Best For: Runners who missed out on these the first time they dropped
Star Feature: Moving Air Technology
Weight: 2 lbs (pair)
One word in particular comes to mind when talking about the Reebok DMX Run 10 sneakers, and that’s nostalgia. If you were fortunate enough to get your hands on a pair of these classic running sneakers back in the ’90s, then you know what we’re talking about.
When Reebok dropped these in ’97, they were hailed as “the best running shoes in the history of the world. “ As the first shoe to incorporate Reebok’s proprietary “moving air” technology, the DMX Run 10 was the brand’s answer to Nike Air.
Today, Reebok markets the DMX Run 10 as a “men’s casual” shoe. But they’re not fooling anyone, this retro runner can still perform on the road. So I laced up and decided to give it a go.
First of all, let’s tell you what this shoe is not—it’s not flexible, it’s not lightweight, and I wouldn’t really recommend anyone run a marathon in these (though, I’m not saying it can’t be done). What you do get with the Run 10 is a durable, no-nonsense sneaker that just happens to be one of the most comfortable running shoes we’ve ever tested.
Moving on, the moving air technology in the shoe uses balance pods on the bottom that transfer air on every step, acting as a air bag of sorts. The result is a plush 360-degree footing that runners only dream of.
The DMX 10 has a comfortable mesh upper, though it’s not a very breathable one. The only real source of ventilation in this shoe comes from the neon-orange mesh lining that connects the tongue to the upper.
There’s additional cushioning in the heel, which helps secure your foot in place, and provides good ankle support.
If one feature really stands out on the DMX 10, it’s the transparent blue rubber outsole. The thick sole is made from a one-piece high-traction rubber that functions great on both dry and wet surfaces. In fact, I even ran a few trails to see how the rugged outsole would perform, and it passed with flying colors.
Bottom Line: You can buy these ‘90s classics and just put in a display case, with no intention of ever wearing them, ever. Or you can do them justice and use them for their original purpose, which is to run. At least rock them to the gym. You’ll thank us (and Reebok), later.