Shoe Review: Mizuno WaveRider 15

I just got these for my birthday a week ago, but they already have ~50 miles on them. I’ve been meaning to shout from every rooftop how much I love these shoes; which is curious, because they’re very far from my normal shoes. Having started on cross country flats and minimal shoes, these ones were much thicker and less flexible than what I was used to.

With a heel-toe drop of 12 mm, these are the highest stacked shoes I own. However, they are still light at 11.1 oz for men and 9.6 oz for women. These shoes are meant for neutral runners or overpronators running mid to high mileage, and are overall a nicely cushioned shoe that seems very durable. It also comes in some sick colors; these are mine:

What drew me to these shoes is the Mizuno waveplate technology that is supposed to add stability and rebound to every step. having never worn a Mizuno before, I was very interested.

This waveplate goes from the heel of the shoe through the midfoot, as you can see with the black wiggle through the blue siding of the lying shoe in my photo above. As advertised, this plate does add cushioning. It also adds a light spring to your step, especially if you heavily heel-strike. The wave plate removes much of the ground feel and flexibility of the shoe, but as the plate ends in the midfoot, the forefoot is still flexible allowing for a nice toe-off. If you’ve never tried this brand before, go for a test run at your local running store. The cushioning seems denser, but springier. A firm, responsive cushioning would best describe it. This plate adds cushioning and a slight bit of stability. Runners who are tired, doing high mileage, or are slightly heavier will benefit from this.

Furthermore, the upper is very nicely ventilated, the color choices are stunning, and the price ($115) isn’t bad. They seem way more durable than other shoes I’ve bought for a similar price, so I’m pleased. The rubber on the outsole, particularly around the edges of the mid/fore-foot where I strike, show no signs of degradation.

Some said the WR14 (above) was a flop. For other runners, the WR15 may not be right either.  It is definitely made for runners looking for a lot of cushioning in a snazzy package. It could even work as a performance trainer for heavier or less-efficient runners. This shoe has a curved last and an upwardly sprung toe, but the latter is not particularly noticable, but these differences may make the difference between two different shoes for some people. Mizuno also uses gender engineering to shape the grooves in the bottom of the shoes, so for once, it’s probably best to stick to the colorways available to your gender. Because this shoe has the stability of the wave plate, if you are looking for more of a neutral performance rather than a neutral cushioned, try the Mizuno Wave Precision.

If ordering online, the Mizuno runs fairly true to size (I’m a 9 womens in Saucony and Mizuno, but not Brooks, where I am a size 8 mens) if not a little narrow in the toebox. If you’re looking for more space, order a half size up and lace ‘em tight.

TL;DR?

Type: Neutral Cushioned or Performance Stability. Thick cushioning with low flexibility and a slightly heavy feel. Good for high mileage.

Price: $115, but highly durable!

Weight: 11.1 oz men, 9.6 oz women. Heel-toe drop of 12mm.

Comments: Great all-around shoe for any workout (tempo, long, easy) for those looking for a lot of cushion. Mizuno uses wave plate technology to add cushioning and light stability, but at the expense of flexibility. 12mm heel-toe drop. Runs true to size, narrow toebox. Curved last. Breathable, firm upper.

  1. runslikeapenguin said: SHOE TWIN. And I love your reviews! Keep ‘em coming! :)
  2. fitnessinablog-old said: What do you use before these? I bought a pair of Mizuno Waves and they were not for me :( gave me shin pains.
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