I try to get away with sneakers whenever I can. To go to the office (back when we did this) or hang out with friends, I would usually choose something that looks a little less athletic than those that are similar to running shoes. But given the cool sporty design and convenience, I was really excited to wear the Reebok Zig Kinetica ($ 120).
How I tested
I tested these sneakers during a variety of activities as part of our 2020 SELF Certified Sneaker Awards. I carried her around with my dog a few times around the neighborhood (about a mile on the sidewalk, up a small hill) and in a nearby park (grass, gravel). I also wore them when they were walking around town riding the Citi Bike to a park and back, about four miles there and back. I ended up carrying these while shoving some heavy boxes out of my apartment and walking up and down three flights of stairs a few times. (By the way: They got quite dirty and were really easy to clean ̵
I’m a size 10 and these fit me almost perfectly – size, good length and width, with plenty of toe wiggle room, which our experts recommend. They felt safe, but not tight at all.
Shape of the shoe
The inner part of the insole provided very nice arch support, although my unusually high arches would have benefited from a little more arch support in the middle of the footbed. My heel bones stick out quite a bit, which means a lot of sneakers don’t fit my feet well. But to my delight, these had plenty of room for my heels while still feeling tight and secure. Yay!
It’s also easy to customize the shape of these shoes. The positioning of the laces and the super-flexible mesh upper allows you to tighten the shoes laterally in certain places so that they better conform to the contours of the sides of the foot. This extra molding feels really nice and supportive when walking around and going up and down stairs. I was also able to quickly tighten the sides a bit when I got on a bike.
Feeling of the shoe
The over-padded footbed on these shoes feels great, as if I were wearing special shoe insoles. They also have plenty of foamy padding in the ankle area, which feels great. I also like the soft, flexible, slightly stretchy collar on these sneakers (made of neoprene). It makes them really easy to put on and take off, and there’s no risk of you rubbing your ankle uncomfortably. Overall, they feel like an extension of my foot – it’s easy to find a nice running rhythm while providing extra stability.
I’m also a huge fan of these guys’ overall lightweight and breathable mesh upper. I wore them on some fairly humid, hot days and found that they helped me keep my feet cooler and wick away sweat better than most sneakers in those conditions.
How my body feels during and after the activity
My feet, ankles and calves felt very well supported and well stabilized when wearing these shoes (even after about 10 hours in a row) and also felt great afterwards. These definitely had better shock absorption on pavement and concrete than the other shoes I tested, thanks to the chunky soles and comfortable footbeds.
Company’s right of return
Reebok’s policy is not very generous. You only have 30 days to return Reebok shoes when purchased direct from their website. They must be unworn and in the original packaging. This can be a problem if you buy these shoes online and don’t like them after trying them out. So keep that in mind. Unless you’re buying directly from the brand, be sure to check the return and exchange policies of the retailer you choose.
The bottom line
These are incredibly comfortable lifestyle shoes with a cool sporty design and an extremely comfortable footbed and collar. The only possible downside I can find is that they aren’t as stylistically versatile as some other lifestyle shoes because they look very similar to running shoes (not ideal for dresses, for example). Regardless, I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone looking for sporty white sneakers to wear on a daily basis!