Phil’s Shoe Review

Our Podiatrist, and resident shoe guru Phil reviews the Mizuno Wave Ride 19

BRAND: MizunoMizuno rider
STYLE: Rider 19
CATEGORY: Neutral firm high mileage running shoe
RRP: $220
SIZES:  Men’s 7-14 in D and 2E width, Women’s 6-12 in B and D width
WEIGHT: 270g
HEEL PITCH: 12mm

UPPER:
 Mizuno has used a new mesh with very little stitching or overlays to improve the fit of the shoe. The toe box has no restricting overlays, which dramatically reduces pressure over joint prominences and improves upper flexibility. The firm heel counter is padded but not excessively with thick memory foams as seen in other brands

MIDSOLE: A neutral wave plate finishing at the midfoot, provides equal amounts of medial and lateral support. The U4ic midsole that has been supplemented with the SRtouch cushioning compound in the heel gives this generation one of the softest rides of any Rider.

OUTSOLE: In areas of high wear the designers have utilised Mizuno’s X10 carbon rubber, this dramatically improves durability whilst not hindering grip. To reduce weight and improve grip the rest of the outsole is made up of G3 rubber.

FIT:

  • Forefoot: The open toe box and slight splay to the midsole creates a visual perception of width. The visual perception is matched when trialling the shoe as even in standard D width the Rider feels wider than comparable shoes.
  • Midfoot: In comparison to the forefoot the midfoot fit is snug and secure. The minimally supported mesh wraps around the foot and any sense of width in the forefoot is forgotten with a secure feel through the shank of the shoe.
  • Heel Counter: The firm heel counter and foam cushioning is a little harsher than other brands but therefore doesn’t choke the ankle. Overall it helps the streamline feeling of the shoe.
  • Orthotics: This shoe has been well loved by podiatrists in the past and the current generation is no different. The firm heel counter, neutral wave plate and firm ride works well with any device.

RIDE: This is not Mizuno’s softest neutral shoe and therefore the ride is on the firm side. Therefore for runners who like a plush ride they are better suited to the Enigma 5. However the Rider does give a firm and responsive ride that is comparable to high mileage training shoes, high praise for a much more supportive shoe

CONCLUSION: The Mizuno Rider 19 continues a tradition built up my its predecessor for a shoe that functions like a heavy neutral running shoe but feels and performs like a lightweight racing flat. It works well for the runner with a neutral to mildly pronating foot or those with orthoses. Its ideal for the runner who wants a lighter shoe but requires more stability than the performance biased options.

RECOMMENDED FOR:

  • Runners with a reasonably neutral foot type
  • Runners with orthoses
  • Runners requiring support but looking for a lighter weight option

Asics GT2000 Update

This is a warning for those runners who have been loyal to the Asics GT2000 model and have updated their shoes. The Asics GT2000-3 is significantly different to the Asics GT2000-2 and all previous GT2000 models.  Asics have re-engineered the GT2000 a shoe that has been consistent for years.  Similar stories can be read about the Kayano and Nimbus models. Continue reading “Asics GT2000 Update”

Phil’s Footy Boot Review- Nike Mercurial Vapor

Our Podiatrist Phil Trump reviews the new shoes available on the market

BRAND: Nike
STYLE: Mercurial Vapor
CATEGORY:Football
RRP:$350
SIZES:Men’s 7-13.5
WEIGHT: 230g

UPPER: The upper of the Nike Mercurial Vapor is a teijin synthetic upper.  It is ultra lightweight and moulds to the shape of the foot.  The lace cover on the previous models has been removed to reveal a traditional central lacing position.  This makes the shoe easier to adjust and allows the laces to be replaced.

MIDSOLE: As with all other Nike football boots there is no midsole or heel lift.

OUTSOLE: Unlike carbon fiber, which is found in the vapor’s more expensive brother, this model has a tepex glass fiber chassis.  Compared to traditional plastic, the glass fiber improves support and stiffness of the outsole, but reduces weight and thickness, bringing the foot closer to the ground.

Direct injected dual density TPU studs are cored out to further reduce weight.  The forefoot zonal spikes, which are based on a sprinting design, give the perfect balance of excellent straight-line force transfer and lateral grip.

FIT:

  • Forefoot:The one-piece teijin upper is extremely comfortable at the forefoot and due to its sprint spike like design, it has a glove like fit allowing the upper to mould to the foot.
  • Midfoot:The vapor does not have the flywire found in the Superfly, although, the fit across the midfoot remains firm without being tight.
  • Heel Counter:The heel has minimal padding to reduce weight, however, as the shoe moulds to your foot, there is no rubbing and the heel counter isn’t felt.
  • Orthotics:The tepex outsole gives provides an ideal base for orthoses to sit on, although, due to the minimalistic design of the boot, there is no room for bulky orthoses.

RIDE:The ride is similar to most football boots.  The tepex outsole distributes the pressure evenly from each stud allowing for little to no stud pressure.  The Nike Mercurial Vapor is noticeably more lightweight and comfortable when compared with other traditional leather boots.

CONCLUSION: The Nike Mercurial Vapor is a further improvement to an already impressive vapor range and religious followers of this boot will not be disappointed.  The Vapor’s upper has the best leather-like feel of any synthetic boot and is available in a range of exciting colours that fans of this shoe will appreciate.

RECOMMENDED FOR:

  • Players with a narrow to normal neutral foot type and lighter build
  • Players who are quick and agile and looking for a competitive advantage
  • Players who like colorful boots

Phil’s Runners Review- Asics Landreth

Our Podiatrist Phil Trump reviews the new shoes available on the market

BRAND: Asics
STYLE: Landreth
CATEGORY: Neutral Running
RRP:$200
SIZES:  Men’s 7-16, Women’s 6-13
WEIGHT: 340g

 UPPER: The upper of the Landreth is similar to the rest of the Asics range with one notable exception.  The clutch collar system is a new design feature, which has been added to the DS Trainer and Landreth.  It contains an inner fit sleeve, which wraps around the heel and a collar that connects to the lacing system to support the heel.  This reduces pressure from a traditional heel counter and aids to improve support.

Dual PHF memory foam is contained in the inner sleeve to further increase comfort.  Additionally, Biomorphic fit has been added to the upper, which reduces irritation to the forefoot caused by areas of frequent buckling.

MIDSOLE: The midsole contains both forefoot and rear foot gel units which enhances cushioning.  The Gender specific Space Trusstic pieces through the shank of the shoe accommodates the anatomical and physiological differences between men and women, further enhancing the support each needs.  The mid foot is taken from the 2160 shoe, without the medial post and crash pad, creating a firm neutral shoe.

OUTSOLE: The Landreth has a blown rubber forefoot, which reduces the weight but aids in grip.  On high wear areas, at the heel the shoe, it has AHAR+ plugs for durability and grip.

FIT:

  • Forefoot:The shoe is comfortable through the forefoot with biomorphic fit and limited overlays, which reduce irritation from pressure on the forefoot.
  • Midfoot: The mid foot of the shoe is stable without creating a hard feeling which is often felt in posted shoes.  There is no sensation that the collar is pulling on the mid foot, and it feels supported by the upper, but not cramped.
  • Heel Counter:The clutch collar system takes time to get used to. At first, it may suffocating, as the collar pulls the upper tight against the foot.  However, after a few wears, it begins to feel comfortable and supportive.
  • Orthotics:The shoe appears to be purpose built to hold orthoses, with no posting, and a very supportive midsole, which can accommodate an orthotic.  There is some concern that the new clutch collar system will struggle to hold a foot on top of the orthotic, however when tested, no problems were encountered.

RIDE: The ride of the shoe is excellent.  Asics often get this part right every time.  The Space Trusstic system allows seamless heel to toe off and the gel and Solyte midsole give an excellent cushioning experience.  The ride is a slightly harsher than the rest of the Asics neutral running range, however, this is ideal to act with an orthotic that needs extra help from the shoe.

CONCLUSION: As a podiatrist, I have traditionally loved this shoe since its inception seven models ago.   I was very concerned when I saw the updates to the new model, however, after testing it I was pleasantly surprised.  The midsole remains stable and the upper hasn’t lost any of its rear foot support.  I will continue to recommend this shoe to patients, including those who wear orthotics.

RECOMMENDED FOR:

  • Runners who have a reasonably neutral foot type
  • Runners who have orthoses
  • Runners who have a slightly pronated foot type but are irritated by medial posts

Phil’s Footy Boot Review- Adidas F50 Adizero TRX FG

Our Podiatrist Phil Trump reviews the new shoes available on the market

BRAND: Adidas
STYLE: F50 Adizero TRX FG
CATEGORY:Football
RRP:$300
SIZES:Men’s 7-13.5
WEIGHT: 165g

UPPER: The upper of the Adizero F50 is made with sprint skin, a single layer material, which is very thin.  This reduces the weight of the shoe and improves ball feel.  It also allows the upper to mould more effectively to the foot.  This is a feature traditional synthetic uppers have always struggled with.
The upper is reinforced through the midfoot with TPU support bands that increase stability and offer increased sideways support.  The lace cover seen on previous F50 models has been removed and replaced with asymmetrical laces similar to those seen in the Predator series.

MIDSOLE: The Adizero F50 does not have a midsole or heel lift, instead,  it comes with two innersoles.  One is ultra thin and lightweight, and the other has adiprene inserts to improve comfort.

OUTSOLE: The outsole of the new Adizero F50 optimizes fit due to the new last.  It is called the sprint frame and it is made from one piece of lightweight plastic, which aids in reducing weight.  As well as reducing weight, the outsole wraps around the foot and binds with the upper, transferring sheer force and reduces wear on traditional football boot weak points.

By stripping the boot back to reduce weight, theAdizero F50 is not as supportive through the shank compared to other Adidas boots such as the Predator or Adipure series.  The traxion cleat pattern seen in previous models has been replaced with triangular studs which improve functional advantage.

FIT:

  • Forefoot: The new last is wide throughout the forefoot, making it more comfortable compared to other Adidas football boots, which are often narrow.  It is possible that the will gape where the boot flexes during the first few wears.
  • Midfoot:The TPU support bands make the midfoot of the boot feel snug while exaggerating the width of the forefoot.
  • Heel Counter:The sprint frame wraps around your heel and despite minimal padding, which reduces weight, it is comfortable.
  • Orthotics:As with most football boots, fitting orthoses into this boot can be difficult.  A mild to moderate orthotic can be fitted, although, with space at a premium, due to the glove like fit, it is not ideal.

RIDE: The ride is not that dissimilar to other football boots.  The sprint frame is very comfortable to run on, and unlike other boots, you don’t feel each and every stud.

CONCLUSION: The Adizero F50 is the lightest boot in what is fast becoming the most popular category of boots.  Having worn previous F50 models, it is unlike its predecessors and is highly comparable with established competitors such as the Nike Mercurial series.

RECOMMENDED FOR:

  • Players with a normal to wide neutral foot type and lighter build
  • Players who have speed and agility as their weapon
  • Players who like colorful boots

Phil’s Footy Boot Comparison

Our Podiatrist Phil Trump compares new footy booty available on the market

STYLE: Traditional
CATEGORY:Football
SIZES:Men’s 8-13

BRAND Nike Tiempo Legend IV Adidas Adipure 11pro Adidas Copa Mundial Asics Testimonial 2
PRICE $220 $220 $220 $250
WEIGHT 247g 238g 330g 277g

UPPER: The Tiempo, Testimonial and the Copa Mundial are all made from kangaroo leather, while the 11pro is made from Taurus (calf) leather.

  • Copa Mundial: This boot has the softest upper, as it has the least stitching across the toes.  The Copa Mundial has been found to stretch the most, which initially improves fit, but can also make it feel loose.
  • Tiempo: The Tiempo is also very soft.  It holds its shape better than the Copa Mundial, making it feel the most comfortable.
  • Testimonial: The Testimonial is similar to the Tiempo.  It has slightly more stitching, which allows the boot to hold it shape longer and creates excellent ball feel throughout the season.
  • 11pro: The 11pro’s upper is stiffer than the other boots.  It can becomes crusty when wet, while the other boots retain their softness even after drying.

All the boots have central lacing, creating a fit that is not hindered by any off centre lacing.  However, the Copa Mundial and the Testimonial both have fold over tongues, which can get in the way as they move around during play.

MIDSOLE: The Testimonial is the only boot that has a midsole.  It has a 10mm heel lift, which initially feels different and unstable, although, once worn in, it is the most comfortable on hard grounds.

OUTSOLE:

  • 11pro: The 11pro has a sprint frame, which is very stable and comfortable underfoot.  The sprint frame is also micoach compatible allowing players to track their distance on the Adidas website.  The 11pro has the least number of studs making it the most uncomfortable on hard grounds.
  • Copa Mundial: The Copa Mundial is the most unstable underfoot.  Its plastic outsole is not reinforced and twists under high load.  Although,the Copa Mundial’s soft outsole is unstable, it does make it the most comfortable due to its softness.
  • Testimonial & Tiempo: The Testimonial and the Tiempo are both board lasted with a contoured plastic shank.  The Tiempo has the ideal balance between comfort and stability.  The Testimonial has excellent forefoot comfort, however, the heel studs are narrow, which reduces the feeling of stability.

FIT:

  • Forefoot:The 11pro has the widest fit and is the least restrictive.  The Testimonial has the second widest fit and due to the kangaroo leather moulds well across the forefoot.  The Tiempo stretches after an initial feeling of tightness across the forefoot, making it the most comfortable.  The Copa Mundial initially feels the best as it more easily stretches around the forefoot, however, it can become too loose.
  • Midfoot:The four boots have leather uppers, central lacing and wide shanks, which creates a better fit across the midfoot.
  • Heel Counter:The four boots have internal heel counters, which all provide support, without feeling restrictive.
  • Orthoses:

o   11pro: The 11pro fits the widest range of orthoses due to its flat sole and wide forefoot.

o   Testimonial: The Testimonial will also fit a range of orthoses and will simulate a runner as it has a heel lift, however its midsole is contoured which restricts some othoses.

o   Tiempo: The Tiempo will fit most orthoses well with only a slight adjustment to the heel required to accommodate its slight contour.

o   Copa Mundial: The Copa Mundial fits an orthotic easily, however, its insole cannot be removed and therefore a full length device cannot be used.  Additionally, its instability would be exaggerated by more aggressive orthoses.

CONCLUSION: All four boots despite being placed in the same category function differently.  For players looking for a lightweight, wide fitting boot, with the option of fitting orthoses, the 11pro is the ideal boot.  For those who require stability or boots with decreased stud pressure, the Tiempo is a more appropriate boot.  Comparatively, the Testimonial is the ideal boot for those searching for a boot that makes running easier without compromising weight or feel.

RECOMMENDED FOR:

  • Tiempo: Players with a narrow to normal width who want a soft leather boot with a comfortable ride.
  • 11pro: Players who want a lightweight boot, have a normal to wide foot or who need to fit orthoses.
  • Copa Mundial: Players who want a very soft traditional boot for better ball feel. Remember when purchasing this boot buy a size smaller than you usually wear.
  • Testimonial: Players who have a normal to wide foot that want a traditional leather boot that provides support to the foot.