Full review: Mizuno Wave Mercury £70

Last year the Wave Mercury received quite a hefty update with the addition of carbon fibre to its double fan-shaped wave. That meant extra stability in this light, smooth and responsive shoe. All that Mizuno have done for 2004 is improve the upper materials. The mesh is now lighter and more breathable and the toebox feels roomier. Weartesters still loved the Mercury's smooth ride, but the roomier toebox received mixed reviews. Runners with wide feet loved it, while narrow-footed tested weren't so keen.

(A review of the previous shoe follows:)

Weight 340g
Evaluation Like the Wave Rider, the Mercury benefits from a working over by Mizuno’s new Sozo design studio. And, like the Rider, the upgrade has been a positive one. Carbon fibre has been added to key areas on the medial side to boost the shoe’s stability. This does indeed make for a stable rearfoot, and as the Wave extends through to the midfoot, overall stability is good, too.
Weartesters passed favourable comment on the Mercury’s forefoot feel, remarking that the cushioning seemed to have improved, leading to a far more positive, controlled feel on toe-off. The upper is less fussy than last year’s model, and Mizuno has done away with the internal stability strap attached to the laces, but there’s still enough upper integrity to support the foot. Weartesters generally rated the shoe as lighter than its actual weight of 340g.
In short The Mercury isn’t the most stable of the many stability shoes available, but it does a decent job. If you like Mizuno’s cushioned shoes but crave a little more control, it’s a good choice.
Try it on if you liked Adidas Supernova Control (£70); Mizuno Wave Rider (£70); Mizuno Wave Mercury (£65)