For those who have been used to the Wave Rider series, the general populus consensus is that they take what has been their bread and butter and expand on it. The Wave Rider 19’s seem to mimic the same outsole pattern, while making some minor changes to the design of the midsole and the material of the upper as well.
I found that the initial fitting of the shoes were immediately comfortable. The upper looks (if that makes sense) like a Mizuno, but has a new material. It feels super flexible and conforms to my foot without feeling boxed-in and constricted. Basically I felt like my foot had the ability for some play, yet was able to adapt to my own personal level of snugness. They attribute this to their new “upgraded premium sock liner”, and I guess I can’t argue with them. Even with the added padding, I never felt like I was bouncing on air or anything and there was still a solid ground feel.
Their midsole is an updated version of their “U4ic” (described by Mizuno: delivers optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride that’s 30% lighter than AP+). Under the insole is a new foam (2mm of EVA Foam) that gives it a softer feel. While I haven’t run in Mizunos in about 4 years, it was a simple transition. The new cushioning has a “plush” feeling to it I have not experienced any pain or downtime due to sore feet or legs during the transition. My feet feel destined for a shoe like the 19, but those with wider feet or lower arches may not find things as comfortable.
It appears that there was a lot of backlash about the uncomfortable fit and feel of the Mizuno Wave Rider 14’s. While I do not have the experience of what it felt like to run in the 14’s, rest assured that this is an extremely comfortable shoe that appears to have scrapped the issue with the 14’s and are progressing forward in full lime yellow, cushioning, race-winning glory.
[Editors Note: Shortly after receiving these shoes, our blogger was laid up with an injury, severely cutting into her running abilities. We wanted to highlight the shoes, with the expectation that we will follow-up if and when she gets back into running.]
One of my very first pairs of running shoes was a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 8’s. I was fitted with them at a local running store after having my gait analyzed. I overpronate when I run, and the Wave Inspire model offered moderate suppport. They were white with silver and fuschia accents–fairly standard looking, but they were good shoes that served me well. Over the years, I’ve tried quite a few other brands and models of shoe, but I was eager to throwback to my early running days and lace up with a pair of the Wave Inspire 12’s, Mizuno’s latest model that was released in October 2015.
Right out of the box, I noticed that they’re BRIGHT. I love how bold and colorful they are (I received a pair in Calypso Coral/Silver), and the style of the shoe just looks really nice (fact: I run at least 5% faster if I think my shoes look cute). The fit and and experience of wearing the shoes didn’t disappoint–they feel really nice on my feet, and the soles offer a nice balance of cushion, flexibility, and support due to the blown rubber in the front, and the U4ic midsole. The uppers were really comfortable as well. I’m really happy with my new Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 shoes!
Specs from their website:
- Improved upper has a supportive design for a soft-yet-structural fit.
- Increased blown rubber in the forefront for improved durability and softness.
- Redesigned, U4ic midsole platform provides more ground contact and a softer touch down.
- Ramp: 12mm
- Weight: 8.9 oz.
Additional women’s colors include Black & White, Silver & White, and Royal Purple & Silver