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The Best Ryka Shoe for Aerobics

author image Beth Rifkin
Based in San Francisco, Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis," "American Fitness" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
The Best Ryka Shoe for Aerobics
Good foot and ankle stability during a step aerobics class is imperative. Photo Credit: IT Stock/Polka Dot/Getty Images

If you do aerobics you need to protect your feet with a shoe that offers support, stability and cushioning. Ryka, an athletic shoe and apparel company, designs shoes tailored to fit women’s feet during various athletic activities, including aerobics. The best Ryka aerobics shoe for you depends on your particular feet.

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About Ryka

Established in the late 1980s during the aerobics exercise craze, Ryka set out to create quality athletic shoes designed especially for women. Ryka determined that women tend to place more weight on the outside of their feet, and designed shoes to help create a more neutral stance and better control during movement.

About Aerobics

The term aerobics often refers to aerobic classes or group fitness classes, which are designed to get your body moving and elevate your heart rate. As of 2014 cross-trainers have become the best shoes to wear during this type of aerobic activity since they offer stability and support when you are moving forward, backward or side-to-side.

Women’s Influence

Many aerobics or group fitness classes contain dance-like choreography that has your feet moving in all different directions and often in a fast pace; bouncing, jumping, stepping and running motions are not uncommon. Because of this, cushioning is an important feature when it comes to cross-trainers and Ryka’s Women’s Influence aerobic and cross training shoe is equipped with both midfoot and heel cushioning. The shoe also provides support, traction and durability without limiting range of motion, which means your foot will stay stable as you make quick turns or when suddenly changing direction.

Women’s Downbeat

If you need extra foot and ankle support for the dance or step moves of your favorite aerobics class, Ryka’s Women’s Downbeat is the best Ryka aerobics shoe for you. Featuring a high-top design with an adjustable instep strap, the women’s Downbeat keeps your ankle securely in place as you’re twisting and turning. It provides plenty of stability and cushioning and a rubber sole provides traction to prevent slipping on the aerobics studio floor.

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