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Can a Shoe make you WANT to Run?! A Review of Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 shoes

That is the question I asked when I first slipped my feet into my new Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 shoes (hitting stores December 5th).

Before the shoes were shipped to me for this review, I went to Mizuno’s Precision Fit Online assessment, which helped me self assess 8 critical factors related to my running stride, so I could find the shoe that best matches my “running DNA”, so I can get the most out of every run. The Precision Fit measured the following: weight, pace, foot rotation, foot strike, static leg axis, flexibility, and dynamic leg axis.

When the shoes arrived, I was impressed by how lightweight they felt, as well as their visual appeal.   I love the purple and black, along with the silver accents to further make ‘em “pop”.  When I put them on, I immediately noticed how supported my feet felt, like a big “hug” around my feet, which was surprising considering how light the shoe is. I noticed a new “spring” in my step, which was the rebound action of the shoe. Yes, I wanted to run.

A little background:  I often experience pain in my toes on my left foot while running. I am unaware of a particular injury that started it. It could be damaged nerves or tissue, but it seems to stem from the exact place my foot strikes when I run.   Sometimes, I literally change my natural stride just to avoid the pain in my toes.  The pain is not debilitating though, so I just run through it.   I would not consider giving up running for a few painful toes, but have had to regrettably miss some running days due to the pain caused from previous days.  Over the years I have tried many different running shoes, in an effort to find a shoe that lessens or alleviates this annoyance, a shoe that may provide the cushion needed, or somehow help center my foot better.  It seems that I’ve found them!
I am absolutely thrilled with how these shoes perform. They seem to center my foot, while providing support and stability, and my foot is no longer striking this little pain center in my toes. I literally ran a little longer, a little harder, and a little faster.  And the trend continued on the next run, and the one after that.  These are awesome!  I friggin’ love these shoes!

I could feel the ventilation in the shoes, keeping my feet drier and cooler.

I decided to do a little research to learn more about the materials and construction of the shoes. What I learned made perfect sense.  Here’s a quick breakdown:

Mizuno Wave®
The leading footwear technology that combines cushioning and stability, two distinctly different elements that are both inherently necessary in great running shoes.
Dynamotion Fit
Dynamotion Fit utilizes two-way stretch mesh in the forefoot, causing the shoe to contract in concert with the foot, creating the optimal fit. Manages lateral stretching, keeping the foot centered on the midsole.
AP+ midsole
Offers increased rebound and “bouncier” feeling, which extends the cushion durability, while maintaining the light weight performance.
Mizuno Intercool™
Full-length midsole ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe.
X10™
The most durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear in high impact areas and supplements traction at heel strike.
Gender Engineering
The latest engineering philosophy to maximize performance by tailoring footwear to the separate needs of men and women.
SmoothRide™
Engineering approach to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition, creating the smoothest ride possible.
VS-1™
Shock-absorbing cushioning compound found in the heel and forefoot.
AIRmesh™
Provides the utmost in breathability and comfort of the upper.

Stay tuned for my video review on these Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 shoes (which will be uploaded to my youtube channelSubscribe Now so you know when it’s posted), and for a review on the upcoming Mizuno Wave Musha 4!

* Thanks to Mizuno for making such a fantastic shoe, and providing the shoes for this review.  I am one HAPPY runner!
Pick up a pair today! Mizuno Women’s Wave Inspire 8 Running,White/Blue Depths/Sangria,9 B US

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4 Responses to “Can a Shoe make you WANT to Run?! A Review of Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 shoes”

  1. on 13 Nov 2011 at 3:16 pm Jackie Cirillo

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  3. on 15 Nov 2011 at 4:22 pm Rachel @ The Health Revival

    You know, I can’t help but be a little intrigued by the “lightness” you describe. One of the reasons I no longer wear REAL tennis shoes (and instead wear converse or something similarly flat) is because they’ve always felt to heavy and clunky on my little feet!


  4. [...] I have been thrilled with these shoes for the last two weeks.  Comfort, support, light, rebound – all come to mind.  In addition, they have helped center my foot, keeping my foot strike under control.  Thanks to Mizuno for providing the shoes for review.  For a more detailed review, see Can a shoe make you want to run? [...]

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