Not long ago I received a mysterious email from Mizuno asking for a mailing address for a special project. Being the cynic that I am, I gave them a P.O. box number. What arrived was an invitation to be a part of the Mezamashii Project. What’s that, you ask? I did too.
The Mezamashii Project, according to Mizuno, is a grassroots effort by Mizuno to get its products into the hands of runners. Rather than putting money into advertising, the company is giving bloggers and other runners pairs of its shoes to try out and review. Mezamashii means “brilliant” in Japanese. Mizuno, the company claims, wants to deliver “more mezamashii–more ecstatic, electric, wind-in-your heart running.”
I’ve never worn Mizunos before, so I had to educate myself on their product offerings. You know I don’t wear any running shoes with more than a 4 mm heel-to-toe drop, so that was the first challenge. After looking through the offerings, I found a racing flat, the Wave Universe 4, that fit the bill. It has a 4 mm drop, is flexible, and is one of the lightest weight shoes on the market, coming in at under 4 ounces.
One problem, however, is that this shoe only comes in men’s sizes. Mizuno helped me convert the size to one that would fit my foot and I pushed order. So what do I think? It’s a nice shoe and does fit all my
picky parameters when it comes to my running shoes. I liked the narrow heel fit, the flexibility, and the easy ride when wearing them. Ultimately, however, I passed the shoes onto my son. Why? I am pretty much hell-bent on keeping my kids in as little shoe as possible too. At 11 years old, however, my son tends to fall into a gap in minimalist shoe sizing–too big for the kids models and too small for adult sizes. These filled that gap and he loves the design, so there you have it. Happy son, happy mama!
Now I’d like to give one of you a chance to try some Mizunos. The company is offering me another pair to give away (any model). Want to enter? Just tell me in a comment below. Giveaway will end next Friday, June 29. Good luck!
Disclaimer: Mizuno gave me these shoes to try for free. All opinions expressed are my own.