NS - if you're not happy with your purchase and haven't worn them outside, take them back and either swop them for something else or ask for a full refund - just explain you've made a mistake - you thought the shoe was neutral but it's a support shoe.....
I think this shoe was 2006 - 2007 and I have seen them much cheaper on line - £39.99 as opposed to their RRP of £74.99. I don't think the shoes condition deteriorates until you've used them for 100 miles or so! And I've never used this shoe, though Mizuno do have a good name and I've a couple of running friends who always use Mizuno's.
As to being "ripped off", unfortunately it's the shops decision as to what price they have their products at and ultimately your decision whether to buy or not - why did you decide to change the model of your shoe? Was it discontinued? A decent shop should swop or refund though and I think that if you are within a certain timespan they have to refund if you are not satisfied, though if you no longer have the receipt you may have to settle for a swop. I'm not well up on retail law.
Mizuno had problems with the early versions of 'dynamotion fit' - not sure whether this applies to Wave Alchemy or not. If they do have an elasticated side panel on the outside, I would definitely take them back as likely to cause you problems/pain in foot. New versions of shoes like Wave Creation still have dynamotion but without the elasticated panel; when they applied dynamotion to Wave Precisions Mizuno left out elasticated bit from the start (allows shoe to collapse in a way it certainly shouldn't and not surprised Mizuno changed it quickly).
I have a pair of Wave Alchemy 6 trainers and they were my first pair. I got them 2 years ago. They were really comfy and had no problems with them at all. But I would expect them to be cheaper nowadays. I paid about £70 for them 2 years ago. I got the Wave Inspire 4 last year and again very comfy hence why i have stuck with Mizuno.
From what you have said you could definitely get a better, more up to date pair for a better price. You are obviously not 100% happy with your purchase so I'd take them back.
Hi, many thanks for your helpful posts much appreciated. I think I will end up taking them back although I will have to be quick as I need some proper new ones!
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