I’m not a minimalist runner…I like some support but what I don’t like is a clunky shoe. Last year I was introduced to the Mizuno Wave Rider when the 17s came out. There was so much I liked about the shoe so when the 18s were announced and I had a chance to get a pair through FitFluential, I jumped.
The Wave Riders have been a very popular neutral shoe and it’s easy to see why. Mizuno has adopted the Japanese concept “Hado” which is the representation of the life force in all of us. It’s easy to see how it translates into the design by looking at the progression from the heal to toe. The shoe almost invites you to run.
Between the Wave Rider’s excellent fit and performance, I can clearly see it becoming a “go to” shoe for me. I ran the Go! St. Louis in the 17s this year and I’ll probably run the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis in these.
I’ve already run a couple times in these and I do love them but there is only one thing that I observed that I feel like I need to point out.
- They need to be broken in a little. The sole is constructed in such a way that it’s one continuous piece which is great for creating a natural progression from heal to toe but for me it was a little rigid. I do feel like we’re adjusting to each other a little better as I get into the 20’s with these shoes.
Would I recommend that you try the Mizuno Wave 18? I would do more than have you try them…if you’re looking for a neutral shoe then you have to check these out! Mizuno makes a great shoe and the Wave Rider 18 is just a continuation of that quality tradition.
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Where would you take the Mizuno Wave Rider 18s?