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Run Oregon is Kickin’ it in the Mizuno Wave Rider 22

Geli: Any time I try a new shoe I get a little nervous since my feet have been a bit temperamental for the last few years. Between plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, there’s always something I have to tend to or work towards preventing. But with the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 all my worries were unnecessary. My feet just about breathed a sigh of relief when they first slipped into these shoes! The amount of padding is just right, the hug around the heel feels stable without binding, and the width of the forefoot is comfortably wide without feeling too loose. The heel to toe drop is 12mm, which is perfect for me. I have worn this shoe around the house and around town for a few days to break in, on training runs, and in a few races, and it has not disappointed. I have not noticed any rubbing or blister causing spots, my heels don’t slip and also don’t hurt, and I could spend all day in the shoe without any problems. Definitely a great addition to my shoe rotation.

The Wave Rider 22 is an evolution and refinement of our franchise running shoe. Midsole improvements and a new upper design provide a softer, smoother running experience. This soft sole running shoe incorporates a 2-layered engineered mesh upper for excellent breathability and comfort. Cloudwave cushioning technology has softened the runners experience, while maintaining a responsive ride.

**Disclaimer: I’ve worn these shoes ~40 miles with the longest activity being 6 miles. **

Kelly: I haven’t worn the Wave Rider for about 7 years, but I had some idea what to expect as they used to be my go-to shoe. What I wasn’t expecting was the mix of cushion and stability I got from the Wave Rider 22.

What I liked about the shoe is similar to what Geli mentioned – they have a nice fit and I felt they ran true to size (I wear an 8.5 in almost all brands of running shoes, and these fit great). As with most my shoes, I did not lace them very tightly, but the laces were long enough for me to double knot. I’m one of those runners that gets scolded when trying on new shoes because I don’t untie my shoes – I just slip them on and off, because I have them laced so tightly and lace-lock all the time.

I wore them for everything from a quick 3-miler to an 8-mile “long run” and wore them for daily tasks on a regular basis (at least three times a week). I put around 50 miles on my Wave Riders and have not noticed any breakdown of the cushion yet.

You can try these on at any local running store to see if they’re the right shoe for you. If you need a support shoe and enjoy a cushioned ride without losing out on flexibility in the mid-foot, these may just be your new favorite.


Company: Mizuno (Facebook)

Products & Price:

Specs (from website):

  • Full Length Engineered Mesh Upper: Both breathable and durable for high performance
  • Mizuno cloudwave technolog: provides cushioning, guidance, and more lively feel underfoot. The Wave technology sets the standard for running shoes technologies.
  • U4ic midsole with soft heel center: Optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride.
  • U4icX Strobel Lasting Board: Ensures a comfortable underfoot feel.
  • U4icX Heel Midsole: A lighter, more cushioned iteration of U4ic, delivering a softer underfoot feeling for a smooth transition.
  • Premium sockliner
  • Weight: 8.3 oz
  • Ramp/Drop: 12mm

More about Mizuno:

Sports provide diverse value and play a vital role in helping people to lead a prosperous and comfortable lifestyle. Mizuno not only supports sporting activities by offering better sporting goods but also develops products and services that make the most of the value of sports and actively spread that in daily life. We will contribute to making people around the world happy through the power of sports.


Thank you to Mizuno for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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