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Neutral running shoe featuring breathable-mesh upper with lace-up closure
Textile lining and removable textile-lined cushioned footbed
As Mizuno's flagship shoe, the Wave Rider 17 is built for a neutral runner and offers just enough support and cushion for high-mileage training.
9 B(M) US
Purple Plumeria/White/Shocking Pink
Wave Rider 17-U
9 B(M) US
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a racewalker who has been having the hardest time finding shoes that are the right combination of super flexible and lightweight, but still supportive. I developed tendonitis in my left ankle and was having issues with the nerve on top of my left foot while walking in the Nike Frees. Since returning those and giving my ankle a break, I have tried and returned 6 pairs of shoes ( Mizuno Sayonara, Brooks Ravenna , Saucony A6, New Balance WX711 & WW665, & a size 6.5 in the Wave Rider), in addition to trying on 7 or 8 others, in just the past 40 days. When I put three on at the track tonight, it was apparent...I think angels even sang...these were the ones! The didn't allow me to roll out on my left foot or kill my arches or my left ankle or feel like I was wearing marshmallows or had marshmallows strapped on the back of my heels or was walking on cement or my heel was slipping or they were too tight. Seriously, I've felt like Goldilocks lately, but I had yet to get to 'just right!'...
As an avid runner and Mizuno user for years, I am disappointed personally in the new model. I have owned and "out-mileaged" 4 pair of Wave Riders including the 14, 15 and am now my third pair of 16's. There are so many new features in the 17 it feels like a totally different shoe. Some reviewers I read noted it being a soft shoe, I found the opposite actually, and where the previous models felt like they were hugging my foot and cushioned all around, I felt as if the shoe was flat and the only cushion was limited and directly under my foot. I didn't feel the stability of the 16 (though it is a neutral stability - I feel my foot is supported well in the previous models). In the 17 my foot actually felt "lost" in the shoe and gave more of the feeling of running on a hard, flat surface - no bounce, no spring and no support. There is less cloth on the upper and the shoe just didn't feel stable on my foot. There is less padding around the ankle - which many say is an...
I usually only have one "gym" shoe at a time but I bought a pair of these and they are the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn -- no exaggeration. They fit perfectly, have great arch support and are very light. Since mfg usually do not keep making the same shoe, I bought a second pair and this is my third to use sparingly so I am sure to have them a long time.
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