Goodbye, Ryka – Tried ‘em, Hated ‘em

November 16th, 2014

My last post was to announce that I finally bought Ryka athletic shoes for Zumba. This post is to announce I tried them, I hated them, and I’m moving on.

I hesitated buying a pair of Ryka’s for a long time, but in September 2014, I finally decided to try the black, blue, and pink Ryka Flextra. Ryka’s tout themselves as a studio shoe – a shoe that is best for studio group fitness classes. I hesitated because Ryka’s are not cheap. I also think they are unattractive. Ryka as a company change styles frequently, my Zumba participants have complained to me in the past that by the time they needed a replacement pair of Ryka’s, the company no longer offered the shoe. I was finally so frustrated shopping for a good new pair of Zumba shoes that I decided to give Ryka a try despite all that…

ryka flextra 1Fail. Epic fail. My biggest complaint about Ryka Flextra is that they are wide, definitely too wide for me. They felt sloppy during lateral movements and my foot was sliding all over the place inside the shoe. They look as wide as they feel. My second complaint is that the bottom of the shoe has slightly rounded edges, not enough to notice with the naked eye, but you’ll feel the rocking with lateral movements during salsa and reggaeton. I have weak ankles and am prone to lateral ankle rolls, and I had slight ankle rolls several times in Ryka Flextra. Thank goodness they’re low profile or I would’ve sprained my ankle.

There is nothing special about this shoe. Only buy it if it’s on clearance and you’re desperate. And, if that’s the case, you might be in luck. Last week I saw Ryka Flextra on the clearance rack at DSW.

I Finally Bought Ryka Athletic Shoes for Zumba

August 23rd, 2014

I did it. I finally bought a pair of Ryka studio athletic shoes for Zumba.

Although I’ve know for awhile that Ryka is a leader in studio or group fitness classes, but I hesitated to buy a pair of Ryka’s for awhile. Ryka athletic shoes are not the most attractive sneakers and it’s important for me to feel at least somewhat attractive while I do Zumba. Another reason I hesitated is that Ryka frequently changes offerings, and a couple of times, they stopped manufacturing a line of shoes before I had a chance to buy a pair.

But tonight, I had a weak moment while shopping at DSW and I tried on a pair of black, blue, and pink Ryka Flextra. They fit true to size – I wear 6.5, I tried 6.5, and they fit like 6.5. They advertize they have a “re-zorb” system to absorb shock in high-impact group fitness classes. (My aching Achilles tendonitis will be happy about that.) The soles are built for movement in all directions including lateral movements, unlike the forward only movement that running shoes are designed for. The soles also have the circle at the ball of the foot for pivoting and turning. They were $59.99 at DSW.

I’ll try them out while teaching Zumba tomorrow. I’ll write a post to review my new Ryka Flextra for Zumba soon! In the meantime, you can read more about Ryka athletic shoes for Zumba here:

Kelly Ripa Collection Ryka Transition Shoes for Zumba

Best Ryka Zumba Shoes

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Zumba Fitness Shoe Sale – 30% off (While They Last)

August 22nd, 2014

Alert! I just received an email that all styles of Zumba shoes by Zumba Fitness are 30% off while supplies last.

If you are familiar with Zumba shoes by Zumba Fitness, you know these shoes go fast!

Get them while you can! Also, there is free shipping on orders over $49 and free returns so you can’t go wrong!

Zumba Fitness Shoe Sale 8_22_2014

They’re Back – Zumba Shoes are Back in Stock

April 16th, 2014

It’s common knowledge Zumba shoes from Zumba Fitness sell out on a regular basis. I received notice by email today that Zumba shoes are back in stock in the Zumba shop. Good luck!Zumba Shoes Are Back 4_16_2014

Coming Soon From Zumba Fitness: Zumba Impact Max Zumba Shoe

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 issue of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new offering of Zumba shoe. One of those offerings is the Zumba Impact Max. Zumba Fitness describes the Zumba Impact Max as the Zumba shoe for the “everyday Zumba enthusiast.” Zumba Fitness says “The Impact is wonderful for the beginner to moderate-level Zumba fan who wants maximum comfort and style all while minimizing shock to your joints.”

This shoe has not been released yet, but the key feature of this shoe seems to be shock absorption. Zumba Fitness claims to have used “special Z-Compress Outsole Technology” to absorb shock, leather overlays to reinforce the toe and heel of the shoe, and Z-Brace to keep your foot from sliding in the shoe.

If you have a pair of Impact Max Zumba shoes, let us know what you think!

Zumba Impact Max Zumba Shoe

Coming Soon From Zumba Fitness: Zumba Flex Classic Zumba Shoe

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 issue of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new offering of Zumba shoe. One of those offerings is the Zumba Flex Classic. Zumba Fitness describes the Zumba Flex Classic as the Zumba shoe for the “Zumba fanatic.” Zumba Fitness says “The Flex is specifically designed for the hardcore Zumba student who takes her workouts seriously, goes to class several times a week, and has a dance background.”

Why a dance background? This shoe has a split sole. This is a very important feature to consider when buying a Zumba shoe. Split sole athletic dance shoes are designed for flexibility, NOT impact/shock absorption. Split sole athletic dance shoes are NOT recommended for pronators or people with low, weak, or “fallen” arches or chronic foot pain or weakness. I wouldn’t recommend a split sole to anyone who does not have previous experience dancing on a regular basis in split sole athletic dance shoes.

Zumba Fitness does claim to have built-in “Z-Arch Technology” to reinforce the arch of the Zumba Flex Classic offering. Time will tell how Zumba lovers react to the Zumba Flex Classic. If you have a pair, let us know what you think!

Zumba Flex Classic Shoe

Ryka Zumba Shoes Coupon 2013

April 18th, 2013

Attention anyone shopping for the perfect Zumba shoes: I just received a coupon for 15% off Ryka retail prices for my clients, friends, and family!

Ryka has a wide variety of athletic shoes perfect for Zumba. If you are looking for a good pair of new shoes for Zumba, check out this deal! Enjoy!

Shop online at

Use promo code RYKA15

Offer ends June 30, 2013

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Save 15% on Ryka Shoes Through June 30, 2013

April 18th, 2013

As a Zumba instructor and fitness professional, I am a member of the rykä Fit Club. Ryka offers discounts to fitness professionals through the Fit Club, and I just received these coupons to share with clients, friends, and family for 15% off retail prices!

Ryka offers a nice variety of athletic shoes perfect for Zumba. Use the promo code below to save 15% off your favorite Ryka athletic shoes for Zumba!

Order online at

Reference Promo Code RYKA15

Offer expires June 30, 2013


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Zumba Prostitution Scandal in Maine

November 17th, 2012

Female Zumba instructors: Have you seen an increase of the number of men coming to your Zumba classes? Zumba can be sexy, but one instructor allegedly took her sexy moves too far.

Zumba Prostitute Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright, a Zumba instructor in Kennebunk, Maine has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts including prostitution, invasion of privacy, and tax-related counts.  She is accused of selling sex in her fitness studio and a nearby office, and of secretly videotaping some of the encounters. Here’s a link news about Zumba prostitution scandal from CBS.

Unfortunately, I had not heard of the Zumba prostitution scandal until one of my Zumba class participants mentioned it to me. How embarrassing! Knowledge is power, Zumba instructors! Let’s not give our fellow Zumba instructors a bad reputation!

Zumba Shoe Sale – Get 30% Off

October 31st, 2012

It was a nice surprise to find this Zumba shoe sale announcement in my email inbox this week! Right now, Zumba Fitness is offering a 30% discount on all Zumba shoes by Zumba Fitness in their online shop. Check it out!

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