Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    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.

  • Price
    $85
  • Weight
    Women: 8.2oz

    Weight

    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.

  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard, Wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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96 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | Authority Shoe

    RYKA INFLUENCE 2.5 Cross-Trainer Shoe can meet most of the needs of its users.

  • 95 / 100 | Jazzercise

    The extra arch support is essential for a flatter foot.

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Updates to Ryka Influence 2.5

  • The Ryka Influence 2.5 is a training shoe designed to meet the unique needs of a woman with an active lifestyle. It builds on the success of previous Influence models and retains features such as the breathable mesh upper with the Flex-Foil and Direct-Fuse technologies that give the top part structure and support.
  • This model uses the same high-impact N-Gage ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole as its predecessor. This compound provides cushioning and has a high energy return.
  • The ergonomic rubber outsole is designed to be durable and provide sufficient traction on studio surfaces. It also has a Pivot Point feature that makes turns and cuts quick to accomplish.
  • Changes in this model include the use of the RE-ZORB insole. This material provides impact protection and shock absorption to protect the foot.

Ryka Influence 2.5 size and fit

Ryka makes shoes in women’s sizes only. The Influence 2.5 runs true to size and comes in B – Medium and D – Wide width profiles. It is available in sizes 5 to 10.5.

Outsole

The Influence 2.5 sports an ergonomic rubber outsole that supports the natural movement of the foot. The rubber compound is durable, resilient, and the ridges found on it serve to increase the surface area to provide better traction. It sports a design similar to a footprint, reinforcing those parts of the sole unit that are likely to receive higher impact.

The Pivot Point at the ball area makes transitions easy during studio-based workouts. This feature offers enough traction to support controlled turns to prevent stressing the knee or ankle joints.

Midsole

This workout shoe from Ryka uses the N-Gage EVA for its midsole. It is designed to return energy on impact which allows it to accommodate quick direction changes associated with dance workouts.

The trainer also features the RE-ZORB sockliner. It is an engineered foam that adds a layer of shock absorption and impact protection to the shoe.

The medial post uses a harder EVA material. This structure is located under the arch and gives it better support while also controlling pronation.

Upper

A mesh material makes up the upper of the Ryka Influence 2.5. This type of fabric is lightweight and breathable to keep the foot chamber ventilated.

The Flex-Foil is a type of welded synthetic material that protects high wear-and-tear areas without adding weight. This technology protects the toe box, parts of the side panels, the lacing system, and the heel counter.

This model also employs the Direct-Fuse, another synthetic material, to reinforce the upper. The fusion of the two elements creates a stitch-less system that is strong and supportive, but lightweight.

An independent lacing system allows users to customize the fit and lateral support. The round laces pass through cable-like structures that span the midfoot on both sides. When the laces are pulled, the cables become taut and draws the side panels closer to the foot, thereby enhancing the lateral support.

At the back of the footwear, the padded collar supports the ankle and prevents the foot from sliding out of the shoe while in motion. It also has an external heel counter that holds the back of the foot in place so he foot won’t wobble when doing explosive movements.


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