The first pair of Mizuno Wave Rider VIs I bought were a size bigger than my everyday shoes (I'm a 5, bought a 6 on the running shop's recommendation). Very very comfy, no blisters - but I got bruised big toes, bizarrely.
When I bought my 2nd pair, the guy made me try on a 5.5, then a 5, which felt quite snug and I was a little unsure - but decided to trust him. No blisters, no bruises... so the next pair I bought in size 5, and the last pair I bought (yesterday!) I didn't bother to try on. My Asics Nimbus IV are a size 6 (again, no problems), as are my Nike Airs that I wear for the gym, and I also bought some New Balance off-road shoes yesterday - size 6, but narrow fitting. Mizunos seem to have a reputation for "coming up big" - it may be you're getting a bruised toe cos your feet are sliding around, as mine were? I've noticed that the Nimbus seems to be more cushioned than the Mizuno - I tend to wear the Asics for pavement running (to and from work), and the Mizunos for most other running (mainly a combination of road/park/riverside path - paved/asphalt).
Posted: 22/01/2004 at 20:32