I’ve been running in Mizuno shoes for quite a while now due to their great fit, both in the way they fit the shape of my foot, and in the way they cater to my running stride and foot-strike. The Prophecy series definitely have a different feel to them from other shoes and they take a bit of getting used to. The Prophecy 3 is no exception, but they have improved on the technology to the point that it takes them closer to the “feel” of other Mizuno running shoes. I’ve logged the majority of my miles in the multiple iterations of the Wave Rider. I’m right around 6′, 175lbs, and run maybe 30-35 miles per week. I have a neutral foot strike with my shoe generally touching down almost parallel to the ground. That being said, the Prophecy 3 I have found to provide a far smoother ride when letting the heel touch down first, at least by just a bit. With the way the double Wave Plate is designed, I found this to create almost a “rolling” forward motion with each foot strike. So instead of all the force of each foot strike being absorbed by cushion, it sort of rolls that energy forward through the shoe and propels you forward into your next step. It took quite a few miles for me to fall into this motion, but once I did, it was a more effortless run than my Wave Riders ever gave me. Right out of the box, they felt a little firm and rigid and it honestly took a good 25 miles to break them in enough to really get a smooth ride. I will note that now, closer to 35 miles, the forefoot still feels awfully firm under the ball of my foot and across that line. After a recent 10-mile run, I could definitely feel that firmness. It wasn’t so much that it caused any pain, but it was a noticeable break in the otherwise smooth transition from heel to forefoot to toe off. The Prophecy 3 seems to sit lower to the ground than the original Prophecy and you can feel this with a much stronger connection to the ground than was felt in the originals. The entire upper portion of the shoe was incredibly comfortable right out of the box and proved to remain so after all the miles I’ve put on them so far.
There is pretty substantial price difference between these and my Wave Riders, so I don’t know if they will quite take over as my go-to long distance shoe, but I can honestly say they may be my new favorite shoe to run in!