CLARKS Ayla Reece Review
The Ayla Reece shoe by Clarks cloudsteppers is a stylish, practical knit sneaker full of layers of comfort. The uppers of the shoe are breathable, flexible knit fabric, which will stretch with your foot; allowing for a secure but forgiving fit. The inner lining is a soft fabric to provide you with extra physical ease and lack of pain or constraint. Fabric lining is also moisture-wicking, which will keep your feet dry. There is a removable Ortholite footbed that provides fantastic cushioning, helps absorb impact, and is moisture-wicking. The outsole is flexible, durable, and supportive EVA (which is ethyl vinyl acetate). Because of the material used for the uppers and the outsole, these shoes are also incredibly lightweight. The Ayla Reece sneakers possess three eyelets and a heel tab, giving the shoe a classic look with a much appreciated practical design.
These shoes can compliment your jeans, dresses, and/or yoga pants! They can also be worn to so many different kinds of get-together’s and events, work, exercising class, etc. Obviously, they are not formal wear, but still extremely versatile in the rest of life. No need to panic if you get them dirty! Just grab a microfiber cloth or a soft bristled brush and gently scrub away any pesky dirt.
For a great casual shoe, there are so many reasons to try the Ayla Reece by Clarks.
- Feather light - perfect for exercise
- Great flexibility for rigorous activity
- Comfortable for extended wear
- Great ventilation
- Casual (but trendy) look provides versatility
- Not impressively durable because of mesh material
- Thinner, lightweight material means less support for the ankle/top of foot
Clarks is set apart because they think about and do things differently. Beginning with the slipper and moving on to the first foot-shaped shoe and ending up where they are today; they didn’t get here without being innovative and keeping up with the ever-changing demand in the footwear industry. They offer their shoes in whole sizes, half sizes, and an array of widths. It is tricky to find companies that offer so many size options. Clarks has a state-of-the-art iPad foot gauge to help find the perfect size for you. They have innovative underfoot cushioning, rapid prototyping, and 3D printing. Brilliant ideas are no stranger to this company. Clarks has more than 22,000 styles of shoes that have inspired a revolution and renewed the imagination.
The Ayla Reece is the kind of shoe that you would want to wear every single time you leave your house. You could even wear them around the house if that’s your thing. Throw them on to walk your kid to the bus, go to the coffee shop or grocery store. Wear them to work, to exercise, to go to dinner and a movie. You will want them everywhere you go so that you never have to be standing somewhere, away from home, with throbbing feet from uncomfortable shoes, wishing you had your trusty sneakers.
Sporting a quality pair of lightweight shoes means healthier feet. It is worth the investment to make your feet free of bruises, discomfort, and sweat.
Breathable material is a key factor for foot health. When air is allowed to enter through the shoes, it will make the legs relax, allowing for a more pleasant experience altogether. On the contrary, if the air can not move through the shoe, your feet will heat up and sweat. When your feet sweat in your shoes and you wear them for a longer period of time, you are more likely to have an odor. You may also be more prone to diseases caused by fungi and bacteria that love to hang out in damp, warm places. If you are someone who sweats in their shoes-make sure you buy a shoe that is breathable! The Ayla Reece is exceptional in this area.
EVA is quickly becoming prominent in the production of most running and casual shoes. Even a few big name companies in the shoe industry, like Timberland, Teva, Keen and Patagonia have begun using EVA for their soles.
Benefits of using EVA thermoplastics in shoe production: This material is resistant to water and corrosion, and can stand up to cold temperatures, all while keeping its flexibility. EVA is also UV resistant and lightweight. It is easy to work with (cutting, gluing, pressing and laminating). EVA is considered anti-vibrant, meaning it has good tensile strength and shock cushioning with high toughness. EVA materials are commonly used for the insole, midsole, and outsole for all kinds of shoes.
There are, of course, disadvantages to knitted footwear. While having a thinner upper gives soccer players a closer touch on the ball and better control over their kick, it is not advantageous to hikers and other rigorous fitness activities. With activities with notable lateral stress on the foot, the knitted encasing offers very little stabilization for the ankle. In rock climbing, the lightweight factor is extremely desirable. However, the knitted material would need to be able to stand up to abrasion. So make sure you are buying the right type of shoe for the right activity/lifestyle.
EVA is softer than rubber, meaning less padding and more flexibility. Flexibility comes in handy when you are running or climbing. If you’re traversing hard ground, EVA is the ideal choice. EVA has a low thermal conductivity than rubber does. Therefore, if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors in the cold - your feet will stay exponentially warmer in EVA shoes. Since the upper is knit fabric, it allows your feet to breathe and your sweat to evaporate, so these shoes are great in all seasons. EVA is also much lighter, which allows the manufacturer to increase the thickness in the sole without adding weight, which also contributes to it’s insulating ability. Customers have claimed to never want to go back to regular soles after spending a season or an adventure in these shoes.
EVA does not provide as much traction as rubber and deforms easier. When the ground is soft or wet, rubber ultimately provides the better grip. The upper of this shoe is knit fabric, so it does not protect as well against cold and moisture as the outsole.
Flexible, breathable, comfortable knit fabric uppers
Plush, moisture-wicking fabric lining
Relaxing, moisture-wicking, removable Ortholite footbed
Flexible, recyclable, tough, lightweight EVA outsoles
3 eyelets and heel tab
Be sure you consider all factors before choosing your shoe. Remember, these shoes are not incredibly durable in certain environments. Also keep in mind that they do not have good ankle support or protection for the top of your foot. While these shoes are perfect for certain activities, there are always exceptions.
At the end of the day, if you decide that these shoes will fit your needs, then reviewers agree that they are worth the cost!