Ahh, insomnia! I haven’t had a bout of this in a while, but today, it’s hit me hard. I went to bed at a somewhat reasonable hour (for me), only to wake up to one of the dog’s howling (was afraid there was a break-in), only to find out that there was nobody here, or lurking in my basement. Note to self: bring the baseball bat upstairs and hide it so that if someone does break in through the basement, they don’t hit ME with it!
Of course, when you’re wide awake, worried that you might have an intruder in your house, you find yourself pondering other things, too. Like what your next pair of running shoes will be.
Here’s the deal: my husband bought me a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 17s for Christmas. I have been in love with Mizunos since I bought my first pair of them about five years ago. My first pair were the Mizuno Wave Inspire 6’s:
I absolutely loved these shoes. Prior to buying them, I had some major blisters from my New Balance sneakers, which had always been my go-to pair of shoes, ever since my high school cross-country days. But something obviously changed, and they weren’t working for me. So I went to a specialty running store, had the manager watch me run in what seemed like a million pairs of shoes, and kept going back to the Mizunos. In this first pair of Mizunos, I ran five to eight miles without breaking them in and didn’t get blisters, injured, nothing. Of course, they eventually got worn down, and I had to buy a new pair of shoes…
…the Mizuno Wave Inspire 7’s. I bought these at Dick’s Sporting Goods instead of going back to the place where I purchased my first Mizunos, mainly because I bought my first ones in New Hampshire, and I was living in Massachusetts (still am!). Other than Dick’s, there wasn’t a specialty running store within a 40-mile radius that carried my beloved Mizunos. The only thing is, I hated this pair. They were completely different from the 6’s. I should have gone back to that store in New Hampshire, because they probably would have told me that the new Mizunos wouldn’t work well for me. I didn’t develop plantar fasciitis until I started wearing these! So when that crappy pair of sneakers wasn’t even completely finished (I was finished with them!), I went back to New Hampshire and entertained the idea of buying a different brand of sneakers. Of course, by then, the 8’s were out…
I still have this pair and use them as walking shoes. They still aren’t even completely worn out! I absolutely loved them, and actually thought about buying three more pair like it because I was so afraid that they’d do another horrible re-design again! Unfortunately, I’m not rich, so I didn’t have an extra $300 to spend. By the time I was getting ready to rotate in a new pair of running shoes, I got a little lazy and ended up buying these babies from Famous Footwear:
The Mizuno Wave Creation 13’s. Although they weren’t the Wave Inspires, I had done a bunch of research on them and they had gotten mostly positive reviews. They were a pretty stable pair of sneakers for me, and got me through a LOT of miles! In hindsight, I probably should have retired them a little sooner and possibly could have avoided injury. I was still wearing these for my long runs when JP bought me my next pair of sneakers for Christmas:
The Mizuno Wave Rider 17s. Now these are a great pair of sneakers. I love the amount of cushioning in them, and I haven’t gotten any blisters while wearing them. If you’re looking for a neutral sneaker, these will work beautifully for you. They’ve actually worked really well for me, up until my injury, but the one problem I have (which I do believe contributed to my knee injury) is the fact that I have extremely high arches, am a heel striker, and an overpronator, so I really need more of a stability shoe with more support. Since I’m starting to increase my mileage more, I know I am going to have to find a new pair of sneaks that can do this for me. The only thing is, I’m not sure if they’ll be Mizunos.
I’ve been reading the reviews of the Wave Inspire 10s, and after not only looking at the reviews, but seeing them at Dick’s, I’m not so sure about them. It seems like a lot of people who loved the 9’s, hate the 10’s. Some people who loved the 9’s and read the bad reviews, decided to try the Wave Paradox:
Some people really love this sneaker, but from the reviews I read, it appears that the Wave Inspire lovers didn’t seem so inspired by them.
So, where does that leave me? Well, I’ve pondered all my options, and here’s the list that I made:
• Scour DSW and Famous Footwear to see if they carry the Wave Inspire 9’s and stock up on them
• Go back to New Hampshire and try on a million different pairs of shoes, and decide that I’m one of the few who love the Wave Inspire 10’s and buy them
• Go back to New Hampshire and try on a million different pairs of shoes, and ask the manager for her expert advice and buy a completely different pair of sneakers (I’ve been making comparisons to Brooks, although I am intrigued by Hokas, which are available at a specialty running store very close to me)
• Go to a random athletic store and after being diligent in doing a bunch of research on different shoes, try some on myself, run around the track a TON and choose a pair based on my own observations (I know the employees there are clueless – the last time I went to get a pair of sneakers for JP, the guy had no idea what minimalist running shoes were).
This is what I’ll probably do: Go to a specialty running store and see what they suggest (unless I can find a pair of the Wave Inspire 9’s) . I don’t have a ton of money to spend on a pair of sneakers that may or may not work, so I am going to get my money’s worth!
Anyone else ever make the switch from Mizuno to another brand? If so what did you buy?
Have any advice you’d like to share/suggestions you like to make to me? Let me know in a comment below!