Verdict from 82 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Many consumers liked how comfortable the Ryka Tenacious was when used for workouts or everyday walking.
  • Numerous people claimed that the Pivot Point made Jazzercise, Zumba and other dance-related exercises a breeze to perform.
  • Several fitness aficionados stated that the shoe delivered excellent arch support.
  • The high-top design offered adequate ankle support, according to some users.
  • A good number of owners find the shoe aesthetically appealing.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Ryka Tenacious was deemed too cumbersome by several users.
  • The high-cut design did not please a minority of wearers because it was too stiff and rubbed their ankles.

Bottom line

The Ryka Tenacious received high marks for its utility and comfortability. Though the high-cut design delivered adequate support for the ankles, there were complaints that it dug into the skin and caused discomfort. The style was perceived unfashionable and too bulky by some users. But on the whole, the shoe provided optimum quality for the price.

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Good to know

  • The Ryka Tenacious is a high-top workout shoe designed for use in a studio or a gym. The upper is made of mesh that keeps the foot chamber cool. It has synthetic overlays that not only protect parts of the top portion but also gives the trainer its unique look. Inside, the Direct-Fuse synthetic material is used to deliver a seamless inner lining. The trainer also uses a combination of laces and hook-and-loop strap to keep the foot secured and supported.
  • The trainer features a dual-foam construction that delivers additional cushioning to the balls of the feet. It has the RE-ZORB insert that adds another layer of comfort to the foot. At the heel area is the Injected Heel Guidance clip that keeps the back of the foot steady.
  • The underside of the footwear is lined with a durable rubber that allows it to withstand rigorous training. Under the ball of the foot is a Pivot Point which aims to make turns smooth.
  • This trainer can be easily confused with the Ryka Tenacity as the two models not only have similar names but also share a high-top collar as well as the RE-ZORB cushioning unit. The differences are mostly found in the design of synthetic overlays in the upper unit.

This training shoe from Ryka is true to size and comes in B – Medium width. The high-top construction and the additional medial strap may feel too snug for some consumers and should be considered when purchasing a pair.

The Ryka Tenacious features a rubber outsole that withstands normal wear-and-tear associated with indoor training. It is resilient and has enough flexibility to adapt to foot movements during workouts. The treads on the provide better grip on surfaces.

The Pivot Point feature at the ball area makes it easier for wearers to transition from one step to another during dance routines. The smooth circular structure makes users perform turns or twists without putting too much pressure on the knee or ankle.

A dual-foam module is used in the midsole of the Ryka Tenacious. Two layers of foam are found under the ball of the foot to provide extra cushioning during high-impact training. Foam is a typical material used in midsoles because it is lightweight, resilient and has shock absorption properties.

It features the RE-ZORB footbed which adds another rich layer to the midsole. This proprietary foam is responsive and attenuates shock to prevent injuries or discomfort to the foot.

At the back of the shoe is an Injected Heel Guidance clip. A hard rubber makes up the clip that extends to the bottom of the upper. This technology serves to steady the foot during high-intensity workouts.

The Ryka Tenacious employs a breathable mesh upper that keeps the foot well ventilated. This material is light and does not add weight to the shoe. Synthetic overlays cover high-wear areas such as the toe box and side panels to protect them from impact and abrasion. They also reinforce the back area to prevent the heel from slipping while the user is in motion.

A Direct-Fuse synthetic material reinforces the inside of the upper. It is integrated directly to the mesh, with no stitches used, to ensure that there will be no seams to cause discomfort to the foot.

For the closure, it uses a combination of a lacing system and a single medial strap. The round laces allow users to customize the fit of the upper. The hook-and-loop strap locks the foot down to prevent accidental shoe removal.

The plush collar prevents chafing in the ankle area. It also provides a supportive structure for the ankle to avoid wobbling while in motion.

How Tenacious compares

This shoe: 74
All shoes average: 79
57 93
This shoe: £80
All shoes average: £90
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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

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