**This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.**
I like biking and hiking more than I do running but I’ll be the first to admit that nothing beats running for a quick, inexpensive, and thorough workout. No expensive bike parts or gym membership required and for the time it takes me to drive to the gym and back, I could have run two or three miles and that doesn’t even count the extra mileage I could add during the gym workout.
All I need is a good pair of running shoes. I’ve been running long enough to know that good shoes are worth every penny spent. It’s never worth trying to save money on shoes that aren’t quite right.
My favorite all time pair of running shoes was a from Mizuno. I don’t even remember the style but I loved them. After working on my running form, I was ready to try a neutral shoe and was thrilled to try the new Mizuno Wave Enigma 5.
I wanted to love these shoes even half as much as my old ones but they fell a little short for me.
While I like them now, I don’t love them. I had problems in the first few weeks with my feet going numb. Confusing since the sizing is perfect. The cushioning is good for a neutral shoe. After putting about 25 miles on the shoes and making sure I landed mid foot and rolled to the heel, the numbness finally went away. I’ve taken some time off running and have gained a little weight since doing so. Now that I’m back to running, I think the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 works for a little heavier runner. However, for a lightweight runner looking for a lightweight shoe, I would not recommend this shoe.
What I do like about the Wave Enigma 5 is the fit. My little toe turns out so I have never been able to wear a shoe with a narrow toe are. This shoe fits good around the toe and snug enough at the heel to keep my foot from moving around inside the shoe. Even on a rocky, flat trail, the shoes kept my feet stable. I run about 20-25 miles a week and the shoes are good for this mileage but I think I would like to find another shoe when I start upping my mileage.
Overall the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is a solid shoe that would make a better gym shoe than a running shoe. I’ve used it at the gym on the elliptical machines and the spin bikes and have had no problems there and it’s nice to have an extra pair of running shoes for rotation purposes.