When I first started running consistently again 7 years ago I didn’t know the importance of choosing a good running shoe. I wasn’t fitted at a specialty running store and didn’t do any kind of research. I was familiar with one brand, Nike. I remember clearly marching into the ginormous Nike store at the Santa Monica Promenade (I was living in LA at the time) and buying the coolest, most expensive looking purple shoes from some young, hip college student who probably had no idea how to fit me for a proper shoe.
After my first half marathon later that year and many blisters and lost toenails later, I realized maybe Nike wasn’t for me. Since then I’ve tried several different brands and types of running shoe and even went back to Nike at one point. All the options can be overwhelming and I’m still no expert on running shoes, but I do know now what does and doesn’t work for me. I’m a neutral pronator, so a neutral shoe works best for me.
For the last 6 months I’ve been running in the Hoka One One Clifton 3. Partly because they are a Team Betty sponsor, but mostly because they are super comfortable and keep my feet happy. It would take a pretty special shoe to get me to switch at this point, but I may have found a close contender in Mizuno’s new Wave Sky.
I recently had the chance to test out the Mizuno Wave Sky through my partnership with Fit Fluential and must say I’m super impressed. I wasn’t expecting to like them as much as I do. I was surprised by how comfortable and soft they are. I usually get blisters when breaking in a new shoe, but not in these. In fact, they didn’t really require any breaking in at all.
I was so impressed I wore them at Nite Moves, a weekly 5k race, last week and they were super responsive. Felt like I was flying on clouds! Although I’m not ready to give up my Hoka’s for long runs, I do plan to keep the Wave Sky in the rotation, specifically for tempo runs, track workouts and shorter distance races. It might be a mental thing, but they feel better designed for speed since they aren’t as bulky.
The Wave Sky is available from retailers nationwide.
This is a sponsored post written by me for Mizuno. As always, all opinions and text are my own.