Ryka Women's Dream Cross Training Shoe Review

Ryka Women’s Dream Cross Training Shoe Review

  • MANUFACTURER: RYKA
  • SIZES:  5-11 (B/M) (D)
  • HALF SIZES: YES
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT:  8 OUNCES
  • MODEL: DREAM
  • COLORS:  BLACK/ IRON/GREY/WHITE, FROST GREY/ SUMMER GREY/ CALYPSO CORAL, INSIGNIA BLUE/ YUCCA MINT
  • OUTER MATERIAL:  SYNTHETIC, LEATHER
  • SOLE:  TRACTION GRIPPING SOLE
  • ALSO:  MEMORY FOAM INSOLE, SYNTHETIC AND LEATHER OVERLAYS
  • FIT AS EXPECTED: 86%
  • PRICE GUIDE:  $29.99-$134.15
  • OUR RATING: 4.3 OUT OF FIVE

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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The first impression we have of these Ryka Women’s Cross Training Shoes is that they look like a particularly solid construction.

But this does not mean that they are heavy or cumbersome. The weight is a mere 8 ounces which seems pretty light.

Now, admittedly, for the purposes of our Ryka Women’s Dream Cross Training Shoe Review, we only know the shipping weight of this item, but it suggests that they are going to be incredibly light, since presumably they must come in under those eight ounces.

Unlike a lot of the other training shoes by manufacturer Ryka, these cross-training shoes actually do not feature any mesh on the upper.

Instead, there is a stretchy textile or synthetic upper overlaid with genuine leather strips. These overlays not only look nice, but they will help support your foot through its travails at the gym or dance class.

These are a lace up design, which are traditional in appearance. The one thing that they aren’t is overly girly or fussy.

If you are looking for something to pose in, primarily, and train in secondly, then maybe you should jog on – literally.

Now we are not trying to make it sound as if these will make you look like a dog’s dinner wearing them. Far from it. These cross-training shoes are in fact highly stylish.

And they are not mannish at all, in the slightest.

These Ryka Women’s Dream Cross-Training Shoes have been designed with the female form in mind.

In fact, all their shoes are designed only for women.

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More specifically, Ryka make athletic shoes for women. Although they do also make casual shoes and boots, if you want to check out their full range.

A lot of their customers favor this make for Zumba, Jazzercise and other dance based exercise activity.

However, there isn’t anything that we have found to suggest that you can’t use them for other training activities. You should be able to wear these for gym class, training or even jogging.

These Women’s Dream Cross Training Shoes come in three colors – all of them subdued;

Insignia Blue/ Yucca Mint which is a navy blue edged with a light green, Frost Grey/ Summer Grey/ Calypso Coral, which are a two-tone gray with a pink trim and finally Black/Iron/Grey/ White which is a tasteful collection of black and gray shades.

None of these will draw attention to your feet especially, but they look smart and could be worn casually outside of exercising.

The stretchy material of the upper has a printed design, that look a bit like leopard spots, only they are much more refined looking than that – we promise!

The overall impression is that of a sophisticated training shoe which looks the business, but isn’t in the least bit fussy or showy.

 

RYKA SHOES

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As we have said, this is a manufacturer that specialize in women’s shoes and only make footwear for women.

They have twenty-five years’ experience in studying the female form, and in particular, their podiatry.

For this reason, their shoes are not just mini me versions of the men’s training shoes, which – ahem – might be the case with some other manufacturers.

All Ryka shoes have a larger toe box, more space in the upper end of the foot and a more narrow heel than men’s shoes have. And they will be more specifically designed for the exercising female than a lot of other women’s training shoes are.

The shape of the female foot is different from a man’s, but it would seem like not all shoe makers have got that memo.

Of course, a woman’s skeleton and muscular structure also differ. Their quadricep angle, the correlation of the knee to the hip is not the same.  It is between five and seven degrees bigger for a woman than it is for a male.

This results in women placing more pressure on the edge of the foot, that can sometimes increase the chances of over-pronation.

In its turn, this can make injury and accidents to the foot more likely.

On top of this, Ryka ensure adequate cushioning and support for the female foot as it exercises and dances.

THE FIT

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With 86% of customers reporting that these shoes fit perfectly, it would seem a pretty safe bet that you can go ahead and order your regular size, just fine

For those who are unlucky enough not to get a perfect fit the first time, you might be one of the very few for whom these run a little small.

These come in a standard sizing from five to an eleven, with half sizes running in between. They also come in B (M) and a D, which is the wider fitting.

This choice with the width should be good news for anyone with a wider fitting. Some of the Ryka training shoes have been criticized for running a little narrower than the norm. But not these Ryka Women’s Dream Training Shoes. We think with the choice between regular and wide, you should find something to fit just fine.

And the comfort? Well, with an EVA midsole and memory foam sock liner should ensure adequate support whilst you are exercising.

THE TERRAIN

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These are a lightweight shoe, but all the same, they are not a mesh construction.

This might lead to speculation about their weather resistance, however, these are not waterproof, being made from a stretchy synthetic material.

The soles grip well enough for running and jogging, as well as balancing at the gym and provide a good all round training shoe.

Just don’t get them wet!

CONCLUSION

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We like these Ryka Women’s Dream Cross Training Shoes. They are smart, but not showy. Can be used for a variety of exercising workouts and you can walk in them comfortably to boot.

With no significant problems to report on and a reasonable asking price, we heartily recommend these cross-training shoes.

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