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- MANUFACTURER: RYKA
- SIZES: 5-11 (B/M)
- HALF SIZES: YES
- SHIPPING WEIGHT: ONE POUND
- MODEL: GRAFIK 2-W
- COLORS: BLACK/GREY/PINK, GREY/MINT, NAVY/BLUE, BLUE/ PURPLE
- OUTER MATERIAL: SYNTHETIC AND MESH
- SOLE: RUBBER TRACTION SOLE WITH PIVOT POINTS
- ALSO: BREATHABLE MESH WITH SYNTHETIC OVERLAYS, DIAMOND SHAPED RUBBER CONTOUR GRIP AND PIVOT POINT, LOW-PROFILE EVA MIDSOLE AND SLEEK INJECTED HEEL GUIDANCE (IHG) AS ADDITIONAL HEEL REINFORCEMENT, LACE UPS
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 66%
- PRICE GUIDE: $41.97-$110.62
- OUR RATING: 4 STARS OUT OF FIVE
OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS
These are an incredibly smart pair of training shoes that look like they won’t show you up at your Jazzercize or Zumba class.
In terms of color, these appear to come in four different varieties, but only three of those are currently on sale at the time of writing.
Choose between Black/Iron Grey/Pink which is a predominantly black pair of training shoes with pink laces, Iron Grey/ Mint which is a cool shade of gray mixed with a light green mint lacing and Navy/ Blue, which a tasteful mixture of dark blues.
These are not a garish design and the two or three tone coloring looks very natural and blended in these training shoes.
We think that they give a sophisticated edge to your work out.
And with the mesh construction on the upper, we would hope that this means that your foot has plenty of ventilation for the dance or exercise class of your choice.
And in terms of the soles, well we think that these should be more than adequate for jumping, turning and sliding around in.
The soles are constructed of diamond shape rubber grooves and feature pivot points, designed especially for turning and spinning in.
In addition to this, they have a lightweight EVA midsole with Heel Guidance (HG) injected into it.
With a padded collar, which comes quite high up on the ankle, the whole impression that this training shoe gives is that of a very sleek construction.
This is a design which has been thought carefully about, in terms of pure aesthetics and comfort.
It has also been designed to give a high performance in a whole variety of dance and exercise classes.
And more besides. Perhaps you might also consider just wearing them, you know, hanging out.
If you have never heard of Ryka before, this is a manufacturer who are dedicated and serious to bringing a quality sportswear product to women who exercise and workout.
More about the science behind the footwear than simply wanting to produce something glam and girly (not that the two things have to be mutually exclusive) Ryka have really studied the whole physical aspect of a woman’s foot.
And they have come up with a design that truly reflects the way that a woman’s body is proportioned to affect her stride, her walk and her run.
The pressure applied to a woman’s shoe is different from the way that a man walks. And manufacturer Ryka understand this.
This is why they only make shoes exclusively for women. Unlike some other makers, their women’s training shoes are not some mere afterthought to the man’s design, just made a little smaller and lighter.
These truly are designed for a woman’s curves and the unique way that she moves.
Hence, the Ryka shoes all have a narrower heel and a more spacious forefoot, with a safe and secure feeling toe-box.
We think that if you are a female who exercises regularly, you at least owe it to your tootsies to try a pair of these on and see what you think.
And with a quarter of a century of experience in manufacturing exclusively female only sports shoes, Ryka are hardly some fly by night operation just knocking out shoes on the internet, either.
These Ryka Women’s Grafik 2 Cross Training Shoes come in a standard (B/M) fitting and span a size five up to an eleven and all the half sizes in between.
With 66% of customers reporting that these training shoes fit as expected, you ought to be reasonably sure of ordering your usual size.
However, there is just the chance that you may be one of those for whom sizing up by a half size is the better option.
How will you know without trying them on? Well, this is always a tricky thing to get right when you are ordering shoes from the internet. But we think the thing to bear in mind is the specific shape of these- and to an extent, to all Ryka shoes.
These have a fairly narrow heel and it is what might be termed a “snug” fit.
So if your feet, particularly the latter portion, are slightly wider than the average, then going up that half a size is probably a wise move.
And the comfort?
Well, these have been designed to absorb the shocks and jolts of sudden turns and changes in direction. In short, you should be able to throw your weight around with gay abandon and still remain safe and secure in your shoe.
This is one of the reasons for the snugness of the fit – after all, if you are using these for a dance class, you don’t want to leap out of them! You also need to make sure that your feet will be adequately supported in them.
On this score, you should not need to worry.
Owners of fallen arches and other podiatry disagreements have stated that these are a good shoe for anyone needing more than an average amount of support.
So, this is good news. But how do they measure up altogether as a training shoe?
SHOULD I BUY THESE SHOES?
These are a lightweight and well constructed pair of shoes, designed primarily for the workout class.
They are not going to be waterproof, but you may still decide to wear them outdoors and for walking or even running in.
They are also sleek and stylish and won’t look out of place in any woman’s wardrobe.