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.

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  • Scoop Malinowski · April 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

  • Dan Markowitz · April 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Did you try this shoe on, Scoop? I’m having a lot of trouble with my left foot. It’s badly pronated because of a problem with what’s called the posterior tibialis which makes my foot cave in and the navicular bone is either rubbing in my shoe, but the result is it’s hard for me to cut fast on the court now because I feel this stabbing feeling in the ball and mid-arch of my left foot.

    I tried on a New Balance Cross Trainer shoe yesterday that had what’s called a “Roll Bar” and it felt good in the shoe store, but I don’t know if it’ll stop the pain when I’m playing. On this note, sadly, Tommy Haas had his 9th surgery the other day, on his guess what? foot! I don’t want to catch up to Tommy on the surgery count. Tommy amazingly at 38 says he hopes to come back at 38. The guy is either a hopeless optimist, a glutton for punishment or one of the greatest warriors the sport has ever known.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Dan I have two pairs of mizunos – they both feel excellent – not sure if it will alleviate that pain you are suffering but I would recommend a pair to try – Haas still believes he can play pro tennis – he is the human tennis version of that Chucky doll in Child’s Play who would not stay down :)

  • Moskova Moskova · April 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Haas….prlly the greatest without a slam. Sensational BH !

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 25, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Haas – zero GS finals – todd martin – TWO GS finals -

  • Moskova Moskova · April 26, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I would even put nalby ahead of todd on the greatest without a slam list too

  • Michael in UK · April 27, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I have been very happy with my Babolat shoes (first time I have bought that brand), but would love to try these Mizunos, have never heard the name before now.

    what are the racket preferences on this forum? I am currently using a Prince tour 100, 16×16 string pattern for extra spin… I need the help!

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I like Babolat also michael – good shoe – used to have a hard ankle support in back which bothered achilles area but they have since softened it – Volkl is my racquet for the last decade – still like the old Tour 9 Quantam V engines 16×18 – But also like to hit with other racquets – Just found an old Dunlop John mcEnroe signature graphite -

  • Thomas Tung · April 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Will Mizuno tennis shoes be available in the States anytime soon? Couldn’t find them at the usual suspects (Tennis Warehouse, Midwest Sports, Tennis Express, Holabird). I’ve been very happy with Asics for the last 10 years, but I wouldn’t mind giving Mizuno a try.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 27, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    TT what size do you wear? I will ask -

  • Thomas Tung · April 28, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Size 9.5 US, sometimes 9 (if it runs a half size big) or 10 (if it runs a half size small).



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