The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.
I am thrilled to tell you about the new Mizuno Wave Rider 17 shoes that I received through my Ambassador role with Fitfluential. I was given the shoes and will be compensated for my participation but all of the opinions are my own.
As you may know, I am running my first Marathon this Saturday. I have been consistently running for 2 years now, and in the past 5 months I have really increased my mileage and the amount of times I run every week. Along with this I have experienced some minor pains and strains. One of the main things that I stress to everyone I know about running is we all need good shoes. Actually, we need the BEST shoes. I believe everyone should get fitted for shoes and know which ones work best for them.
I recently purchased some shoes that while I like them, they are the kind that are hard to get adjusted to and if you try to fast, you end up with strains and pains. I am the perfect example of that. In fact just today I was visiting my chiropractor to have him workout issues in my calf and Plantar Fascitis (did I spell that right??)
I was excited to be able to test out the Wave Rider 17s. I have quite a few "blends (blogger friends)" who are huge Mizuno fans. This is my second pair of Mizunos and I do believe I am a fan!
The shoes hit the shelves tomorrow and these would make a great gift for yourself or any runner that you absolutely love.
Style & Appearance: First and foremost, as soon as I opened the box, I was stoked. I loved the color combination (yeah, yeah I know that shouldn't matter, it should be about function) but get real. Im a lady and we all know we care about colors and style. The Wave Rider scored an A+ for style and appearance.
Price: For me this was a great deal since I received the shoes for free in return for my honest review. For those of you that have to buy them, they are really affordable for running shoes. They retail at $114.99!
Fit: I have narrow feet, long skinny toes and I wear an 8 1/2 in normal everyday shoes. I typically buy my running shoes either a 1/2 or a whole size larger. I want to keep my toe nails and my toes don't like to be cramped. The Wave Rider 17 felt great on my foot. It hugged my arches and while it is a light shoe it had a lot of cushioning in the sole and also around your ankle and foot. The toe box offered a lot of room for my toes to move around.
The shoe is very flexible and light. The midsole is made of U4ic, which is said to be 30% lighter than foam and still provides awesome absorption. The mesh upper helps your feet to breath and helps to prevent mega sweaty feet. The shoe is mentioned on their site as being a neutral shoe and made for high mileage.
My Opinion: As crazy as it might sound, I do believe I am running my marathon in the Wave Riders (yes the one this Saturday). I know what everyone says, don't ever run in new shoes for a race, break them in, and all of that great and truthful mess. But seriously as soon as I put these shoes on I loved them! I have actually worn them everywhere except for work. I have shopped in them, hung out around the house and of course ran in them.
My feet are happy, happy happy in them. I like my shoes to hug my arches, support my ankles and fit like a glove. I am one of those that ties her shoe pretty tight to make sure it is loving and hugging on my feet. I honestly did not deal with any transition issues with this shoe.
My runs have consisted of a 5 mile run, it was a pretty easy low key run that day which allowed me to pay attention to how my feet were feeling in the Wave Rider's, they were perfect. I was able to get lost in this run and enjoy it! Next I ran a quick 2 mile run on Thanksgiving, I was by myself so it ended up being a speed session. The shoes were light and they were supportive in helping me hit with a mid-foot strike. Then my last run was a 3 mile #runch = run +lunch! I was running on sidewalks and transitioning from the sidewalks to roads and avoiding cracks and roots, etc. The shoes were great at absorbing all of the impact from the change in my surroundings.
I would absolutely recommend the Wave Rider 17s to someone looking for new shoes. In fact, at my chiropractor appointment today I told him about them and he shared his love for Mizuno and was thrilled that I was putting the "other shoes" away (he blames them on my current calf strain and now foot strain). So I can honestly say, the Wave Rider 17s are Dr. Approved!!
As I mentioned earlier, the shoes release tomorrow, so be sure to check them out online, Wave Rider 17 made by Mizuno. Tell Santa to add these to your list! May we all have brilliant runs!
Also, don't forget myself along with my a large group of ladies from my running group will be running the St Jude Marathon on Saturday in Memphis. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers that we all have a great run and experience while there. Thanks so much!
QOTD: What is your must have shoe? Have you ever tried Mizuno before?