Shoe Review: New Mizuno Tennis Shoes are Perfection
Mizuno has re-entered the tennis world after a couple of decades absence and the new shoes are excellent in all categories. The blue Wave Exceed Tour is so snug that it feels like a you’re walking on a water balloon. It just feels perfectly snug and light. The key players who wear Mizuno’s shoes this year are Marcos Baghdatis and Roberto Bautista Agut who I spoke with in Miami about the shoes, the Spaniard says he likes the feel and the lightness of the new Mizuno’s and compares the Wave Exceed Tours favorably to the previous tennis shoes he used to wear (Asics).
Everything about the Mizuno feels just right – snug, ventilation and the softness of the padding around the ankle which some tennis shoe producers tend to overlook. I also like the perfect grip onto the hardcourt surface – another aspect that certain shoe producers don’t get quite right as the shoe feels clunky and awkward around the edges if you’re a fast moving defensive player. I wore the shoes for two sets against a solid 4 player and the shoes felt absolutely perfect and helped me to win easily 61 61 using only one serve for each point.
For me it all starts with the comfort of the tennis shoe. If the shoe is right everything else falls into place and you can play your best tennis. Mizuno has created a new shoe that I can sincerely say is a tennis shoe that feels as close to tennis shoe perfection as any shoe I’ve ever work in 25 years of playing.
Here is how the technology of the shoe’s “3D” sole is described:
ap+ Footwear Technology
AP+, a lightweight midsole compound offering rebound and cushion durability, providing a high level of comfort.
3D-Solid Footwear Technology
A unique upper providing the highest level of softness and durability, while maintaining breathability.
X10 Footwear Technology
Durability and Traction. X10 provides extremely durable Mizuno carbon rubber that allows for longer wear in high impact areas and provides more traction at the heel strike.