As a long time practical runner, I have worn shoes of all colors. Purple, bright orange, blue, etc. Dictated by trends, it is generally not a factor I worry about when picking footwear. Seeing as blue is my favorite color and I have a disturbing fondness for florescent hues, I immediately took a liking to these. I liked how light they are, and they did not seem to flex too much, as some lighter shoes do. The narrower heel strike area threw me off a little, as I have never seen anything like it.
Due to a recent calf issue, it took me a little to put some decent miles on these, and I did not get a chance to do any true speed work. The fit seemed perfect for it, especially as it formed over the top of the foot. The only issues I noticed was I had a little more room than I liked in the toe area, probably due to size discrepancy between brands, and I felt more prone to roll my ankle.
Mizuno advertises the Wave Technology in this shoe, claiming it helps find the balance between weight and shock absorption and I find that it does the job very well, on various surfaces. Billed as a shoe perfect for fast days, I agree the sense that I would be comfortable using these as trainers and racers. Keep in mind, I am a light, heel striker and what works for me may not work for you so I would recommend trying them on before purchase.
Speaking of purchase, the suggested retail for these is $99.99. Considering their double utility as race and training shoes plus their versatility over various surfaces like dirt and gravel, I would call that a deal. In this day and age of trendy running shoes, it’s nice to find a pair that gets it right, focusing on what works for the runners advantage.