Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The aesthetics of the Ryka Grafik 2 was highly praised by a majority of owners.
  • The footwear was deemed to be very comfortable by many wearers.
  • Numerous testers appreciated the lightweight nature of the trainer.
  • Several consumers liked that it was very affordable.
  • The new upper material was welcomed because it offered adequate lateral support.
  • Jazzercise and Zumba fans commented that the Pivot Point was great for turns and quick direction changes.
  • Some gym-goers stated that this shoe was able to support high arches.

1 reason not to buy

  • The durability was deemed to be subpar as parts of the sole peeled off after only a few uses.

Bottom line

The Grafik 2 was generally well-received because of the style and comfort that it offered. Users also liked that it felt lightweight and was affordable. On the flip side, there were complaints about its durability. Still, it became the shoe of choice for dance workout aficionados because of its lateral support and the Pivot Point on the outsole.

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Good to know

  • The Grafik is a line of training footwear from Ryka that are suitable for the gym or studio workouts such as dance, Jazzercise, and Zumba. The Grafik 2 shares many of the features of the original version such as the diamond-patterned outsole for traction and a Pivot Point for quick direction changes.
  • The trainer uses a low-profile ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole to cushion the foot. At the heel area, above the midsole, is an Injected Heel Guidance (IHG) that supports the back of the foot and provides additional shock absorption.
  • The standout difference between the two versions is the upper material. This new iteration uses a breathable mesh upper that is more rigid compared to the one used in the previous model.

Rubber lines the underside of the Ryka Grafik 2. This compound is durable and does not get compressed easily. It features diamond lugs that enhance the traction of the rubber. The pattern also aids in the flexibility to allow natural foot movements.

The Pivot Point technology is found underneath the ball of the foot. This round-shaped rubber allows for smooth and controlled turns during exercises.

The midsole of the Grafik 2 is made of EVA foam. This material is lightweight, durable, water-resistant and shock absorbent.

The IHG unit can be seen atop the midsole in the rear area. It is a hard rubber that reinforces the midsole to better support the heel.

Inside, the Anatomical Precise-Return Footbed lines the bottom of the shoe. It follows the curves of the underfoot and is designed to deliver better support and comfort.

The Ryka Grafik 2 employs a breathable mesh upper. This lightweight material ensures that the interior of the footwear is well ventilated. It features a gradient print on the side panels that give the shoe its unique look.

Synthetic overlays on the toe box area serve as a protection against abrasion and impact, while those found on the sides enhance the lateral support of the upper. At the back, they form an external clip that keeps the heel steady during dynamic moves.

The trainer uses a traditional lacing system to keep the foot securely inside. The laces pass through a small slot on the tongue that prevents it from moving out of place while performing the activities. The padded keeps the instep from becoming irritated by the round laces.

The padded collar prevents blisters from forming on the ankle area. It also locks the foot down to avoid accidental shoe removal while the user is in motion.

Rankings

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Bottom 12% workout training shoes
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Bottom 14% Ryka training shoes
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Author
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 Bodybuilding.com, 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.