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      Mizuno Table tennis shoes

      I've been looking to buy new shoes to play with for quite some time now, and have made up my mind that I want something from Mizuno (have been using Butterfly shoes so far). The question is, are there any significant differences or improvements in the different versions of the Mizuno Wave Drive shoe line? I can get Mizuno Wave Drive 6 for quite a good price, on the other hand the Mizuno Wave Drive 8 costs around 1.5 of the price of the Wave Drive 6 and comparatively the Wave Drive Z costs twice as much. I'm just curious if it's worth it to invest twice the amount if I want them to last at least a couple of years or if even the Wave Drive 6 for example, which is a little bit outdated, should last around the same amount of time. I'm not a person that needs to have the number 1 new thing that is available, I'm more interested in durability and comfort. Thank you
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      I use WD 7 and it's a great shoe. Lightweight and comfortable.

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      It is depending on how your feet are. WD are for narrow feet or if your feet have a more constant width. They have good cushion and are good on most floor surface.
      WD Z do not have as much cushion as WD series. They are better on TT floors due to the height of the cushion is low.
      They are also a bit more wider at the metatarsal area.
      I have the WD 8 and I am happy with them. They have a bit more ventilation vents than the predecessors.
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      Mizuno Table tennis shoes

      I've played for nearly a year with the WD7. A very comfortable shoe, in which you can move well and that can take the punishment of constant agile movement well. I've had other shoes that burst/ripped seams, the Mizunos didn't.

      The profile on the sole of my shoe (the right foot) was worn down entirely within that year, though. And once it did, it lost grip. I'm now using Stiga Liner shoes, and so far am about as pleased with these as I was with the Mizunos.
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      I have a pair of Wave Drive Z, and a pair of Tibhar Super Power. I feel the shoes are clones of each other with very slight differences in construction, and the price of Tibhar shoes is way lower.

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      I've played in Wave Drive 7s for the last 18 months and I couldn't be happier. As Giangt said they are narrow, but not uncomfortably so and it does mean they don't move around on your feet when you're playing.
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      Mizuno has a line for wider feet - Kaiserburg, so don't blame WD for being slim.
      About durability - it depends on personal weight, foot size, the way you swing and move, how extensive and how long are the session, the dynamics of the footwork, etc., but anyway you should not expect for sure more than a year of comfort. Couple of years is too much, unles you visit the club just now and then.

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      Quote Originally Posted by RidTheKid View Post
      I use WD 7 and it's a great shoe. Lightweight and comfortable.
      Quote Originally Posted by yoass View Post
      I've played for nearly a year with the WD7. A very comfortable shoe, in which you can move well and that can take the punishment of constant agile movement well. I've had other shoes that burst/ripped seams, the Mizunos didn't.

      The profile on the sole of my shoe (the right foot) was worn down entirely within that year, though. And once it did, it lost grip. I'm now using Stiga Liner shoes, and so far am about as please with these as I was with the Mizunos.
      Quote Originally Posted by JHB View Post
      I've played in Wave Drive 7s for the last 18 months and I couldn't be happier. As Giangt said they are narrow, but not uncomfortably so and it does mean they don't move around on your feet when you're playing.
      I've been making similar observations with my WD7.
      Totally satisfied

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      If the price is an issue i could suggest you to look around for Squash, Badminton or Handball series from Mizuno they had
      discounts of 50% in some websites. Right now my primary shoes are Wave mirage 2 for 52 pounds.

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      Playing with WD6 shoes for the last years. Don't need anything else.

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      I've had a few Mizuno pairs (WD8, WM5) and none of them lasted for more than 15 months. The soles will wear out and the shoes become slippery after a year. I only play 2 times a week.
      They are too expensive for me because I can only get 1 year out of them. I'm looking at other shoes for indoor activities (futsal, squash, badminton, basketball) instead. But if you can get WD6 for $50 or $60, it'd be a good deal.
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      I bit the bullet on some Mizuno wave drive 8's and now regret the decision as they made my feet and knees hurt too much, even with insoles. I switched over to slightly thicker asics vball shoes and most of the pain has gone away. Didn't have the slightest bit of knee pain before I started wearing the wave drives. I was also playing on pretty hard wooden flooring. I read that Mizunos were sortof meant for surfaces like gerflor. Which is why we see it on tv so often.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Gilmore Galgalgal Gilmore View Post
      I bit the bullet on some Mizuno wave drive 8's and now regret the decision as they made my feet and knees hurt too much, even with insoles. I switched over to slightly thicker asics vball shoes and most of the pain has gone away. Didn't have the slightest bit of knee pain before I started wearing the wave drives. I was also playing on pretty hard wooden flooring. I read that Mizunos were sortof meant for surfaces like gerflor. Which is why we see it on tv so often.
      I normally play on a suspended wooden floor rather than Gerflor, and Wave Drives are fine on that. I agree though that if you regularly play somewhere where the floor has a concrete base then you'd be better off with a shoe with more cushioning. Hi-Tec squash shoes are a good and cheap bet there, if you can handle the inevitable extra weight.

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