The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.
When I started running for real this spring I had no idea what I wanted in terms of gear. I knew I needed quality shoes but I didn’t really know how to find them. The first pair I had was a known brand, but I could not run in them. I got the worst shin splints almost instantly. I knew they wouldn’t work.
The second pair (different brand) have been my go-to shoes and I was really skeptical of ever trying anything else due to my experience with the shin splints from my original shoes. But when I had the chance to review the new Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 17 Running Shoe, I definitely wanted to try them out.
Mizuno has an excellent reputation among my running friends and now that I have a pair I can see why! The Wave Rider 17 shoes are lightweight, comfortable and really effortless to run in.
When I first put the shoes on, I worried they would be too snug. They seemed to rub a bit on the top of my foot just above my toes. Knowing most shoes need at least one run to break them in, I wasn’t going to give up just yet. Turns out that is all it took for these. By the end of my first run, my Wave Rider 17’s felt great and I had no discomfort whatsoever.
Today, I ran in the rain and I didn’t slip once, which is an issue I have with my prior shoes even though I love them. The tread is great and while my toes did get a little wet, it wasn’t anything that hindered my run. I do not consider myself an expert on running and especially not running gear. I just know what works and I definitely know what doesn’t work. I fully expect to get every last mile I can out of my Wave Riders!
A year ago, I was wide-eyed looking through my local running store at all the brands and options. Now that I have been at it a while, I have a pretty good grasp of what I like. If you are just starting out, the last thing you want is a setback because you were in the wrong type of shoe. I suggest going to a local running store and getting “fitted” for the proper type of shoe. I have a pretty neutral gait so the Wave Rider 17 are a great pick for me.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.