Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes
Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes
Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes
Cross-trainingMulti-purpose training shoes which can be used for a wide variety of exercises. See *cross-training shoes*
For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes
For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes
Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes
Good to know
Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.
Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal, Wide
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We think that these make a good all round training shoe, for anyone who wants some support but also prefers a degree of sophistication, when they workout.
- 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.