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.
Currently being a discontinued model, it creates additional price/benefit ratio and can be used as a secondary shoe for those with overpronation.