If you are looking for a high performance shoe, the Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 is designed with this purpose in mind. The first impression that it makes straight out of the box is one guaranteed to catch your attention, because of the bright colors and striking patterns. This shoe combines silver, lime green, and bright fluorescent orange with a tiger striped mesh, giving the message that the Elixir means business.
To get started with analyzing why this is such a special pair of running shoes, it's helpful to look at the two levels of its design, from the outer portion or upper part of the shoe to the internal portion. The upper is constructed from a very breathable mesh, which keeps your feet well ventilated when you need it the most. The overlays that are placed on top of this mesh are lighter and more flexible than previous versions of Mizuno shoes, and are placed at just the right location to leave the toe box free to increase flexibility, while strapping your feet into place in other locations. You'll get a good deal of support just from this well-designed upper.
Down below this, on the other hand, the Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 also has a few features that are definitely worth mentioning. Like all of the Mizuno Wave line of products, this shoe has the Wave Plate technology, which puts a plastic plate in the midsole region of the shoe for support. You can fine tune this plate to best suit your particular running needs, whether you need a high level of arch support or are looking for a more relaxed experience. With this particular version, the arch is moved a little bit further back towards the heel, so that you have a little bit of extra stability. Another feature worth mentioning is the Flex Controller technology, which is placed at the forefoot flex point and gives you extra flexibility.
First, to summarize all of the good points about this popular new shoe from Mizuno, other reviewers really liked the speed capabilities that it gives, as well as the high level of transition capability. The interesting design was also a big hit, which is something that I enjoy as well. The looks seem to indicate that this is a shoe that is going to perform for you. Another benefit that was mentioned by more than one reviewer is the fact that the G3 forefoot outsole is a great way to provide extra traction, so this is a perfect shoe to wear when you are running in wet weather.
The only real downside to the Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 is that it is slightly more expensive than its predecessor, but the price increase is only slight. In the end, this is a shoe that is recommended for neutral runners who want to improve their performance on a daily basis. It can also be an ideal shoe for those who need medial support.