Mizuno Wave Sky 8 Review

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The Wave Sky series has been one of Mizuno’s most popular series and have been a personal favourite when it comes to cushioned daily trainers. In this Mizuno Wave Sky 8 review I will go over my own experience with this model and talk about what I thought and how it compares to its well known predecessors.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £165

Weight: 307g

Stack height: 41mm

Usage: Daily training

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Stable

Cons

  • Not particularly light
  • Upper Breathability: 10/10
  • Energy return: 7/10
  • Durability: 8/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 8/10
  • Style: 10/10
  • Versitility: 7/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Fit: 8/10
  • Overall Rating: 71/100

Mizuno Wave Sky 8 First Impressions

My first thought when putting these shoes on was that they were very comfortable and plush which wasn’t a surprise at all. My first run was a mid tempo 10km run and these shoes performed very well. There was a high level of energy return which made it very easy to pick up the pace.

There was also a high level of padding and cushioning which made me feel as if I could wear these shoes all day and still feel fresh. The midsole also provided excellent shock absorption which helps prevent sore feet during long runs and also protects the feet from repetitive stress injuries.

This shoe definetly provides a smooth and comfortable running experience for runners at all levels.

Why Should You Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a versatile daily trainer that is highly cushioned then this is a great choice for you. This trainer not only offers maximum cushioning but also provides high levels of speed assistance, shock absorption and stability.

Why Should You Not Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a lightweight racing shoe then I would recommend having a look at either the Vaporfly 3 or the AlphaFly 3.

Upper of the shoe

The upper of this model is made up of an AeroHug mesh upper which offers a secure fit with maximum breathability. Even when I wore this show with thick socks, my feet could still feel all the airflow.

This model fit very tight so I would recommend going a half size up for runners that have wider feet or who don’t like very tight fits. I went a half size up and thought that the shoe fit perfectly and felt like a glove. It honestly felt as if the shoe disapeared when you started running.

Foam of the shoe

This shoe contains Mizuno energy which is Mizuno’s signature foam. This advanced midsole foam offers improved shock absorption and energy return. There is also XPOP foam in this shoe which will add some extra softness and an elastic landing platform. Although this is a daily trainer you really feel a bounce when running along which allows for fast pace runs. These shoes can also be used for long distances due to how cushioned and comfortable they are. I could wear these shoes all day and still feel fresh.

Sole of the shoe

The sole of the shoe was very durable. I ran 50+ miles in these shoes and they showed no signs of wear and tear at the end. So if you are looking for shoes that will last you a long time then this model is a safe bet.

I also found that the traction these shoes offered was very good. I tested this model in both wet and dry conditions and it proved it could handle both with ease.

Conclusion to this Mizuno Wave Sky 8 Review

Overall, I would highly recommend these shoes and can confidentely say there are no better daily trainers on the market. If you are looking for racing shoes however then I would have a look at the Vaporfly 3 or the AlphaFly 3. These shoes also do not work well if you are looking for recovery or slow tempo runs. If you are looking for shoes that are built for that then I would recommend either the Saucony Triumph 21 or the Asics Gel Cumulus 26.

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