A couple of weeks ago, I got these spiffy trail running shoes for a FitFluential campaign.
I was really looking forward to trying some trail running shoes as the only other ones I have are really a half-size too big for me (which is terrible for trails – think lots of tripping!).
At first, I was not a huge fan of the color scheme/overall design but that’s because these shoes are so drastically different looking than all my current running shoes. Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned to like them and I actually get compliments on them all the time!
Although I was looking for a trail running shoe, I will admit that I don’t cross the paths of many true trails around here in Boston. Most my running is done on the street/sidewalk/paved running paths. I was a little nervous to get a trail specific shoe for fear that I could only use it for trails.
This is about the extent of my “trails” in Boston right now.
Nothing too gnarly, that’s for sure!
I’ve used this shoe for about 25 miles over the past couple of weeks on both trail and pavement runs and for hiking. Overall verdict: they are awesome for both, so I am very pleased!
They are really versatile, being light enough weight for me to want to use on pavement but also providing enough stability and grip to use in the woods.
Here they are in action from my camping trip a few weeks back.
I actually hiked in them for about 4 hours. While I would normally opt for some hiking boots, these did great for an “all purpose” shoe for the weekend, which was nice so I didn’t have to pack another pair.
Mizuno Wave Kazan Features
- Extremely lightweight for a trail shoe, weighing only half a pound total
- “X-Groove” sole technology on the bottom, for extra grip <– love this design! (can see in first pic)
- Secure fit for great stabilization on uneven terrain
- Can adapt to all terrain, not just a “trail only” shoe
- I found it had good arch support, which is a must for me as I have high arches
These are my first pair of Mizunos, but certainly won’t be my last. I’ve heard nothing about good things about this brand and would love to try more of their shoes.
Bottom line: if I had to buy these with my own money, I would. I’m really enjoying them!
Questions for You:
- Do you trail run? If so, do you use trail specific shoes?
- How much does style matter to you when it comes to athletic shoes? If they’re comfy, will you wear anything, or do they have to “match?”
This is a sponsored post. I was provided these shoes and compensation in exchange for this review on behalf of Mizuno and FitFluential. Although this is sponsored content, opinions are always honest and my own.