Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Ryka Devotion XT was highly praised because it was very light and comfortable for everyday use.
  • Many fitness enthusiasts lauded the Pivot Point as it allowed them to change directions quickly, especially during Jazzercise sessions.
  • Based on general user feedback, the outsole was able to grip the surface even when it was
  • Several purchasers mentioned that the footwear was true to size.
  • The shock absorbency of the sole unit was found efficient by several testers.
  • Some wearers liked that it did not need breaking in to get a comfortable fit.
  • A few users appreciated that the model was available in a wide

4 reasons not to buy

  • One major issue experienced by fitness aficionados was that the grippy part of the sole unit quickly peeled off.
  • A few people mentioned that wearing the Devotion XT caused pain in the foot, leg, or ankles.
  • There were complaints of the tongue constantly moving out of place.
  • The toe box was deemed too narrow by some.

Bottom line

The Ryka Devotion XT was well received by consumers because of its overall comfort. Reviewers liked the grippy outsole and appreciated the availability of a wide profile. Although it received a lot of positive remarks, there were some complaints about its durability. Users were also not happy that the tongue did not stay put. Still, it was the shoe of choice for many dance workout enthusiasts because of the Pivot Point feature that made turns quick and smooth.

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Good to know

  • The Ryka brand produces shoes specifically for women. The Devotion XT is a workout shoe designed to meet the unique needs of the female population who are more inclined to do dance-related workouts. Like the original Devotion, it uses a lightweight molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole with a full-length RE-ZORB drop-in sole for a comfortable ride.
  • The new iteration retains the eight-piece, skeletal outsole but it has been enhanced with a Pivot Point at the ball of the foot. The flex grooves have been redesigned to accommodate multidirectional movements.
  • The upper of this model uses a mesh fabric to keep the foot chamber breathable while the synthetic overlays sport a stylish gradient design.

The Devotion XT only comes in women’s version and generally runs true to size. The width is available in B - Medium and D – Wide options.

Unique to the Devotion line is the eight-piece radiused skeletal rubber outsole. It is designed to allow for better foot mobility. It also has ridges that increase the surface area of the compound for enhanced traction.

This Ryka trainer features a Pivot Point. This smooth disc is located underneath the ball of the foot to make it easier to perform turns and quick directional changes.

This model features a split-sole design which makes it appear like the forefoot is separated from the heel. This construction aims to improve flexibility and articulation of the foot.

The Ryka Devotion XT utilizes an Antimicrobial Ortholite insert. It is made from recycled rubber and polyurethane and delivers a breathable, moisture-wicking and microbial eliminating platform to provide a healthy environment for the foot.

It uses RE-ZORB in two ways: as a drop-in component and between the midsole and outsole in the form of pods. This proprietary technology offers responsive cushioning and shock absorption.

The upper of the Devotion XT is made of mesh. This fabric keeps the foot chamber well ventilated during workouts.

Synthetic overlays are found on the toe cap and heel counter. They serve to protect these areas abrasion and impact associated with rigorous training. The overlays are also located on the side panels, forming a gradient print that protects the mesh.

The trainer employs a traditional lace-up closure to keep the foot securely in place. The padded tongue evenly spreads the pressure made by the round laces to prevent discomfort to the instep. It has an interior direct-attach support system that tightens the side panels when the laces are pulled to enhance lateral support.

The plush collar keeps the back of the foot locked down. It also prevents irritation to the Achilles. A notch at the end makes it easier for the ankle to move. A heel counter is also present in the rear section which serves to keep the foot steady during dynamic workouts.


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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.