2.5 stars out of 5
I’ve always run in Mizunos, and I probably always will. But this particular Wave Rider generation just isn’t doing it for me.
I’ll start with the positives. I think it’s a gorgeous shoe. I love the color combos. It definitely represents Mizuno’s line of neutral shoes really well. The strike support is perfect, and gives just enough support where neutral runners need it. The mesh is sturdy, yet breathable and makes up most of the upper of the shoe. It’s super lightweight and comfortably cushy. It’s comfortable to walk in, as well as run in. The heel feels a little bit deep and far back to me when I walk in them, but it doesn’t bother me while running. So far, all-in-all a solid running shoe.
There’s just one thing about the toe area that I can’t get over, and that I see potentially keeping me from holding on to these long-term. There is a tiny plastic strip that they used to connect the laces are with the toe area of the shoe. And every time I put the shoes on, it’s extremely noticeable and painful on my toes. I’m not sure if it’s just because they used a plastic that doesn’t give with the design or my feet are too wide for these shoes. But you can definitely see here where the shoe has broken in, and it’s a significant crease in the upper where the plastic meets the mesh.
I’ve run probably close to 25 miles in them and it just hasn’t gone away. In fact, now whenever I put them on if even to just walk around the house, my toe joints feel sore immediately in those areas. I haven’t had this issue with any other Mizuno shoes of mine, but I think that’s because they all use a cloth or nylon as the binding material for those areas of the shoes.
I honestly think it’s just a flawed design, and potentially something that they addressed with the Wave Rider 18, which looks to have a different material in that area.
Perhaps if you’re someone with a wider foot, I’d highly suggest trying this particular generation of Wave Riders on in the store and jogging around before purchasing them.
Hopefully this review helps you make a decision about buying the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 running shoes!