Often flagship running shoes come up short. The “ground breaking” technology is often designed for marketeers to aid their promotion rather helping runners to perform better. However the Mizuno Wave Prophecy makes a lasting impression for more reasons that’s its stunning looks.
In March we were the first website in the UK to preview the Mizuno Wave Prophecy and since then our reviewer Richard Bunn has spent the last two months putting them through their paces.
OUT OF THE BOX: Wow! Such a fantastic and totally original looking shoe. I am such a big fan of unique looking running shoes and you will certainly stand out in a starting pen if you’re sporting the Mizuno Wave Prophecy.
The predominant colour is grey but it is the stunning, almost metallic, red flash that catches the eye. The red and orange (and again metallic) Mizuno logo is quite small but in it’s usual position on the shoe. The majority of shoe is made up of a grey mesh with a lighter grey and red design incorporated within.
Probably the most eye-catching and controversial design feature of the Prophecy shoe is the sole. It is almost completely separate from the rest of the shoe, connected by rubber posts. This creates 4 large holes that run right through the sole. A friend of mine joked that you could store your energy gels in there. The sole itself is shaped by the famous Mizuno “Wave.” This runs through the whole shoe and not just part of the sole as with previous Wave incarnations.
PERFORMANCE: I have already run several hundred miles in the Mizuno Prophecy shoes and feel well qualified to comment on the performance. The shoes are very responsive to my personal needs. The shoe “rolls” the foot through it’s natural motion in an effortless way. It may sound strange but I am normally very conscious of my feet when running but when running in the Mizuno Prophecy my feet feel like they are being hugged. The cushioning is second to none and makes you feel like you are on springs.
GENERAL: The mesh upper gives the Prophecy such breathability that your feet feel almost bare. My feet hardly seem to sweat in the Prophecy compared to many other brands I have used. This is purely down to the technical finesse of this shoe. At around 400g, the Prophecy isn’t the lightest of running shoe, but it has the feel of a light shoe. I was actually quite surprised when I discovered the actual weight!
OVERALL: I must say that the Mizuno Wave Prophecy are the best running shoes that I have ever worn. They are awesome. They make me feel like I take on the world whether I am toeing a start line, running my local roads or tackling tough trails.
Yes they are expensive at £150 but if you enjoy your running as much as me then it is a no brainier.
Ransacker Says: This is the most positive review we have ever received for a pair of running shoes. We can verify that the Mizuno Wave Prophecy really are a ground breaking shoe. Brooks recently hit the nail on the head when they decided to categorize runners depending on how they like the feel of the ground beneath their feet. Therefore if you like a soft ride we believe that you will be amazed by the Prophecy. £150 is out of the price range of many people and makes them the most expensive shoes on Ransacker. However we have it under good authority that Mizuno will be introducing some of the technology used in the Prophecy on the other shoes in their range.