Anticipation

Those of you that have been following my running and/or weight loss story, know that I am close with the people at Mizuno. I have been fortunate to be able to review products for them. That being said, my eyes have been on a particular pair of shoes now for the last 6 months. Ever since I laid eyes on these babies I knew that I HAD to have a pair. I am hoping that these will be the shoes that could carry me through a full marathon.
Introducing the Mizuno Wave Hitogami
photo courtesy of RunnersWorld
 
The shoe is built to be brilliant. This shoe makes you want to run fast. It’s light, low and lean enough for racing, but has such an efficient, stable ride thanks to the Smoothride design of the U4ic midsole and Parallel Wave plate in the heel. It’s also a great choice for fast training days.
The thing that is cool about this particular shoe is the name, and the “look”. The name Hitogami means “Human Gods” (which we all strive for when running at our best…) and the shoes, when put together make the image of a Japanese Kabuki Mask.  This follows the Kabuki theater tradition, where actors wore face paint to portray Hitogami.  Samurai hero have allowed themselves to be possessed by powerful spirits, which are portrayed via bold, red make-up. Thus they transform into ‘Hitogami’ – human god.  This would be similar to getting into your mezamashii zone and transforming yourself into a brilliant runner with bold weaponry, your shoes.
Specs:  
 
Performance neutral shoe that is replacing the Wave Ronin and Wave Musha. 
U4ic midsole: Delivers lightweight, resilient cushioning
Traditional Japanese racing flat construction: Allows for a fast, low-slung ride
Kabuki-inspired midfoot wrap: Provides lockdown support
Flat-bottomed last combined with low toe-spring: Gives inherent stability
Smooth G3 forefoot rubber: Allows optimal smoothness at touchdown in the forefoot
8.0 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 6.6 oz for a Women’s size 8. 
9mm offset with 23mm/14mm heel/forefoot stack heights
 
Men’s Colors
White/Black/Cyber Yellow Mizuno Wave Hitogami
Black/Cyber Yellow/Electric Mizuno Wave Hitogami
Women’s Colors
White/Blue Depths/Aurora Mizuno Wave Hitogami
Electric/Olympian Blue/Cyber Yellow Mizuno Wave Hitogami
 
Once my shoes arrive, you’ll see me sporting them on the roads where I live. Full review to come, stay tuned! 


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