For the past couple of months, I’ve been running in a pair of Nike Air Pegasuses. Pegasusi? Anyway, I got them at the local running shoe store, but I felt like they weren’t the right shoe for me. When I first wore them, I got blisters. That went away, but I just never felt that they offered the right type of support or something.
So when Mizuno offered to send me some shoes to try out, I was all about it. Atlanta friends, did you know that Mizuno is headquartered in Norcross? I had no idea and I work in Norcross.
What’s cool about their site is that you can take a quick fit test and it’ll tell you which shoe is right for you. There are like five questions, including one about how far you can bend your finger. Apparently if you can bend it far back (which I can), it means it’s hyper-mobile which can cause pronation or ankle issues if your calves aren’t well developed. Fortunately, though I have bendy fingers, I have pretty strong calves.
The fit test recommended the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s. Unfortunately, they were on back order until July, so they sent me a pair of Mizuno Wave Elixer 8s in the meantime. Two pairs of shoes?! Mizuno is awesome.
The Elixers came a couple of days ago.
I was sort of surprised when I opened up the box to see that they were bright neon!
I’m digging this neon trend going on. They matched my shirt. It’s much more of a neon green than it looks in this picture.
From what I’ve read about them, the Elixers are basically the closest you can get to a minimalist shoe without actually being a minimalist shoe. Now, I want to preface this by saying that I’ve never tried a true minimalist shoe before, so I have no idea how these compare. That said, I could definitely tell that there wasn’t as much cushioning as my typical shoes (the ill-fitting Nikes or others that have fit better.) They offered good support and they weren’t too wide (which is sometimes an issue for me), but I wasn’t quite sure about the feel when my foot struck the ground…errr treadmill. I kind of missed the cushioning and the balls of my feet sort of hurt, you know, as if I was running without shoes.
It’ll be interesting to see if I grow to like the way these feel or if I decide that a semi-minimalist shoe is not for me. It could go either way.
Have you ever tried a minimalist or close to minimalist shoe?
Disclaimer: Mizuno provided me these shoes free of charge. All opinions are my own.