RYKA Women's Vida RZX Cross-Training Shoe Review

RYKA Women’s Vida RZX Cross-Training Shoe Review

  • MANUFACTURER: RYKA
  • SIZES:  5-11 (B/M)
  • HALF SIZES: YES
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT:  ONE POUND
  • MODEL: VIDA RZX-W
  • COLORS:  BLACK/RYKA PINK/BLAZE, BLUE/MINT, LIME/ BLUE
  • OUTER MATERIAL:  MANMADE 54% TEXTILE/46% POLYURETHANE
  • SOLE:  RUBBER OUTSOLE
  • ALSO:  PADDED TONGUE AND COLLAR, BREATHABLE MESH AND SUPPORTIVE OVERLAYS. RE ZORB HIGH IMPACT CUSHION
  • FIT AS EXPECTED: 69%
  • PRICE GUIDE:  $52.47-$74.95
  • OUR RATING: FOUR STARS OUT OF FIVE

ON A FIRST INSPECTION

ryka vida black pink lime shoe

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The Ryka Women’s Vida RZK Cross Training Shoe seems like a fairly colorful affair, especially when compared to its sister shoes, from the same stable.

Subdued is a word that could be used to describe the other birds in this flock, but that isn’t a description that could be applied to these Vidas. They are quite the opposite in fact.

If you are looking for a cross training shoe with a bit of added zing, that look cute and add a bit of spring to your step, then you might be looking at the Ryka Women’s Vida RZK Cross Training Shoe.

They are highly colorful, without ever being gaudy.

Originally available in three flavors, the Blue/ Mint, Lime/ Blue and Black/Ryka Pink/ Lime Blaze, it would seem that the latter may now be the only design on sale, at the time of writing.

Perhaps if you cast your net a little wider you may find the elusive other two, but otherwise, the Black/ Ryka Pink/ Lime Blaze seems to be all there is at the moment.

ryka vida pink and green

This doesn’t really matter, as the three color combinations within the cross trainer shoe are subtle enough to work in most wardrobe combinations. In other words, one of those colors ought to match something you are wearing.

These are a predominantly black training shoe, with a pink interior and lacing as well as some pink trim where the logo sits on the top of the tongue.

There is a breathable mesh upper and lime green flourishes. The heel looks substantial and as if it will support you. The manufacturer calls this its Comfort Re-Zorb cushioning.

Flip these over and you will see the famous pivot point designed for spinning, twirling and generally dancing in.

The midsole features alternating flex grooves, for helping to take the pressure off, as your feet go through their paces at Jazzercise or whichever zany dance craze it is that is currently doing the rounds.

The tongue and collar are both padded for an extra snug fit, as well as ample cushioning. All in all, these give the impression of being a shoe which does not look flimsy, however, it does not weigh a lot either.

There are some reports of people saying that these feel like doing workouts barefoot, even!

The insole adds to the soft, comfy experience, with a nice silky feel sock liner that has Anatomical Precise Return technology.

Finally, unlike some other designs, this cross-training shoe features a natural looking, rounded toe for added fit and comfort.

With its layered effect of colors and stripes, everyone seems impressed with the looks of the Ryka Women’s Vida Cross Training Shoe, if nothing else.

But how does it measure up in practical terms?

THE COMFORT

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Like most of the other shoes in the Ryka Cross Training range, these Ryka Women’s Vida Training Shoes come in a size five to eleven, with half sizes available. They come in a standard B (M) width.

With all the padding available, on the tongue and around the collar – not to mention the extra support of the Re-Zorb cushioning heel, the smooth sock liner and synthetic supportive overlays, this is a training shoe that should hug your foot.

In terms of fit, then most people (69%) think that they fit as advertised. This is a pretty good statistic, we think and most of you should be able to get your regular size to fit. If it doesn’t quite – then possibly you are one of the few who might need to size up by a half size, to find your true fit.

And are they comfortable? Why yes.

There are not very many serious criticisms of the Ryka Women’s Vida Training Shoe that we can see. Of course, there are always going to be the odd rogue pair that splits before their time – but this is a rare occurrence.

Likewise, there are a few unlucky people who just can’t get on with them.

But in the main, most people find these shoes both comfortable and supportive to exercise in.

THE TERRAIN

ryka vida sole pivot

Ryka shoes are marketed firmly at the dance exercise market. So that is anyone who works out to music, does Zumba, Jazzercise or any of those funky things.

This is because they have a pivot on the sole for spinning, twisting and generally turning around in. This is not something that is found on the average sneaker or tennis shoe and so they are often recommended by dance and exercise instructors.

Might you wear them for other activities? We think so. These may not be exactly a walking shoe, or a running shoe for that matter, but you can attempt both in them pretty well. Perhaps not for long term and dedicated running, but certainly casual usage will be fine.

Because these are mesh shoes, they are clearly not going to be very waterproof, which probably rules them out for a lot of outdoors activities, at least when the weather is bad.

Depending on what the terrain and weather is like in your part of the world, they might be absolutely fine for outdoor walks and jogs or, alternatively, no good at all.

But certainly, for gym usage, they are the perfect all round cross training shoe.

SHOULD I BUY THE RYKA WOMEN’S VIDA TRAINING SHOE?

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If you are a woman who is serious about exercise – specifically indoor workouts, gym training and dance classes, we think that the Ryka Women’s Vida Training Shoe should be perfect for you.

Better still, if you want something that is also cute as well as comfortable, with a decent degree of support, then we think you have found the ideal training shoe.

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