The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.
You guys, I have the hardest time with shoes. Can we talk about the fact that I own, like, 10 pairs of running shoes, and literally no fancy, dress-up shoes? It’s ridiculous. It seems like practically every other month I convince myself that it’s time for new running shoes, but I can spend hour in DSW and still come out empty handed.
Although I buy running shoes all the time, I definitely tend to stick to what I know. I had 7 versions of the same pair of stability shoes until my PT suggested I switch to a neutral shoe, and then…same story. Many versions of the same neutral shoe, but when I received the opportunity to try something new, I jumped at it! My normal shoes definitely don’t have that super-light, speedy feel, so I was excited (and a little nervous) to try something different.
The verdict? True love. I took these babies out for a little spin just 3 days after my century. I thought my legs would feel like lead, but the entire run felt GREAT! I’m still struggling with figuring out all my many aches and pains, and getting the perfect combination of tricks together so that my anti-runner body hates running just a little bit less (my mind loves it, my body just is slow to get with the program…). This run truly felt that way–no pain, I felt great, and I ran way faster than I expected–that’s always a plus.
Here’s the stats in technical lingo:
- U4ic midsole delivers lightweight, resilient cushioning.
- Dissolving upper fit with new DMF execution and soft, supple mesh materials.
- SmoothRide Engineering for a brilliant run.
- Lateral Forefoot Sculpting for smooth touchdown and transition.
- Blown rubber forefront with deep flex grooves for optimal flexibility and cushioning.
Let me translate:
- OMG SO LIGHT!!! Wait? Are there shoes on my feet? Oh yeah, but they only weigh 7.8 ounces. That makes up for the 7800 ounces of Thanksgiving food in my stomach, right?
- Oooohhh I can wiggle my toes! It feels wonderful and soft up there!
- Yay!! These feel great–no clunkiness.
- I have no idea what that actually means, but it probably helps make the shoes feel so awesome.
- Flexible, yet supportive.
So would I buy an other pair? Heck, yes! My only slight discomfort was that due to the flexibility/fit of the shoe on my foot, I got a small blister on my pinky toes the first 2 runs. However, I gave myself a bit of time to get used to them and break them in, and that’s no longer an issue! I feel like it was just a small, personal thing that most likely won’t happen to others, and honestly, I love them so much, it was totally worth breaking them in. Not to mention, almost any new shoe requires a few break in runs.
The Wave Rider 17 will be released on December 5th in lots of pretty colors to choose from. If you’re anything like me, that is a total selling point! They would make a great gift for any neutral shoe runner in your life, or a nice Christmas present to yourself! I honestly didn’t think I would notice the difference with this new design and light weight (I mean, I’m not breaking any records over here), but I really did. My feet felt…lighter, and ya know what? I freaking loved it.