Notable elements of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit

- The Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit is an everyday running shoe designed to provide support for natural movements. This comfortable running companion is upgraded with the innovative Waveknit™ technology for enhanced breathability and flexibility. 

- To provide a firm and responsive ride, this knitted version uses the same midsole and outsole technologies featured in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16. 

- This Mizuno running shoe uses Wave® technology for responsive cushioning. This element helps provide a more comfortable and stable ride. 

- The X10 outsole is located in the heel area of the Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit. This material is used to deliver improved traction and durability. 

Size and fit

The knitted version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 follows the standard shoe measurement. However, it is recommended to try the shoe in-store before making a purchase decision for a pleasant wear experience. 

The technical components that affect the fit of the shoe include the lacing system. The shoelaces allow for a personalized fit. Other elements are the sockliner and padded tongue, which help provide a snugger in-shoe feel. 


The blown rubber material is positioned in the forefoot area to provide a responsive ride. This component also increases the cushioning performance of the Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit.  

The X10 rubber is placed in the heel section for enhanced traction. This element is made out of highly durable carbon rubber. The X10 outsole technology is also featured in the Mizuno Wave Creation 20

To provide a lightweight and flexible ride, the flex controller plate is incorporated in the high flex area of the outsole. This material serves as a miniature Wave® plate, reducing the shoe’s overall weight. 


Providing optimal shock absorption is the U4ic midsole compound. This durable cushioning material is 30% lighter compared to other midsole materials that offer comparable performance.  

Another cushioning material that is incorporated into the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit is the U4icX midsole. It is the lighter version of the U4ic midsole that is used to provide a softer underfoot feel. This component is also responsible for ensuring smooth transitions. 

The Mizuno Wave® plate is included in the shoe to provide a stable ride. This technology disperses energy impact to a broader area, creating a more stable platform. 

The manufacturers also used SmoothRide technology. It is a gender-specific network of grooves, which minimizes the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot. This technology delivers a smooth heel-to-toe ride. 

Giving additional comfort is the premium sockliner that is integrated into the shoe. The sockliner also offers added underfoot protection. 


For a natural and dynamic fit, the iconic Waveknit™ technology is integrated into the Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit. This stretchable upper material provides a sock-like fit and breathable comfort. Stitched overlays are also infused for added support. 

Providing a comfortable fit is the Dynamotion Fit Technology. This element aims to minimize the stress that the foot naturally places on the shoe, eliminating distortion. 

The upper’s structure helps prevent the heel collar from buckling under load. The heel collar and tongue are included to deliver added comfort. 

This road running shoe utilizes the traditional lacing system for a secure and comfortable in-shoe feel.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.1oz / Women 8.5oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Stability
Base model: Mizuno Wave Inspire 16
Forefoot height: 20mm
Heel height: 32mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen
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