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Mizuno Wave Inspire 14

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.

Product Overview

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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.

Product Specifications

  • Weight
  • Size and Fit
  • Upper
  • Midsole
  • Outsole

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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Pros

  • Excellent Support
  • High Durability
  • Breathability
  • Multiple Widths

Cons

  • Takes Time to Adapt
  • Narrow Fit

The Verdict

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.

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