My first impressions of the new Mizuno Wave Sonic slow jogging shoes
December 28, 2017
OK, the new Mizuno Wave Sonic running shoes are made as racing flats and not as slow jogging shoes. But as slow jogging shoes I intend to use them. And also as erging shoes and as kettlebell swinging shoes and even as gym shoes and for 9Round kick boxing. Before now, the closest things I have owned were a very flashy pair of Mizuno Wave Musha 4 racing flats in shiny gold. These are much more demure.
My new pair of Mizuno Wave Sonic racing flats that I plan to use for my new Slow Jogging passion. Slow, forefoot and midfoot-running. I’ve always done this. It’s natural for me.
The Mizuno Wave Sonic was not made for any of these things. The new Mizuno Wave Sonic was made as a replacement for their popular Ekiden and Hitogami racing flats.
The upper is really beautiful made with socklike Nike-like knitting. The shoe is pretty low drop and low cushion but it’s not no drop but it only has a 4mm drop so it should work pretty well with what Hiroaki Tanaka, Ph.D., recommends.
One of the things I like the most is the all-rubber outer sole that looks and feels very durable since I feel like part of my slow jogging will be very shuffly. Lots of shuffling shuffles. Until I get better height.
They’re 9.5 ounces in my men’s size 13 (the official weight is 7.7 ounces in men’s size 9). While I don’t need such a very light shoe as I am a big man, this is something that people like to know. Lots of Mizuno shoes are highly structured with plastic pieces and superstructures and infrastructures. Their Mizuno Wave Prophesy actually has a literally wave-shaped plastic sort of spring in the sole–very different from the Sonic.
This Mizuno Wave Sonic has only 23.3 millimeters of heel cushion and 16.8 millimeters of forefoot cushion.
I don’t know what midfoot U4icX Wave construction is but I generally think stuff like that is bullshit. Mizuno describes U4icX foam to deliver a cushioned ride with higher rebound for a comfortable energized ride.
All I know is that this shoe is a lot less structured than all the other Mizuno shoes I’ve worn except for my beloved Mizuno Wave Musha 4s–I wore them at the gym and during personal training.
The outsole of the shoe contains the Mizuno X10 carbon rubber and is the star of this shoe. The Mizuno Wave Sonic is much more durable then most racing flats and that durability promotes using the shoe for more workouts then a typical racing shoe.
My Slow Jogging, Erging, & Kettlebell Shoe
It seems to me that this is the sort of shoe I can wear all day long, from my treadmill desk, allowing me to make my feet strong, to my Concept2 rowing ergometer where I can just strap these low 4mm drop shoes into the footplates and strap in, and then I can just get up and swing, deadlift, clean, press, and squat my kettlebells! And when I got to the gym, this the Mizuno Wave Sonics will give a lot of support for deadlifts and when I get to 9Round I will feel pretty good doing foot work.
And then, of course, outside so that I can get a very long, super-slow, slow jog.