Mizuno Tennis shoes and clothing

#53
Bolt 6. Sadly discontinued last month. Their massive amounts of stability have saved my ankles more times than I can count and grip even at 100% humidity.

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#54
So I received my Wave Exceed Tour 3 Clay and have about 10 hours of court time logged in. And I must say, they feel fantastic. I have flat feet so finding the right shoe is not easy for me. They hug my foot wonderfully. Good space for my toes, no slippage, great court traction. I have had a couple previous pair during the last year that were pretty good, but not to this comfort level.

My last couple pairs in comparison were the Adidas Barricade Classic Bounce, and Adidas Gel Solution Speed 3. The Asics issue I had was the toe of the shoe. It's too narrow, so I had pain in my pinky toes after any match or play lasting over an hour. They also gave me blisters on my big toes if I played for close to 3 or more hours. The Adidas were quite different. For me they were very loose and bulky, thus giving me foot issues in long matches and game play.

It has been only 10 hours of play with the Mizunos, but I have zero complaints so far. Last night was my biggest test. I played for just over 4 hours, which I almost never do. I was expecting my feet to react worse than how they reacted to the other shoes with just 2 hours of play. They felt fantastic. I had minor soreness in my big toes, but I was expecting much worse. Thus far, they have won me over, and I may be buying another pair at TW Europe to take advantage of the half off price (if they still have it)
Right? I just did 9 sets yesterday and the after effects with my Bolt 6 shoes was only mild abrasion soreness due to my dumb choice of wearing cheap cotton socks. I have extremely high arches and super narrow feet, and they work for me..

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#55
It has been about 3 months since my purchase of Wave Exceed Tour 3 Clay shoes. The comfort and support are still definitely there. However, the traction is fading faster than my previous Gel Resolution and Barricades. Now, to be fair, I got the Clay shoes but play on hard courts. Partly because they were cheaper than regular Exceed Tour 3, but also because I was hoping the durability would last longer. Since I haven't tried the Exceed Tour 3, I can't compare directly.

I have been playing approx. 3-4 times as week logging in 10-14 hours per week. Playing both singles and doubles.
 
#56
It has been about 3 months since my purchase of Wave Exceed Tour 3 Clay shoes. The comfort and support are still definitely there. However, the traction is fading faster than my previous Gel Resolution and Barricades. Now, to be fair, I got the Clay shoes but play on hard courts. Partly because they were cheaper than regular Exceed Tour 3, but also because I was hoping the durability would last longer. Since I haven't tried the Exceed Tour 3, I can't compare directly.

I have been playing approx. 3-4 times as week logging in 10-14 hours per week. Playing both singles and doubles.
I had Exceed 2's in both clay and all court version. The all court lasted about 5 months for me, (playing 3-4 times a week on hard courts) and the clay are still in rotation at my club (har-tru courts). I can't wait to get my hands on the Exceed 3's in the newer colorways. Some are on sale now at Tennis Warehouse Europe and Smash Inn.
 

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#57
It has been about 3 months since my purchase of Wave Exceed Tour 3 Clay shoes. The comfort and support are still definitely there. However, the traction is fading faster than my previous Gel Resolution and Barricades. Now, to be fair, I got the Clay shoes but play on hard courts. Partly because they were cheaper than regular Exceed Tour 3, but also because I was hoping the durability would last longer. Since I haven't tried the Exceed Tour 3, I can't compare directly.

I have been playing approx. 3-4 times as week logging in 10-14 hours per week. Playing both singles and doubles.
If money were not an issue which would be your go to shoe? Barricades, resolution or exceed ?
 
#58
If money were not an issue which would be your go to shoe? Barricades, resolution or exceed ?
That's a tough question. Because I have narrow and flat feet, Wave Exceed fit me the best and gives me the most comfort. However, I think the durability may be lacking compared to the Barricades.
 
#60
I don't think its fair to judge durability based on using a clay shoe on hard courts. Personally found the all court version to be pretty durable. And the clay court one (when used on clay) has incredible traction and will last a very long time.
 
#62
In Japan at the moment. I've been going around all kinds of tennis shops here, big chains and small shops trying to get my hands on some mizuno gear (they look great!). To my surprise....they don't stock mizuno anywhere! So they have the usual Nike, Adi etc and also Lacoste, ellese, asics etc like everything but mizuno!

So Ive taken 2 trips to the mizuno flagship store, the first time just after New Years when pretty much every store in Japan is on sale...but nope, the mizuno store seems to never have sales. I tried on some of the tops you see on tv worn by Karlovic, badgdatis, kohschreiber etc and it was really comfortable and seems to be high quality but it's way too expensive. Also, although you could find the shirts, shorts and shoes you see the pros wearing, you won't be able to find their wristbands, headbands or socks. They don't even show it in the catalog..... so it's pros only! That's really disappointing

In the end, I didn't get anything because I'm not willing to pay the full retail price. I checked rakuten (their ****) and the selection are quite limited because not many shops sell them and they are almost just as expensive as the mizuno shop.
 
#63
In Japan at the moment. I've been going around all kinds of tennis shops here, big chains and small shops trying to get my hands on some mizuno gear (they look great!). To my surprise....they don't stock mizuno anywhere! So they have the usual Nike, Adi etc and also Lacoste, ellese, asics etc like everything but mizuno!

So Ive taken 2 trips to the mizuno flagship store, the first time just after New Years when pretty much every store in Japan is on sale...but nope, the mizuno store seems to never have sales. I tried on some of the tops you see on tv worn by Karlovic, badgdatis, kohschreiber etc and it was really comfortable and seems to be high quality but it's way too expensive. Also, although you could find the shirts, shorts and shoes you see the pros wearing, you won't be able to find their wristbands, headbands or socks. They don't even show it in the catalog..... so it's pros only! That's really disappointing

In the end, I didn't get anything because I'm not willing to pay the full retail price. I checked rakuten (their ****) and the selection are quite limited because not many shops sell them and they are almost just as expensive as the mizuno shop.
They are made in the Suminoe Ward of Osaka. If you are in Osaka, you might be able to get some beter information and even give some input for special sizing. A lot of people near me worked near me there as I lived in neighboring Sakai.
 
#64
It is very hard to find stores/shops that carry Mizuno shoes and clothing. They used to make great items and they were available at a lot more locations. Not so much now. The other brands have pushed them out of the area for some reason. I had a friend that owned a sport goods store so he carried Mizuno equipment and had it on hand for me. He retired and sold his business and the new owners tried changing things in the store to the point they went out if business. Darn shame.
 
#65
It is very hard to find stores/shops that carry Mizuno shoes and clothing. They used to make great items and they were available at a lot more locations. Not so much now. The other brands have pushed them out of the area for some reason. I had a friend that owned a sport goods store so he carried Mizuno equipment and had it on hand for me. He retired and sold his business and the new owners tried changing things in the store to the point they went out if business. Darn shame.
I have noticed that stored that only carry lines from companies that spend the most on advertising always fail unless they have millions in capital, like your typical big box stores. That is why people who know, don't buy from those stores. Most Mizuno stores I have found are the smaller stores. I personally buy direct from Mizuno.
 
#67
It is very hard to find stores/shops that carry Mizuno shoes and clothing. They used to make great items and they were available at a lot more locations. Not so much now. The other brands have pushed them out of the area for some reason. I had a friend that owned a sport goods store so he carried Mizuno equipment and had it on hand for me. He retired and sold his business and the new owners tried changing things in the store to the point they went out if business. Darn shame.
Mizuno is now carried by Tennis Warehouse.


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#68
Big Kahuna, nice find! Seems that it's just the newest shoes and non of the older models. But that's a good start. You can still get the older models on the TW Europe side, many older ones are on sale.
 
#70
Can anyone comment on the sizing? Safe to say that a size 10 of a Mizuno *volleyball* shoe would be "very similar" in size to a size 10 of a Mizuno *tennis* shoe?

(It's a pain to try to get shoes in Canada, so I'd try a volleyball shoe, then know the right size to order outside the country.)
 
#74
Can anyone comment on the sizing? Safe to say that a size 10 of a Mizuno *volleyball* shoe would be "very similar" in size to a size 10 of a Mizuno *tennis* shoe?
You should watch the SA video review. I believe at least 2 of the reviewers commented that they ran a little long and that they would go a 1/2 size down if they were to use them in the future.

I haven't tried them on, but may do so in the next couple of weeks.
 
#75
That Mizuno logo is too funky for me and to put it in the front of the shoe is a big no, no. Also, the sharp lines on the upper makes for a very uncomfortable looking shoe. Now that I watched the review video, I know this shoe is definitely not for me. Love the brand and its history. I used to have Lend's shoes and apparel. The shorts ware crazy small, ha
 
#76
You should watch the SA video review. I believe at least 2 of the reviewers commented that they ran a little long and that they would go a 1/2 size down if they were to use them in the future.

I haven't tried them on, but may do so in the next couple of weeks.
Correct, the Exceed Tour 3 runs slightly long. I'm usually a 9.5 US but went down to 9.0 and the fit is perfect.
 
#77
Just fyi, seems that the TW Europe site is selling the same new shoes for a cheaper price. Wave Exceed Tour 3 from the U.S. site $139.95. TW Europe 99,92 or $113, even with shipping costing more, it is still cheaper.
 
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