Facts

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: 11oz
Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 12mm
Women: 12mm

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.

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

9 reasons to buy

  • Many testers noted that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 adhered to their preference in terms of the size schemes.
  • A runner reported that it felt great and it performed well on the roads.
  • ‘Comfortable’ was used by many consumers as a means to describe their time wearing this shoe.
  • Several reviewers stated that this version was suitably more cushioned than the previous ones.
  • The cushioning system was responsive and agreeable, according to several commenters.
  • A runner wrote that the toe box was roomy enough to allow natural toe-splaying.
  • According to a purchaser, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 felt lighter than the previous stability shoes they’ve used.
  • Runners generally didn’t have concerns when it came to the durability of this running shoe.
  • This version was touted by its users as a great evolution to the long-running series.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The fit was a little loose in the middle section of the shoe, commented a tester.
  • A runner didn’t like the laces much because they wrote that it easily came loose and that it gave the impression that it could easily break.
  • According to a purchaser, the cushioning near the heel area wasn’t very efficient because it felt as though the rear of the foot was falling through the bottom.
  • The midsole felt hard and inflexible, complained a consumer; it apparently diminished the potential for natural movement during the running session, as well as causing some foot discomfort.

Bottom line

The Wave Inspire 13 from Mizuno worked well for a great number of runners, especially those who desired reliable stability and performance. They noted that its components were dependable and efficient, making it a solid choice for the roads. On the other hand, there were those who had some concerns with its general construction and quality.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 147 ratings

5 star
71%
4 star
14%
3 star
7%
2 star
1%
1 star
1%

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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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81 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Lennysunday • Lenny • Level 3 expert

    It's still a firm stability shoe that really helped my knees. I didn't get [any] knee pain.

  • 83 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    The Mizuno Wave inspire 13 is a hulking stability shoe that feels light. While it may take some time to properly break in, it is built to last longer than before.

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

    What the Inspire lacks in responsiveness, it makes up with stability and ground feel. The wide-flared forefoot creates an extremely supportive base, and the Wave infused rearfoot prevents sideways lean.

  • 78 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    While the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 has put on a tiny bit of weight compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, it provides a similar running experience as the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jon Ober • Level 4 expert

    The Mizuno Wave inspire 13 is a hulking stability shoe that feels light. While it may take some time to properly break in, it is built to last longer than before.

  • 87 / 100 by RunRepeat • Paul Myatt • Level 2 expert

    If you are looking for something stable and supportive for long, gentle runs these could be for you.

  • 85 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Minimalist Running Shoes • Level 1 expert

    The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 is one the most advanced lightweight speed shoes on the market. It is light in weight and provides ultimate stability.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Inspire 13

  • The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 comes with an updated upper. It utilizes a new upper mesh design that offers improved flexibility and breathability. The almost seamless upper design provides enhanced comfort and improved overall on-foot experience.
  • The shoe also comes with an updated midsole. Aside from the new u4ic midsole compound, the Wave Inspire 13 comes with a new u4icx heel wedge for a smoother underfoot feel.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 size and fit

The Wave Inspire 13 has a standard running shoe length and the fit much the same with its predecessor. It has a medium fit from the heel to the forefoot area and has adequate space in the toe box. The widths for men’s and women’s versions are standard D and B, respectively.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the shoe utilizes the Mizuno X10 technology and blown rubber compound. It provides reliable traction while running on the road. The blown rubber in the forefoot provides durability and added cushioning. It also features the Flex Controllers that is strategically placed in high-flex areas for enhanced flexibility without adding weight.


Midsole

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 still utilizes the brand’s Wave Technology that provides enhanced cushioning for a more responsive ride. The gender-specific grooves are also designed for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

The shoe still uses the double fan wave that is designed to reduce pronation and for a more stable ride. It also uses the notable U4iC midsole technology that provides maximum shock absorption for a tough ride and added durability.

The 13th version of the shoe features the new U4icX Heel Wedge that provides a softer underfoot cushioning and it is much lighter than the U4iC version.


Upper

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 features the AIRmesh upper coverage that provides breathability and enhanced flexibility. This works perfectly with the Dynamotion fit that offers a comfortable forefoot fit and the collar construction provides added comfort. Lastly, the stitched overlays in the lateral and medial side provides a secure foot lockdown.