I haven’t been running for very long, but I have become an incredible running shoe snob in a short period of time. When I first started running, I really didn’t think much of running shoes or even the importance of them. Throw some shoes on and go for a run, what’s the big deal? As you probably know, that is the furthest thing from reality. Running shoes are incredibly important…let me restate that…the RIGHT running shoe are incredibly important.
Shortly after I ditched the “I don’t care about running shoes” mentality, I went on a quest to find the right shoe for me. I tried just about every brand of running shoe on the market. Of the numerous brands, only a few felt good but I kept going back to Mizuno shoes. I trained for and ran my first marathon in the Mizuno Inspire, and absolutely love the Wave Kazan trail shoes. When I was given the opportunity to review the WaveRider 17, I believed I found the perfect shoe for my feet. I loved them so much that I went and bought another pair. With a bit of luck, I was recently given the opportunity to review the Mizuno WaveRider 18 and, without a doubt, they are the best running shoe ever made!
I received the box on my doorstep and was giddy when I opened it to see the new WaveRider18. While I don’t care much for the look of a running shoe, I was stoked to see how cool looking these shoes are. When I reached in and took them out of the box, I immediately noticed how soft these shoes are. The look and the feel are great, but the real importance is how they feel during and after a run and their performance.
I broke a cardinal rule of running when I laced them up to run in a race exactly one day after I got them. I was a little nervous to run a race in shoes I’ve never run in, but I was even more anxious to get these on the road and put them to the test. They did not disappoint! Hands down, this is the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever run in. The fit is perfect (true to size) and I felt like the shoe was hugging my feet. Even feet like a good hug! Both during and after the run, my feet were happy dogs! I’ve since run eight more times in the WaveRider18 and they have maintained their performance and comfort.
Like the WaveRider17, the WaveRider18 heel is 24mm and the toe is 12mm for a 12mm drop. The shoe is lightweight which I’ve learned makes a huge difference and one that I notice immediately between different running shoes. Mizuno’s patented Wave Technology provides the support while the Dynamotion Fit gives this shoe all the durability you need. I can’t do all the cool technology justice, so I urge you to check out all the specs at Mizuno’s site.
The Mizuno WaveRider18 really is an amazing, lightweight shoe that is sleek with a smooth ride and is designed with performance as an everyday running shoe. They are my go-to shoe and I run in them just about everyday!
If you take a ride in these awesome shoes, I would like to know what you think of them. What are your favorite running shoes and are you loyal to a particular brand?