Mizuno USA Tennis Official

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こんにちは (Hello),

My name is Tyler and I am the Tennis Product/ Marketing Manager for Mizuno USA.

Mizuno is officially BACK in the tennis game in the USA and we could not be more excited! Some of you may be thinking “back”? Well in 1990 Mizuno signed Ivan Lendl to a multiyear contract at which point we began selling tennis products in the USA. This was short lived as Lendl retired in 1994 and Mizuno ended distribution in the US.

I am enthralled with how active the forums are! All of you are the reason our great sport is alive and well. My intent for this thread is not to try and sell you Mizuno products but instead I am here to try and answer your questions to the best of my knowledge. For any other questions you may have you can send me an email at: Tyler.carey@Mizunousa.com

About my tennis background…
Playing experience: University of Mary Washington
Playing style: Grinder
Current set-up:
• Racket & strings - Babolat Pure Storm Tour, Babolat RPM Team 17g @48 lbs
• Shoes – Wave Exceed Tour 3 AC (Black)

I look forward to everyone’s questions and comments!
Hi Tyler,

Glad to have you on this discussion. I've been a fan of Mizuno products for a long time (since the Lendl days) and have used several pairs of running shoes and soccer cleats over the years. After a number of years off from tennis I got back into it 2 years ago and rediscovered the Mizuno tennis shoe line (Wave Exceed 2) and really are enjoying them. Looking forward to a full line of products being readily available in the U.S. We are so used to being forced fed with the big brands (Nike, Adidas, etc.) that many don't realize what high quality products Mizuno consistently makes.
 
#53
Mizuno..hmmm let me think. How long have you been there, Tyler? Know a fellow named Steve Pruett? Fantastic player, thought he worked for Miz sometime back- maybe 90s
 
#63
Hey Tyler, is there any place who actually has the Wave Exceed Tour 3 in store so I can try them on? Just curious. I'm in the same boat part of Pennsylvania so you know where to look. Thanks.
 
#64
@Mizuno USA Official Tyler, what can you share with us about the life of shoes if they stored for a long period of time while they are, "still new in the box."

I have a couple of pair that I bought on sale and they are still in my closet. What can I expect from them going forward?

Do the shoe materials degenerate even if they are not being used? If so, how long is the process and how long can shoes be unused, boxed before they begin to degenerate? How long until they degenerate to the point that they are no longer effective as playable shoes? What is it that happens to shoes over time that makes them degenerate?
 
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If you're shoes are not made out of paper mache or made before the 1970s, I'm sure they'll be fine unless you have them sitting in extreme weather conditions

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#66
@Mizuno USA Official
Im looking for a wide toe shoe with high arch
im not a toe dragger, but need good durability on the soel of the shoe, hard court play
with lots of cushioning , preferably more so under the toes , where the real impact takes place
any mizuno suggestions/recomendations?
 
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@Mizuno USA Official Tyler, what can you share with us about the life of shoes if they stored for a long period of time while they are, "still new in the box."

I have a couple of pair that I bought on sale and they are still in my closet. What can I expect from them going forward?

Do the shoe materials degenerate even if they are not being used? If so, how long is the process and how long can shoes be unused, boxed before they begin to degenerate? How long until they degenerate to the point that they are no longer effective as playable shoes? What is it that happens to shoes over time that makes them degenerate?
Hi @bigserving
Thanks for the question! Short answer... the shoes are completely fine assuming you haven't had them sitting in the garage since the 90's.
The reason shoes fall apart is because the all the glue that holds the shoe together dries up. I have only ever heard of this happening on shoes that are 20+ years old though so your shoes should be fine.
 
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@Mizuno USA Official
Im looking for a wide toe shoe with high arch
im not a toe dragger, but need good durability on the soel of the shoe, hard court play
with lots of cushioning , preferably more so under the toes , where the real impact takes place
any mizuno suggestions/recomendations?
Hi @1HBHfanatic
Thanks for the question! Right now we only offer one shoe - Wave Exceed Tour 3 AC. They offer great arch support in my opinion and the durability is on par with other shoes alike. The shoes are very light weight so they are not meant to last as long as a barricade or Gel Resolution. The width is very standard (D width) but the material in the toe box area is very pliable which allows your foot to expand any direction. Hope this helps!
 
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Plus one on that question. I really dig the Wave Exceed Tour 3 but I have ordering shoes blind and having to send back. If I can try them on somewhere, that would be awesome. I like the black color with the blue and neon green color. Would be very interested in trying them on.
I've had Wave Exceed Tour 2's before and they ran just a tad long. Just received the Wave Exceed Tour 3's and Wave Intense 4's in the mail at 1/2 size smaller than my usual 9.5 US. Fits perfectly.
 
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I play with Intence tour Ac 3 and Intence tour 4. They are both heavier than Exceed tour..but lighter than for ex Barricade. The sole of Intence tour is very heavy duty, and size is true. AC3 had less durable sole, still good, and fit slightly long.
 
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@StefanosWillSaveTheWorld Thank you! Glad you have been enjoying the shoes and thank you for supporting the brand!
I know you guys have penetrated hugely into Pros ranked 20-150 in the world. but do you guys have plans to penetrate big into NCAA D 1 tennis college programs as well ?? It seems like some of the big time programs like USC , UCLA, Virginia have deals already with Adidas, Nike and so on so it might be more difficult. but it might be worth it since college market is also very big in the USA.
 
#78
Sad to report that the new Exceed Tours are way too narrow in the forefoot for me. Been wearing the Vapor 9.5s and moved over to NB 996 and now the Lav. Had high hopes for this shoe. Seems soft enough in the footbed that others will probably really like it.
 
#84
@Mizuno USA Official I wore these for a few practice sessions and wanted to share some thoughts. I went a half-size down and do think that is essential. I settled in after about an hour and the shoes feel great. Definitely feel supported enough but also light enough to move around the court. If you're an aggressive mover and like a fast shoe, this is one to check out. The durability looks to be on par with other speed models and I am coming from the Ubersonic 2 and Speed Solution 3.
 
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I am looking for a shoe with midfoot cushion as I have some shin issues. Does Mizuno offer anything with that sort of cushioning?
 
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For "Wave Exceed Tour 3" the recommendation is to order half size smaller than other brands sizes, correct?
Yes, absolutely perfect fit when getting a 1/2 size smaller. Also, TW Europe site has the Wave Exceed Tour 3 and several other models on sale. I bought the black color, clay version, including international shipping, for $103.
 
#88
Tyler, how much of this is happening right now?

The customer places their feet on a platter and lasers map the entirety of their feet. Size, shape, arch, etc. Then, the customer chooses the model of shoe that they want, the colorway and the desired outsole. The computer sends the foot mapping data to another machine and the pieces to the selected shoes are cut from the desired material. They would probably be assembled by the combination of machine and hand the same as they are now.

If the technology does not exist now, it should in the future. I don't know for a fact, but I have long assumed that the top athletes fit their shoes this way for a while now.
 
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I am looking for a shoe with midfoot cushion as I have some shin issues. Does Mizuno offer anything with that sort of cushioning?
Hi @J B - The unique thing to Mizuno is our Wave plate technology that can be found in all of our tennis shoes. Wave technology uniformly disperses the shock throughout the sole, providing excellent cushioning and enhanced stability. Here is a link where you can read more about the Wave technology... https://www.mizuno.asia/region/technology.aspx
Hope this helps!
 
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Tyler, how much of this is happening right now?

The customer places their feet on a platter and lasers map the entirety of their feet. Size, shape, arch, etc. Then, the customer chooses the model of shoe that they want, the colorway and the desired outsole. The computer sends the foot mapping data to another machine and the pieces to the selected shoes are cut from the desired material. They would probably be assembled by the combination of machine and hand the same as they are now.

If the technology does not exist now, it should in the future. I don't know for a fact, but I have long assumed that the top athletes fit their shoes this way for a while now.
Hi @bigserving - To my knowledge this machine does not exist. It may be a while until something like this comes along.
 
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