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Arch support
Daily running
M: 309g | W: 266g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 33mm | W: 33mm
Forefoot height
M: 21mm | W: 21mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

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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.


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.


We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The PU Printed Overlays offer a more responsible wrap in the heel and mid foot sections.

  • Most reviewers welcomed the Ortholite technology in the sock liner as it offers anti-microbial properties to keep the interior environment healthy.

  • The Mizuno Wave runs along the heel to the mid foot area of the sole unit, keeping a bouncy and well-supported ride.

  • The Extended Wave Plate found in the mid-foot area provides torsional rigidity for a more controlled step.

  • The U4ic is lightweight mid-sole unit that has shock absorption mechanics, as well as durability and resilience.

  • Runners generally appreciated the X10 outsole, which is a durable material that offers sure traction.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The 2nd version of the Wave Paradox has a slightly expensive price.

  • The men’s version has a moderately heavy weight.

  • Some runners felt that this shoe became very warm, thus making it uncomfortable for longer races.

  • A few noted that it wasn’t as responsive because of the heightened stiffness and thicker mid-sole.

Bottom line

The Wave Paradox 2 from Mizuno is a great-looking running shoe that has a lot of features for runners who need added support and protection. The multiple color choices make it appealing, and the efficient components enable it to function well for daily runs.

World wide, Wave Paradox 2 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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81 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 83
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 should feel more comfortable and secure on your feet as well as give you more mileage than the Mizuno Wave Paradox.
  • 81
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The support impressed testers, at the cost of feeling stiff and heavy.
  • 77
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    The Paradox is meant to be Inspire 12's bigger brother, and it is. But given Mizuno's idiosyncratic ride manners, one could mistake it for a built-up Wave Rider 19 too. That is a paradox, is it not?
  • 80
    Theo ClyattLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The upper is infinitely more welcoming to run in. Even the midsole is better despite its identical appearance to the first generation.
  • 79
    ComplexLevel 3 expert
    by Complex
    The aesthetic is more dad than fad, but you’re buying these to run in anyway, right?
  • 90
    ShielaLevel 2 expert
    by RunRepeat
    I was attracted by the name of the shoe during my decision process. “Paradox” created some mystery on my mind and I believe the name selected with care. When I tested it on the road, I figured the shoe deserves its name.
  • 83
    Isaac LooLevel 1 expert
    by Isaac Loo
    The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is a lightweight running shoe with a wide toe box that offers both structure and cushion while providing a light, sleek ride with maximum stability.
  • 80
    Erinc AtillaLevel 1 expert
    by RunRepeat
    I was attracted by the name of the shoe during my decision process. “Paradox” created some mystery on my mind and I believe the name was selected with care. The shoe doesn’t look like a fast one, it doesn’t look like it can provide good cushioning neither. However it definitely support you to reach at a new level of pace.
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  • Richard Shop Zappos
    Down here on the very bottom, we have a sturdy outsole that'll help keep you nice and steady. You also have a really flexible construction.
  • Zach Gray Mizuno Brand
    For runners who want support without the weight, the Wave Paradox 2 promises the support of a maximum stability shoe without all the weight associated with them.
  • Running Hub India
    The shoe provides great guidance and flexibility to the wearer.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    This shoe is built for the moderate overpronator who requires a combination of enhanced cushioning and stability.

Updates to Wave Paradox 2

Mizuno unveils several changes in the 2nd iteration of the Paradox to welcome those who want more stability and better comfort from this stability line of shoe. The most apparent change is found in the upper as Mizuno did away with the plastic and very firm upper. This change results in a more forgiving upper that enhances the comfort and adapts well with every stride. The honeycomb mesh itself is a more durable and breathable version of the original.

As the upper is more forgiving, which is more pronounced in the forefoot, it gives a rather glove-like feel instead of the sloppy feeling from the previous version. Going downhill is no longer an issue with this new upper fit and construction.

Adding stability to the shoe are new midfoot overlays, particularly in the medial side that are directly connected to the heel counter. They also combine with the famous Mizuno logo to act as a network of support and security around the midfoot. Most of the overlays are now stitched-on instead of being welded like in the prior model. The modification increases durability and ability to provide midfoot hold.

A subtle change in the upper is making the toe box free from overlays, which creates more space in the toe room. This should be a welcome news for those with slightly wider feet or those who need more volume in the forefoot.

Cushioning in the Paradox 2 has been improved as well. Direct comparison will show that the midsole is now thicker in the new version. The midsole is also a bit softer so runners will experience a more cushioned ride from a very stable shoe.

The outsole tread pattern has been altered to allow better grip while more blown rubber is added to improve the outsole durability.

Wave Paradox 2 size and fit

The fit of the Wave Paradox 2 is largely similar to the first model. It is designed for those with medium to slightly wider feet. The generous fit translates to superior comfort in the heel and forefoot with excellent midfoot security. Mizuno offers medium and wide as the available widths of this shoe. Sizes are of standard measurement in the shoe as well.


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.


The main element in the midsole is the U4iC foam, which has superior responsiveness and durability in a very lightweight package. 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.


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.


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