This is a sponsored post on behalf of FitFluential, LLC and Mizuno. All opinions are my own.
I was really excited to have the opportunity to review the Mizuno Wave Rider 18’s. Before I get into my thoughts on the shoe, here’s what Mizuno has to say about their newest model of the Wave Rider:
Mizuno adopted the inspirational influence of the Japanese concept of “Hado,” the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations. Hado is executed in the Wave Rider’s sleek, dynamic design relaying the power and kinetic energy of running, harnessing the transformative possibilities of every run.
Sounds pretty awesome, right?
I am a heel-striker and need some support in a shoe. The Wave Rider 18 does provide the support I need, but it doesn’t add bulk or weight to the shoe. They’re light (weighing in at 7.8oz), yet I felt the support on each foot strike. It also boasts a smaller heel-to-toe drop, which reportedly encourages a midfoot/forefoot strike, something I need to work on. The shoe held snugly in place and there were no issues of slippage throughout my runs.
I’ve been running shorter runs in the Wave Rider 18’s as part of my Chicago Marathon reverse tapering. If all goes well, I’ll start wearing them on my longer runs, although I may need to purchase a second pair a half-size larger for long runs and my (eventual) marathon training as they do run slightly on the snug side and my feet need extra room on 13+ mile runs. The laces are a bit shorter than I’m used to, but I was able to mess around with the lacing to ensure a proper fit.
One of my biggest challenges in discovering the right shoe for me was finding a pair that didn’t cause toe issues. Model after model of shoe I tried resulted in bruised nails, blisters, and hot spots. Even models that boasted a larger toebox ended up causing discomfort because the larger toebox was too stiff and didn’t provide the flexibility I required. The Wave Rider 18’s have a roomy toebox with soft mesh, which discourages toe damage.
As far as aesthetics go, I’m thankful Mizuno has steered away from the trend of bright neons. While I never purchase a running shoe based on looks alone, I will choose between similar models based on colors/style. The ombre/gradient coloring is subtle and stylish, without being overbearing and garish. I wouldn’t mind wearing these as an everyday shoe, and I can’t say that about all of the running shoes in my closet right now.
Mizuno claims the Wave Rider 18 “hit’s the ‘sweet spot’ for a variety of neutral runners with just enough support for a wide range of runners” and I think the shoe lives up to its claims. They’re the perfect combination of neutral and support and have definitely earned their spot in my running show arsenal. The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 retails for $119.00 and are on sale now.
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