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- Just like any other Ryka walking shoe, the Terrain model is crafted specifically for a female foot shape and walking mechanics. It is designed with a narrower heel and a wider forefoot to deliver comfort and stability throughout the walking gait cycle.
- The shoe is built in accordance with the brand’s proprietary Comfort Surround System (CSS). It implies that the outsole provides durable protection and grip, the midsole offers lightweight and flexible cushioning, and the upper hugs the foot securely yet allows for an effortless on-and-off.
The Ryka Terrain comes in a range of women’s US sizes from 6 to 12. Both full and half sizes are available. The model tends to run on a smaller side, so it may be necessary to go from half-a-size to one full-size up. There are also two width options: a standard B - Medium and a wider D - Wide profile. The trainer has a slip-on design and features gore straps to help put on and remove the footwear smoothly.
The most abrasion-prone parts of the platform, the heel, and the forefoot are covered with TPR (thermoplastic rubber) layers. This material adds grip and slip-resistance on wet and smooth surfaces. It is also a fully recyclable and inexpensive compound. The curved cuts on the TPR make the unit more flexible for a comfortable heel-to-toe transition.
The midfoot section of the outsole features the EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam which comes down from the midsole unit. The Ryka Terrain does not employ a full-length rubber outsole to keep the platform more flexible, lightweight, and shock absorbing.
The foot receives cushioning and impact protection from the EVA foam compound. Even though this material is lightweight, it has compression-resistant properties and returns to its original shape to prepare for the next step.
An Anatomical Precise-Return footbed is placed on top of the midsole. It serves to give additional underfoot padding and can be easily removed or replaced by an orthotic insert.
The Ryka Terrain sports a full suede upper for a snug yet soft foothold. The toes and the heel are reinforced with additional suede overlays for enhanced structure and support.
The model has a slip-on design for those who like to be on-the-go. There are gore inserts on both sides of the vamp which open the shoe throat wider to let the foot in and out without resistance. A fabric pull tab at the back also assists in putting on the footwear.
The highlight of the model is its colorful sweater-like gusset. Wrapping around the ankle it offers padded comfort and a cozy cold-season look.