Verdict from 7 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the sneaker lovers agree that the Reebok Zig Kinetica Concept_Type1 is one of the best stylishly designed shoes.
  • Fans and non-fans of Reebok sneakers are one in saying that this trainer is definitely a head-turner.
  • The mesh upper is not just for aesthetics, but helps with the airflow, notes many of the users.
  • The adjustable strap detail adds to the overall coolness of the shoe, exclaims some testers.
  • Several individuals appreciate that the strap is removable, making for a cleaner look.
  • Many reviewers mention that this edgy model is reminiscent of Nike's React Element 87.
  • Some shoe aficionados notice that the toe area reminds them of the Adidas Yeezy 700.
  • Beyond styling one’s casual lifestyle, the Zig Type 1 is durable enough for light runs and gym routines.
  • Numerous customers say that the shoe is flexible when it comes to outfitting options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the testers emphasize that the ankle area lacks cushioning.
  • Ankle socks are not ideal for wearing as the tongue and heel are rough and can chafe the skin.
  • In terms of comfort, several testers state that the Floatride cushioning isn’t as lush as advertised.

Bottom line

With a myriad of layering and details going on in this Concept_Type1 Zig Kinetica, one need not be intimated. If anything, the see-through mesh material allows one to change up the overall vibe of the shoe by the sock color.

The triple combination of the updated cushioning through the Floatride Fuel, Zig Energy Shell, and Zig Energy Bands delivers utmost cushioning, stability, and energy-returning execution.

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Good to know

Much like the Reebok shoes inspired from running, the Zig Kinetica Concept Type 1 is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Although generally running true to size, several reviews mention that it feels narrow on the forefoot and recommends getting it half a size up. This runs particularly true for those who prefer to don socks.

A couple of users suggest avoiding wearing ankle socks as the tongue can chafe at the skin. The tongue’s flimsy material does not provide enough support versus the neoprene on Reebok’s Sole Fury, which hugs the midfoot fine.

Putting on regular socks can also help give additional support to the ankles, as the heel portion of the shoe seems to have barely-there padding around the edges, which can feel a little uncomfortable.

Keeping in mind the color or print of the socks one wears is crucial to rocking the Zig Type 1. Even though the white colorway will most likely give out more vibrancy, the mish-mash of overlays and the zig-zag midsoles will catch any onlooker's eye. 

No matter if one wears this highly-coveted pair with denim, joggers, dress, or even workout getup, expect questions about this walking piece of art on feet.

Where to begin? There is so much going on in this masterpiece. Looking very different from the first Reebok Zig Kinetica, the Concept Type_1 version is swathed in a translucent mesh upper with various over and underlays to reinforce areas of impact.

While there is minimal padding on the heel, the rubber nib, together with a TPU patch, is great stabilizers. The lacing and adjustable strap combo allow the midfoot area to have a secure fit.

Zig technology was introduced in 2010. Otherwise known as ZigTech, it surpassed aesthetics as performance footwear.

Fast forward to 2019, Reebok revamped the ZigTech and made it better by infusing it with kinetic energy inspiration. Kinetic energy is the energy that a body possesses by being in motion. 

Tapping designer and Garbstore founder, Ian Paley, to craft this dual-tech-infused footwear resulted in this prototype-style design, which a lot of sneaker collectors want to add to their roster.

  • The Zig Kinetica Concept Type_1 upper features 15 individual segments strategically layered on top of each other to create that avant-garde design.
  • When hit by sunlight, the hard mesh material tends to reflect, which gives it an additional uniqueness.

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com