Mizuno Running Shoes: The Mezamashii Project

As a Fitluential ambassador, I am fortunate enough to be a part of various fitness-related reviews and promotions. When I was presented with the opportunity to be a part of Mizuno’s Mezamashii project, I jumped at the chance!

Mizuno running shoes hold a special place in my heart. When I first started getting into shape about eight years ago, running quickly became my passion. My runs progressed from running my first full mile in my life (without having to stop and walk) to eventually running 2, 3, 4 and even 10 miles at a time. I had never really put my thought into my footwear, and because of that, I suffered the consequences. I would get horrible shin splints and pain in my hips, feet, and really through my entire body because I simply was not wearing the right shoes. I went to a local running specialty store and had a gait analysis and was fitted for the “perfect” shoe. And my “perfect” shoe happened to be a pair of Mizuno Wave Riders. Those shoes got me through my first ever 5k race, and many others to follow. They were the first pair of shoes that I could ever run in without any pain, and I replaced them with the exact same pair when they eventually got worn out. And that the cycle continued. I’ve tried other styles of shoes for running as well, but no other brand holds that emotional connection to me quite like the Mizuno Wave Riders.

Mezamashii translates to “eye opening” or “brilliant” in Japanese. The mission of the Mezamashii project is to provide a “brilliant” running experience to runners everywhere. Runners are provided with shoes to test out- and this goes far beyond just trying them on in a store and walking around in a square pattern. They want people to actually run in their shoes, and get the full Mezamashii experience.

For my part, I got to first select the pair of shoes that I wanted to “test out.” I went right back to what I knew was right for me- the Mizuno Wave Riders, which fall under the Neutral category. I chose the Wave Rider 15 “Limited Release” style. I was a little hesitant about the color choice, only because I tend to play it safe, and choose something more neutral (no pun intended). But when they arrived, I loved the look right away!

Here’s a little more information about the shoes from the Mizuno website:

Special 15th Anniversary Edition Wave Rider 15

The Wave Rider has served as the pinnacle of the Mizuno footwear line and put our patented Wave® Technology on the map.  We are commemorating the Wave Rider 15 by providing a Limited 15th Anniversary edition in rich Ruby and Crystal colors, available in the month of November 2011. Join us in celebrating a milestone anniversary for the Wave Rider.

What makes Wave Rider 15 different?

By combining the best qualities of every Wave Rider that came before it, Mizuno has created its masterpiece with the Wave Rider 15. While the pendulum in running may swing from one extreme to another, the genius of the Wave Rider 15 is found through its harmonious balance of a lightweight feel, wrapped-to-foot fit and exquisitely smooth ride, ultimately producing a brilliant running experience.

Albert Einstein believed that everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Perhaps he had a vision of the Wave Rider 15 – simple in form, yet based on the innovative technologies that elevate Mizuno products above the rest.

When I tried the shoes on, I liked the feel and comfort right away. They are supportive and stable, but offer the flexibility that my feet need during a run. I consider my legs to be the “powerhouse” of my body, and I definitely need footwear that are help keep them strong and powerful!

I have worn my Mizuno Wave Riders for a few different runs now- both on the treadmill and out on the road. My feet are a little bit wide- and having a shoe that may be slightly wider might be a little bit better, but these were by no means uncomfortable. My legs felt strong after my runs, and my body was pain-free!

I will definitely continue to wear my Mizuno Wave Rider 15′s during my future runs, and look forward to having a nice, long relationship with them. Thanks Mizuno and Fitfluential for allowing me to be a part of the Mezamashii project!

* I was provided with a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 15 Limited Edition shoes for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.
Do you remember your first “real” pair of running shoes? What are your favorite shoes to run in?



  1. Love! I love Mizunos so much! And I’m so excited that my pair just came in the mail yesterday and can be a part of my run tomorrow. :)

  2. Yikes- my first pair ever when I first started walk/running were Nikes. I honestly dont know how ANYONE runs in Nikes, but maybe they are a lot better now. My first real pair after that were always Asics, which I loved! I switched to Brooks and unfortunately thats when all my pains began in my IT band, knee and shins. I got my first pair of Mizuno’s almost 2 months ago and have fallen DEEPLY IN LOVE! They are amazing and allow my runs to definitely be BRILLIANT :)

  3. I have these too and LOVE them. Like you I’ve been running in Wave Riders for years, I don’t think I’ll go back to anything else!

  4. I have fond memories of Mizuno because I always used Mizuno shoes in my high school volleyball days.

  5. I researched the heck out of running shoes about a year ago and bought a pair of Asics. I loved the colors, but my knees were not fans :/ I recently got fitted for a Brooks Adrenalines and I love them!

  6. I’m on my 4th pair of Mizuno Wave Riders…the most recent being a pair of 15s from Mezamashii. I still think the 13s are the best they’ve made, my feet love them {my first 3 pair are all 13s} but there is nothing specific “wrong” with the 15s, they just feel different. Probably something similar to the width difference you are feeling.

    PS – Going bold with the color was a good choice! My current rotation of running shoes are currently neon green, purple/green and bright yellow…color is where its at! ;)

    • Gosh, I can’t remember which edition my first pair was… whatever they made back in 2005! I’ve got a few different pairs of colorful shoes now… no green or yellow YET though!

  7. They are SO CUTE (and isn’t that really the most important thing?)! I wear a size 10 EE (double-wide, my feet are apparently belong in a trailer park) so my options for colors are severely limited. My very first pair of running shoes was a pair of Nikes with the weird spring like heels, but I just grabbed them at the mall without being fitted. Big mistake! When I finally got around to getting professional advice I settled into the Brooks Adrenalines (need some stability) and loved them. When I went back for new ones they only had the very similar Asics 2160s in my size, I’ve been wearing them for over a year, on my third pair, but still not real thrilled with them. Maybe I’ll try the Mizuno stability shoes next, if they make them for flipper feet.

    • Haha, of COURSE that’s important! I am so sick of ALWAYS buying the same white running shoes over and over again!! It’s nice to have some color.
      I wear Brooks Adrenaline too- and have to get the wide ones. I wear a 9 or 9.5 wide. I know a thing or two about having super sexy feet. :)

  8. brooks adrenaline – just love them and the support.

  9. Ahhh! This reminds me that I need to call the Mizuno rep and get all the deets on my new shoes! I can’t wait to try them out! Love the ones you chose…I’m such a sucker for bright pink! :D

  10. PretoriaRunningMan says:

    Awesome shoes for awesome legs!!

    I don’t remember the exact model, but I do remember my first running shoes that I actually ran in they were Asics.

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