Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8 Review

With striking blue, silver, and orange colors and an array of new features, the Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8 is a running shoe that stands out from the crowd. One of the first things that I noticed about these shoes when I opened the box to try them on is that they feel extremely secure on the feet. The midsole of the shoe is identical to the Wave Nirvana 7, but there are new features to talk about when you are deciding whether or not this shoe is right for you. This includes a number of upgrades relating to the upper part of the shoe, because the midsole remains unchanged.

New Design Features of the Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8

There are several different changes that are worth discussing when you are looking at how the Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8 differs from the prior forms of the Mizuno Wave. The heel collar is lower than in previous versions of this running shoe, and the shoe is lighter overall because there are fewer overlays. With traditional eyelets, a light weight, and a dynamic mesh design in the upper to allow ventilation, these shoes are comfortable and easy to wear. When it comes to the midsole portion, there are certain pieces of technology that have been carried over from other versions of the Mizuno Wave. These features include:

  • Full length stability wave plate – Wave plates are provided to give the shoe a suspension system that absorbs shock and provides extra stability. The wave plate in this particular shoe has been designed with an over pronating runner in mind, to reduce stress on the arches and inner shins.

  • Flex Controllers – These controllers are present to help give added forefoot flexibility, so that you can have a better transition and less foam that only gets in the way. While providing flexibility, they also help lower the weight load overall.

  • Ortholite Sock Liner – This feature helps keep your feet dry, so that you don't have to worry about slipping or feeling discomfort from the heat.

Opinions of the Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8

When looking at other reviews out there of the Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8, they were primarily positive. Comments related to this shoe tend to focus on how stable they are, and how suitable they are for those with flexible arches who might need a little bit of extra support without added orthotics. Other reviewers really liked how fast this shoe lets you go, because it is lightweight and aerodynamically designed for long distance runners as well as sprinters.

The negative side of the Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8 that was mentioned in other reviews is the color combination, which some felt was a bit much with its bright blues. While I liked it, others prefer a more subtle design. The price was also mentioned as being slightly too high for some runners' tastes. For a high stability shoe, however, this is at the top of the list in most reviews, because it provides stability alongside cushioning.


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