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Mizuno Wave Rebellion

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Mizuno Rebellion Review with Steve Manning: Podiatrist, runner and owner of intraining Running Centre

A new addition to the supershoe category is the Mizuno Wave Rebellion. Supershoes are distinctive by 1. Their thick, light and responsive midsoles; 2. A big taper at the toes creating a rocker effect; and 3. A plate in the midsole to stiffen the midsole in propulsion.
 
GLASS FIBRE PLATE:
What separates the Mizuno Wave Rebellion from these other shoes is a full-length Glass-Fibre Reinforced Wave Plate rather than the traditional Carbon Fibre plate. This gives real tipping off feeling while walking but seems smoother when running. I also found the plate in the heel added considerably to the sideways stability on heel strike which is not evident in many of the supershoes.
 
ENERZY Lite MIDSOLE
The Enerzy Lite is Mizuno’s new responsive midsole material. Mizuno says it was created to deliver a higher than ever energy return and softness. The full-length Glass-Fibre Reinforced Wave Plate is sandwiched within the middle of the midsole offering a softer feel at the footstrike without compromising stability.
 
G3 OUTSOLE:
The outsole design offers almost full coverage of the shoe to ground interface while reducing weight with interconnected lugs embedded on a firm fibrous base. It seems to give excellent traction in a variety of conditions. Made from PU Resin I think it will be one of the more durable outsoles of the supershoes.
 
ENGINEERED MESH UPPER:
The seamless engineered mesh upper provides a soft, breathable and flexible fit. The fit is a bit deeper than many shoes, able to accommodate a slightly wider foot or an orthotic. The gusseted tongue is a bit more prominent but can be held back by lacing it into the back eyelet.
 
SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS:
Most running shoe manufacturers are aiming for recycled or recyclable materials. The Mizuno Wave Rebellion uses a Bio-based Wave Plate (38% less CO2 emissions than Wave Rider 23 Wave Plate). It also has Recycled PET Lining Mesh and Recycling PET shoelaces.
 
THE RUNDOWN:
Mizunos supershoe offering is a good addition to the category, especially for anyone wanting more stability or needing to use an orthotic in their supershoe.
Steve Manning

 

Steve Manning – intraining Podiatrist & Level 4 running Coach

Steve Manning has worked since the 1980s to create opportunities for runners of all abilities to pursue their running goals, to establish and maintain a healthy balance of sport, health and work in their lifestyle and to connect with other like-minded and supportive runners. He has done this by creating a community of runners, coaches, sporting podiatrists, physiotherapists and a retail team with a large focus on inclusion and collaboration. He loves runners and what running can bring to people’s lives. Steve is the owner of the intraining Running Centre, a podiatrist, Associate Lecturer QUT, marathoner, Level 4 Running coach, member of the Queensland Sports Medicine board, and doting dad.