So when Ryka partnered with the Parent Bloggers Network, the Nike snob in me was all "Ehh...Ryka? Heard of 'em, but aren't they kinda generic?"
But then the
I was sent these Ryka MC2 running shoes in size 7-1/2--my normal shoe size. (The color--gray, white and almost a fluorescent yellow, has grown on me.) I could tell immediately they were a bit snug. Regardless, I wore them 3 mornings in a row to run, and by the end of that 3rd morning, I had a blister the size of a silver dollar on my instep. Ack--not good! So keep in mind that they run a 1/2 size small.
New Size 8's were sent. Perfect! I've been running in them ever since.
And yes, dorks that we are (evidenced by the picture above), my Sis and I both wore our Rykas (she has the Solace) when we competed in the Ryka Iron Girl 5 mile run in Boston on Labor Day. Her Solaces have much more arch support than the MC2s, so if you need good arch support, I wouldn't recommend the MC2s.
So while they were not normally a brand I would have typically chosen, Ryka has managed to make me a convert (I just won a free pair from the Blog Blast!) Thanks Ryka! I appreciate the chance to