Who should buy the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4

  • Highly recommended for runners who have severe overpronation who want a reliable shoe for easy runs and long distance running.
  • Great choice for anyone who is looking for an affordable shoe that provides excellent support, stability and comfort for daily running or all-day wear.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 logo

Updates to the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4

  • Minor tweaks have been made to its design, but the façade mainly stays the same.
  • Underfoot platform is slightly denser than that of the previous version.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 updates

Sturdy with reliable surface traction

The outsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 features the X10, which is made of carbon rubber. This type of compound is sturdy.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 traction

It can protect the rest of the midsole from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It is also responsible for surface traction. This outsole material is also used in the Mizuno Paradox 5.

Wave Paradox 4 is lightweight and responsive

The chief material used in the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is U4icX, which is a lightweight foam that’s designed to be responsive. It carries the foot through the gait cycle, making the transitions from the heel to the toe as smooth as possible.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 midsole

Going from the heel to the midfoot area is the Mizuno Wave, a thermoplastic unit that adds a bit more cushioning to the foot. It’s elastic, so it doesn’t hinder the flexibility of the sole unit.

Supports the arch, and prevents overpronation

An Extended Wave Plate gives support to the midfoot and the forefoot areas. It heightens torsional rigidity, therefore strengthening the underfoot and keeping it from buckling during the running session.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 support the arc

A Double Fan Wave is placed in the medial section of the midfoot. It supports the arch, stabilizing it and preventing overpronation. A gender-specific network of grooves accommodates the natural movement of the foot, therefore allowing a smooth and well-rounded step.

The Ortholite sock liner adds a bit more cushioning. It has anti-microbial and anti-moisture capabilities, thus ensuring a clean and odor-free in-shoe experience.

Secures the foot and prevents debris-infiltration

Open mesh is the primary material used in the upper of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4. It doesn’t have noticeable pores; instead, it employs a more secure weaving technique to bolster durability and prevent debris-infiltration. It still aims to preserve breathability.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 breathability

The Dynamotion Fit involves a stretchy material in the front and collar of this running shoe which moves along with the foot, delivering a secure yet seamless coverage.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is a durable shoe

Stitched overlays reinforce the fabrics. They also help in locking the foot in place, thus preventing wobbling and accidental shoe-removals.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 durable shoe

The Strobel Last is made up of an U4icX board that’s stitched directly to the bottom edges of the upper. This construction heightens durability while delivering a consistent underfoot experience that doesn’t feel as if the mesh might detach from the sole unit at any time.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.3oz / Women 9.9oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Motion control
Update: Mizuno Wave Paradox 5
Forefoot height: 20mm
Heel height: 32mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.