Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Midsole: Most runners agree that the Mizuno Wave Rider 24 Waveknit has a smooth, responsive ride because of Wave plate that works well with the new Energzy foam.
  • Heel cushioning: According to some reviews, the midsole feels soft on the heel and firm on the forefoot, which makes heel strikers satisfied.
  • Durability: A few testers mention that the outsole and upper did not show any significant wear after several miles of use.
  • Traction: Those who tried using the shoe on wet and slippery surfaces find the grip excellent.
  • Stability: According to some comments, the shoe is supportive and stable because of Wave plate added in the midsole.
  • Fit: Based on some user reviews, the Waveknit upper delivers a nice, secure fit in all areas. 
  • Breathability: Despite the thick upper materials, the shoe remains breathable, according to several users.
  • Toebox: Some buyers appreciate the roomy toebox of the Rider 24 Waveknit.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Heel drop: A few runners find the 12mm drop to be too much.
  • Weight: Some users say that the shoe feels a bit heavy as a daily trainer.

Bottom line

Equipped with the new Enerzy foam and Mizuno Wave plate, the Rider 24 Waveknit offers a soft and responsive ride. The Waveknit upper is stretchable enough to hug the foot comfortably for a nice fit.

As an all-around neutral shoe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 24 is a good everyday trainer that won't disappoint on both short and long-distance runs. Given the high heel-to-toe drop and softer heel cushioning, this Mizuno running shoe is more suitable for runners who land on their heels. 

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