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Big changes--many for the better,
This review is from: Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 17 Running Shoe (Shoes)
I run marathons and tend to rotate many brands/models of shoes. I've previously worn the Wave Rider 10 (which I loved), 13, 15, and 16. Over time the Rider had put on weight and lost some of its feel for the road. The Rider 16 had shed some weight but I felt it rode higher than other brands I'd started wearing. Additionally, there was a stiffness to the ride that became more apparent on long runs, and I found the cushioning lacking in the metatarsal area. The 17's are well cushioned and supportive for such lightweight shoes. The overlays that were in the 16 are gone, and the heel is wider than the 16's, which may lead to sizing issues to those who liked the 16's and enjoy the traditional narrow heel and midfoot of Mizunos. I had to tweak the lacing pattern and butterfly the laces for these shoes to work for me. They may feel "flatter" to some because of the lack of midfoot "hug", and Mizuno is using a new material which is lighter weight than the old midsole compound. Mizunos have always had firmer cushion than other brands (Nike, for example) and this might be off-putting to some.The 17's also lack the toe spring of the 16's but personally I don't miss it; these feel lower to the ground even though the heel/toe offset is still 13 mm. They are quite a bit more nimble and more flexible. My suggestion for the 18 would be for Mizuno to lower the heel even further and provide greater cush in the forefoot area. Mizunos often work better for heel strikers than midfoot strikers like me due to the waveplate technology, and I'm not sure if there's a way to get around that, but the Sayonara is a successful Mizuno shoe that sports a lower heel than the traditional Rider.
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Initial post: Apr 24, 2014 7:14:47 AM PDT
Toni Maurer says:
This is my first pair of Mizuno (17 running shoe). I bought them to replace my Nike's which felt all the support was gone. I love these shoes, I do have narrow feet and have to wear a thick sock. The sock I use are thick only at toes and heel, and work great. My feet seem to stay cooler. I use them for body combat, body pump and step classes. I will be buying a second pair.
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