I have Mizuno wave alchemy 5's and I love them. Granted they are my first pair of "real" running shoes. I was having some knee issues and so I went to the running store in town and probably drove the guy nuts trying on a billion different pairs of shoes and test running each of them around the block, the Mizuno's just felt right when I put them on my feet. My only complaint was that I didn't really like the way they looked! My knee problems instantly disappeared when I started wearing them though. It's time for a new pair of shoes though and I'm hoping the newer models will feel as good.
I wear Mizuno shoes. I started off in the Wave Inspire, but after losing 35 lbs I switched to the neutral shoe. I didn't need the one for pronation anymore. I liked them a lot. I tried Asics and there was too much padding in the forefoot for me. The balls of my feet would go numb when I would run.<br><br>
Please tell me you went went at least a half size bigger than you normally wear. I wear a size 7 shoe, but my running shoes are 8.5. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
I've worn Wave riders and Wave precision. I loved the precisions at first, now cannot stand. The riders are still doable. They have a great feel, but almost too low to the ground. I think maybe I should have moved up another 1/2 size. I'm a 6, 6 1/2 street shoe and wear 7 in running shoes, but may have gone with the 7 1/2 for the mizunos, although I did go with 7 as recommended at the store, it's a tight feel in the toebox.<br><br>
I might have the opposite problem as solitude as I freaking love ASICs as I'm a very forefoot runner and need padded toebox, my problem with ASICs is there is absolutely NO traction. Your roads better be free of precipitation! Now, anything made by Brooks (besides racers) can withstand the worst road conditions
I had to go a full size up, as if I didn't already think I have huge feet by wearing a size 10, now I'm wearing running shoes that are an 11! Went up in size to make sure my toes felt roomy and wouldn't get squished when your feet expand during a run.
I alternate between Mizuno Wave Riders and Nike Pegasus. For me, the Mizunos are okay for shorter runs; less than about 6 miles. But, I prefer the Nikes for my long runs. The women's Mizunos feel tighter in the toe box than the men's version of the same shoe (if I can't find my size in women's, I'll buy men's shoes).
I just bought my sixth pair of Precisions. I've worn those shoes in 100 mile trail races, and typically get a couple 100 km's more life out of them than other shoes. A couple months ago I tried on every other neutral shoe in the store to make sure there wasn't something better, and the Precision felt the best.
I've run in Wave Riders and Inspire for 6 years now. Love them, tried changing just to mix things up but suffered several injuries. So, I'm sticking with Mizuno. So not like me! But I also went a full size up.
Mizuno - that's a kind of <i>sushi</i>, no?<br><br>
Oh, no, far from no.<br><blockquote></blockquote><b>Mizuno Shinryu</b><br><i>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia</i><br>
Mizuno Shinryū (神龍 - "Divine Dragon"<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> was a proposed rocket-powered kamikaze aircraft designed for the Imperial Japanese Navy towards the end of World War II. It never reached production.<br><br>
In configuration, it was to be a canard-winged design, with swept wings and tail fin. Two rocket engines were to be mounted in the rear, and the nose was to be fitted with an explosive warhead. Some versions of the design appear to have been intended to carry unguided rockets under the wings for interception of enemy bombers, similar to the intended role of the German Bachem Ba 349.<br><br>
It is unclear today whether the engines were intended to provide power for take-off (like the Bachem Ba 349), or to accelerate the aircraft towards its target (like the Ohka). Similar to the Ohka, it could have been launched from coastal air bases and caves, and modified Mitsubishi G4M "Betty" or Yokosuka P1Y bombers. Its intended role, whether anti-ship, anti-aircraft, or anti-tank is still unclear.
I've had good luck with Mizunos. The Wave Rider 9s were great (10s not so much; heard the 11s might be pretty good) and my Wave Precision 8s are my current race shoe. The only issue I have is that I don't really get a lot of mileage out of them, which is why I rotate another shoe for longer runs.<br><br>
Sizing has never been an issue - I'm a 9 1/2 and haven't had to size up/down. The shoes do have a bit of a narrower toe box, but they've never caused me any blister issues or anything like that
I have worn Mizunos for a couple of years now, ever since Nike messed up a good thing and redesigned the Air Pegasus in 2006.<br><br>
I wear the Wave Rider. I've used the Wave Rider 9's and 10's. Haven't tried the 11's yet.<br><br>
I also have worn their trail shoe, the Wave Ascend 2. It's an okay trail shoe, but I am probably going to switch this year. I'm going to try a Neutral trail shoe instead of a stability trail shoe.
I just bought my 5th and 6th pair of Wave Alchemy's. My local running store suggested trying this stability shoe and I find it's a great match for my overpronation when running on the road. Comes in a wide too, so I can actually wear real socks not just sock liners. The latest version (7?) seems to be lasting longer than the previous.
I have had Wave Rider 9's and they literally changed my stride and made running more comfortable all the way around.<br><br>
Wave Rider 10's came out and I ordered them online from RunTex.com without trying them on first, and they sucked. Lower arch support, less cushioning, too much wiggle room in the ball and toe area. I know I should have returned them, but oh well.