The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 running shoe goes on sale today (December 5th, 2013) and I urge all of you to go to the running store right now and try them on. If you are a neutral runner, you will love these shoes. I have, what my mama like to call, weak ankles so I am very picky when it comes to running shoes. While I am a neutral runner, I have to be very diligent when selecting shoes to run in. When I slipped these bad boys on, I instantly felt the comfort of these shoes. I wore them around my house for a day so I could break them in and these puppies are comfy. They are light, weighing in at 9.2 ounces, and they feel great. While I was pleased with how they felt while wearing them around the house, the real test is running out on the road.
I knew I was going to run a 5k in them on Thanksgiving morning, but I really wanted to log miles in them before that run so I could give an honest and complete review. I hit the ground and ran about 4 miles in them on the first run. The very first thing I noticed is how bright they are. As you can see in the picture, they are bright white with a colorful sole and they certainly attract attention. No matter what anyone says, you gotta love the way your shoes look or you won’t feel right running in them. Most of my running shoes are darker in color as I prefer that look, but these shoes are colorful and stylish. At the end of the run, I paid particular attention to have my feet and ankles were feeling and I’m happy to report that they felt great. One of the best aspects of this shoe are how light they are. I’ve come to learn that how much a shoe weighs is very important to me. It seems that light shoes take the load off my feet and ankles and allow me to enjoy the run.
After the initial run in the Wave Rider 17’s, I was excited to run in the 5k on Thanksgiving morning. When the gun went off and the maniacal young guns took off, I settled into a comfortable pace and really tried to enjoy the run and focus on the shoes. I made a concerted effort to feel the shoes and understand how they were impacting my run, both positively and negatively. When I crossed the finish line, I took a moment to take inventory and to see how my feet were feeling; they felt great. No pain or soreness in my feet or ankles. This is major. It’s a big deal when I finish a run and I have no soreness in my ankles. I’ve logged about 14 miles total in these shoes as of the writing of this post and I couldn’t be happier with the comfort and support of these shoes. However, I know the real test comes when I’m starting down a long distance run. I can’t wait to go on a 12 miler with these in the hopes that my feet and ankles feel great after a couple hours of running.
I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t give you some specs on the shoe:
- 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.
- 12mm heel to toe drop
The shoes go on sale today and are priced competitively at $115. I sincerely urge you to visit your local running store and try them on. If these shoes aren’t for you for one reason or another, I know you will appreciate the comfort and weight of these shoes.