Last updated on September 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 am
I completed Iron Girl with a new pair of shoes; my Mizuno Waive Rider 18. Today, I give a review of my latest running shoes.
When it comes to running shoes, I buy what I know. So, for the last 3 years, I stuck with Nike because they are probably one of the most popular running shoes out there.
I started with a pair Nike Free 5.0 because from what I read, they were light and next to wearing nothing on your feet. I had read that running with minimalist shoes was the way to go. Although I loved the shoe’s for their airy feel, my left leg was getting tight all the time.
Later on, I moved to slightly heavier pair, the Nike Free 3.0. I believe they were still too minimalist for me, so I moved over to a neutral Nike Zoom Pegasus. These were super cute, but also very heavy. When I ran you could hear my feet literally pounding the pavement, like I was wearing horse shoes. And, it took me weeks to get used to the weight.
Finally, this summer, I decided to get fitted for the right type of shoe from the local running store. They matched me with a neutral shoe from Mizuno; the Wave Rider 18.
I’ve heard of the brand Mizuno, but I’d never purchased anything from the brand before. I’ve seen many running bloggers rave about their Mizuno’s so I thought I’d give them a try.Here is what this running mommy thought of my new Mizuno Wave Rider Running shoes. Click to find… Click To Tweet
Mizuno’s are not cheap shoes. The new version of Mizuno Waive Rider 19 are priced at $160 at this store, however I bought last year’s model of Wive Rider 18 on sale and saved myself a few dollars. When it comes to running shoes, you don’t want to cheap out too much though. My advice is to buy the best shoes you can afford. It’s one of the places you want to splurge on. When it comes to running, there are so many other places you can cut corners.
Although they are a neutral shoe, they seem lighter weight than my neutral Nikes. They didn’t give me that heavy, I’m wearing brick feeling. They have a light mesh top and a solid sole.
Although they are a neutral shoe, they are still quite responsive. When my foot strikes the ground, you don’t hear that thud of the impact I did with my former pair of neutral shoes.
I used my Mizuno Waive Riders 18 for my last few weeks of triathlon training and I competed in them for my Iron Girl Triathlon Sprint. I’m happy to report that they were comfortable on my feet from day 1. The heel on these shoes were just right for me. They didn’t rub my heel or give me blisters during the beak-in period.
I selected a pair of purple-pink shoes with a lime green accent. Those are “my colours” as my twin would call them. She prefers the blueish green tones.
As far as the technical specs, a quick google search found some info on the Runner’s World website. Here is some additional information on the shoe specs according to RW:
Weight: 7.6 oz.Profile (Heel): 35.0 mmProfile (Forefoot): 22.7 mmDrop from heel to forefoot: 12.3 mm
I replaced the standard laces on the shoes with some lime green lace locks for my triathlon (it’s a little triathlon hack). I find lace locks so easy to slip on my shoes that I’m keeping them on even though triathlon season is over for me. Don’t tie them too tight though, your feet might get numb. Jen from Pretty Little Grub talks about this and offers great lacing tips to avoid such problems.
Overall, I’m loving my Mizunos very much. I really can’t complain about them at all. I’m happy I went to get properly fitted for running shoes and that they matched me with these neutral Mizunos.