With roots more than a century old, Mizuno is known for products that satisfy athletes. It has entered the running shoe segment with products that strike a balance between style and efficiency.
The Mizuno Wave Inspire series is popular for its comfort, support, durability and multi-terrain usage. Here, let us check out the features, pros and cons of Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, the latest launch in the series.
With significant upgrades, Wave Inspire 14 promises a smoother and more comfortable running experience.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 works well for marathons, daily walking or indoor workout sessions. It also caters to overpronators and uses innovative technology to offer excellent support.
- Size and Fit
Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 weighs about 292g for the men’s version and 247g for the women’s version, which is comparatively lighter than many of its competitors.
While the shoe features the standard length for a running shoe, it has multiple width options for different foot structures. The men’s shoe is available in D (medium) and 2E (extra wide), while the women’s version is available in 3 fits - 2A (narrow), B (medium) and D (wide).
The shoe features a mesh upper with stitched overlays that keep the foot secure as it moves. The mesh material used is lightweight and pliable, providing flexibility and breathability.
Mizuno uses the Dynamotion Fit technology to make the forefoot adaptive to the movement of the shoe. The tongue has great cushioning which, along with the lacing system, makes for a comfortable and secure fit.
Using U4iC and U4iCX material, Mizuno offers a highly comfortable and responsive sole unit in Wave Inspire 14. They are both lightweight and add to the underfoot cushioning for a seamless run. U4iCX is specifically added in the heel area to smoothen uneven landings for overpronators.
The midsole also uses the Mizuno Cloudwave technology along with a fan-shaped wave plate for added stability, responsiveness, shock absorption and cushioning.
Made using the carbon rubber X10 technology, the outsole provides excellent durability and traction. In the forefoot, the blown rubber placement also ensures more cushioning, better grip and increased durability. It is also highly flexible, enhancing the overall mobility of the shoe.
The heel area is protected using the X10 technology, which prevents deterioration of the sole (midsole and outsole). The outsole also features flex grooves which provide more flexibility and aid in a better heel-to-toe transition.
Terrain Suitable For
While the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 works best on concrete roads, it’s also efficient for running on wet or rough surfaces. The blown rubber placement and X10 technology, along with other materials, ensure a great grip on all kinds of surfaces.
Pricing and Availability
The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 was launched at a competitive retail price subject to availability and size.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is available for purchase on Amazon, Zappos, Mizuno’s website and HolabirdSports.
How It Compares
Let’s see how the shoe stacks up against alternatives in the segment.
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
Mizuno does a great job with its support system, making it one of the best options for athletes. It uses Dynomotion Fit technology that ensures that the upper resonates with the natural movement of the runner. The mesh upper maintains breathability and flexibility, as do the materials used in the midsole.
The shoe is comparatively lightweight due to the U4iC and U4iCX foam used in the midsole. The Cloudwave technology and blown rubber placements add to the stability while ensuring higher impact absorption. The X10 technology prevents the entire sole unit from degradation.
- EVERUN Topsole for continuous cushioning
- Light Stability for runners looking for extra support
- Engineered mesh upper for dynamic lightweight fit
Saucony Guide 10 is an upgraded version of Saucony Guide 9, with improved support, ease of use and durability. It also comes with extra support for overpronators.
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
The shoe is comfortable and flexible - both for running on roads and indoors. It does create problems while running on wet surfaces, however. Saucony Guide 10 provides enhanced support for runners that tend to overpronate. The FLEXFILM upper offers additional support as well.
Saucony Guide 10 is a lightweight shoe that delivers on durability and stability. The XT-900 carbon rubber protects against abrasion. However, the outsole has soft rubber which is not very long-lasting. The build is resistant and makes for a snug and secure fit. The toe box is, however, a little narrow for some runners.
- 3D Fit Print applies strategic stretch
- Rounded heel provides better alignment, minimizing stress on joints
- Lightweight Guide Rails ease the body into its natural motion pattern
Brooks PureCadence series has been known for its stability shoes, and PureCadence 6 is the latest launch in the line. It offers more support and durability than its predecessor, thanks to Brooks’ innovative technologies.
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
With a standard rubber outsole that has Omega Flex Grooves and BioMoGo cushioning in the midsole, Brooks PureCadence 6 offers impressive support and flexibility. The cushioning, while optimum, is not for runners looking for more. The 3D Fit Print upper ensures a secure fit and offers maximum support. The responsiveness of the shoe is also ordinary with stiff midsole cushioning. Users have complained that laces untie pretty frequently.
Brooks PureCadence 6 is resilient, with an improved upper featuring NAV band. It is lightweight as well, which is uncommon for stability shoes. Its material makes for good breathability. The shoe is built to handle all kinds of terrains - roads and rough surfaces. The durability is nothing out of the ordinary since it keeps the structure simple to keep the shoe lightweight.
Pros and Cons
While the latest launch from Mizuno Wave Inspire series comes packed with features to make life easier for runners, are there any drawbacks? Let’s find out.
Undoubtedly, this is Mizuno Wave Inspire 14’s main strength. The Cloudwave technology and wave plate provide exceptional stability and support to the runner. It offers optimum support and flexibility to overpronators and other runners alike. The shoe ranks high on resilience and durability. The blown rubber and the X10 technology do an especially great job at impact absorption and protection against wear and tear.
The upper is designed to offer maximum breathability and keep the feet dry while running. It is lightweight as well, keeping the comfort level high with additional cushioning in the midfoot. The shoe is available in multiple widths - narrow, medium, extra wide - offering something for everyone.
It takes some time to get used to the shoe and for it to adapt to your movement. Some users have complained of a narrow fit despite the multiple variants available. The toe box might feel a little cramped.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers on its promise of stability, durability, support and comfort. The use of Mizuno’s proprietary Cloudwave technology ensures that the overall experience is seamless, comfortable and satisfying.
While some runners faced size-related issues, its range of widths caters to all types of foot structures. The cushioning is balanced to provide just the right level of traction and responsiveness. There is enough room to keep the feet from moisture.
For medium to severe overpronators, or even for runners seeking support, comfort and sturdiness, Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 will not disappoint.