We’re in a midst of an exciting time for running shoes. If you follow the running shoe industry closely, you are aware of the different trends, innovations, and design philosophies that have come (and gone) over the past few seasons. Luckily for footwear-geeks (like ourselves), we don’t see these changes in trends going away anytime soon. Here are some of the things we think will make a splash in the running shoe world over 2014. Read more…
OK, Rider fans, Mizuno is shaking it up a bit for you in the coming introduction of the Wave Rider 17. The best-selling neutral trainer from Mizuno will be completely refreshed from heel to toe this December, including a lightweight upper and new midsole technology (U4iC) that provides durable shock absorption while being 30% lighter than the Rider’s previous AP+ midsole foam.
Along with the upcoming Wave Inspire 10, this dynamic duo is resetting the standard in terms of weight and performance in the mainstream daily trainer category. We’re excited to try the shoes out and to see how the market responds to these innovative designs from Mizuno.
What to Watch For
- New Midsole Cushioning: Mizuno’s U4iC midsole compound is 30% lighter than traditional foams but is still designed to provide the smooth ride that is a Wave Rider hallmark.
- Lighter Weight: According to Mizuno, the Men’s Rider 17 should clock in at just 8.8 oz, with Women’s at 7.4 oz. That’s an ounce lighter than the current models and will make it the lightest daily trainer we carry.
- More Platform Updates: A blown rubber outsole replace of heavier carbon rubber used on past models. Also, a beveled edge on the lateral forefoot is designed to provide a smoother transition and toe-off.
- Fresh Upper: The seamless design of the upper has minimal overlays to reduce weight while continuing to provide a secure and comfortable fit.