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Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential about the Mizuno Wave Rider 21.

I spent a large portion of my life on the volleyball court in Mizuno volleyball shoes and have always had an affinity for this brand. When my running mileage picked up, I coincidentally started my first collaboration with Mizuno, helping promote their blank shoe. You can check out that post here.

These shoes are just downright comfy. Mizunos never disappoint in terms of feel and style. At this point, I can just trust that it’s going to be a solid shoe when I open a box from Mizuno.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 strikes a good balance between having a real feel (not too bulky on the bottom) and also providing enough support and bounce to feel like they are adding some extra umph to my stride.

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The appearance and color combination of this shoe are completely different than what I would normally choose for myself, but I am happy about the change of style. The past two colors were more bold (a greenish blue and an electric blue color). I love seeing what Mizuno comes up with. Each new model looks unique enough to get excited about it. What’s consistent is the performance and fit. You couldn’t ask for a whole lot more in a shoe.

I am only running a max of 10ish miles a week right now, as my main mode of exercise is CrossFit, but they are substantial enough to deal with many miles; I just don’t need them for that at the moment.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Mizuno Wave Sky Running Shoe Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential of the Mizuno Wave Sky running shoe.

Mizuno Wave Sky

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About:

Maximum cushioning meets maximum comfort in the new Wave Sky, built for neutral runners. A full length U4icX midsole works in harmony with new cloudwave technology for a plush and lively ride.

  • All new Mizuno SmoothRide: New maximum cloudwave technology coupled with full length, articulated U4icX midsole delivers a plush, flexible ride
  • New thicker and premium anatomical sockliner for improved fit and comfort
  • U4icX strobel lining for added comfort
  • Mizuno DynamotionFit: 3 panel upper construction with skin-like seamless midfoot and minimal forefoot for a disappearing fit

My Experience:

Mizuno made my go-to pair of volleyball shoes back when I was competing. Because those were my staple, I was eager + quick to accept the chance to try their running shoes. This pair of Wave Sky’s is pair #2 of running shoes I’ve tried by Mizuno; you can read that first review here on the Wave Catalyst.

What I love most about the Mizuno Wave Sky is that from the second I slipped my first foot into the shoe, it felt comfortable. I didn’t have to wiggle my foot around a bunch to get comfy and I didn’t feel like I needed to break them in. That’s HUGE to be able to take them for a spin right out of the box. For me, that’s rare.

I’ve done a few sprint workouts and a longer (3 mile) run and these shoes suited both distances great. I’m sure at a higher mileage, they’d be perfect.

With the Crossfit I’ve been doing, I don’t run more than a few miles at a time. I actually feel like a much better runner when I’m focusing on shorter distances at a faster pace while being super mindful of form. I’ll be keeping these in my gym bag especially for days when the WOD calls for running.

They provide enough of a cushion that they will sufficiently absorb the shock of several mines, yet low-profile enough to feel sleek and smooth; not clunky. That combination of not clunky + adequately cushioned seems like a hard one to come by. Mizuno knows what they’re doing in constructing this shoe.

Mizuno Wave Catalyst Running Shoe Review

This is a sponsored review on behalf of Fitfluential of the Mizuno Wave Catalyst running shoe.

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Mizuno Wave Catalyst Running Shoe

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About the Mizuno Wave Catalyst:

“The new women’s Wave Catalyst is a high performance running shoe with lightweight support, making it ideal for high-speed training. Light yet flexible, its perfectly sculpted fit hugs your foot while the articulated Fan Wave delivers fast, responsive cushioning.

High Speed Support

Striking the perfect balance between comfort and support, the Wave Catalyst is a support running shoe you can count on for fast, stable run. A true performer, Wave Catalyst keeps you going farther, faster.

  • Totally new Performance Support experience provides just the right amount of support without compromising its performance
  • The articulated Pebax Fan Wave provides smoother landing and heel strike transition
  • The 10mm drop and X10 midfoot landing area is ideal for heel and midfoot runners
  • Sculpted lateral forefoot gives runners a more stable platform for better feel
  • Blown rubber forefoot optimizes pressure distribution, durability and cushioning.”

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My Thoughts:

Though I’m an avid runner, I have never regularly run in Mizuno running shoes. I do have prior experience with this brand, though–as I wore them my entire career as a collegiate volleyball player. Mizuno volleyball shoes are unparalleled. Naturally, I had high expectations for these running shoes.

They did not disappoint! By looking at the shoe at first, I was guessing that the drop would be a little much for my preference, as I typically go for zero drop running shoes (I like to feel the ground a little bit under my foot). However, they feel really good on.

I’m pretty apprehensive about trying a completely new running shoe, because so many pairs just completely screw up my natural gait–theres nothing worse than that. I really like the feel that this pair provides, though. Mizuno has struck a nice balance of keeping this shoe low profile, yet substantial enough to provide just enough cushion for significant mileage.

It doesn’t feel as thick on the bottom as it looks. I was very impressed by how much I enjoyed the stable and lightweight feeling. You can definitely tell that a lot of thought + trial + error + testing went into creating these Wave Catalysts. They are pretty sublime.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that the colors are totally rad. The electric pink + blue combination is fun & just my style. I plan to wear them both during runs and in my cross training (lifting + olympic lifting type workouts).