Verdict from 13 experts and +100 user reviews

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.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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.

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. This midsole technology is also used in the Wave Rider 22 and in other reliable Mizuno shoes.

Lastly, it uses the full-length Mizuno Intercool ventilation that keeps the foot cool all throughout the run.

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.


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