• Editor rating
    8/10
    User's rating
    4.8/10

    Mizuno pares down some aspects of the Wave Inspire 12 and beefs up other areas. This could be a divisive shoe for fans of the last few Inspires.

    It’s heavy and hot but it is incredibly stable and cushioned. Overall, a success provided the extra weight isn’t a deal breaker for you.


  • Editor rating
    7/10
    User's rating
    8/10

    The Wave Hayate 2 provides a firm, responsive ride. Its lightweight frame makes it a good option for runners looking for a fast racing shoe for the trails.



  • Editor rating
    8/10
    User's rating
    4.7/10

    The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is a greatly improved shoe from the previous version. The upper is infinitely more welcoming to run in. The stability is improved as is the cushioning. The arch and heel are more robust this year and I’m at a loss to explain why.


  • Editor rating
    7/10
    User's rating
    4.8/10

    The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is an incredibly well cushioned shoe for a neutral, high mileage runner. Fit runs quite small, in length and width as well as volume.


  • Editor rating
    8/10
    User's rating
    7.3/10

    The Wave Prophecy 4 is the pinnacle of Mizuno Wave plate engineering. The shoe brings the hallmark Mizuno firm ride to another level that nearly pushes the Wave Prophecy 4 from the neutral category into stability. As such, previous fans should find a familiar ride underfoot and an improved upper on top. Neutral runners who


  • Editor rating
    4/10
    User's rating
    5.3/10

    The Mizuno Wave Creation 16 may work for some heavier runners, but runners under 175 lbs are not going to feel any energy return due to the stiffness of the wave platform. This neutral trainer misses the mark on all accounts due to unresponsive cushioning, lack of any flexibility, and ridiculous price point.


  • Editor rating
    8/10
    User's rating
    6.3/10

    The Wave Rider 18 returns to the stripped down feel of the twelfth version with a smooth ride and great cushioning for heel strikers looking for a durable but lightweight shoe.



  • Editor rating
    8/10
    User's rating
    8.4/10

    A considerable improvement over the divisive Wave Inspire 10. Although the shoes share the same midsole design, the upper of the Wave Inspire 11 harkens back to the low profile fit last seen in the Wave Inspire 9. Even with a last curvier than a Kardashian, the Wave Inspire 11 still provides enough rear foot control to deliver a


  • Editor rating
    6/10
    User's rating
    6.5/10

    The Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2 follows the first edition’s fit and feel specifically geared towards long distance racing. With a lower-profile design than many Mizuno offerings, the Hitogami 2 will please many runners looking for greater proprioception off the ground and a smooth turnover at faster paces. For daily training, the


  • Editor rating
    7/10
    User's rating
    0/10

    The Wave Hayate provides a firm, responsive ride. Its lightweight frame makes it a good option for runners looking for a fast racing shoe for the trails.


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