- Safety Yellow/Blue
- An all-new, redesigned cloudwave plate provides an overall softer, smoother ride
- Articulated U4icX heel wedge creates more cushion
- Top midsole foam incorporates a new U4ic foam compound that makes this version of the Wave Rider 33% more responsive and durable than previous models
- Engineered mesh increases breathability, movement & hold
- Softer heel collar helps avoid irritation without losing heel fit
- Ramp: 12mm
- Weight: 9.6 ounces
The Mizuno Wave Rider series was the first actual running shoes I ever owned. When I transitioned over from a collegiate baseball player to a runner (with a sedentary year in between), I came only armed (footed?) with an old pair of cross trainers. I eventually transitioned into true running shoes, and decided to go with a brand which was very familiar to me on the ball diamond – Mizuno.
I don’t think I could have been luckier to have landed in the Wave Riders back then. I have tried (and loved) many other brands, types, and styles of shoes – but the Wave Rider line is one that I hold near and dear to my heart – and one that really seems to gel well with my feet.
The color profiles (at least for men) range from subdued and classy (my black-on-grey version) to vibrant (“clownfish” orange). Sliding into these for the first time was like riding a bike – it just felt so familiar and comfortable. Even though it feels the same, there appears to be some relatively significant redesign to add some cushion.
The 20th go-around of the this cornerstone shoe seems really great, and I can’t wait to give it a go with some miles this fall and winter.
New cloudwave® technology, the next evolution of Wave® technology that introduces new convex geometry to provide a softer, smoother ride with more cushion on initial heel impact and better guidance in the transition from heel to forefoot.
A breakthrough in DynamotionFit, the new “Triple Zone” engineered mesh construction provides a seamless and lightweight fit, creating a smooth, almost disappearing feel.
An all new U4ic midsole material provides a softer, more responsive feeling with better durability and a longer life.