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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: 9.7oz
Women: 8.6oz
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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 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A large number of appreciative runners loved the super comfortable feel of the Inspire 11.
  • Durability is a very nice asset of this shoe, based on some reviews.
  • The blend of cushioning and support is unbelievable, according to most users.
  • A very plush and soft Ortholite sockliner adds to fit and comfort.
  • It runs light and relatively flexible despite the cushioning and support.
  • It is not clunky or boxy like the prior model, noted a handful.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some needed a break-in time to get the right kind of performance from the shoe.
  • The price is a bit expensive for several runners.
  • The forefoot is a bit tight for a few users.

Bottom line

The Wave Inspire 11 maintains the tradition of providing stability for training and a nice shift from landing to take-off. Additionally, it remains to be very light for a cushioned and stable shoe, which makes it a versatile option for different distances at different speeds. A solid choice for entry level and dedicated runners.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 657 ratings

5 star
66%
4 star
16%
3 star
7%
2 star
5%
1 star
6%

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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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86 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Supportive, swift ride.

  • 82 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Inner seam irritates with thin socks or barefoot and lack of reflectivity.

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

    The Wave Inspire 11 features the exact same design found in the Wave Inspire 10. Mizuno engineers stability into this plate by leaving open holes on the lateral heel aspect of the shoe while the medial side gets a “two up, two down” reinforced wave design that places extra rigidity under the heel and rear of the arch.

  • 95 / 100 by the Athletarian • Christina the Athletarian • Level 1 expert

    All in all, I love having the Inspire 11s in my shoe rotation. They will continue to be my go-to shoe for longer runs and easier/relaxed runs.

  • 90 / 100 by Raipon • EleoNore • Level 1 expert

    It boasts of great improvements from the older version of Mizuno series. It is a worth every penny.

  • 88 / 100 by Your Comfy Feet • Your Comfy Feet • Level 1 expert

    The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is a big improvement over its predecessor and last few incarnations, bringing a sleep design to the table with excellent stability and cushioning.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Inspire 11

  • Mizuno deals the Inspire 11 with several major modifications to completely erase memories of the past version’s noticeable failures. First up is the revamped upper, which is now a remake of the past versions where stitched overlays are a major theme. This is to address issues of a loose upper that created all sorts of problems for the runner. The new version gives a nice hug that keeps the foot secure from start to finish.
  • Another major change is the material use in the Wave Plate. Mizuno goes back to the one used in earlier models as the one used in the prior version lacked the trademark shock dispersal and pop in the heel. Mizuno fans will recognize the performance of the Wave Plate in 11th Inspire.
  • To compensate for the firmness of the old thermoplastic material and design of the Wave Plate, Mizuno made the forefoot more curved or springy while the last is a little curved as well. This helps with the flexibility and the transition from the heel to the forefoot. The Ortholite sockliner is also made of softer material to reduce the firmness of the ride.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 size and fit

The significant makeover also involves the fit. The Mizuno Inspire 11 has a snugger fit in the heel to the forefoot. With the new last and improved upper, there is an enhanced lockdown feel in the heel, the midfoot, and the forefoot. Despite the curvier last, there is still decent space in the toe room for a natural splay of the toes. Medium to extra wide are the available widths of the shoe while the shoe length is standard.


Outsole

The outsole is made mostly of blown rubber bar the heel where the more durable X-10 carbon rubber serves as a deterrent to wear and tear. Flexibility is provided by flex grooves with a segmented crash pad that helps with shock attenuation.


Midsole

The thermoplastic plate known as the Wave Plate occupies the heel and the forefoot sections of the Wave Inspire 11. From the heel, it extends to the midfoot to deliver torsional rigidity and arch support. Mainly, the technology helps with shock dispersal and transition through the gait cycle. Handling the main cushioning duties falls is the U4iC midsole foam. While it is a bit firm, it is lighter than the AP+ with just about the same durability. The SR Touch foam in the heel softens the impact in the heel.


Upper

A very breathable mesh covers a large portion of the upper. As mentioned, there are several stitched overlays, including the Runbird logo that delivers the vastly improved fit of the upper. The tongue and collar are sufficiently padded while a plush Ortholite Sockliner helps soften the landing and enhance fit.