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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2012
A life-long Nike supporter, I decided to get fitted for a running shoe since I am preparing for the Houston Marathon. I knew that I had flat, narrow feet, but I didn't know that I had a problem with pronation until the salesman watched my running stride. Telling him that my previous shoe was a Nike Vomero 6, I half-expected him to bring out the Vomero 7s. Was I stunned when he fitted me with Mizuno Wave Inspire 8.

The moment I put on these stability shoes I knew I was wearing something special. When I ran with them in the store, my ankles didn't turn, and, in a way, it made my feet feel wider. The one comment the salesman made was that the Wave Inspire takes a little bit longer to adjust to a runner's feet, but after running with them a couple of shorter runs of four and five miles, these shoes paid huge dividends on the long run of 13 miles.

What I experienced on that long run was close to divine. I recognized that the Wave 8's designers understood the needs of long distance runners for the simple fact that the shoes prevented much of the energy from the pavement weakening my legs. As a result of the shoe's technology, I can run longer distances at a faster pace without my legs and feet feeling it afterwards.

I will continue using my Nike Vomeros for my gym workouts, but if you're a long distance runner (or at least trying to be as I am), then I definitely recommend being fitted for a running shoe at your local shoe store. You may be surprised. In my case, I found a wonderful stability shoe in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 8!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
When it came time to replace my worn-out Wave Inspire 7's, I got curious about another company that had my "Adrenaline" all pumped up by their fancy technology for absorbing shock. I thought they'd provide better cushioning, but in the middle of a half marathon when knee pain kicked in, I wasn't "running happy", and finally admitted what the blisters and dead cat bounce cushioning had been telling me all along: it was time to try the Wave Inspire 8's. Wow! and Awesome! are understatements. This is the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn for my size 13, somewhat narrow and mildly overpronating feet. Mizuno got everything dialed in perfectly on this model. I'm battling the urge to stockpile a bunch so I can have a great shoe to run in for the next ten years. The 8's have a slightly reduced upper around the ankle (nice, because the 7's initially rubbed my ankle bone), a slightly more roomy toe box, and better forefoot cushoining than the 7's. I did a 20 mile run last week, had no pain anywhere, and the blisters are gone. The guy at the running store told me once people run in Mizuno's, they don't go back to other brands. I certainly learned my lesson! Couldn't recommend them more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2012
I had the wave inspire 6 and they were a great running shoe. I was excited for the wave inspire 7, but was disappointed very quickly once I put them on to go running. They were not the most comfortable, especially around the ankle. In fact, I bought another pair of 6s because I didn't like the 7s. When it came to the wave inspire 8 I was weary because of my dissatisfaction with the 7s, but because of how good my wave inspire 6s were, I decided to give them a shot. The 8s are better than the 6s, and much better than the 7s. I am very satisfied with the wave inspire 8. It is very comportable, and a solid running shoe. When the pair I have are worn down, I will not hesitate to buy another pair. Great shoe!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
After running my first marathon in 2009 and going thru a good number of shoes leading up to it I felt like I would be a life long Asics wearer. Now that I am doing some serious training again for a half marathon I noticed some knee issues and just general comfort issues with my current pair of Asics training shoes. I was wearing the Asics Gel 3020, since I was told I was a moderate over pronator. I know these were not the best Asics out there, but at this point in my training I was only running 7 miles max, 3-4 times a week. The tread was wearing quickly and I only had 140 miles on them. I made a trip to my local running store, told them my issues and they did a full eval and fit again. I kept telling the clerk ASIC this and that, maybe Brooks, but he finally talked me into trying others including these Mizuno Wave Inspire 8's. As soon as I looked at them I was skeptical, but as soon as I put them on I was instantly open minded. They were noticeably lighter, had good response in my step. I then took them for a short spin on the track at the store and definitely knew I was on to something. I decided to buy a pair there since at the time they were $115.00, the same as Amazon. $40 Cheaper than the Asics I was considering. I took them out the next day for a short 5K and had not foot or knee pain. I also noticed less leg fatigue. The stance of these took some getting used to since to me it feels like the rear heel sits lower than most other running shoes I have had in the past. I quickly noticed though this meant a much smoother transition through each foot strike to push off. The cushion was great, much better than my last Asics, even with out the magical gel. The shoe breathes great, very important in Florida. The wear has been good and I am up to 100 miles now in this pair. The Inspire 9 is out which is good for me and you since these are now priced at $87. Going to get another pair now for Christmas. I would highly recommend these! FYI I am 5'10 and 200lbs, so yes they are good at a higher weight people than your normal 120lbs runner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
Coming from the ASICS GT-2XXX series which I've worn for the last 10 years. Supposedly they changed the design for the 2170 and 2000 models and a lot of higher mileage runners are complaining re: injury. I found the transition to this shoe fairly seamless. I didn't like it for the first 4 miles, but as I got used to it/broke it in, it started feeling really good. The ride is firmer than the ASICS, but not severely so. So far so good, after 60 miles in them, I ordered another pair for the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
Received my first pair of the Wave Inspire 8 directly from Mizuno and decided to retire them at 500 miles, even though there was some life left in them. Compared to the Saucony and Asics I had worn and raced in previously the durability of these shoes was better than any other I've experienced. That said, the toe pocket is a little bigger than the other shoes. I remedied this by wearing a pair of Injinji toe socks which helped to add just a bit of space between my toes and fill out the toe area. Bought my second identical pair online and found the fit to be quite different. The toe pocket was even larger and the cushioning was significantly less. Comparing the old and new shoes side by side they really looked the same, but the feel was way off with the second pair. Decided to retire the second pair after just 350 miles and switch back to my first pair until figuring out what shoes to buy next. Because of the price of these shoes and the lack of consistent fit, I have to issue a poor fit warning. The durability is there, but I'll not be buying Mizuno again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2013
I've been wearing the Wave Inspire 7s exclusively for a couple of years. Now that they're too difficult to find, I've upgraded to the Wave Inspire 8s. They're a very similar shoe with similar toe venting, the same plastic support running through the heel, and similar in weight and cushioning.

They feel just a touch narrower in the front than my 7s, but they haven't caused me any problems so far. A very nice shoe!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
These shoes have been absolutely amazing for me. Over the years I've tried different shoes from different companies but I always end up coming back to Mizuno. Ultimately, whenever I'm training in Wave Inspires, I never have any overuse injuries and that's the most important thing. I just had a PR on my last race in these shoes and I love the support they provide and they're just really light! They're a joy to run in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
I had owned Mizuno shoes before but could not get them at my local stores. I have experienced splints and ankle pains with other shoes and require stability and support. This shoe has been awesome. I have put 60 miles on this pair in two-plus weeks and have been pain-free. Light-weight and comfortable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2013
I love these shoes! I'm 5'8" 200 lbs and run approximately 10 miles a week. Until I tried these the Nike Pegasus 28+ was my favorite running shoe. I now have two pairs of Mizuno's and no problems with my feet feeling cramped, getting shin splints or feet feeling sore after a run.
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