During December’s Tread Talks, we wanted to get a different perspective on one of our newest neutral running shoes. Read below as @marathoner_dale shares her thoughts on the new WAVEKNIT® R2.
Post marathon time for me means less mileage and time to reset. I take a look at what worked and what new things I want to try. Usually, trying new shoes is something I’m most excited about.
What I’m running in right now: the new Mizuno WAVEKNIT® R2.
Mizunos are new to me. It’s my first time running in the brand, but I’m excited to share what I think of this pair.
Here’s what they look like:
Cute, right? I was really happy when I opened the box. I haven’t had a black pair of running shoes in a long time and I love how easily they match with everything. They’re knit, so they’re breathable. I slipped them on and noticed how comfortable they were immediately.
In addition to running, I’ve been walking in these guys a lot lately too. I wear running clothes a lot of the time, so I’m happy these shoes go well with my outfits and offer my feet the support they need. No shame in my walk to work running shoe game. I always told my Dad I’d never become that woman but, here I am. Comfort over everything most days. And then if I want to run home? I’m ready! I’ve been doing that more and more lately and I like being ready to go at any time.
So let’s talk motion. Mizuno is focusing on “Fit In Motion” with these. Meaning they know your foot changes shape when pounding the pavement and they want these shoes to be comfortable at all times. The shoes almost feel like socks because of how easily they slide on and how snug they are on my feet. There’s plenty of support but, they’re also light and responsive. When my feet swell a bit after some miles, the shoe responds. They don’t feel too tight or restrictive.
I like trying new things but, they don’t always work out. This new pair of shoes was a nice surprise. I’ve got a lot of miles to put in on these and I’m excited for where they’ll take me.
Dale Marie Erdmier, Marathon Runner
Dale Marie is a 9-time full marathoner and 26-time half marathoner residing in Chicago, IL. She is always looking for a new story to share and a new place to run. Dale’s adventures are fueled by lots of coffee!
Published: December 2018