*Disclaimer: Kindrunner sent me a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18’s to review. All opinions are my own.*
I have a love hate relationship with running shoes. I started in Brooks stability shoe several years ago and then had a gait analysis and was told I should wear a neutral shoe. My physical therapist recommended the Mizuno Wave Rider 16 (which was the current model at that time). I loved them! And then I got caught up in the “looks” of another shoe which led me into a downward spiral of injuries due to shoes. I tried a pair of Saucony Cortanas, which I trained in for my first marathon and while they were super comfy, no one in the running store mentioned that they were an 8mm drop and to be honest, I didn’t even know what that meant at that time. Well, it turns out all of the tendinitis issues I had came from the low heel/toe drop. Then, I decided to try Newtons…well, If you’ve been following me you all know that that led me down a 3 month path of injury and rehab. This past summer, someone finally suggested the Asics Gel Cumulus and I fell in love. They solved all of my calf issues! Yey!
So…back to the Mizunos. I had mentioned that I LOVED the Wave Rider 16, but you all know that a new version comes out every year and they do tweaks and upgrades to the new model. And well…it’s not always successful. I HATED the Mizuno Wave Rider 17’s. HATED them. I wanted the 16’s back so badly. So when I saw that the Wave Rider 18’s were coming out I was a bit apprehensive. I had it in my head that these were going to be terrible as well. Kindrunner, for whom I’m an Ambassador for, offered to send me a pair of the new 18’s to try out and see how I liked them.
Here are the specs:
- smooth, efficient ride because of the Smoothride engineering
- women’s weigh 7.8 oz with a 12 mm heel/toe drop
- neutral shoe with enough support for most runners
- modified toe spring
- Redesigned forefoot outsole and increased outsole thickness: Offers more durability and softness
- soft yet responsive feel
They come in some fabulous colors too this time around! I’m totally loving the blue/white that I was sent, but they also come in a beautiful black/florida keys and white/pink.
I’m totally in love with the Wave Riders. They definitely made some positive changes. I took these out for a few runs and they felt great. I love a cushioned shoe and I definitely am pleased with the amount of cushion but yet they feel super light! I’m definitely looking forward to adding these into the shoe rotation and will probably wear them for my short speed work runs as soon as marathon training gears up again next month!
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