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!