Our linked series review of the Mizuno My Precision Fit website was one of the most popular from last year.  And one of the things we promised to do was follow up with the writers to find out how the shoes recommended by the website actually suited them.  In other words did the gait analysis performed by Precision Fit actually work?  First to reply is Rachel Jevens

New shoes…

I got my fab new Mizunos last week.  And they are fab.  They arrived the day I was hit with a horrible cold and it took me a day or two to summon the strength to take them out of the package.  But when I did -wow, so impressed.  They are, without a doubt, the coolest looking shoes I’ve ever owned – and that includes my one pair of Marc Jacobs designer high heels.  To quote my 10 year old son – They. Are. Savage. (apparently that means they look good). The colour is good and the cut out heel makes them look very space agey, very cool. So they look good, first test passed – but how do they feel? And how do I feel about them?

"Savage", apparently!

I was quite unsure at first – I’m an Asics girl through and through, and even though I had a brief dalliance with New Balance last year, I went back to my beloved Asics. To me, Mizunos are proper shoes for proper runners, people who run marathons for a laugh, people who lash out a 35 min 10k without breaking a sweat.  That’s definitely not me so I was already a bit afraid of them – what a wuss…  Putting them on for the first time felt a bit strange.  There’s elastic inside, connecting the tongue to the sole of the shoe and it makes the shoe feel a bit too tight initially.  Of course, in my paranoid, still snotty head I took the fit to be an omen – oooh I’m not supposed to wear them, they’re too fancy for me. However, once I realised it’s only the elastic squeezing my foot and not the shoe itself, it feels fine and my paranoia took a back seat for a few minutes. Fitwise, they’re very similar to the Asics Nimbus.  The toebox feels a bit smaller but not hugely.

I’ve taken them out for a few outings over the past week.  The first thing I noticed is that there doesn’t seem to be as much “bounce” with them as with other shoes.  The cutout heel feels quite solid underfoot, and made me very aware of the fact that I’m a divil for the heel striking when I run!  I also noticed afterwards that my legs were a tiny bit sore – the shoe seems to work the calves a lot more than I’m used to.  They feel light enough, certainly no heavier than my Asics or New Balance, so I don’t think it’s a weight issue.  They just feel more solid or rigid than other shoes I’ve worn, and there’s definitely a bit more post-run calf massage needed.  But I’ve only done four runs, a few miles, in them at this stage so maybe when I do a bit more and get a bit more used to them, I’ll feel differently.  At the moment, I don’t think I’ll be lashing over to the Mizuno side of the road.  But who knows? Update to follow in a few more weeks…

Read Rachel’s initial review here

New shoes...
I got my fab new Mizunos last week.  And they are fab.  They arrived
the day I was hit with a horrible cold and it took me a day or two to
summon the strength to take them out of the package.  But when I did -
wow, so impressed.  They are, without a doubt, the coolest looking
shoes I've ever owned - and that includes my one pair of Marc Jacobs
designer high heels.  To quote my 10 year old son - They. Are. Savage.
 (apparently that means they look good). The colour is good and the
cut out heel makes them look very space agey, very cool.
So they look good, first test passed - but how do they feel? And how
do I feel about them?

I was quite unsure at first - I'm an Asics girl through and through,
and even though I had a brief dalliance with New Balance last year, I
went back to my beloved Asics. To me, Mizunos are proper shoes for
proper runners, people who run marathons for a laugh, people who lash
out a 35 min 10k without breaking a sweat.  That's definitely not me
so I was already a bit afraid of them - what a wuss...  Putting them
on for the first time felt a bit strange.  There's elastic inside,
connecting the tongue to the sole of the shoe and it makes the shoe
feel a bit too tight initially.  Of course, in my paranoid, still
snotty head I took the fit to be an omen - oooh I'm not supposed to
wear them, they're too fancy for me. However, once I realised it's
only the elastic squeezing my foot and not the shoe itself, it feels
fine and my paranoia took a back seat for a few minutes. Fitwise,
they're very similar to the Asics Nimbus.  The toebox feels a bit
smaller but not hugely.

I've taken them out for a few outings over the past week.  The first
thing I noticed is that there doesn't seem to be as much "bounce" with
them as with other shoes.  The cutout heel feels quite solid
underfoot, and made me very aware of the fact that I'm a divil for the
heel striking when I run!  I also noticed afterwards that my legs were
a wee bit sore - the shoe seems to work the calves a lot more than I'm
used to.  They feel light enough, certainly no heavier than my Asics
or New Balance, so I don't think it's a weight issue.  They just feel
more solid or rigid than other shoes I've worn, and there's definitely
a bit more post-run calf massage needed.  But I've only done four
runs, a few miles, in them at this stage so maybe when I do a bit more
and get a bit more used to them, I'll feel differently.  At the
moment, I don't think I'll be lashing over to the Mizuno side of the
road.  But who knows? Update to follow in a few more weeks...

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