Posts Tagged ‘mizuno’

Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Review

December 12, 2017

2018 is almost upon us, and, with it, another shoe review! Once again, I’ve been fortunate to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider, this time the 21st iteration, hence the Wave Rider 21. The Wave Rider is a classic neutral, cushioned daily trainer, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! The review pair I received is a pretty sweet looking blue color.

If you’re new to Mizuno, the first thing you may notice is the black wavy part separating the midsole, which is Mizuno’s wave plate, acting as cushioning. New to the Wave Rider 21 is the updated CloudWave Plate, designed to produce a somewhat springy sensation. Underfoot, the shoe produces a soft, but not squishy ride, that does feel like it adds to your forward momentum. It’s been my experience that the Rider has been trending towards softer, from its earlier days as a fairly firm shoe, which is somewhat in keeping with how the industry in general is moving.

I found the fit of the Rider to be similar to the Wave Sky, with a narrower heel, and slightly wider forefoot. Even though my forefoot is on the wider side, I still had to cinch the laces pretty tight. If you have a particularly narrow forefoot, this may not be the shoe for you. If you sometimes need an EE width, you may want to try these in a D (for men).

If you’ve been a fan of previous versions of the Wave Rider, this version if going to please you. It is definitely going into my rotation!

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Wave Rider 20 Review

November 1, 2016

Fact: Getting new shoes is always fun. Double Fact: Getting new is especially fun when they come in shiny boxes.


It even came with a note!


The shoes inside the shiny box did not disappoint in terms of commensurate shininess.


All about the platinum.



And the outsole.

Some basic facts about the Rider, according to Running Warehouse at least, the heel stack height is 30 mm, and the forefront is 18 mm, resulting in a 12 mm drop. RW lists the weight at 10.4 oz., but Mizuno’s own site says 9.6 oz. soooooo, who knows. But you get the general idea. This is a traditional, neutral running shoe.

Like most Mizunos I’ve run in, the Rider 20 offers a firm, responsive ride well-suited to both tempo runs and longer training runs. I haven’t yet tried them for pure speed work, as I prefer a more low-slung, lighter shoe, for that purpose, but I do think that they would be firm enough for the track. The uppers of the Rider feel like they will be great in warm weather, but I do have my concerns about the airy mesh as the temperature dips. But, hey, nothing a thicker pair of socks can’t fix.

If you’ve never run in Mizunos before, you’re probably wondering where the cushioning comes from. While other brands, rely on air, blown foam, or gel, Mizuno uses a Wave plate, which you can see as the wavy black thing in the heel. The Rider uses Mizuno’s Parallel Wave, which is for their neutral shoes. The Wave works by dispersing force through the plate, rather than absorbing it vertically like other cushioning systems.

So far my only concern to report is a hot spot on my forefoot about 8 miles into an uptempo treadmill run. I’ll report back on whether that continues as well as durability of the outsole and upper as I put in more miles. Until then, I’m happy to have another shoe in the rotation!


A Post For Shoe Geeks: City/Race-Specific Running Shoes

April 7, 2014

Disclaimer: This post isn’t about reviewing shoes, or providing commentary, or judgment.  It’s about looking at pretty pictures of shoes.

The Boston Marathon is now a grand total of 2, count ’em 2, weeks away, which always means a flurry of new running sneaker models and colorways from all the top brands.  One tradition that has taken root in recent years is the release of special, limited edition shoes specifically tied to a particular race, or sometimes just to a city itself.  This year is no different, with both Saucony and New Balance releasing shoes commemorating Boston.  First, here’s the Saucony Kinvara 5, only available at Marathon Sports.

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Next, the New Balance 890 v4.



I got to thinking, what are some other examples of city-specific shoes?  As it turns out, there’s a plethora of examples out there.  Some are wicked cool, some wicked boring, and others that just make me want to say:


So, the goal of this post is simple: Share a bunch of cool shoes that have been released over the years with my awesome readers.  This list is kind of meant to be exhaustive, but likely failed in that attempt.  Where possible (read “I remembered”) I’ve noted the model of the shoe, though often without the year.  If you are really curious, I suggest you Ask Jeeves.  If I’ve missed a shoe, please feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll add it.  By and large, if a shoe was released with only a limited edition colorway, as opposed to specific details associated with a city/race, I left it off the list.  With all those disclaimers in place, here goes.


adizero Boston “NYC”



Supernova Sequence 2 Boston Marathon 2012

Supernova Sequence 2 Boston


Gel Lyte-33 Los Angeles Marathon

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Kayano 20 NYC

Kayana 20 NYC 1 Kayano NYC 2

Nimbus 15 NYC

Nimbus 15 NYC 2 Nimbus 15 NYC

Nimbus 15 – 2014 Barcelona Marathon


2012 GT-2000 NYC Marathon



2012 Osaka Marathon Wave Rider




Mizuno OSAKA MARATHON 2012 Limited edition Men's Mizuno OSAKA MARATHON 2012 Limited edition Women's


Wave Rider 8 Osaka Edition

Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Osaka RS Marathon

Inspire 8 Osaka Marathon 2011

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Osaka Marathon 2013 Wave Rider (My personal favorite)

Mizuno Rider Osaka Marathon 2013

Wave Rider 17 Fuji Marathon

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Fuji Marathon Rainbow Mens


860 Taxi Edition (NYC)


890v4 NYC

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890 v4 nyc 2

890 NYC

890 NYC 1

990v3 NYC

990v3 NYC 1 990v3 NYC 2 990v3 NYC 3


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860v3 NYC Marathon 2012

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890 London

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890 v4 Rome Marathon



826 Chicago 2007 (Only a picture of the insoles could be found online)

Chicago Soles

890 v2 Boston 2012

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890 v3 Boston 2013

2013 NB 890 v 3 Boston 1 2013 NB 890 v 3 Boston 2 2013 NB 890 v 3 Boston 3 2013 NB 890 v 3 Boston 4

990 Paul Revere Edition Boston 2013


Boston 2014 990v3

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890v3 Tokyo

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890v4 Tokyo

890v4 Tokyo 2 890v4 Tokyo


Disney Shoes (Sorry I don’t have the patience to parse through all these and label them, so enjoy the pretty shoes)

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San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon Lunarglide+ 5

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2012 Nike Women’s Marathon Lunarglide+ 4

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2013 Nike Women’s Half Marathon DC Collection 

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Lunarglide+ 4 Chicago Marathon

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Lunarglide+2 Chicago Marathon


Lunarglide+5 Chicago Marathon



Kinvara 2 Canada


Kinvara 4 Paris

Kinvara Paris

Kinvara 4 Boston


Kinvara 4 Kona Ironman

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Kinvara 4 NYC Viziglow

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GOMeb Speed 2 NYC

GoMeb Speed 2 NYC

GORun Ride 3 Houston

Skechers GORun Ride 3 Houston 1 Skechers GORun Ride 3 Houston 2