Call me crazy, but I think most people like to feel a smooth heel-to-toe transition in their shoes. No one looks for a shoe with a clunky ride, and people mostly prefer something that gets them to the next step efficiently. The new Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has moved toward this direction in its latest update. A few key features have been adjusted slightly to give you a better feeling step.
1. Cushion. Mizuno continues with their U4ic (pronounced euphoric) foam, as well as a softer U4icX foam, to give you a differing sensation of cushion underneath your foot in different areas. The midsole also contains their trademark Wave Plate for support, featuring a more supportive Cloudwave technology. The newer engineered shape of the plastic plate offers more support for your foot.
2. Upper. Mizunos tend to run a bit snug in the midfoot. The upper has been adjusted slightly to give you some breathing room. The toe box offers a slightly more rounded shape to let your toes flex a little more naturally.
3. Outsole. As is typical, Mizuno also adjusts the patterning on the bottom of the shoe to help your foot move as well. There are a few tiny differences between materials and shapes used for traction, but these are calculated adjustments which help the extend the lifespan of the shoe.
The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 should motivate, excite, and well...inspire you to get out the door and get the miles in. It has a 12mm heel-to-toe offset and weighs in at 10.3 oz for a men's size 9 and 8.7 oz for a women's size 8. Check out the latest and greatest from CRC's very first brand!
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Evan Schwartz spends his time running the roads of central Ohio and managing the Short North CRC. When he isn't brainstorming the "next great thing," he is geeking out over all things running shoes.