Thursday, June 25, 2015

It's an Enigma!

I mentioned earlier on the blog that I wanted to start experimenting with different running shoes because I believed that it may have been the zero drop shoes that I have been wearing that were contributing to my injuries.  Last year I was given a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18's to try out and I really liked them so I thought I would stick with the Mizuno brand. After talking with a brand rep on what I really liked in a shoe (a neutral shoe that had cushioning), she suggested the Wave Enigma to me. Now at this time, all the Wave Enigma 4 's were sold out on the Mizuno website and the Enigma 5's were not released yet.  I scoured the internet up and down looking for a pair of these Enigma's in my size. I had no luck. I was told only certain "specialty" running stores would carry the Enigmas, so I check the stores near me. None carried them.

Now here is where things get interesting and things in the universe just sort of align. About a week after I searched all my avenues looking for these shoes, I got an email asking me to test out and review no other than the Enigma 5's!!!! I could not have been more excited!
From the Mizuno Instagram

After seeing Mizuno's Instagram post about all the new colorful shoes that would be released soon, I got even more excited and had hopes of receiving some bright pink, purple, or orange shoes!

nuetral running shoes with cushion

Instead, I got the silver and blue pair, which I admit I DO like and remembered that I have been wanting a pair of blue running shoes for a while now.

Even thought these are cushiony shoes, my feet feel very supported. I did learn previously that wearing too cushiony of a shoe can have a negative impact on your joints. I think that may have been my problem in the other shoes I was wearing (they were too much cushion and not enough support). 

I felt that the toe box was wide enough as well. I get my running shoes one size larger than my normal shoes so that may help.  I've been wanting to wear these shoes ALL the time. I don't normally wear my Running Shoes for anything other than running, so this is becoming a  I've been wearing them to the gym lately, for walking, and for everyday errands.  I need to keep reminding myself that I need to save them for when I start doing my longer runs.  In the meantime, I'm going to pick up an additional pair of shoes just for the gym and for errands.  When I starting putting in those long miles again I'll come back and let you know how they handle!

The Mizuno Wave Enigma will be available in July ( and p.s I got a sneak peek of the other colors and there is a cool Purple pair)!

Have you ever went crazy trying to find a specific pair of shoes? M

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. I love the shoes and all opinions are my own!


  1. Wow, that's crazy that you got to review the very shoes you were looking for! Talk about fate...

  2. I am bad and will wear my running shoes as my every day shoe. Just like when I'm running, I need support when I walk and if it's good enough for running, it's good enough for walking. I know I shouldn't, but right now I'm not using them for major mileage. I have my old shoes for wet and muddy days but everything else is my current pair.

  3. What a neat opportunity! I love how that worked out for you! Mizuno's are my shoe...I wear the Wave Inspires and love them! :)

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  5. I know a lot of runners that love Mizuno shoes. I have never tried them myself, but I will need to get some new running shoes soon, so I will look in to these.

  6. I wear Mizuno Wave Inspires. I never walk in them though. I love the new colors in the photo. I just got yellow but would love that orange color.

  7. I love all the bright colors! I'm glad you are getting a chance to wear some new shoes since you've been having trouble. I hope they work out!

  8. I am currently testing them out as well and they are really cushioned! My first pair.

  9. They sound good! I'm rotating a Brooks shoe and two Mizuno shoes, the Wave Rider and Inspire. I like them all!

  10. Awesome. I tested them out too. I usually run in the Wave Rider, so these have just a bit more cushion (and a bit more weight), but still that same great feel. So glad things worked out and you got them.

  11. awesome! I've worn the Wave Riders and am not really a big fan. I have tested these though and love them!


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