All my shoes are the same brand: Mizuno. I have only ever bought one pair of non-Mizuno running shoes. I bought a pair of Saucony once and I didn’t like them. I ended up getting hip pain from wearing them. I know plenty of people that wear them without issue, they just didn’t work for me. So, I stick with Mizuno. Mizuno works the best for me. And they have a huge range of different shoes. My first pair of Mizunos was the Alchemy 12’s.
When those wore out, I went to buy another pair just to find out that they had been discontinued. So I went back to be refitted for a different pair of shoes. This is when I ended up with the Sauconys. After the Sauconys, I wanted to go back to Mizuno, so went in for another refitting and ended up taking home a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 9’s in pink.
I wanted to get a second pair of shoes so I could start doing shoe rotations and not be wearing the same shoe every single time I was running. So I tried out the Mizuno Wave Paradox, which was a brand new release by Mizuno at the time. I really liked the design on the shoe and they felt good when I ran in them.
I really liked the Inspires, so when it was time to get a second pair of shoes to do my longer runs in, I went with the next generation and got the Inspire 10’s in blue. I had wanted them in red, but the store only had blue and slate grey. Grey is so boring. Haha.
In November, I stumbled upon Finishline.com and they were having a massive end of season clearance. I ordered a pair of the Mizuno Wave Creation 15’s. Now, the Creation shoes are a little different from the Inspires. The Inspires are what are called stability shoes, which means they give extra arch support. The Creations are what are called neutral shoes, and the majority of runners actually use neutrals. They don’t provide any extra support, just a regular insole, basically. Since I missed out on getting the Inspire 10’s in red, I got these shoes in red. And they’re actually like a red and white marbled look and a friend said they look like bacon. Haha. I like them and will wear them for mid-range distance runs.
I then again hit up Finishline.com’s clearance sale and scored a pair of Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3’s. The Prophecys are also neutral shoes, but they have a sole that is more shock absorbing than the Creation. They feel like I’m running on pillows without being over-soft. They feel kind of like my feet are being massaged while I’m running. I really like these shoes and do plan to buy another pair of Prophecys when these ones wear out.
My most recent pair of Mizunos is the Inspire 11’s. These are by far my favorite. I have worn them in 2 marathons, 2 half marathons, and a couple 10Ks. They help my feet not feel tired and they have just the right amount of support. I plan to buy a second pair of these before they retire them and move to the 12th generation.
What are your favorite shoes? Why?