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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    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.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 9.6oz
    Women: 8.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 31mm
    Women: 31mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Oct 2015
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Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The word ‘comfortable’ was utilized frequently by runners to illustrate their time wearing the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.
  • The colorful designs of this model appealed to a lot of its testers.
  • The upper unit was liked by runners because, for them, it was able to wrap around their feet in a nonirritating way.
  • The collar of this version wasn’t stiff like the previous model, stated a tester; it felt soft and it didn’t dig into their ankle.
  • A reviewer wrote that this version was more durable than the previous iterations; for them the fabrics and components didn’t break down easily.
  • The underfoot cushioning system felt great for numerous reviewers; it carried their feet well and it didn’t cause any discomfort, even after long running sessions.
  • A tester noted that the mid-sole unit felt more robust and substantial than the previous iteration, effectively giving a more cushioned feeling.
  • The platform was very responsive for a majority of those who tried it, and they said that they actually felt a boost when lifting off the ground.
  • The outsole’s traction capability was generally well-received.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A tester said that there was a literal ‘popping noise’ when the mid-sole unit popped off the ground during the toe-off phase, and it annoyed them.
  • The mid-sole didn’t sit well for a consumer because it caused them calf pain and toe cramps.
  • A runner noted that the heel area was a bit loose and that it tended to result in some accidental shoe removals.

Bottom line

The 19th version of the Mizuno Wave Rider was lauded by neutral runners, especially those who thought that it was significantly more superior to its predecessors. The colorful upper design received a lot of praise, as did the smooth fabrics. For them, the cushioning was also reliable. But there were testers who didn’t acclimate well to this road shoe. They felt that some of its components were uncomfortable and inconsistent.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Phidippides TV

    I continues to have the philosophy of a smooth ride, a nice, light fit & performance in its nature.

  • 79 / 100 | HRDLPN

    It's a great shoe… Sometime ago… I ran a marathon on the former ones and [I] will do it on the new ones.

  • 82 / 100 | Solereview

    The 19 also retains the firm and somewhat snappy ride of the WR-18, regardless of the new foam lasting. 

  • 80 / 100 | Motion Control Running Shoes

    If you are looking for a lightweight running shoe that provides a soft ride, comfortable fit, and a touch of stability, then the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 may be worth looking into.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Rider 19

  • The upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 was redesigned to deliver an improved fit and added durability. The updates are not readily visible since most of the changes in the upper happened in the inside. The internal linings are thinner and the lasting foam was enhanced. Lastly, the laces are longer and softer.
  • Another update is the cushioning of the shoe. The heel and the forefoot cushioning is slightly softer to deliver great energy rebound and for a resilient foot strike.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 size and fit

The 19th version of the Wave rider is available in standard running shoe length. There is a slight changed in the fit due to the changes in the upper but it still have a snug heel and midfoot with ample of room in the toe box for natural splay, accommodating runners with regular foot measurements. The shoe is available in normal or medium widths.


Outsole

The Wave Rider 19 utilizes the Mizuno’s X10 rubber outsole that offers a durable and enhanced traction. The blown rubber in the forefoot delivers added cushioning, durability and responsiveness. It also uses the Mizuno’s Flex Controller technology that increases flexibility in high-flex areas while reducing weight.


Midsole

The midsole of the Wave Rider 19 uses the notable Mizuno Wave technology that offers a well-cushioned and responsive ride. It also uses the brand’s SmoothRide Engineering that delivers a smooth heel-to-toe transition. Also, it features the U4icX technology that delivers more cushioning for efficient shock absorption and well-cushioned underfoot feel. Lastly, it uses the full-length Mizuno Intercool ventilation that keeps the foot cool all throughout the run.


Upper

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 features the highly breathable Airmesh cover that keeps the foot cool and dry. The stitched overlays in the lateral and medial side deliver a secure fit while the Dynamotion Fit gives optimal fit. Lastly, it has OrthoLite sockliner that is anti-microbial in nature and keeps the foot moisture free.