supportive mechanics in the mid-foot area worked well.
  • The underfoot cushioning system was responsive, according to several testers.
  • A reviewer wrote that the mid-sole was able to provide enough ‘bounce’ to each step.
  • For many, the weight of the ZStrike Elite was agreeably light.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer commented that felt a soreness in the heel area after a distance of a mile-and-a-half.
  • A tester reported that it was ½ size smaller than what they were used to.

Bottom line

The Reebok ZStrike Elite received a lot of praise from runners who felt its comfortable components, its supportive mid-sole unit, and the general responsiveness of its platform. For them, it was a great choice for many types of activities. Many of them welcomed its cool, eye-catching design, as well. A few had some complaints about it, but they still ultimately enjoyed this road running shoe.


Updates to Reebok ZStrike Elite

  • The Reebok ZStrike Elite is a cool-looking running shoe for those who need reliable coverage, comfortable cushioning, and a bit of mid-foot support. Aesthetically, it has a modern look that caters to the trends of this contemporary era. Different colorways add more flair to the façade of this model, making it more eye-catching. Breathable fabrics are used here, basically providing the runner with a well-ventilated running experience.
  • The underfoot platform features the ZStrike, a dual-density foam that cushions the foot responsibly. It has cushioning pistons, which adapt to the movement and speed of the foot. It’s flexible and adherent to the natural motion of the wearer. The mid-foot platform has been reinforced to provide support to the arch.
  • The outsole unit of the Reebok ZStrike Elite uses CRTek, an abrasion resistant rubber compound. It protects areas of the mid-sole that are prone to wear and tear. Contact lugs in the outsole perceive the motion and speed of the foot, causing the cushioning system to soften at slow speeds and firm up during speedier pursuits.

Reebok ZStrike Elite size and fit

The Reebok ZStrike Elite has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the preferences of men and women. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this model actually mimics the natural shape of the human foot.


The outsole unit of the Reebok ZStrike Elite features the CRTek, a robust rubber compound that’s highly resistant to abrasion. It covers areas of the outsole that are prone to wear and tear. It also provides surface traction, which is a catalyst for better surface control.

Contact lugs pockmark the outsole unit. These areas cause the cushioning system to soften when the wearer is moving at a slow pace, and firm up during quicker sessions on the roads.


The ZStrike cushioning system is made up of a dual-density material, which adapts to the motion of the foot. It’s responsive and springy. It also has a pliable nature, which means that it can give way for the natural flexibility of the foot. Pistons heighten the responsiveness of the platform.

A sock liner is placed right above the main mid-sole unit. It adds a bit more cushioning to the underfoot. It’s soft, but it doesn’t feel slippery.

The mid-foot area has been reinforced in order to provide support and stability to the arch. It also guides the foot in getting a smoother heel-to-toe transition.


The MonoMesh upper fabric is a lightweight material. It composes the majority of the upper unit. It’s breathable; it is capable of encouraging environmental air into the foot-chamber in order to keep the foot cool and dry.

A speed lacing system has been integrated into the upper unit. With this, it’s easier to wear and remove the shoe. It actually looks like traditional shoelaces, with a semi-flat look that contributes to a snug and secure feel.