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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 10.6oz
Women: 8.9oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The AIRmesh is the fabric of the Inspire 12 and it offers breathable and comfortable coverage.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the Stitched Overlays that are located in the lateral and medial sides, giving a snug yet secure fit.
  • The Ortholite Sock Liner gives additional cushioning, moisture wicking and anti-microbial protection.
  • The U4ic is a mid-sole material that is shock absorption, durability, and responsiveness.
  • Moderate over-pronation of the foot is handled by the added mid-sole components, such as the Wave tech and the Smooth Ride system.
  • X10 is an outsole unit that is super durable and efficient when dealing with wear and abrasion.
  • The Wave Inspire 12 has systems that improve the natural flexibility of the foot.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noticed that it was a bit narrow in the forefoot area, making the toes clump uncomfortably close together.
  • There were testers who noted that it didn’t offer as much stability as the previous version.
  • This running shoe has a slightly expensive price.

Bottom line

The Wave Inspire 12 from Mizuno garnered quite the popularity from runners who search for a running shoe that offers responsible stability and control. It’s a daily running companion that’s efficient and trustworthy.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 501 ratings

5 star
75%
4 star
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3 star
3%
2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 31 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by Phidippides TV • Gregory • Level 4 expert

    The Mizuno Inspire, on its 12th version, continues to be solid in its effort to support and guide the foot and yet still provide a lightweight package.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Theo Clyatt • Level 3 expert

    It is a heavier, beefier-feeling shoe than last year--than the last couple of years, as a matter of fact--but it's still a very good shoe. This is a solid stability shoe that will put a lot of miles in and not break down. It's very well-built.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Mizuno gave the Inspire a softer feel while keeping the snappy ride and solid control.

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    If, on the other hand, you are an overpronator looking for a very stable and supportive ride and enough cushioning for long runs, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 might be able to get the job done.

  • 80 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The new Inspire 12's hallmark is its balanced ride behavior, which was also true for the Inspire 11. Changes? It's put on a lot of weight, improved its fit, and done a few things to its sole design.

  • 88 / 100 by Gear Institute • Mandie33 • Level 3 expert

    Combined with the thin, flexible sole, the shoe disappears when rolling through quick-tempo strides.

  • 83 / 100 by Run Oregon Blog • Matt Rasmussen • Level 3 expert

    The fit and experience of wearing the shoes didn't disappoint-they feel really nice on my feet, and the soles offer a nice balance of cushion, flexibility, and support due to the blown rubber in the front, and the U4ic midsole.

  • 81 / 100 by Foot Pro • Foot Pro • Level 3 expert

    They feel plusher, maybe a little less responsive but the sense of increased cushioning quickly comes to the fore-front. 

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Theo Clyatt • Level 3 expert

    It’s heavy and hot but it is incredibly stable and cushioned.

  • 87 / 100 by Active Feet • Stephen Rosel • Level 2 expert

    It provides what you need for any journey whether it is a fast 5km hit out to a marathon.

  • 82 / 100 by Carmy • Carmy • Level 2 expert

    The asymmetrical heel pad design (pictured above, where the pink/white meets) offers support and cushion where needed.

  • 80 / 100 by The 5K Runner • The 5K Runner • Level 2 expert

    A great shoe for an overpronator and/or someone who needs a supportive shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Weal Feet • Weal Feet • Level 2 expert

    Unlike other stability shoes, the Inspire 12 is relatively light.

  • 79 / 100 by Run.Write.Mom • Reese • Level 2 expert

    The interior of the shoe is one of the nicest features, with a super smooth fabric that will feel great against bare feet. 

  • 91 / 100 by Bobbi McCormick • Bobbi McCormick • Level 1 expert

    I need a stability shoe and I feel like every time I get the right stability the shoe is super heavy, but not these! They are light and super cushy! 

  • 90 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Megan Vigue • Level 1 expert

    Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 could provide me that elusive middle ground between stability and lightness that I’ve been looking for in an everyday trainer.

  • 89 / 100 by Nic Akins • Nic Akins • Level 1 expert

    They're worth getting out there and training for your next half-Marathon, 5K, Marathon.

  • 87 / 100 by Our Knight Life • Emily • Level 1 expert

    Lush, soft, and support without the stiffness are all reasons I’m in love with this shoe.

  • 87 / 100 by RandRuns • Randall Wharton • Level 1 expert

    As soon as I got on the road, I felt a sense of relief – the Wave Inspire 12 are definitely a big improvement on the 10. They feel a lot like the 9’s, but lighter, and perhaps a little more padded. 

  • 87 / 100 by Sparkles • Christy • Level 1 expert

    But I have to say that when I ran in them for the first time, I did have a bit of a Cinderella moment.

  • 84 / 100 by Fleet Feet Sports • Mandy Wahl • Level 1 expert

    Mizuno added 2mm of cushion in this shoe, which has made it the perfect amount of cushion for me.

  • 83 / 100 by 50by25 • Laura • Level 1 expert

    They aren’t quite so light as to be a racing shoe for short distances, but I do think they’d do really well as a racing shoe for marathons – when you need extra support and are willing to trade in a bit of weight for more cushioning.

  • 83 / 100 by Fitness Bloggi'n! • Fitness Bloggi'n! • Level 1 expert

    It was light and "springy" no matter what my workout was that day.

  • 83 / 100 by From Dancing to Running • From Dancing to Running • Level 1 expert

    The first time I ran in the shoes, it felt like they were already broken in.

  • 83 / 100 by Mamarazza on a Mission • Carleeh Mulholland • Level 1 expert

    I didn’t have any discomfort in my knees and my feet weren’t as tired as usual when the race is over.

  • 83 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Megan Vigue • Level 1 expert

    I especially appreciated how light this shoe was while still giving me a solid amount of support.

  • 82 / 100 by Christina • Christina • Level 1 expert

    Besides the fact that they feel great – look how pretty they are!

  • 82 / 100 by NJ Run Spot • NJ Run Spot • Level 1 expert

    I didn't get very far before I forgot I was wearing it again.

  • 82 / 100 by Women's Running • Kristin Massen • Level 1 expert

    This shoe is a great fit for those planning to increase their mileage from 5K to 10K training or beyond, provided your preference is for minimal bulk in a stability shoe and outweighs your desire for increased arch support and cushioning.

  • 81 / 100 by Running With Perseverance • Coco • Level 1 expert

    They didn’t weigh me down on my challenging runs, and my feet appreciated the cushioning on the longer runs.

  • 80 / 100 by Joshua Reed • Joshua Reed • Level 1 expert

    Now, they were a bit heavier than I am used to at about 10.6oz, but I felt they were much lighter than most of the support shoes I own or have tried on.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Inspire 12

  • The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 comes with an updated upper construction. It uses new set of air mesh covers and delivers greater layering in the sides of the midfoot and in the heel. The new upper gives a soft yet structural fit. Lastly, the newer version comes with softer laces.
  • The outsole was also updated. The shoe has lesser flex grooves and larger outsole slabs. The heel area feels softer due to the increased rubber thickness.
  • The cushioning of the Wave Inspire 12 was also changed. The heel cushioning is softer while the forefoot cushioning feels firmer.
  • Due to the changes in the upper, outsole design and cushioning, the Wave Inspire 12 weighs approximately 51 grams heavier than the previous version.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 size and fit

The fit and sizing of the Wave Inspire 12 is identical with its predecessor. It has a snug heel and midfoot with ample of room in the toe box for natural splay. This is great for those with medium measurements and who love a roomy toebox. The widths are the standard D and B for the men’s and women’s, respectively.


Outsole

The Mizuno’s X10 rubber outsole was used in the shoe for a durable and enhanced traction. The Wave Inspire 12 has increased the blown rubber in the forefoot for added cushioning, durability and responsiveness. It also features the brand’s Flex Controller technology that increases flexibility in high-flex areas.


Midsole

Mizuno combined several notable technologies in the midsole of the Wave Inspire 12. The Mizuno Wave technology is extended from the heel to the midfoot to deliver a well-cushioned and springy ride. With the SmoothRide Engineering, runners can experience a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 features the redesigned U4icX technology that delivers more cushioning for efficient shock absorption and well-cushioned underfoot feel.

It also uses the full-length Mizuno Intercool ventilation that reduces the humidity and heat build-up especially when running in a warm condition.


Upper

The upper features the Airmesh cover that is highly breathable, keeping the foot cool and dry. The stitched overlays in the lateral and medial side deliver a secure fit while the Dynamotion Fit gives optimal fit. Lastly, it has OrthoLite sockliner that is anti-microbial in nature and keeps the foot moisture free.