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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

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


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 964 ratings

5 star
71%
4 star
13%
3 star
5%
2 star
3%
1 star
7%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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 14 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Phidippides TV • Gregory • Level 4 expert

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

  • 79 / 100 by HRDLPN • HRDLPN • Level 2 expert

    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 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

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

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    If you were a fan of the previous version, I cant imagine you being disappointed with the new one.

  • 90 / 100 by Gear Institute • Mandie33 • Level 3 expert

    Overall, the Wave Rider 19 was very comfortable, responsive and just soft enough to feel like it was absorbing shock yet still agile enough to respond to changes in speed.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Magazine • Tim Huebsch • Level 3 expert

    The shoe is a great mix of performance and durability, versatile enough to pound out the kilometres on the roads and trails, while also light enough to act as a long-distance workout shoe.

  • 82 / 100 by Runners Need • James Reader • Level 3 expert

    This neutral road shoe is all about providing cushioning and comfort over bigger distances, so that you can run further for longer.

  • 77 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Impact Magazine • Level 3 expert

    It has a large heel-to-toe drop that I am not crazy about.

  • 90 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Marathon Sports • Level 2 expert

    Running in the Rider 19 brought me back to what I expected from a Mizuno shoe – light, firm, and responsive, with a smooth heel-to-toe transition and a nice feel for the surface underneath me.

  • 86 / 100 by The 5K Runner • The 5K Runner • Level 2 expert

    If you need a fairly neutral, fairly cushioned training shoe and also an occasional racing shoe, then these will do nicely – especially over 10k, where less-supportive racing flats may be less appropriate than this type of shoe. 

  • 81 / 100 by Dirty Old Sneakers • Dirty Old Sneakers • Level 2 expert

    According to Mizuno, they’ve upgraded the sock liner to provide more rebound and resiliency during the foot strike, and to be honest (and I know it sounds pretentious), I think I can feel it.

  • 95 / 100 by Shut Up + Run • Beth Risdon • Level 1 expert

    The fit, the comfort, the look all cliqued with me. I like a shoe I do not have to think about when I run.

  • 79 / 100 by Jill Will Run • Jill • Level 1 expert

    If you are already in previous versions of the Wave Rider, it’s similar but with some minor adjustments.

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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.