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Flawed design in this model of Wave Prophecy.
on June 6, 2016
These are my second pair of Wave Prophecy shoes and probably my tenth pair of Mizunos. Most of my other Mizuno running shoes have been Wave Creations. I run about 12-15 miles a week and down to two half marathons a year. I bought these shoes after having a great experience with my first pair and wearing them out. I read reviews on these and found the same issues as other reviewers posted. The seam near the bottom of the laces were rubbing and cutting into the top of my right foot near the little toe. It appears there is a clear plastic "welded" seam in this area. I never experienced this issue with any other pair of Mizunos before. It really became a problem and made the shoes very difficult to use. I tried different socks and loosening the laces, but nothing worked. I took the drastic step of cutting the material around this seam. I was hoping the synthetic material would hold together even after a cut was made in a stressed area. Thankfully, after two cuts, each about a half inch long was made in this area the rubbing problem was solved. Also, the shoe has not had any issues coming apart even after about 100 miles of running. I attempted to identify the areas to cut by lacing up and bending the shoe to find where the material experienced the most stress.
I hope Mizuno has corrected this issue in the more recent Prophecy series. I do like the shoes after I made my modification, but I don't feel that I should have to "hack" my running shoes to make them usable (especially considering how Mizuno has priced the Prophecy models.)