For the past 15 years or so I haven’t given very much thought to the sneakers I buy. I’d use them infrequently and even then, it was just for running around with the kids. I’d buy them mostly based on price and never gave much thought to performance because I really didn’t have to.

Recently, however, I stupidly decided to sign up for a marathon. Skipping right over any 5k or half marathon races I could have joined, I went from zero, to full marathon with a few clicks of a computer mouse. Now I needed to train. Now I needed to actually think about what I was wearing in preparation for it. The short 2-3 mile runs I’d been doing on sneakers bought at Costco 6 years ago were fine. But for this, I needed something better able to handle the task.

Enter the Reebok Harmony Racer. Right off the bat, I loved how lightweight they are. It’s considerably less than what I had been running on and the fabric along the sides makes it super breathable. When I hold it up to the light, you can literally see light coming through from the other side of the sneaker. Once I started running in them, the breathability and weight were instantly noticeable and I loved it.

Beyond that, the grip was fantastic. They are super stable both on the roads and on trails. The cushioning at the heel not only decreased the jolts on my body, but I noticed an improvement in my gait. It felt more natural than it had and made my run seem easier.

On the downside, the sneaker is quite narrow. Admittedly, I do have wide feet, but this sneaker seems even more narrow than others of the same size. After a few miles this added a bit of discomfort to the outside of my feet and right at the inside of the arch where the wall meets the bottom. This could just be an issue for me, but if I had a choice, I’d get this in wide, or go a half size larger.

All in all, this shoe is really fantastically comfortable (for the short run if you have wide feet) and the construction of it is great. I doubt I’ll be using this for my first marathon, but I’m glad to have them for shorter runs and for playing with the kids. Especially as things start heating up here in TX.

If you like what you read make sure you go to to pick up a pair of the Reebok Harmony Racer for yourself.

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