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

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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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!

Z-KICKZ II Zumba Shoes Now Available from Zumba Fitness

February 15th, 2012

First, Zumba Fitness introduced the Z1 Sneaker, Z-Top Shoes, and Z-Kickz Zumba shoes. Now, Z-Kickz II are available in 3 colors: Lollipop (black, pink, purple, & gray), Zumba Green (gray, neon green, & silver), and Aspen (gray & neon blue). The Zumba Green Z-Kickz II are also available in men’s sizes. Z-Kickz II are a little more affordable too: $60 USD for ZIN members!

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Z-Kickz LOVE Limited-Edition Zumba Shoes

February 6th, 2012

New limited-edition Z-Kickz athletic dance shoes are now available from Zumba! Introducing the Love Edition, just in time for Valentine’s Day:

Zumba Z Kickz Love Edition