Shoe Review – Mizuno Wave Alchemy 11

Lightweight, cushioned and compatible with a variety of foot types, Mizuno Wave Alchemy 11 is one of my favorite shoes this season.

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5 responses to “Shoe Review – Mizuno Wave Alchemy 11

  1. Hmm…I have a patient right now who would be a great candidate for this shoe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for all your reviews Dr. Sanders. I am shopping for new running shoes. I am 5’1”, 130 lbs. My pace is about 10 to 12 min per mile. I have wide flat feet and moderate overpronation. I am a midfoot to forefoot striker. My old running shoes show more wear on the center and outer part of the sole, including the heel. I am considering the Mizuno Alchemy 11 in medium width (not the 12 because it is less wide) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 in medium width (I have tried the wide, but it is a bit roomy). Which is a better fit for me? Is it a good idea to get both to alternate? If you recommend alternating, which shoe do you recommend for longer runs on the road, for the gym or walking?

    • Mizuno Wave Alchemy 11 is certainly an option. Adrenaline runs narrow and hourglasses in the “waist” so I wouldn’t recommend it for someone having a wide foot. Other choices for a wide foot include — Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS 2 and Brooks Addiction 10 or Brooks Ariel. I would try on all at a specialty running shoe store and go for the best fit. It’s not necessary to alternate between two different pairs of shoes. It’s better to find a pair that fits the best and purchase multiple pairs of the same shoe. Unless you are trail running, the same shoe should be fine for the gym or walking. Thanks for reading my blog!
      -Dr. Shoe

      • Thank you for your reply, Dr. Shoe. The Mizuno Wave Alchemy 11, Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS 2, and Brooks Addiction and Ariel all seem to be motion control shoes. I am a mild to moderate overpronator, though I have wide flat feet. Could these shoes provide too much support for me and potentially cause discomfort?

        I forgot to mention in my previous post that I am currently using Mizuno Inspire 7. I think because they are getting old, I have been feeling pain in my right big toe joint. I also feel pain inside my left knee, particularly on the right side of my knee from my angle. Do these pains say anything about the type of running shoes that I need?

        Thanks so much.

      • I prefer the description “structured” to motion control since each shoe differs in terms of weight and cushioning. Again, if you have a wide foot, you should avoid an “hourglass” in the waist which the Wave Inspire has. Fortunately, if the shoe provides more support than you need, it won’t cause any issues whereas insufficient support will. If you want to stay with Mizuno I would also have you try Wave Enigma. My only issue is that Alchemy and Enigma are not available in wide widths, which it sounds like you need. Good luck and your local running shoe store should be able to take it from here.

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