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 Mizuno Wave Rebellion Multiple Tester Review

By Chief Editor Matt Klein, Contributor Nathan Brown, and Contributor David Salas

The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is a very exciting shoe that Mizuno is bringing to the running market. It falls into the lightweight and versatile performance trainer category and can do a little bit of everything. The shoe premiers a brand new midsole, MIZUNO ENERZY LITE, as well as a glass fiber plate that provides plenty of responsiveness for fast workouts as well as enough cushioning for daily training for some.

Wave Rebellion in hand. Large white enerzy lite midsole. Bright red laces. Light blue Mizuno logo over midfoot.
Wave Rebellion in hand. Large white enerzy lite midsole. Bright red laces. Light blue Mizuno logo over midfoot.

Specifications (per Running Warehouse)
Weight: 7.9 oz / 224 g (men's size 9) 6.3 oz / 178 g (women's size 8)
Measured Weight Men's size 9.5: 8.9 oz
Measured Weight Men's size 10: 9.6 oz
Stack Height: Not Provided
Drop: 8mm
Classification: Performance Trainer / Lightweight Trainer

Rebellion pair on a step side by side.
Rebellion pair on a step side by side.

RUNNING SHOE SUMMARY

Matt: The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is a performance trainer / lightweight trainer that can handle daily training miles to workouts and long races. A new ENERZY LITE foam combined with a glass fiber plate creates a classically firmer Mizuno ride but with more pop from the middle and plate. The upper features a solid rear, with a large heel counter that locks the heel in combined with a snug but slightly stretchy upper at the front. The slightly snugger fit and responsive but firmer sole make this shoe best for those looking for a uptempo lightweight trainer that can handle longer faster runs, workouts and training.

David: The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is a highly versatile performance trainer that I have been able to do everything running in. The shoe is lightweight, protective, and very responsive. I have been able to log daily runs, hard tempo runs, as well as some more runnable trail efforts in. The shoe debuts Mizuno ENERZY LITE which is provides a good balance of cushion and responsiveness. As many other Mizuno models are, this shoe is indeed plated from the rearfoot through the midfoot as well. 

Nathan: The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is the first Mizuno running shoe to break into the US market that takes a crack at higher level performance in a while. Staying true to the brand, the shoe has an overall firmer platform, but is one of those foams that really responds to pace changes. Mizuno is no stranger to using plates, and they continue their expertise in using a new glass fiber plate in the Mizuno Wave Rebellion.


Heel cup of the Rebellion focused on. Slightly padded. Mizuno logo seen inside shoe on insole.

FIT (LENGTH / WIDTH / COMFORT)
*Disclaimer: per Mizuno, sample pairs provided to early testing reviewers may fit a bit shorter than the actual production models. We should be getting a full production pair in for comparison and this review will be updated.

Matt: The Mizuno Wave Rebellion fits me small in my normal men's size 10. I have been told the production pairs will fit differently, but I would encourage people to go up a half size if not. The fit is normal for a performance trainer, fitting slightly snug throughout the length of the shoe. There is a very stiff heel counter at the rearfoot the goes all the way into the midfoot. There is a decent amount of cushioning around the heel counter that offsets this and I have not had any irritation from them. However, those sensitive to stiff heel counters should still approach this shoe cautiously.

The engineered mesh has mild stretch to it, coming from the crosswise pattern to the upper. The laces interact very well with the mesh, pulling the upper as tight or loose as you want. The tongue has a very large top while the rest is thin. I would be cautious tightening the laces down too tight as the tongue is not thick enough to prevent irritation when the laces are tight. I had some slight heel slippage in my right shoe, but was unable to lace lock the shoe as tightening the laces caused too much pressure against my talocrural joint. The slippage stopped eventually, but I have not been able to tie the laces too tight still. There is a toe guard at the end of the shoe that is a bit irritating due to the shorter fit. However, after the warm up the upper breaks in and I don't feel this during running. Due to the small fit, I have used the Wave Rebellion almost exclusively sockless and have not had any issues. For longer runs I have used thin socks, but I have run up to 8 miles with no issues. The upper is mostly seamless (minus some stitching at the midfoot) and breathable, so those with experience running sockless or want a shoe that may do well for triathlon training may want to look at the Wave Rebellion. 

David: The Rebellion fits true to size in my normal 9.5 but does seem to run a little short in length. The width throughout seems to be ok and I would classify as normal through the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. The heel has decent padding and uses a decently rigid heel counter. The material of the upper seems to be a one piece synthetic mesh with minimal overlays. The upper does a good enough job of holding the foot to the platform but could be reworked. Outside of the length issue, the material itself can feel a little bit stretchy when turning or in unstable conditions. The tongue is very wide, but actually did ok for me throughout. The lacing and lockdown of the shoe does pretty well throughout and I do use the last eyelet to help further lockdown since the drop feels a little higher compared to most performance shoes. I think the current upper is still pretty good but the things that stick out to me is the length and the little bit of instability through the midfoot. The upper feels like it could be a little more secure in that region or perhaps utilize a slightly different mesh material. Otherwise the dimensions throughout are pretty solid. 

Nathan: The sample size sent to me has an overall good fit for a performance trainer (minus two things). It's snug in the heel without any slippage, has a nice single layer mesh upper that is thin enough to keep weight down and remain breathable but thick enough to have high durability, and locks down really well in the midfoot. I only had two issues. First was length. It was a definite half size short for me, and my shoes would start to get sore after about 5 miles from hitting the front. As noted above, this might just be a sample pair issues, so we will report back once we get in a full production. Either way, going a half size up wouldn't be a bad idea. It laces down really well, and a half size in width wouldn't ruin the lock down. The other piece for fit was the tongue. I do think what they did was intentional, but it just didn't work for me. The tongue sticks up and out above the top of the "throat" of the shoe. It simply felt awkward and was hard to get set in the correct position when lacing up.

Once running it disappeared, but getting laced up was a bit of a chore every time. The tongue is mighty thing, but I never had issues with the flat, slightly elastic laces causing any discomfort on the top my of foot. The reason I think it may have been intentional is that the branding of "Wave Rebellion" looks really nice when the shoe is laced up. In the end, you get a nice performance fit that, besides the length, stays true to many of the Wave Riders we've seen in the past.

Ribbed pattern outsole seen. Heel has an exposed cutout to see fiber glass plate. Slight fork pattern seen in outsole. Exposed forefoot seen in red.
Ribbed pattern outsole seen. Heel has an exposed cutout to see fiber glass plate. Slight fork pattern seen in outsole. Exposed forefoot seen in red.

PERFORMANCE (RIDE / SPEED)

Matt: The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is a classic lightweight / performance trainer. ENERZY LITE is a firmer Pebax based foam that reminds me of PWRRUN PB. It is firmer when running slowly, but has a high level of responsiveness when combined with the plate at normal to high speeds. There is plenty of protection underfoot with the higher stack, but the midsole responds best when pushed. It does not feel like a racing shoe, but a shoe with enough protection for daily miles and enough responsiveness for workouts. The foam and heel bevel work well together when landing at the rear, propelling you forward as soon as you hit the ground. The glass fiber plate is very snappy and pushes you quickly into the midfoot. The forefoot has a well integrated amount of toe spring, which combined with the forked plate makes for a very snappy toe off.

I have used this shoe for everything from easy days to long workouts. The Wave Rebellion shines during longer steady states and tempo runs as the protection and responsiveness work well together. The shoe is light enough for these workouts, but still has enough to it to be used for training. It isn't aggressive enough that I would use it as a racing shoe, but many people who do not do well with carbon fiber level of stiffness may do well with this shoe for long distance racing like marathons and half marathons.

I have 80 miles on my pair and I have not been able to wear through the lugs yet. The grip is fantastic and holds well on both wet road and trail. This is not a shoe for technical trails, but will provide plenty of traction on well groomed ones. Durability wise, the Mizuno Wave Rebellion is holding up extremely well and still feel almost new at this point. For that reason, I expect the same number of miles out of these as a traditional trainer despite this being a lightweight / performance trainer.

David: The Wave Rebellion was quite the positive surprise. The shoe is very responsive when pushed but forgiving enough to run daily miles in. I already have logged over 60 miles in my pair with everything ranging from daily miles, workouts, and trail runs. ENERZY LITE certainly is a "new generation" midsole that provides a good amount of rebound when pushed. For the material nerds out there it is indeed... Pebax. The ride of the shoe is unique as well. It feels like a traditional high drop trainer that is light and nimble when running slow, but really transitions well when pushed. With a larger impact load through the heel it seems like the transition through the midfoot actually smoothens out more and the drop does not feel quite as high. The traction of the shoe is also pretty versatile as well. I believe in part this may be due to the crash pad design where there is a cutout along the midline of the heel underfoot.

The rubber design looks pretty aggressive but actually does not feel like it. The shoe grips the road or packed dirt really well without firming up the ride too much. The shoe also has a pretty smooth posterior lateral heel bevel as well as decent toe spring in the forefoot. The platform throughout does lean more on the rigid side and depends on the cadence and rolling effect from the shoe and natural transitions. The shoe is lightweight, nimble, and still responsive in most situations. The cushioning is good enough for daily training for me, but some might find it a little bit on the firm end. For me this falls into that "protective firm" category where there is certainly enough cushioning for most efforts but the durometer of the foam is just a little more firm feeling. 

Nathan: The Wave Rebellion is the first performance distance shoe we've seen released from Mizuno in the US for a while. You get your first look at their new compound, Mizuno Enerzy Lite, and an extended glass fiber Wave Plate that brings extra stiffness to the forefoot. Let's start with Enerzy Lite. From appearance, it looks like a beaded and expanded foam (confirmed to be PEBAX per Mizuno) which brings weight down. It also runs on the firm end of the spectrum overall (especially if comparing to the full length Enerzy used in the Rider 25...even though "technically" Enerzy Lite has been said to be "softer"). However, the firmer nature of the foam really changes when you starting putting more into the shoe when the pace picks up.

At slower paces, the shoe runs very firm and transitions rely on the geometry of the shoe. When the pace picks up, the foam really starts to give responsiveness, particularly in the heel. For me, this meant that the Rebellion was an option for more steady daily miles or uptempo work. At recovery paces, I felt that the transition in the mid and forefoot were a little clunky. 

Let's talk about those transitions a bit more. First, heel strike feels fantastic. This was Mizuno's best heel bevel as it was angled and offset laterally really well to avoid any clunkiness. Moving forward you'll notice that the midfoot doesn't have full contact with the ground. When the pace was picked up, the foam and plate seemed to compress enough that the midfoot engaged the ground and it wasn't noticeable and all transitions were rather smooth. However, at slower paces I would feel the non-contact area at the midfoot, which led to more of a "falling" sensation to the forefoot.

Finally, the forefoot of the Rebellion is very stiff (you don't need a carbon plate to make a stiff forefoot). Part of this stiffness is from the plate, but then also there are extensions of the outsole that continue the rigidity to the forefoot. There is also a toe spring that, again, felt smooth at higher paces. At slower paces the transition to the split section of the Wave Plate and the beginning angle of the toe spring felt more abrupt.

When it comes down to it, the Rebellion is a solid tempo trainer and really has the ability to pick up the pace. It has a firmer ride, and the transitions are smooth when effort is put into the run. 

Up close on the Wave Rebellion heel, lateral side. Slight reflective heel seen.

STABILITY

Matt: The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is a neutral shoe with factors that make it stable and one that does not. The midfoot sole is very narrow, which would normally create instability there. However, in classic Mizuno style, the plate wraps up on the medial and lateral sides of the midfoot, creating internal guidance within the sole. The plate is fairly stiff throughout the length of the shoe and creates a high level of torsional rigidity. The lateral bevel at the heel guides the foot in at heel strike and the longer heel counter helps keep things centered for any rearfoot landings. The plate also has a forked design at the forefoot. The longer fork on the medial side increases stiffness there, which at slower speeds creates slight resistance to medial motion for those who may have too much motion in that direction at the forefoot. Overall the heel and forefoot of the Wave Rebellion are quite stable, with a slightly stable midfoot due to the contrast of the plate and the narrow midfoot. The faster you go, the more stable this shoe gets as the plate engages more.

David: The Wave Rebellion has decent stability for a performance trainer./racer. For me the the midsole and outsole are actually integrated really well and do a great job of keeping dynamic stability through the gait cycle. The posterior lateral heel bevel, plate from the rearfoot through the forefoot (splits in forefoot), and a relatively rigid toe spring (with a little flexibility) all combine for a pretty fluid and stable ride throughout. For me the upper could be more secure and help with stability though. It feels that the upper has a little bit of stretch and translation to it when you take harder turns or running in more unstable conditions like grass or trail. 

Nathan: The Wave Rebellion is a neutral performance trainer/racer. As such, it has a more narrow midfoot platform. That, combined with the lack of full contact outsole given the midfoot "arch", does induce some stability issues at slower paces (which relates to some of the transition sensations described above). However, the firmer nature of this shoe and the Wave Plate that spans the entire width of the midfoot really offsets some of that instability and ultimately provides one of the more stable performance trainer/racer options out there, particularly at those tempo and race paces. 

Toebox of the Wave Rebellion. Hand holding the forefoot.

THOUGHTS AS A DPT / FOOTWEAR SCIENCE

Matt: When it comes to footwear design, it is always best to look back at the human foot and emulate its best features. Rockered soles (should) imitate the three rockers of the foot (Heel, ankle and forefoot rockers) as an example. Plates should imitate the many plantar ligaments and muscles that provide stiffness to the foot. The Wave Rebellion uses an interesting plate design with sidewalls in the plate a two pronged/split forefoot design.

The sidewalls coming from the plate are an interesting way to provide guidance in a shoe.and are even visible from the sides of the shoe. This has been done to a lesser degree others, mostly notably in the medial heel of the Xtep 160x 1.0 (REVIEW). Having it occur bilaterally (both on the medial and lateral side) will provide resistance to both directions and guide the foot down the path of least resistance. This is one of the many alternative ways to create stability. However, these need to match both the medial and lateral arches of the foot in height. 



Medial Longitudinal Arch (Above) and Lateral Longitudinal Arch (Below)

Images from Wikipedia


The medial longitudinal arch, made up of the calcaneus, talus, navicular, the cuneiforms and the first metatarsal bones (some would argue also the second and third metatarsal bones as well), is traditionally higher than the lateral longitudinal arch, made up of the calcaneus, cuboid and fifth (and fourth) metatarsal bones, due to bone structure and muscle locations. Each one is stabilized by different muscle and ligaments, with far more on the medial longitudinal arch given that most people tend to utilize this arch for shock absorption. Thus, any plate designs should probably match that height difference accommodate the different structures particularly if the plate sidewalls are pronounced.

The split/pronged forefoot plate design adds an increasing number of shoes using this design. Other models like the Puma Deviate Nitro Elite have a split down the middle of the forefoot, while the Hoka Carbon X 1 and 2 have a pronged plate that has a longer lateral prong than medial to help the runner drive off the big toe. The Skechers plates (Speed Elite and Speed Freak) both use H-plates with prongs in the front. The Wave Rebellion has two small/thin prongs at the medial and lateral forefoot, with the medial side being longer. This will create increased stiffness at the medial side, which may serve to slightly guide the runner laterally.

The smaller prong size is less likely to have an impact on biasing the runner a certain direction, but the Rebellion certainly does have a stable forefoot design for me. Increasing stiffness, particularly on the medial side, is important during the toe off phase of gait. Normally this is attributed to larger extrinsic muscles in the ankle, including the posterior tibialis, gastrocsoleus and many of the toe flexors (which also contribute to plantar flexion). The intrinsic foot muscles, particularly the ones that attach to the big toe are often forgotten. There are many of these in the foot, but the one that sticks out based on the medial plate design is the flexor hallucis breves.


Flexor Hallucis Brevis (red)
Image from Physio-pedia.com

This is an interesting little muscle as it sits deep in the foot, inserts on the big toe (on the sides of the proximal bone or phalanx of the big toe). It originates from the tibialis posterior tendon, the cuneiform bones and the cuboid bone (it has separate medial and lateral attachments). This is considered an intrinsic muscle of the foot as its origin and insertion stay within the foot. The action is the flex the big toe (along with the extrinsic flexor hallucis longus that attaches at the distal far end of the big toe and fully curls it) and stabilized the front part of the medial longitudinal arch. During toe off, it functions to eccentrically control great toe extension, helping to stiffen the medial longitudinal arch to create a stable foot to push off from. This muscle works together with many others, including the abductor hallucis, flexor digitorum brevis and more to perform this function, which is why, among many other reasons, have strong intrinsic foot muscles are important. These are a common source "plantar fascia" like symptoms (often misdiagnosed) and like every other muscle or muscle group, needs to be taken care of!

Tongue of the shoe up close. Wave Rebellion seen written in all caps on tongue. Tongue is being raised up out of shoe here.
Tongue of the shoe up close. Wave Rebellion seen written in all caps on tongue. Tongue is being raised up out of shoe here.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Matt: The Wave Rebellion is a great shoe, but the fit is where I have major recommendations. Hopefully the sizing issue will be fixed in the production model, because the half size small has made this shoe challenging for my toes. The only other issue I have is the tongue. It is far bigger than necessary and tends to be a point of irritation when I try to lock the heel in with a lace lock. I'd suggest making this smaller, especially at the top and adding a bit more cushioning to prevent it from cutting into the foot.

My suggestions on the sole is to make it full ground contact and widen the midfoot. The midfoot is quite narrow, although instability is offset by the stiffness of the plate. I don't understand why the midfoot seems to curve off the ground. This may be to follow the plate, but creates an interruption to any type of rocker. I'd suggest filling that in and adding a more gradual toe spring and increasing the heel bevel IF Mizuno wants to create more of a full length rocker. 

David: The Wave Rebellion is a very solid performance trainer to debut from Mizuno. I think the upper could be reworked to feel a little bit more stable and reinforced throughout to make the ride a little more confident on foot. Perhaps changing the material or even adding some light overlays. I actually really like the midsole and outsole as they are. 

Nathan: The Wave Rebellion is a great step into the performance category for Mizuno USA. There are a few tweaks that I think could push it forward. First, unless the final production fixes this, the should should have a little extra length as this model is just a half size short. The other fit issue was the tongue. I'd thicken it just slightly and get rid of the "bubble" effect at the top. In terms of the midsole, I think going to a full contact outsole would smooth out transitions and make this truly one of the most versatile trainer/racers out there. Finally, I think softening the midsole just a bit, particularly in the forefoot, would make it feel more "protective" over longer runs.

Stylized pair of Wave Rebellion. Left shoe is stacked diagonally upwards on top of the other shoes forefoot
Stylized pair of Mizuno Wave Rebellion. Left shoe is stacked diagonally upwards on top of the other shoes forefoot

WHO THIS SHOE IS FOR (Conclusion)

Matt: The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is a new age lightweight / performance trainer. The midsole that is slightly firmer for faster workouts but protective enough for training miles. The glass fiber plate creates stability and snappiness throughout the length of the shoe. The upper, while fitting short, fits classically snug for a performance trainer. It even it smooth enough for sockless wear. Featuring a surprisingly durable outsole that will handle tons of training and workout miles, the Mizuno Wave Rebellion will excel as a lightweight trainer for many and potential as a longer distance racer for those who prefer a more versatile ride. 

David: The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is a highly versatile performance trainer for someone looking for a shoe they can do a little bit of everything with. The midsole is a little more firmer riding but highly responsive and provides enough cushioning for daily training. The outsole provides excellent traction on a decent variety of footings and terrain. This is one of my favorite shoes of the year so far and one I keep looking to reach for. 

Nathan: The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is a versatile, durable, and firmer performance trainer/racer for a runner looking for a shoe that can handle a bulk of their training and also show up on race day. The overall more stable platform at faster paces make it approachable for people with many mechanics types, and the well constructed heel bevel and compressive foam in the heel make it feel like a 6-8mm drop shoe. This means for those who have been scared away from Mizuno by the 12mm drop now have an option to try. 


Wave Rebellion stacked on outsoles of each other. You can see exposed midfoot and minor bevel. Shoe moderately rockered.

GRADING (SHOE CATEGORY)

Matt
Fit: B- (Comfortable upper that works well for sockless running, but short fit and thin tongue design make comfort and optimal lock down difficult)
Performance: A-
(Excellent ride that works for both daily trainer and workouts. Slightly better at uptempo paces due to narrow midfoot)
Stability: B+ (Good stability through most of shoe. Midfoot narrow, but offset by plate design)
DPT/Footwear Science: B+ (Plate design with sidewalls is interesting way to create guidance. However, elevated and narrow midfoot takes away from full ground contact and potential for optimal rocker design)
Personal: B+ (My favorite type of shoe: Lightweight trainers. Versatile for training and workouts without being too aggressive. The short fit though prevents me from giving this shoe full points though.)
Overall: B+ (A great lightweight/performance trainer with a good midsole, but some slight adjustments needed on the upper)

David
Fit: B- (The width and dimensions throughout are pretty good, but the length is a tad short and the material and security of the upper could be improved)
Performance: A-
 (The upper seems to effect the performance a little bit when pushing in varying terrains but otherwise the shoe performs great at a large variety of paces)
Stability: B+ (A neutral performance shoe, good stability from plate, traction, and lower riding feel, instability from upper)
DPT/Footwear Science: A (Midsole and outsole integration are done really well with this. It is like a traditional shoe meets performance rocker)
Personal:  A (I keep reaching for it. Lightweight and protective enough for daily mileage and responsive enough for workouts)
Overall: B+/A- (I think this certainly is a viable option in the performance category that can compete with the likes of the Mach 4, Kinvara, or Boston)

Nathan

Fit: B- (Lock down and upper felt great, but the tongue was off and this model was a true 1/2 size short)
Performance: B+/A-
 (A lot of energy return sensation when picking the pace up and is smooth, a little choppy in the midfoot at slower paces)
Stability: B+ (More narrow midfoot and lacking full contact lower stability a bit, but still stable with the firmer foam and full-width Wave Plate)
DPT/Footwear Science: B+ (High marks for the plate integration with the rocker and the heel bevel, but the lack of full contact messes a bit with how smooth transitions could be and stability in the midfoot)
Personal: B+
 (Wonderful for my preference towards firmer shoes, but just a bit too firm in the forefoot)
Overall: B+ 

VIDEO REVIEW of the MIZUNO WAVE REBELLION



Our team did a full podcast episode on the Wave Rebellion, elaborating on our experiences in the new performance trainer. Watch here, or listen via podcast here.

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WRITER PROFILES:


Matthew Klein, PT DPT OCS FAAOMPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Dr. Matthew Klein is a 150 lb male with notable PRs of 14:45 for 5k and 2:32:44 for the full marathon.  He typically runs 70-100 miles per week and trains at a variety of paces from 8min per mile recovery runs to 4:40 per mile 1k repeats.  He prefers firmer and responsive shoes with snug heels and medium to wide toe boxes.  The stability guy of the group, he also prefers a little stability in his footwear. However, as a researcher, clinician and running shoe aficionado, he will run in anything.

David Salas PT DPT CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Dr. David Salas is a 135 lb male with notable PRs ranging from 3:54 in the 1500m to 1:08:36 for half marathon. He typically runs 60 to 70 miles per week and trains from about 7:30 recovery runs to fast shorter efforts at 4:30 pace. He normally prefers neutral shoes with a firmer ride, but is completely open to other types of shoes.  He is a footwear enthusiast at heart and will always appreciate a high quality shoe when it comes around. For updates on training or testing,

Nathan Brown PT DPT MS
Doctor of Physical Therapy 
Masters in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science
Movement Performance Institute Certified in Advanced Functional Biomechanics 

Dr. Brown is a 155 lb male with notable PRs of 18:18 5K, 39:25 10K, 1:29:01 half marathon, and 3:54 marathon. He typically runs between 20-40 miles per week at a variety of paces from 7:30-8:30 min/mile for recovery runs to 6-6:45 min/mile for tempo runs. He typically prefers shoes that provide some cushioning underfoot but still maintain a more firm and responsive feel. Current goals for 2020 are to break the 1.5 hour half marathon and 3:30 marathon.

***Disclaimer: These shoes were provided free of charge in exchange for a review.  We thank the  people at Mizuno Running for sending us a pair.  This in no way affected the honesty of this review. We systematically put each type of shoe through certain runs prior to review. For trainers and performance trainers, we take them on daily runs, workouts, recovery runs and a long run prior to review (often accumulating anywhere from 20-50 miles in the process). For racing flats we ensure that we have completed intervals, a tempo or steady state run run as well as a warm up and cool down in each pair prior to review. This systematic process is to ensure that we have experience with each shoe in a large variety of conditions to provide expansive and thorough reviews for the public and for companies. Our views are based on our extensive history in the footwear industry and years testing and developing footwear. If you are a footwear rep looking for footwear reviews or consultations on development, we are currently looking to partner with companies to assist, discuss and promote footwear models. Partnership will not affect the honesty of our reviews.

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