Ryka Tenacity High Top Cross Trainer Reviewed
The Tenacity Cross Trainer from Ryka is packed full of features to keep women on their feet in the dance studio comfortably and in style. If you’re not a dancer, that’s okay! Your womanly feet will still appreciate all of the fine details put into these shoes, and not just those that provide you with the things you need, like comfort, stability, flexibility, breathabilty, and durability. The Tenacity Cross Trainer comes in many different colors and patterns, all stunning and you’re sure to find the perfect style for the woman in you.
The Tenacity Cross Trainer comes with a high top (shaft measures approximately 4” from the arch) to support the ankle and a lace up front that includes a Velcro strap for additional security, adjustability, and comfort. The mesh upper will leave your feet happy, dry, and cool due to the breathability factor. Fabric lining and a cushioned footbed will keep your feet comfortable while you dance away; wicking up sweat along the way. The rubber outsole with pivot point design are great for dancers. You get the traction you need without sacrificing the freedom to move the way you need to be able to when dancing. The heel and platform are each 0.75 inches. Fitness instructors and training enthusiastics have agreed that the Ryka Tenacity is an efficient shoe for the studio.
- Shock absorbent
- Good traction
- Ankle Support
- Not offered in wide
- Runs 1/2-1 size small
In 1997, Ryka merged with Global Sports, who then sold it in 1999 to American Sporting Goods Corporation. In 2011, the company was bought by Brown Shoe, who is the current owner of the brand. In 2015, Brown Shoe changed its name to Caleres. Caleres comes from a long background of perseverance and commitment to quality products for its consumers. The company has survived since 1878, making it through the Great Depression, bankruptcy, and a lot of change.
As of 2017, Caleres products were offered in 1,055 stores under Famous Footwear in the United States and Guam. There were also 153 Naturalizer stores in Cananda, Guam, the United States, and China. After 141 years and many trials and tribulations, the company is still going, and getting stronger, as a $2.6 billion footwear company.
A few consumers have reported that they needed the shoe to be narrower or wider, bigger or smaller, but none have argued the quality, aesthetics, comfort, breathability, flexibility, or durability. All agree that this shoe meets the needs for dancers and can be used to casual use as well.
Specific to the Tenacity Cross Trainer, there are many features that affect the fit of the shoe. The high top design provides optimal ankle support, while the laces and velcro strap across the top of the foot allow for a customizable fit. Wide and narrow feet alike can find a comfortable snugness in these shoes. The velcro also helps the laces stay tied and out of the way while you’re dancing (or walking). The insole is removable so that those who need them can insert their own orthotic insoles. If the insole is left in place, it is made with Re-Zorb technology, providing exceptional comfort and shock absorption. This shoe is offered in half sizes so that everyone can find a size perfect for their feet. Consumers have reported that this shoe runs true to size, however there were a couple that claimed they run a half size too small. The Tenacity Cross Trainer is classified as a “neutral” fit. This means that if you’ve got high arches and need cushioning, these shoes are right for you. Neutral shoes comfort each step and protect your feet by letting your feet do what they naturally do.
Synthetic leather is found in a lot of shoes designed for rigorous activity. You typically find it lining the toe box, heel cup, and holes for the laces, due to its strength and durability. These parts of the shoe are the most likely to endure pulling, impact, or scuffing that cause wear and tear. Where the synthetic leather is placed you will have added protection from debris, roots, and rocks. If you’re wearing these shoes just for studio work, you won’t have to worry about that so much, but it can still come in handy. Synthetic leather does not breathe well, so it is usually only covering high impact areas and the spaces in between are filled with a more breathable material, such as mesh.
Mesh is found along the top of the toe box and on the sides of the shoes, providing breathability for the dancer’s foot, keeping the weight of the shoe down, and offering enough durability for hours upon hours in the studio.
Generally speaking, the common characteristics to look for in the material a sole is made of are water resistance, wear resistance, oil resistance, heat resistance, impact resistance, pressure resistance, elasticity, fit, and resistance to deformity after shaping. Natural rubber is soft, elastic, and comfortable-making for great athletic shoes. And it has great traction and waterproofing. But, since it is less wear resistant than synthetic materials, it is best for indoor sports, such as dancing in the studio.
The only possible downside when it comes to comfort with these shoes is that high tops can cause irritation to the skin, especially if you’re not used to wearing them. Make sure you wear socks that are high and thick enough to protect your skin from any irritation that comes from the shoe rubbing against skin that isn’t used to having something doing so. Make sure you lace them tight enough that they don’t bounce around, but not too tight that they leave indentations in your skin. You will find the right fit for yourself after some trial and error.