The shoes described in this post were given to me free-of-charge by an acquaintance, without the expectation of a published review. Although I received the product for free, I am writing this review simply because I love the shoes and want to tell you about them. This post contains affiliate links.
Did I ever tell you about the time I met the Mizuno rep in a bounce house?
We were at a family party for a mutual friend, and our kids were having a blast playing in the bounce house. He & I started chatting. I happened to mention that I’m a marathon runner. (Because, marathon.) And then I happened to mention that I have a running blog. (Because, blogger.)
Next thing I know, he’s pulling this brand new pair of Wave Rider 17’s out of his car. They were beautiful. They were my size. And they were a perfect fit. It was kind of like hitting the Running Blogger Lottery.
photos courtesy of Amazon.com
So I want to share my thoughts on these shoes. But I need to warn you – I’m not a shoe expert or a foot specialist. I’m just a regular girl who likes to run in comfortable shoes. I can’t tell you about cool stuff like torsional rigidity or heel-to-toe differential. But here’s what I can tell you: I’ve already put close to 300 miles on these babies. When I got them, I wasn’t even in the market for new running shoes. I already had a relatively new pair that I was pleased with – a pair of lightweight, light stability Nikes.
The first thing I noticed about the Wave Rider 17’s is how light they are, even compared with my Nikes, which only weigh about 9 ounces (source: runnersworld.com). The Wave Rider 17 is only 7.8 ounces (source: mizunousa.com).
The next thing I noticed was that my new shoes and old shoes felt distinctly different on my foot. For me, the main difference was the absence of the supportive arch in the Wave Riders. The Wave Rider is a neutral shoe, and I wasn’t sure how it would work out for me. I’ve been told that I overpronate my left foot and that I need a mild stability shoe to correct this. And truthfully, it did take a few good runs to adjust to the difference and to break in my new shoes.
For a while, I switched back and forth between the two types of shoes (partly because I felt guilty about not getting the maximum use out of an expensive pair of running shoes). But then I wore my Wave Riders on a couple of long (20+ mile) runs. And pretty soon after that, they replaced the Nikes as my everyday running shoes.
Probably the most important piece of information that I can give you about my Wave Rider 17’s is that I wore them in February when I ran the 26.2 with Donna. And I finished the marathon with no blisters, very little foot pain, and all of my toenails intact.
And to me, that feels like winning the Running Blogger Lottery too.
To learn more about the Mizuno running products, including the Waver Rider 17’s, visit www.mizunousa.com/running. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
What kind of running shoes are you wearing these days?
I’ve never tried Altras but I keep hearing great things. I’ve only been running for a couple of years so I haven’t tried out that many brands. But out of all of them, the Mizunos have been my favorites. Thanks for the link-up – I love it!!!
Thanks for linking up with us today! I was an ASICS girl for years and years, but in the last six months I’ve just fallen in love with my Altra Torins. I’ve never tried Mizuno but they sound great. Congrats on finding a perfect pair for you.
MCM Mama (@mcmmama) says
I used to be a Wave Riders runner, but the new model didn’t work for me. I’ve transitioned to the Altra Zero Drop shoes now and have run lots and lots of miles in them. Glad you found a shoe that worked well for your race.
I ran into my Mizuno friend the other day and he had good things to say about the new model. I put a few hundred miles on the Mizuons, and I’m back in the Nikes for now. It’s probably time for me to start shoe shopping again. Not sure if zero drop is for me, but I’d love to at least try them out.
Ha! no blisters is just like winning the lottery! 😉 Congrats- great shoe review! And thanks for linking up with us today!
Blisters are the WORST!!! Loving the link-up. See you next week! 🙂
Laura@Fit Running Mama says
I run in wave rider 17 and love them so far– I also run in the 16’s!
From what I’ve read, they made quite a few changes with the 17’s…? I haven’t been running super long, so this is actually only my 5th pair (and 4th brand) of running shoes.
Neatly-Packaged (@Neatly_Packaged) says
How awesome is this!!! I love those little moments when you are nice to someone without any expectations and something like this happens! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I always enjoy reading your blog 🙂
I love reading yours too! Bloggy friends are the best. <3
Michele C. says
oooooh adding these to my list of shoes to check out! I am in desperate need of new running shoes and need to go get fitted properly this time. *sigh*
Just say no to worn out shoes!!! xo
These are my favorites too! I have two pair and I wore the white and purple pair on my run today!
I think my favorite is the coral, but I love the white & purple too. And of course I’ve “pinked” them up with my Sweat Pink shoelaces.
I’ve run in Mizuno Wave Riders before and liked them. The fact that you ran a marathon in them and liked them is great. Congrats on your marathon PR even through the thunderstorm!
Oh, thank you! 🙂 I really got lucky with them. Right shoe, right time, right size.