Mizuno Wave Paradox 2
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Overview of this review
After running became more than just a hobby, I decided to invest for a more suitable shoe.
Being an overpronator, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 was the first shoe suggested to me by a local shop. After trying other models, I decided to buy them.
Mostly, I am running on asphalt roads. Therefore, during a rainy day, traction is important for me.
The Wave Paradox is known to have a superior control for a road shoe.The Double wave plate covers the full length of the shoe and creates a good support for the foot.
Of course, nothing comes free, this support level creates additional weight. The total weight of the shoe is above 300 gr.
Since I already mentioned using the shoe in rainy days, it is good to address that, on top of the shoe, in addition to mesh material, there is a thin layer of plastic that makes it partly waterproof.
I can’t say that it works for any level of rain but it is better than not having it at all.
Shortly after I purchased them, I went out for a short run of 5K. The shoe performed very well on its maiden run. I completed at a good pace without any bruises and/or pains.
The only part which is difficult to adopt is the heel area. The shoe has a 12mm heel-to-toe drop. Due to its design, it looks very bulky on the heel part and it takes some time to adjust your strike.
Therefore, I strongly suggest to use it with an additional pair of different brand/model with a lower drop so that you can still optimize your stride mechanic.
The longest distance I used my Wave Paradox 2 is half marathon distance. Even if cushioning is not the field the shoe is known for, it is very comfortable during runs.
The weight can be an issue for long runs. On the upside, training with the Paradox shoe and wearing a lightweight shoe during the race will create a boost in your pace. I experienced this, and I’m sure you’ll do as well.
I was attracted by the name of the shoe during my decision process. “Paradox” created some mystery in my mind and I believed 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 either. However, it definitely supports you to reach a new level of pace. OK, it is a stability shoe, however, its cushioning is sufficient.
And finally, even when only direct lines were used, the shoe still looks good. Overall, the shoe deserves its name.
The only negative part, in my opinion, is the heel part which looks rather strange and bulky.
If you are looking for a Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is the shoe for you.
Currently being a discontinued model, it creates additional price/benefit ratio and can be used as a secondary shoe for those with overpronation.
Updates to Mizuno 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.
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. The U4ic foam is also used in the Paradox 5 running shoe.
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.