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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.
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Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 10.2ozWomen: 8.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 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.
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-WideWomen: Narrow, Normal, Wide
Release dateAug 2019
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Mizuno Wave Rider 23 - Keep riding the wave!More photos
Mizuno continues to build upon its great tradition with its latest model of the Wave Rider. This is a sharp-looking shoe!
I immediately was drawn to the latest color schemes; this shoe, in particular, is sporting a charcoal gray body, with a silver Mizuno logo, and white outsole—I can definitely wear these out casually as well as while running.
I’m traditionally more of a stability shoe runner, so this neutral shoe will be a good opportunity to see how it compares to other stability models as well, including the beloved Mizuno Wave Rider 15.
Out of the box one can tell that this is a sleeker shoe than most stability shoes and its predecessor; noticeably lighter with a lower profile, yet still maintaining a similar stiffness and durability.
Not much has been dramatically changed according to others following the Wave Rider 22; it seems that the 23 will be simply an improvement in the details of an already great tradition of a model, but the sleeker profile is attractive. Let’s put it to the test!
First 50 miles performance
I was super excited to get out on the roads and trails with these shoes. Right away I notice a lighter, sleeker, and closer to the ground feel than the Wave Inspire, which is a friendly change. I was impressed with the reputed Wave technology; it allowed for a noticeable structure to the shoe, while also feeling light and free.
I was able to get out mostly on the roads with these shoes in hot, dry conditions, and occasionally I was able to jump on some dirt and gravel trails, including a twenty-mile run. Verdict: the shoe performed wonderfully!
There was plenty of stability for me even during the long runs, and I thoroughly enjoyed the comfort and lighter feel of these neutral training shoes. The neutral daily running/trainer designation for these shoes is spot on; passing with flying colors!
The upper of the Wave Rider 23 picks up where many of the Wave family leave it; the shoe is well constructed with some noticeable fine-tuning to allow for even more of a lighter feel.
From the tongue of the shoe to the ankle/heel collar, to even the laces, the shoe has been adapted for a lighter and sleeker feel and look, while not losing the durability that makes these shoes so great.
The dual-layer mesh outer has a subtle look, while also allowing for maximum breathability.
The Wave tradition continues to build upon its reputation for responsiveness and durability with the Wave insert and the U4IC & U4ICX midsole.
What comes out is a comfortable, responsive ride, plenty of stability for those putting in the long miles, and yet plenty of giddy-up for those wishing to stretch the legs with some faster times.
The 12mm heel drop is way too much for me, but it doesn’t necessarily inhibit my forefoot stride and is plenty of padding for a heel striker.
The outsole of the Wave Rider 23 has plenty of grip and traction for just about any surface.
The X10 and Smoothride technology provide a shoe that is able to handle hot pavement, wet roads, gravel, mud, and just about anything in between.
One concern is that there doesn’t seem to be a super thick sole, so this is something I will compare with others when we get into the higher mileage of the shoe’s life.
I’m really happy with the Mizuno Wave Rider 23, a wonderful neutral daily running shoe that continues upon the celebrated tradition of the Wave family.
For someone that favors more structure and stability in their run, for someone that seeks a responsive, low profile ride, or for anyone in between, I would highly recommend this shoe for the runner looking for a reliable, fun ride.
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We think the Wave Rider 23 is a great running shoe for neutral runners and heel strikers who need a shoe that will get them comfortably through their training cycle.
- The Mizuno Wave Rider shoe series has set a standard as a neutral running shoe with a laidback appearance yet delivering a responsive ride. In its 23rd iteration, the Wave Rider continues to hold this caliber. The noteworthy improvements of the Wave Rider 23 include a fresh, modern aesthetic and a cleaner look.
- Most of the shoe’s updates are found in the upper, which is where a big part of the shoe’s appearance takes form. With fewer details and overlays, the shoe boasts of a slimmer, more streamlined structure. The new design allows the Wave Rider 23 to feel more comfortable on foot. There is also less padding and stitching around the shoe for a sleeker image from heel to toe.
The Wave Rider 23 retains the construction that is signature to the series. It follows the standard running shoe dimensions, making it true-to-size for most runners. Wearers who have high-volume feet or prefer more in-shoe room could go a half-size up. When it comes to width options, the Mizuno Wave Rider 23 is available in Medium and Wide for both the men’s and women’s versions.
Mizuno’s proprietary X10 outsole material continues to be present in the Wave Rider 23. Located under the heel, this durable carbon rubber provides the necessary traction during footstrike for an efficient transition phase. The material also promotes flexible and natural movements.
Meanwhile, the forefoot area is covered with blown rubber, a material softer than carbon rubber. Its plush quality lends an extra layer of cushioning and also increases the responsiveness of the sole unit.
A set of “miniature wave plates,” called the Flex Controllers, can be found in the lateral area of the outsole. The Flex Controllers work with flex grooves to promote a flexible, fluid motion that results in a powerful step. This feature also helps in reducing the weight of the running shoe.
The midsole of the Mizuno Wave Rider 23 is an intricate system of materials and technologies that work together to create a smooth, lightweight platform that can easily withstand the demands of running. It includes elements such as the U4ic and U4icX foams, the SmoothRide Engineering, and Cloudwave Technology.
The U4ic is a full-length foam that acts as the main cushioning component of the Wave Rider 23. This lightweight material gives the shoe its shock-absorbent quality that aids in a responsive ride, as well as prolonged durability.
Paired with the U4ic is a variant of itself, the U4icX, which is found in the heel area of the midsole. Serving as additional cushioning, the U4icX provides a softer platform that helps with the impact during footstrike.
Aiding the U4ic and U4icX foams is the Cloudwave Technology, which comes in the form of a convex-shaped thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) unit that goes from the heel to the midfoot. It enhances the springiness of the midsole while delivering a plush, cloud-like feel to the underfoot.
The Wave Rider 23’s SmoothRide Engineering offers power and flexibility as it allows for fluid strides that almost feel like a rocking chair’s motions. This technology makes use of a set of grooves that produces smooth and sustained acceleration and deceleration rates. For comparison, the SmoothRide technology is also found in the Wave Inspire 15, which is a stability running shoe from Mizuno.
Two layers of engineered mesh make up the structure of the upper. Such a construction endorses optimal comfort and ease of movement. The mesh coverage has a close-weave design to prevent debris from entering the shoe.
Like its predecessor, the Mizuno Wave Rider 23 utilizes Dynamotion Fit technology in the upper, allowing it to be stretchable and adaptive. This feature lets the upper wrap around the foot naturally, thus reducing irritation. With Dynamotion Fit, the shoe flexes according to the movements of the foot.
Beneath the mesh are supportive reinforcements, one in the toe area and another at the midfoot (which also acts as the eyelets of the shoelaces). Aside from structuring, these elements also aid in the durability aspect of the shoe.
A lightly padded tongue provides comfort in the midfoot area, and it also minimizes the potential irritation caused by overly tight shoelaces.
There is a synthetic heel counter that retains structure in the rearfoot area. It also works in holding the foot down to keep it in place during running.