Mizuno is playing safe with its range this year, and rightly so. Its Wave technology is the most versatile on the market, giving the companys shoes a smooth ride no matter how much
stability the Wave plate is engineered to provide.
The Wave Alchemy is the little brother to the £80 Wave Foundation, and both are for
moderate to severe overpronators. Both have a double wave that acts like a medial post to limit overpronation, and both have thick cushioning with rear- and forefoot VS1 pads. The Wave Foundation is just slightly more robust.
The difference between the two shoes has become even less now that the Alchemy has gained a more supportive upper, a little more weight and a firmer forefoot that
provides more stability on toe-off than before (this was one of the shoes few weaknesses). The new upper is worth the 12g weight gain, as it helps to secure the midfoot better by using a Biolock strap which cradles the outside of the rearfoot and integrates into the lacing system.
If you want the biggest, toughest Mizuno motion control shoe, the £80 Wave Foundation is your option. For all other moderate to severe overpronators, though, this new improved Alchemy has support and smoothness at a better price.
Try it if you liked Brooks Beast (£85)
; Mizuno Wave Foundation (£80); Asics Gel MC+ (£75)