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!

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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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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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New Zumba Z-Kickz High Tops

June 12th, 2012

Today, Zumba announced the new Zumba Z-Kickz High Tops Zumba shoes to the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) Zumba Instructors! These high top Zumba shoes are listed at $65 USD for ZIN members and $80 regular price in the Zumba shop.

For those who like to shimmy, shake, and show off their style, the brand new lightweight Z-Kickz High Top takes your moves to new places.

  • Nylon Ripstop upper shell for durability
  • EVA rubber sole for maximum flexibility and mobility
  • Synthetic patent leather accents add flair
  • Woven ZUMBA® logo on tongue
  • Reflective signature logos on rear panel
  • 3 pack of signature colored shoelaces

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Have you tried Z-Kickz? What do you think? Let us know!

DC Skate Shoes for Zumba

January 21st, 2012

I started doing Zumba at a new studio, and I saw something I have never seen before: Skateboarding shoes in Zumba class.

What are skateboarding shoes, like DC Skate shoes designed for? Grip. Keeping the skater’s feet on his or her skateboard without slipping, sliding, or rocking off the board.

Is grip what you need for Zumba? Absolutely not!

Of course you don’t want to go sliding across the studio floor, but Zumba requires turns and twists. Your feet must be able to pivot or your ankle, knee, and hip joints will suffer. Skate shoes also do not allow the lateral movement required in the most basic of salsa moves in a Zumba class.

While skate shoes might look cool, they are not the right footware for Zumba.

DC Skate Shoes for Zumba

Pumas for Zumba

September 16th, 2011

Finding the right shoes for Zumba is very difficult. You need the support of an athletic shoe with the sole of a dance shoe.

Puma athletic shoes look like a dance shoe, right? They are narrow, light-weight, and have the tell-tale circle on the sole that indicates a sole that will allow turning and sliding. Unfortunately, Pumas are not a good choice for Zumba. They lack the necessary shock absorption needed for the high-impact moves of a Zumba class. Look at the sole of a Puma sneaker – it’s very thin. There is almost no rubber or cushion to help distribute the shock from impact with the floor.

One of my Zumba participants bought a pair of suede Pumas for Zumba class. She was excited about finding Pumas for Zumba because they were inexpensive and seemed to move on the studio floor like she had hoped they would. She was coming to my class at least twice a week. She was always in the front row and was nearly 6 feet tall – you couldn’t miss her.

Suddenly she disappeared from class. She had developed shin splints from the impact of Zumba while wearing her new non-supportive Puma sneakers to several Zumba classes per week. Mayo Clinic defines shin splints as follows:

Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints occur during physical activity and result from too much force being placed on your shinbone and connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone.

My participant’s shins splints were so bad there was visible bruising near her swollen ankles. She had to go to the doctor and could not participate in Zumba for six weeks. the doctor told her if she continued to do Zumba, the impact could give her stress fractures in her tibia bones. At the end of six weeks, she had to start with one Zumba class per week and she could not do any jumping – doctor’s orders.

The moral of the story, don’t wear unsupportive sneakers, like Pumas, for Zumba.


Men’s Footware from Zumba Fitness

August 23rd, 2011

Finally! Men’s Z1 sneakers are athletic dance shoes from Zumba Fitness for Zumba Fitness!

According to the Zumba Fitness Shop:

Hey guys, this one’s for you — the all-new Z1 Sneakers for men! Athletic, sturdy, rugged and funky-cool to boot, these sneakers are built for optimum performance both in and out of Zumba® class. Constructed with a molded footbed and TPU for maximum support, and an ultra-breathable upper and midsole for total comfort, the new Z1 sneakers for him also have extra-tough pivot points to slide and grip on cue. With extra colored shoelaces, pair ‘em up with your favorite Zumbawear™ get-up and you’ll be ready to kick it into high gear!

The Z1 Zumba sneaker for men has mixed reviews, but if you’ve been searching for the right shoe, it might be worth the $75 to give them a try!

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