Who should buy the Wave Paradox 2

The Wave Paradox 2 from Mizuno is a motion-control running shoe that packs a lot of cushioning. Go for this shoe if:

  • You want a long-distance running shoe that can support severe overpronation
  • You have flat feet and would prefer a comfortable and cushioned running shoe

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Updates to the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2

  • An updated upper provides a more glove-like fit
  • The redesign of the overlays allows for a more spacious toe box
  • A thicker midsole for a more cushioned platform
  • The outsole tread pattern has been updated to allow better grip
  • More blown rubber is used in the outsole for improved durability

Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 logo

Unique shock-absorbing technology

The large pods in the outsole are more pronounced as a significant amount of blown rubber is added. Mizuno covers the heel and high-impact areas with its extremely durable X10 carbon rubber for resistance to wear and tear. A horseshoe construction in the heel focuses the impact around the shock-absorbing technologies in the midsole while forefoot grooves provide flexibility.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 horseshoe

The Wave Paradox 2’s lightweight platform

The main element in the midsole is the U4iC foam, which has superior responsiveness and durability in a very lightweight package. The U4ic foam is also used in the Paradox 5 running shoe.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 u4ic

Heel cushioning and shock attenuation are enhanced by an added foam called the SR Touch while the full-length Wave Spring provides both cushioning, stability, and integrity of the shoe.

Better structure for more support and security

A new and very breathable honeycomb mesh forms a large part of the upper. Instead of the welded versions of the original model, there are now numerous stitched-on overlays to provide structure and support. These overlays are intertwined with the logo to improve midfoot and heel security. An Ortholite sockliner keeps the interior healthy and odor-free.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 honeycomb

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.9oz / Women 9.4oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Motion control
Update: Mizuno Wave Paradox 5
Forefoot height: 21mm
Heel height: 33mm

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