Flexible Mizunos

The Shoe

Mizuno Wave Rider 14.

The Official Description

Mizuno describes the Wave Rider 14 as a cushioned, flexible shoe that prevents foot fatigue. In fact, they use the word “flex” a lot. The shoe boasts “high-tech flex grooves” and innovative “flex eyelets.”  As for the “wave design,” Mizuno claims that it “gives you a springier step while transferring more energy into sheer velocity.” Now who wouldn’t like that?

Who wears it

Neil Saulnier, a 51-year-old carpenter, favours these. The resident of Lower Sackville, N.S., has run for five years and most recently completed the Bermuda Race Weekend, also known as the Bermuda Triangle. The weekend consists of three races over three days: a one-mile, a 10-km and a half-marathon.

Why he likes them

Saulnier says he’s had “good luck” with the Mizunos and describes them as light, almost a minimal shoe. More importantly, wearing them, he experiences no foot pain. Saulnier says he first began running in Mizuno Wave Riders, flirted with some other models, but ultimately returned to them. As much as he loves them, they’re wearing out and, inevitably, will be replaced – with a pair of Wave Riders 15, the newest model. I guess you could say that’s an instance of bringing back flexy.

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About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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