A Review of Mizuno Wave Alchemy 7 Running Shoes
In general I found the shoes extraordinary, holding up much better than many of my friend's running shoes and lasting much longer
As a college student I naturally became interested in joining the Army, so I enrolled in my colleges Senior Army ROTC program. I started a much stricter regimen of running and found that my particularly stocky build would almost crush my ankles in regular sports shoes. Of course there are plenty of people in the Army with lots of experience in this area, and my instructor told me about the Mizuno brand of running shoes, and that larger runners like me were called "Clydesdale runners." So finding a shoe for a Clydesdale runner was important. She recommended me to a local running store in Tampa that would analyze how I ran and what my feet were like and offer me a shoe.
So I went to the store without telling the worker there that I was interested in Mizuno shoes, and after he analyzed how I ran and checked my feet he recommended a choice between the Mizuno Wave Alchemy 7 and another brand for heavy runners. I tried both pairs and decided on the Mizuno's since they felt much more supportive of my feet when I ran, and fit my feet like a glove.
The Mizuno Wave Alchemy 7's are made for the heavy runner and severe over pronator, and provide superior support for the foot and ankle. The shoes have air flow technology all over them, making the overall experience on your feet very comfortable. The shoes are sturdy, yet light, thanks to lightweight material constructing most of the sole and the thin air flow material that makes up the rest of the shoe.
The only vice I have with the shoe is the pain I often get when standing still or doing basic exercises where I'm moving slowly such as bodyweight squats. I'm not sure if it's a side effect of all the support designed to keep my ankles and feet in line, but it's still a very unpleasant experience. The best way to avoid it is to just take them off when you're not running and doing the exercises barefoot.
In general I found the shoes extraordinary, holding up much better than many of my friend's running shoes and lasting much longer. I never had any ankle pain while running with them, or any foot pain. Once my pair has run their course I plan to buy a new pair, and I recommend these shoes to any heavy or flat footed runner who wants reprieve from foot and ankle pain.