Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Shoe Review

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Shoe Review

I was excited to try the Reebok Floatride Energy 3. I think Reebok is one of the most underrated brands in run specialty. They have come a long way in the last few years and make plenty of great running shoes. Plus, most of their running shoes are durable and at competitive prices.

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Shoe Review

There are several models I like, including:

I don’t know why more people don’t run in Reebok because they have a fair amount of good shoes. I feel it’s because they relate their knowledge of Reebok to a few years ago, but they’ve come a long way since then.

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Quick Facts:

Weight: 8.5 oz
Drop: 9 mm

Price: $100-$125

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Shoe Review

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Intro:

The Floatride Energy 3 has been redone. There is more cushion as well as a new heel bevel and guidelines in the outsole. It has a much smoother heel-to-toe transition. “Plus, the new upper has a “square knit,” which keeps it durable and breathable. It’s soft but responsive, making it a great multipurpose trainer. Those who have run in previous versions will notice it looks and feels different. It’s not a bad or good different, just a different different.

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Fit:

Right off the bat, the Reebok Floatride Energy 3 fits true to size. In running shoes, I wear between a women size 10-11 wide. The size 10.5 fits perfectly.

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Shoe Review

The model of Floatride Energy 3 I have is the Goodr collaboration. I love the two different colored shoes, and I think it’s super fun. It also just looks good. I think Reebok makes some of the better-looking shoes in the running world. Of course, it’s “not about looks,” but it’s fun to have something you like the look of.

The square mesh stretches well, and it’s extremely breathable. Overall, the mesh is breathable yet straightforward in the Reebok Floatride Energy 3. It does use a different material than the second version. It feels more synthetic and less natural. That’s not a good or bad thing, just how it feels. I do think it fits better than previous versions.

My personal opinion is the best running shoe uppers disappear off your feet, and you don’t notice them. The tongue and laces are normal and disappear off your feet. Nothing is cutting into your feet, and the upper is more like a bootie construction; I’ve usually had this experience with Reebok. The heel counter does come up slightly higher than many running shoe brands but not enough to be annoying.

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Shoe Review

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Ride:

My first run in the Reebok Floatride Energy 3 was the day after a race. I needed motivation, and I thought a new pair of shoes would help. It was also risky since I usually prefer a decent amount of cushion the day after a race.

I was highly impressed with the Reebok Floatride Energy 3. Reebok has always been a more firm brand, but the Reebok Floatride Energy 3 can blend softness and responsiveness. The energy foam is lightweight yet soft. I felt like my body was not too beat up, and I enjoyed the extra softness Reebok added into the Floatride Energy 3. I was surprised!

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Shoe Review

The beveled heel and segmented crash pad at the rearfoot make rearfoot landings soft. While the beveled heel might seem like a small detail, it really does make the transition from heel to toe is a lot more smooth. It’s a lot more cushion than I was expecting from Reebok.

Traction and Durability: If you flip over almost any Reebok shoe, you can see how much durability and rubber are located on the bottom. Reebok uses a full-length carbon rubber outsole which is abrasion-resistant and provides traction. I’ve taken the Reebok Floatride Energy 3 out on trails and never had an issue. I also think it’s one of the longest-lasting running shoes for that reason.

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Shoe Review

I’ve now taken the Reebok Floatride Energy 3 out for several runs, including easy runs, fast runs, and long runs. To me, it’s a shoe that can do it all. I am taking a long trip soon, and I’ve found it to be a perfect shoe to bring because it can handle several types of runs. It’s not the best for any, but it’s great for almost everything. (I don’t think I would use it for 400-meter repeats at the track because I prefer something lightweight and “faster”).

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Conclusion:

The Floatride Energy 3 is an excellent shoe if you are looking for a durable trainer that can handle almost anything. Plus, the regular Floatride Energy 3 is just $100, making it a great option. It’s more durable than almost any $120-$130 shoe. I don’t really have much negative to say about it. It’s one of the cheaper trainers, it’s durable, lightweight and looks good. What more do you need in a running shoe?

My Current Shoe Rotation:

Easy/Daily Runs: Reebok Floatride Energy 3, Brooks Aurora, Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo, New Balance 1080 v11Hoka Bondi 7, Brooks Levitate 5

Speed Work: 361 Flame, Nike Tempo Next%, New Balance Fuelcell TC Shoe ReviewReebok Float Ride Run fast Pro,

Long Runs: Hoka Clifton Edge,  Under Armour Sonic HOVR 3

Trail Running/Hiking: Hoka Torrent 2, Saucony Peregrine 11, North Face Flight VECTIV

Races: Asics Metaspeed Sky, Hoka One One Rocket X, adidas Adizero Pro, New Balance Fuelcell 5280Nike Next%,  Saucony Endorphin ProNew Balance fuelcell TCReebok Run fast Pro 

You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.

Looking to learn more about running shoes? In my ebook, I talk about why you need a good running shoe, a shoe’s anatomy, neutral vs. stable, and even myths of running shoes.

Questions for you:

Have you tried the Reebok Floatride Energy 3?

What is your favorite multipurpose trainer? 



  1. Hey, maybe I’m biased, but I love this shoe and I think I might just run the Chicago Marathon in it tomorrow! I had the Sweet Road I and II from Reebok thanks to those goofballs from Syracuse cross country a few years back who occasionally invade Philly, but this shoe legit rocks.

    1. And you did! Glad it went well for you Craig and your photos are the best.

  2. Ran the Chicago Marathon in this shoe, mostly just for fun! It held up well. One thing that I am trying to find an answer on is this shoe truly a PEBAX based foam? I see it mentioned on outside sources but nothing official from Reebok best I can quickly find.

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