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Ryka Exertion Reviews

36 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

76%Rated 5 stars

16%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

67% "Felt true to size"

81% "Felt true to width"

58% "Moderate arch support"

32 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 9/25/12
Overall Rated:3 stars!
Comfort Rated:4 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I have been wearing the Ryka Transition for 4 years now in Zumba class. Love that shoe and the sole so I tried the new Exertion shoe from Ryka. Didn't seem as stable and sturdy as the Transition. The tongue of the shoe is not sewn in very well and after wearing them three times the left tongue came completely detached. The stitching had completely come undone. Going to try them again but I think the newer Transition might have to be the alternative if the Exertion falls apart again.

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4 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 7/22/12
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Really wanted to love this shoe and have been a Ryka fan in the past, but disappointed. Colors are cute and the shoe is soft and lightweight. The sole is the same as the Transition with the pivot point. I like the way the lateral support is directly held by the laces. However, the inside of the shoe is poorly finished. The base of the tongue is sewn but not trimmed well and I could majorly feel it. I tried thick shoes and thin socks and neither gave any relief from the pressure of that. Add to it that some of the pieces inside actually felt sticky to the touch. Lightweight is great, but cheaply finishing a shoe just doesn't work. I had to take them off before I even went out the door to class. I changed into my Ecco Biom Trainers which are not perfect for dance class but give some stability in a lightweight, nicely finished shoe that's built to last (bought those on sale of course!). I hope Ryka returns to the quality and workmanship I loved before! Expected more for the price.

Additional 16 Exertion Ryka Reviews

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March 7, 2013

Anonymous

from Portland, Oregon

Fits great so far. I have a wider foot and this shoe is pretty comfortable for not being a wide width. I use this shoe for my weight training days at the gym.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 19, 2013

Anonymous

from Central Texas

I think these would have been great for Jazzercise but they were too short. I ordered a 9 1/2 (I regularly wear a 9) but I could feel my toes at the end of the shoe. Since I had also ordered the Ryka Influence and the length was fine, I kept them instead.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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February 23, 2014

Anonymous

from Toledo, Ohio

These work very well for Jazzercise since the sole is made for aerobics. There is a lot of support. Great shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 10, 2014

AK

 

My feet are wide in the toe, narrow in the heel with a high instep & arch. These shoes are the most comfortable shoes that I have ever put on my feet. I ordered three different styles of Ryka shoes and these are my favorites.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 1, 2014

Anonymous

 

I love this shoe but it ran a little big for me. I typically buy a 9 in workout shoes (my regular size is a solid 8.5) and always a 9 in Nikes (though they fit smaller). This shoe has lots of cushion and great padding which I think would work well with HIIT/insanity type classes. It was a tiny bit too big for me and seemed a little wide. I might try to exchange it for 8.5 or keep hunting for the perfect shoe. Do try it though. It's super comfortable and is worth a try. And thanks to Zappos being so awesome, you can buy it, try it and return it if necessary.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 17, 2014

Emily

from Long Island, NY

Okay, I use these for Zumba, and they were pretty good. However, there was not enough support and/or cushioning in the ball of foot area. I solved that with a Dr. Scholl's active insert. Now I have the perfect pair of Zumba sneakers.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 1, 2014

Janet w

from tennessee

These shoes are perfect for Zumba. This is my second pair of this brand and I really like them. They are very comfortable.

Brands I'd also recommend: nike

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 22, 2013

Anonymous

from California

This is my second pair of Rykas - same shoes in a different color. The left shoe is too short and rubs my toes when I work out. I loved the first pair of Rykas but these seem different.

Brands I'd also recommend: No I believe in the Ryka brand

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 3, 2013

Mary R

from Chanhassen, Minnesota

Ordering this shoe was very easy. Price was lower than what I usually pay for this brand. Delivery was fast and shoe size was perfect. I really like the color and style.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 28, 2013

Zina S

from Falls Church, Virginia

Great pair of shoes. They work really well for Zumba and kickboxing classes at the gym. Lightweight and comfortable. The shoelaces don't come untied while exercising.

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 29, 2013

Anonymous

from San Francisco, CA

Very comfortable and light. I have flat feet and this gives me enough support. Great for Zumba and kick boxing.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 18, 2013

AmyK

from Burbank, CA

Fabulous! I'm a Zumba-holic and I've been looking for a supportive, cushioned sneaker for class and this is it! Well-padded with a wider base than a dance sneaker such as Asics Gel-Rhythmic, this shoe has a sturdy feel for all the lateral movement in Zumba. The pivot point saves my knees during turns. Lightweight and flexible, this shoe allows for decent movement of the foot and ankle, further enhancing it's ability as a stand-in for a traditional dance sneaker. Bonus points for great style and color. Some reviewers are comparing this shoe to the Transition, which I also own, but I found that the Transition has a stickier sole that's less friendly on the knees for turns.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 18, 2013

Anonymous

from Jacksonville Florida

I take line dance classes and I needed a shoe with the pivot point on the bottom that also had some orthopedic support. I ordered and sent back several pairs of dance shoes until I hit upon these. Love these sneakers for dance! I've never owned Ryka sneakers before but I really like them and would order again.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 26, 2013

Angela B

from Houston

Great shoe for weight lifting and the elliptical. I have a narrow foot and feel like these run like a true medium width. They aren't as bulky as most shoes on the market and that is why I like them. I wear a 9 street shoe and a 9.5 in most athletic shoes. I had to return the 9.5 for a 10. I wish these came in narrow, but nothing does anymore.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 8, 2013

Mae M

from Wisconsin

I love Ryka shoes. Bought this one for zumba and it's light, roomy in the toe box, true to size and had no rubbing or pain with wearing it the first time. Great for dance and supports side-to-side motion. Also has a removable arch support in it. Love the color. I wish it had a heal pivot on the tread but i am happy having the toe pivot in this dance shoe. My zumba instructor is recommending this shoe to her students too!

Brands I'd also recommend: Ryka

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 8, 2013

Norma p

from chino hills ca

I purchased these shoes for Zumba. I found them to be true to size. I have narrow feet and found the fit to be snug and secure with plenty of toe room. They are light, supportive and very comfortable to exercise in. I replaced the insole for additional cushioning. So far I give them an excellent rating, great shoe for Zumba with all the spins and turns.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 29, 2013

Anonymous

 

Runs really small. I usually wear 8.5/9 so I ordered a 9. The 9 is way too small...hopefully a 9.5 will fit.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 5, 2013

Laurie

from nc

I am in love with these! They are light, flexible and offer amazing support. I love the heel and ankle support. Very happy at Zumba!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 1, 2012

Anonymous

 

Great sneakers for Zumba! I was looking for a sneaker that was light weight and flexible and this sneaker fits the description. They are also very reasonably priced

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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October 10, 2012

Anonymous

from Orlando, FL

Love these shoes! These are the sexiest sneakers ever! They are a tad narrow right through the ball of my foot so I had to do an 8.5. I used to be able to wear 8s in Rykas but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Bought these for Zumba and walking. Very comfy for both!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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January 3, 2014

Anonymous

from Small town, Ohio

Like the fit of these shoes, not too wide in the toe box. They have good stability for side-side movements, turns, and jumping done in Zumba. I also wear them for circuit or interval training and they provide good support. There is not as much cushioning like you would find in a running shoe, but they have worked well for my other activities and have not aggravated the plantar fasciitis I frequently battle. As a bonus they are nice looking shoes, like the color combo.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks running shoes

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 3, 2013

Ash

from Wash DC

I recently bought pair of Ryka Exertion for my zumba classes. I take a fairly rigorous version of zumba classes with a local Brazilian crew, which has a lot of combinations, quick turns, twists, jumps, kicks etc. With these, ankle support during some of the quick turns in that class was a little iffy - i.e. I could do the moves, but was wishing I had more ankle support. Also my arch hurt after a few hours, so I ended up adding a pair of superfeet insoles to this one - I have low arches and wear superfeet insoles in most of my sneakers. I also tried out this pair for a regular zumba class, which is not as rigorous as the one taught by the Brazilian crew, and for that this was very comfortable. The regular zumba class did not have as many quick twists and turns affecting the ankles, so I did not miss the ankle support. So I suspect for most people doing zumba, these would be very good. These are a big improvement from attempting to do my zumba classes in my running shoes - that was terrible, because those shoes just wanted to stick to the floor. My classes are on hardwood floors. Sizing is a little on the small side - I usually wear size 9 sneakers, and in these my toes hit the edge in both feet. So I went up to a 9.5, which is fine with sport socks. I also recently bought a pair of Ryka Downbeat, which by the way are fantastic for my rigorous zumba classes - in that, sizing was perfect and I was a size 9.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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May 20, 2013

Anonymous

from Philly suburb

This is my third pair of Rykas but this pair in 9.5 is much shorter and narrower than the others-and I wear a narrow. I will have to exchange them for a 10 and see what happens.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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January 29, 2014

Anonymous

from Louisiana

Doesn't have the usual snug fit of the Ryka shoes I like -- not as much arch support, wider body.

Brands I'd also recommend: Salomon

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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September 12, 2013

Anonymous

from Venice FL

Very attractive shoe and true to size, however a bit cramped in the toe. Not as much cushioning as other Ryka aerobic shoes. The laces don't come up high enough to give much support to ankle.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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