It is always fun to have the opportunity to test out new products and especially when it is a new pair of running shoes. Thanks to my involvement with Fit Fluential, I was recently selected to give the brand new Mizuno Wave Sky a try. It was a trial like this a year ago that introduced me to the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 and I was a fan from the first run. I was curious to see if it would happen again.
The timing of this campaign was also interesting for me because I was just coming off a two-month hiatus from running due to a stress fracture of the second metatarsal in my left foot. I was looking forward to getting back to first walking fast and then running, but I was a little cautious as well because I wanted to make sure that I did everything possible to get 100% recovered.
I arrived home from work one day to find a large shipping box and couldn’t wait to see what was inside. Sure enough, there was a plain white box with a label saying Mizuno Wave Sky, Size 12, Prototype on the side. This had me really excited because these shoes hadn’t even had their packaging fully developed yet! I really was going to be one of the first group of people to try them out!
Over the past two weeks, I’ve put nearly 50 miles on the shoes including a long run of 11 miles and a couple of speedier runs with sprints in the 6:45/mile range as I’ve tried to balance my need to ease back into things and my desire to get back to my normal running and to also give the shoes a fair workout. One thing that I can say without a doubt is that these shoes are extremely comfortable right out of the box. As someone who is being a little cautious coming back from injury, I truly feel that these have been the perfect shoes for me during this time. The Mizuno website gives this description of the shoes: “Maximum cushioning meets maximum comfort in the new Wave Sky, built for neutral runners. A full length U4icX midsole works in harmony with new cloudwave technology for a plush and lively ride.” I agree with this and am so glad I had the opportunity to try these out!
For a neutral runner who logs a lot of weekly miles and puts lot of stress on their feet, I look forward to seeing how these shoes hold up. Probably the only thing I would have changed about these shoes is that I would have loved to have had the black with red trim version (below) for the Peachtree 10K on July 4th that is put on by the Atlanta Track Club in Mizuno’s hometown. They would have totally matched the group’s colors as well as the colors of my local group, Rogue Racers.
(I received a pair of Mizuno Wave Sky shoes in exchange for compiling a review of them. These are my honest thoughts and it has definitely been a positive experience to test these shoes. #Sponsored)