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My running shoes are the one thing I never leave home without.  Today I’m sharing why they are so important and a new pair that I love.

I am working with Mizuno to share this post with you, but as always all opinions are my own.


Hi all!

I had an amazing opportunity this past weekend to go to Atlanta to meet some other bloggers and members of the Mizuno team.  I also got to try out the just released new Mizuno Wave Rider 20’s.

Curious about the new @MizunoRunning #WaveRider #Platinum20 ? Find out how the changes add up! #run Click To Tweet


Yes, my outfit doesn’t exactly match the shoes, BUT you get the idea.  So today I thought I’d share some reasons why good running shoes are so important (for you newbies) plus some fun information on the new Mizuno Wave Rider 20’s.


At the event we got to try out the new shoes, make homemade trail mix…


AND compete in a scavenger hunt at Dick’s Sporting Goods.


Did you follow along on Facebook Live Saturday morning?  You can watch my live scavenger hunt skillz HERE, HERE and HERE.

It blows my mind that I can “go live” from my phone when it used to take a team of 3+ people and a huge satellite truck at the TV station!

Posted by Julie Wunder on Saturday, November 5, 2016

Watch the rest HERE and HERE!

No I didn’t win the scavenger hunt, but everyone left with a new pair of Wave Riders!  It was a really fun morning.


So about those shoes… πŸ™‚

In full honestly I am a fan-girl over Mizuno Wave Riders.  I got fitted in my original pair before my first 5K and I’ve had every model since then.  I’d venture to say I’ve owned 20+ pairs.  I go through running shoes every 3-6 months so I’m always needing a new pair of running shoes.


From the moment I slipped into my shiny new Wave Rider 20’s I could tell they had made some nice changes to the shoe.  It instantly felt a little softer, without losing the smooth responsiveness that I love about this shoe.

Beyond that I’m ga-ga eyed over the fun platinum color (for their 20th anniversary of the shoe) with pink accents.  I think these babies will go with just about everything I own.


For those of you who who aren’t into pink though, there are lots of other color options including a really pretty light blue.



The Hubs even got his own pair at the event.  He might be the best hubby ever because he woke up at 5AM to fly me there.  Don’t these look FAST!?


Before we get into the shoe details, I wanted to put out a little PSA for those of you who are just getting into running or are inspired to try by these posts.  Before you run too much, invest in a GOOD pair of running shoes.  It is so important and can be critical to your success!

I highly recommend getting fitted for the best type for your feet!  Mizuno Wave Riders are a nice, neutral shoe and will be good for many of you but it is best to make sure with a specialist before you head out!

Good running shoes provide proper support and prevent injuries.  They can be pricey, but they are worth every penny!  They are the key to having a good healthy relationship with running.


Mizuno Wave Rider 20

So if you do want and need a soft, smooth neutral shoe – Mizuno Wave Rider 20’s are a great one to try!   If you’ve tried Wave Riders before, this version is a little different.


  1. The Wave Rider 20 has new cloudwave® technology that brings more cushioning while acting as a spring at the same time!  It uses convex (u-shaped) geometry – to provide soft cushioning underfoot while acting as a spring at the same time. The curve allows runners to convert more of the runner’s heel impact into forward motion.
  2. The upper of the shoe has also been redone with DynamotionFit and new “Triple Zone” mesh, engineered to stretch, breathe and hold the foot in its ideal position. It provides better flexibility to be able to move with the foot and maximize benefits of cloudwave.
  3. In addition, the midsole has been redesigned using U4ic technology, a foam compound that retains the fresh-out-of-the-box feeling longer than ever before. <— can’t wait for this!

So that’s a lot of techie stuff… but from my initial experiences with the shoe are all great.  It feels instantly comfortable like all of my old Wave Riders BUT I absolutely noticed their changes in technology mentioned above including the springiness.   The fresh cushioning is noticeable but you don’t lose any responsiveness or flexibility.  I also like that they made these changes while still keeping the sho  relatively light (8.3 ounces for women; 9.6 ounces for men.)


I honestly think the changes make these shoes great for even more runners.  As someone who’s tried many versions of this shoe, I believe these are the liveliest and softest version shoe yet!

You can get your own pair at or at your local Dick’s Sporting Goods! 


Like this?  Pin the image at the top of the post or this one to your favorite running board to find later!

The Importance of Running Shoes and the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 / Running in a Skirt.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mizuno, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for allowing me to share posts like this and for your support of Running in a Skirt.


Thanks for stopping by today!  Stop by tomorrow for a must-see kitchen hack for three ingredient pumpkin muffins.

I’m linking this post with Marvelous Monday,  Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday & Inspired to be Fit, Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday,  Coaches Corner, and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday.

Your turn!

How do you choose your running shoes?

What’s your favorite color of the new Wave Riders?

By | 2017-08-15T14:03:54-04:00 November 9th, 2016|Fitness, Marathon Training, Newbie Running, Running|90 Comments


  1. Agness of Run Agness Run January 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply


  2. Richard Friesen December 6, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I just use regular shoes for running, and maybe it’s time to make a change.
    Thanks for the post, I hope for more posts from you πŸ™‚

  3. Emily November 29, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    the majority of running shoes the following three reasons: protection, support, cushioning.

  4. Jack November 28, 2016 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    i totally agree with you, a good running shoes make you feel comfortable and prevent from health problem when running as back bone hurt. Btw, love your photo.

  5. Barbara J. Silverman November 27, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I have running shoes this brand. It’s so comfortable and fit perfectly on my foot. Recommend Mizuno running shoes.
    your photo is so nice btw

  6. Betty November 26, 2016 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Thanks for your sharing.
    It looked cute and some nice running shoes. I like finding some running shoes to replace for the old one. Your recommendation is one adding to my list. Thanks again,

  7. kimmythevegan November 20, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Great post! The shoes look great and they totally go with your outfit! Although, I’m one of “those people” that wears running shoes every and all day long with whatever I’m wearing πŸ˜‰
    I appreciate you sharing tips about investing in shoes – I know some people cheap out and that can lead to issues like injury, which is not good. And I like hearing you say you buy new ones every 3-6 months. I change mine up about every 6 months, but I had a runner once tell me they should last 500 miles, I tried making them last longer and I got shin splints for the first time ever :/ I guess some people just need new shoes more often.
    Thanks for sharing Julie – looks like a super fun event!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Ohhh I know! Every time I don’t change the shoes I get a problem! Gatta stay on top of it.

  8. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free November 17, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

    What a fun event! I haven’t bought Mizuno’s in years, and appreciate your pictures. They look like they have a nice “pinching” narrow heel. I have such a problem with slippage with many of the brands. I’ll have to try them on to see if the forefoot has enough toe wiggle room!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      I have a narrow foot and that’s one reason I love Mizunos! I think you’d like them.

  9. Taylor Kiser November 13, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    These are super cute shoes! Sound like a great running shoe!

  10. Lisa @ Mile by Mile November 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I am always on the lookout for new shoes but I have never tried running in Mizunos. (I did try a pair on at my local running store once but they felt too heavy). It’s SO important to have a good pair of shoes when you start running!

  11. Kristy from Southern In Law November 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I totally would have chosen the pink too! I will ALWAYS choose pink if it’s an option πŸ˜›

  12. Laura November 11, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

    I am a FIRM believer in amazing running shoes!!! I am a saucony girl myself but have heard great things about Mizzunos!

  13. Rebecca | NOURISHED. the blog November 11, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Shoes are so important!! A good quality and supportive shoe for running and just for everyday makes a huge difference for me. I’ve never had a pair of Mizunos but I will have to keep my eyes open next time I’m shopping.

  14. Brad Davis November 11, 2016 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Mizuno Wave Rider 20 seems wonderful. I’m gonna take it. I haven’t bought a Mizuno shoes before. Let’s see.

  15. Carrie November 11, 2016 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing about your experience of these shoes! My golf shoes are Mizunos and that is what I have always known them for Golf equipment. I didn’t know they made regular running shoes. I will definitely have to check these out.

  16. Toughcookiemommy November 10, 2016 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    This is also true for work shoes. You have no idea how much damage I have done to my feet for not wearing the right shoes to work every single day.

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      I can only imagine! That’s a lot of time on your feet!

  17. Lisa Rios November 10, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I think you have had a wonderful experience in meeting up with other bloggers. I am hearing about ‘The Mizuno Wave Rider’ for the first, but this sounds like an amazing shoe that could make running a great experience and with stunning color options available I would love to grab one!

  18. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition November 10, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    The event looks like so much fun! I haven’t had a pair of Wave Riders for a while but I think I may have to try them out again after your review!

  19. Sonali- The Foodie Physician November 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    What a fun (and colorful) post!! The event looks like such a good time!

  20. Alaina @ The Simple Peach November 10, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Mizunos are too tough for me, but it’s great when you find a shoe that you love!

  21. Michele November 10, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I am not a runner but I do agree that you need a very good running shoe if you don’t want to totally ruin your feet! There used to be a Dick’s Sporting Goods store near me and they had lots of great items!

  22. Rachel November 10, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Looks like a blast! I loved Mizuno for a long, long time. I miss them but they weren’t good for me anymore. So sad. I have like five pairs with a lot of miles left on them!

  23. Emily November 10, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Ooh wow that looks such an amazing opportunity; it looks like fun! πŸ™‚ It’s so neat that you really love the shoes too. I usually get Asics, but I would love to try these someday.

  24. Nicole @ Fitful Focus November 10, 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

    I have a pair of Mizunos from last year that only have 200 miles on them so far. I tend to only run with them on the treadmill because the cushioning isn’t great at the ball of my foot, but it sounds like they have more cushioning now! I’ll have to give them a try. Plus… they’re pretty!!

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      Yes! I like the new cushioning a lot! It’s not a huge difference (which I don’t think would be good) but as someone who has run in them so a long time I really noticed the change.

  25. Kimberly Hatting November 9, 2016 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I had a pair of Mizunos (Wave Inspire 8’s) and they were AWESOME! The WI 11’s were great, but just not the same. I’m curious what the WI 12 (or is it 13?) feels like? I love the turquoise Wave Riders pictured πŸ˜‰ (too bad my over-pronating feet need stability…the neutral shoes do not work for me).

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Kimberly! I’ve had most of them and these feel familiar but a little cushier. The changes are good and I really like them.

  26. Kate @KateMovingForward November 9, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Quality running shoes are a must! I love going to our specialty running store and getting fitted. Those Mizunos sound awesome! Love the color. Will have to check them out, I’m in the market for new running shoes.

  27. Abbey November 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I’m due for a new pair of runners, it’s so important!!!

  28. Divya @ Eat Teach Blog November 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard wonderful things about these shoes from runners! I am due for a new pair of shoes. Maybe I’ll ask for a pair of these for Christmas~

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Now that sounds like a great Christmas gift!! πŸ™‚

  29. maria @ close to home November 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I typically get bad knees when I use my shoes too long. These are some great suggestions about what to look for.

  30. [email protected] November 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Sounds like it was a fun event. I have read several blogs lately that have tried the new Mizunos and have been quite pleased with them. I have never tried Mizunos but am in the market for new shoes soon. Maybe I will have to give these a try.

  31. Chrissy November 9, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I’m not a runner but I still love shoes and running shoes. Especially shoes with super fun colors. I love the gray and pink combo.

  32. Kerri Olkjer November 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I love all the great color options. I’m a big fan of colorful running shoes. I had the Wave Rider 18’s and loved them!

  33. valmg @ Mom Knows It All November 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I don’t wear running shoes and hadn’t heard of this brand. They look stylish, the gray and pink are nice.

  34. Neely Moldovan November 9, 2016 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Good running shoes are SO important. I did a half with not so great running shoes once and paid for it for weeks.

  35. Beverley @ Born to Sweat November 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    its funny because now EVERYONE is trying to get into the athletic/fitness wear space, that they’re creating soo many sneakers that look good, rather than are effective and functional. it’s sooo bad for your back and knees to not wear quality running shoes! i love Mizuno, they were my first pair of sneakers ever.

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Oh I know! I’m afraid to just get any pair. Function over fashion any day when it comes to running shoes. Luckily I think the new Mizunos are pretty cute too!

  36. Emily Holdorf November 9, 2016 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Good running shoes really do make a world of difference! I remember how great it was to get new shoes when I ran track in college.

  37. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands November 9, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Awesome! I’ve never run in Mizunos. I was always a Saucony lover until a few years ago when I had to switch as they were no longer for me. I now run only in Asics Kayanos as they work best for me. I went in with an open mind and couldn’t believe the cost on the first pair but they have made a world of difference. I’ll have to check out Mizunos next time I’m at the running store.

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      If you would have told me 10 years ago how much I’d spend on running shoes, I would have laughed at you! Totally worth every penny!

  38. Annmarie November 9, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I do love how those Mizunos look and sound pretty comfy too! πŸ™‚

  39. Susan Mary Malone November 9, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

    This came at the perfect time for me–I actually need a new pair of running shoes! Going to the Wave Rider site right now. Thank you!

  40. Patricia @Sweet and Strong November 9, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I do a lot of training and some running so I like to have a pair of shoes for each. I am desperately in need of a new pair of running shoes. I would love to get fitted and see what type of support my feet actually need. And I agree it’s definitely worth it to invest in a good pair, I’ve had some only last me a month or two while others about half a year.

  41. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub November 9, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Mizuno has always been my running brand, but I wear the Inspires. I am loving the new look of the Wave Riders this year though.

  42. How fun! I’m a loyal Asics Gel Nimbus wearer. I wish Asics would reach out to us regular runners like Mizuno does!

  43. looks like such a fun event! I switched to Mizunos a few years ago and I am very happy with them

  44. Dan Steadman November 9, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

    all of it looked awesome….yeah it is neat to go FB live on the phone, used it to ‘broadcast’ my kid’s soccer games so my out of town family to ‘see’ their soccer games….when choosing shoes, I go to Gotta Run Spartanburg and Drew and crew set me up based on what I am training for…kind of like the grey color

  45. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 9, 2016 at 7:04 am - Reply

    What an AWESOME event!! I wish they would do something like that here! Also, glad you got to go to ATL for a bit πŸ˜€ I love my Wave Sayonaras. I would be interested to try the Wave Riders–everyone seems to love them.

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      I was so happy to be able to go to Atlanta because stuff like this never comes to Asheville! Such fun!!

  46. heather @Lunging Through Life November 9, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

    I love those ones! I think I still have the 18? I’m definitely still a Brooks fan but I did like running in these. Running shoes are so important and I know I need knew ones, and that’s contributing to some knee pain. Gotta get on that!

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Yes! I triggered some foot pain over not switching mine out on time awhile ago. I think the new Rider’s are a little more like the Brooks. I really like them!

  47. Lori Reimer November 9, 2016 at 6:02 am - Reply

    This is my running shoe of choice as well! Glad to hear that the new model is going to be cushier. Side note the live feed on Saturday of the scavenger hunt was fantastic, boy did you have much to find. As far as color I actuall y like the orange!

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you!!! I was nervous about it, but it was fun! The Hubs LOVES those orange ones too.

  48. Blane Sherer November 9, 2016 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Nice post. I’m always happy to see you do sponsored
    posts. Good choice on their part ( smile ). You have been
    fortunate in that you have been able to truthfully support
    your sponsored posts. Sometimes that can get tricky
    resulting in some tough choices.

    • JulieWunder November 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for your support! I only agree to do work with companies I believe in!!

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