Who should buy the Wave Inspire 14

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is a running shoe that’s designed for moderate overpronators and those who want some extra midfoot support. Go for this shoe if:

  • You have mild to moderate overpronation and prefer a cushioned running shoe that can provide the necessary gait support.
  • You want a running shoe with a high stack height and is compatible with your heel strike pattern.

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Updates to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14

  • A redesigned upper that considers both breathability and durability
  • The midsole unit of this Mizuno running shoe is made up of proprietary foam compounds and plastic wave units that work together to provide an underfoot environment that’s supportive and agreeable
  • Durable rubber acts as a protective agent against wear and tear while also providing traction
  • Flex Controllers ensure a responsive toe-off

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Flexibility and protection in the Wave Inspire 14

The heel portion of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 makes use of X10, which is made of carbon rubber. Its purpose is to protect the midsole from the potentially debilitating effects of constant use. It also delivers traction, which is a vital part of the performance. This outsole material is also used in other Wave Inspire versions like the Mizuno Inspire 15

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 x10

Blown rubber is placed in the forefoot section. This compound is more responsive than the carbon-based one. So, it’s capable of flexing and compressing when pressure is applied. It potentially adds a bit more cushioning and springiness to the toe-off.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 blown rubber

The high-flex areas are home to Flex Controllers. These grooves and hinges in the forefoot encourage the natural bending of the metatarsals, thereby exhibiting more ease to the forefoot lift.

Tried and tested midsole technologies from Mizuno

U4ic is a lightweight foam that makes up most of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14’s midsole. This material aims to provide a robust yet reactive underfoot experience.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 u4ic foam

The U4icX is a lighter iteration of the U4ic foam. It’s used as a wedge in the heel section of the platform. It serves as a pillow that supports the back of the foot, keeping it safe from impact during the landing phase. It is tailored for heel strikers.

The Smooth Ride is a network of grooves that support the foot and prevents it from feeling separate from the platform.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 flex controllers

The Cloudwave is a thermal plastic unit that runs from the back of the sole unit to the midfoot section. This elastic component adds springiness to each step.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 cloudwave

The Double Fan Wave is a stability unit that’s placed in the medial midfoot section. Its goal is to support the arch and prevent overpronation.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 double fan

The U4icX Strobel Lasting Board makes sure to keep the upper and midsole connected. The foot-shaped lasting material has the job of bringing a relaxed in-shoe experience. Moreover, it adds a bit more cushioning to the underside of the foot.

Heightened upper durability

AIRmesh is composed of a soft and smooth material that has ventilation pores for breathability. Unlike the previous version, the one used in the Inspire 14 has a tighter and more robust weave. Such a design heightens durability, but not at the expense of its capacity to accommodate airflow.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 airmesh

The forefoot area has stretch panels that welcome the natural motion of the foot, as well a collar construction that grasps the ankles and lower leg for a secure wrap. This form-accommodating design lets the shoe acclimatize to the dynamism of the wearer’s foot, and for that, it is called Dynamotion Fit.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 dynamotion

Overlays are stitched onto the mesh material. They support the foot by keeping it in place throughout the running session.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 overlays

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 292g / Women 247g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: Mizuno Wave Inspire 17
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 30mm

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