Seven years in the making, the Mizuno Wave Prophecy ($200) is designed around award-winning Wave Technology for maximum cushion and stability — something that’s easier said that done considering the two traits are a bit like oil and water in the world of shoe materials. Instead of widely used foam, the Prophecy uses two stacked “wave plates” of different densities to give a runner the sensation that promotes optimum landings whether stepping on the forefoot or midfoot. Not unlike a modern day car equipped with a constantly variable suspension. Combined with Dynamotion technology, which uses fitment material that shrinks and expands along with your foot and SmoothRide Flex that minimizes energy loss by optimizing forefoot flexibility the Prophecy is shaping up (no pun intended) to be one this year’s most advanced runners.

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