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Reebok’s Match to Match Adaptive Footwear, Reviewed

Reebok launched its first adaptive footwear assortment Could 19, and now we’ve received a few of the first evaluations from wheelchair customers. Jenny Smith, C6-7, evaluations the Membership MEMT Parafit, and Mike Franz, C5-6, evaluations the Nanoflex Parafit TR. Each can be found from  opens in a brand new windowReebok and  opens in a brand new windowZappos Adaptive.

Membership MEMT Parafit: Purposeful Trend

closeup of white shoe with thumb pulling zipper on side
Jenny Smith hooks the zipper thumb loop to shut the Membership MEMT Parafit.

Reebok’s new Membership MEMT Parafit sneakers hit the mark on adaptive design and magnificence. The sneakers are basic sneakers fabricated from leather-based with a reminiscence foam insert. All unisex sizes come normal in an extra-wide width: excellent for stopping pores and skin breakdown in addition to offering room to swell all through the day. Whereas the sneakers are extra-wide, I’m unsure they’re extensive sufficient for individuals who use AFOs or KAFOs.

The Parafit sneakers have conventional laces along with a aspect zipper. I adjusted the laces after I first acquired the sneakers and haven’t needed to contact them since. The zipper permits ample area for slipping on the shoe, and simply zips open and closed — even with restricted dexterity — with the zipper loop. The zipper pull fastens to Velcro, and it stayed put whereas I used to be sporting the sneakers. I anticipated these sneakers to be heavy, however they’re surprisingly gentle for leather-based sneakers.

General, I give the Reebok Membership MEMT Parafit 5 out of 5 stars for match, kind and vogue. It’s refreshing to see manufacturers providing attire that works for all skills.

—Jenny Smith

Nanoflex Parafit TR: Tailored … however barely

feet with gray sneakers sitting on footplate of manual wheelchair
Mike Franz preferred the Nanoflex Parafit TR’s as soon as they had been on, however discovered the adaptive options missing.

The Nanoflex Parafit TR is a part of Reebok’s new adaptive footwear line, Reebok Match to Match. The adaptive shoe market is rising rapidly, and producers are working to develop progressive methods to make their merchandise accessible to folks with disabilities. I’ve discovered many adaptive sneakers to be fairly good, even nice, however Reebok did simply sufficient to categorize the Nanoflex Parafit TR as adaptive and falls in need of a few of its opponents.

The principle adaptive characteristic of the Nanoflex Parafit TR is a medial zipper closure designed to make it simpler to placed on and take off the shoe. It accomplishes this aim, however simply barely. The issue is that it solely opens half of the shoe broadly. To open the opposite aspect, it’s a must to loosen the laces, one thing that may be troublesome for somebody with restricted hand perform. Having to govern laces defeats the aim of getting a zipper. The sneakers could be way more purposeful for me if there have been a second zipper on the skin half of the shoe to make opening the shoe simpler.

The zipper has a pull tab to shut, but it surely’s troublesome to make use of when you’ve got poor grip. A loop or ring would have been a greater choice. The loop on the heel is barely large enough to get a finger by and never large enough for my thumb. A zipper closure for the heel would have been an enormous enchancment for me.

The Reebok Nanoflex Parafit TR shouldn’t be a nasty shoe. It appears good, appears to be well-made and didn’t trigger any strain factors. Nonetheless, in case you are used to sporting non-adaptive sneakers, the Reebok Nanoflex Parafit TR shouldn’t be an enormous improve.

—Mike Franz



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