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Welcome again to Matt Duncan, Mizuno shoe guru. This week, Matt shares what’s so good about the new Wave Rider, a neutral shoe for the neutral runner.

The Wave Rider 16 is great for the neutral runner.

The Wave Rider 16 is great for the neutral runner.

Mizuno has produced the new Wave Rider 16! Weighing in at an astonishing 9.9 ounces, your first thought would be that this shoe is a light weight trainer. You would be wrong! Although it is one of the lightest shoes in its class as an everyday trainer, it does not sacrifice durability or comfort. With a foam midsole that is designed to last 600+ miles and Mizuno’s patented wave plate (yes, you can actually see the patent number on the bottom of the shoe), you can expect your runs to feel fast and the stress on your joints to be less noticeable.  

So, you may be asking yourself, how can a shoe like this last so long, be so light and still be so protective? The answer is that Mizuno has developed their own proprietary foam for longevity and they are using a beautiful light, extremely strong, recycled upper mesh to cover your pretty feet. The result is a shoe that is lighter, longer lasting and better for your body to run in. Give them  a try!

On a side note, I have a pair of Wave Riders. As someone who needs stability, I don’t run in them, but I will say this: they are very comfortable and well worth the buy.

Until next time, shoe lovers!

Companies are always coming up with something new; that’s how they show they are improving their product, and, let’s face it, it’s how they get you coming back for more. This week, a guest writer has put together an article about the Wave Inspire 9. Matt Duncan reveals what’s so special about this new release and why you should buy it (if you need a stability running shoe that is).

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The Inspire 9 is a great shoe for the pronator.

It’s the New Wave Inspire 9! You heard me right! Mizuno has done it again! By maintaining the legendary mid-sole that is all things light, supportive and long lasting (lasting around 600 miles) Mizuno has produced a new version of the Inspire that is nearly a full ounce lighter than last year’s model.  The shoe still retains all the awesome legendary qualities that make it an excellent choice for any runner who may need a shoe designed for moderate over pronation.  But how did they do it?

The new model received a complete tune up on the upper, receiving a new lighter weight recycled mesh and redefined toe box that will better accommodate both a foot that may have bunions or sore metatarsals. It also has retained the same mid-sole for long life on the roads, and the same carbon infused rubber on the out-sole that will make sure you get tons of amazing miles out of these shoes. The really cool part is that Mizuno has kept the price the same as last year and with the weight as low as it is, it will be a go to choice for any runner of any level!

Thanks, Matt, for the update. Until next time shoe lovers!

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These are my husband’s favorite!

It’s the first time I’ve ever heard him say it. MY husband ACTUALLY said that he has a favorite among all my pairs of shoes. He ACTUALLY admitted that there’s a pair of shoes he likes. All I can say is, he better be careful because I’m the kind of girl that will go out and buy several more pairs of the same style.

This pair is none other than my chunky brown ankle boots that I would classify as motorcycle style. They are a bit narrow in the front, are NOT logical for walking around in, and are probably one of my favorites as well.

They have a suede texture to them, have buckles at the top, and lace up the front. Such a classic look. And they go with almost everything, even darker colors that I would traditionally pair black shoes with. I think it’s because of the bad-girl style that they remotely imitate.

And that’s the best part: it’s not like they’re unprofessional. In fact, I wear them to work often. And out. And to dinner. I wore them shopping once, but that was dumb. No matter what the occasion, it seems that these shoes are a reason to be thankful that I have an addiction. What shoes are you thankful for?

Until next time, shoe lovers!

I was thinking back on my days of shoe selling this weekend and reminiscing on all of the knowledge that I used to impart on customers. It reminded me on how important it is to wear the right running shoe for your foot, so I thought a good review on how to properly fit a shoe might be in order.

You obviously won’t be fitting your own running shoes since you can’t get a good look at your feet without totally distorting every angle, but there are things to

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The Saucony ProGrid Guide has a gray color on the outer sole, a clear indication of a stability shoe.

keep in mind. First, how do you (or how does the person you’re fitting) stand? Do their ankles turn in towards each other? Are the arches flat or mostly flat? When squatting, do the knees knock together, not going straight down? This is a pronator, and pronators need stability. Stability shoes are traditionally marked with a stiff, gray-colored foam on the inside outer sole.

If the ankles do not roll in but instead stand in a straight line, this is a neutral stance. When squatting, the legs go in a straight vertical line down and up. The arch has a modest curve upwards. Neutral runners do not need correction. By far and large, they have the widest variety of shoes to pick from.

Lastly, there are the people with such high arches, you could drive a car under them. These are the supenators or under pronators. Their ankles face AWAY from each other. This type of stance requires a high- cushioning shoe, something that is built up around the outside part of the outer sole.

Of course there are many things to consider. Don’t do this if you don’t know what you’re doing; see a professional. And if your feet hurt when running? Definitely go get fitted.

You might know you are a footwear salesman when…

you see a pair of shoes on someone’s feet and know what brand, name, and size they wear.

you dream about shelves of shoes.

you know a tennis shoe is different from a “tennis shoe”.

stinky feet no longer phase you.

you know why one cleat that looks EXACTLY like the other costs $60 more.

you can balance eight shoe boxes stacked on one arm, can open a door, can answer a phone, and talk to a customer next to you all at the same time.

you can open 100 boxes and check that the shoes inside are mates in 20 minutes.

the word “shank” doesn’t mean to stab someone with a sharpened toothbrush.

you can recommend a shoe to someone who overpronates, needs extra ankle support, is looking for a wide toe box, has previous injuries, runs about five miles a day, wants to spend under $80, and has color preference.

But most of all, you know when you are a footwear sales associate when you have more than 40 pairs of shoes in your closet, you keep buying more, and shoes are the one piece of clothing you love best; then is when you know you belong in the profession.