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

Zumba Shoes From Zumba Fitness Now Available on Zappos

April 11th, 2014

I search Zappos for “women’s Zumba shoes” and look what came up!!! Zumba Energy Push low tops, Energy Push high tops, Flex Classic low tops, Flex Classic high tops, and Impact Max low tops are currently available in a variety of colors on Zappos. I have never owned a brand of Zumba Fitness athletic shoes, but I do know they sell out fast – especially the high tops! Get them while you can! Good luck!

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Coming Soon From Zumba Fitness: Zumba Energy Push or Energy Boost 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 Energy Push or Energy Boost. The magazine calls this new offering both names. Time will tell us the actual name of this shoe. Zumba Fitness describes the Zumba Energy Push or Energy Boost as the Zumba shoe for the “laidback Zumba lover.” Zumba Fitness says “This style is for the woman who wants to dance for the longest amount of time without pushing herself too hard or compromising her form.”

This shoe has not been released yet, but this shoe seems to be designed for endurance and low-impact Zumba. This is a lightweight, mesh shoe that can transitions “straight from class to running errands.” If you have a pair of Energy Push or Energy Boost Zumba shoes, let us know what you think!

Zumba Energy Push Energy Boost Zumba Shoes

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 in 2014: NEW Zumba Shoes from Zumba Fitness!

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 edition of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new Zumba shoe offerings coming soon to the Zumba store.

Zumba Fitness invites you to “Find Your Solemate” and “Go ahead. Fall in love.” with the new Zumba shoe offerings. Three new shoes are soon to be available:  Zumba Flex Classic, Zumba Energy Boost or Zumba Energy Push (it’s called two different things in two different places), and Zumba Impact Max. Here’s a sneak preview of all three shoes from the zlife magazine spread. Stayed tuned to rencsi.com. More to come!

Zumba Shoes 2014

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 www.sw-fit.com

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 www.sw-fit.com

Reference Promo Code RYKA15

Offer expires June 30, 2013

Enjoy!

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