Mizuno Wave Inspire 16: Redesigned for a modern look and feel

The Mizuno Wave Inspire series is one of Mizuno’s longest-standing stability running shoe lines. In its 16th iteration, the Wave Inspire comes with an all-new, contemporary upper design that features the following:

  • seamless construction for an irritation-free ride
  • fewer overlays for a cleaner design and lighter feel
  • a new internal toe cap for a sleeker look compared to its predecessor, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15

Who is it for? The Wave Inspire 16 is specifically designed for individuals who tend to slightly overpronate (when the foot mildly or moderately rolls inward), but it can also be appropriate for neutral runners who need just a little support. 

What is it for? It is suitable for running and walking on road surfaces. The shoe can also accommodate gym sessions, work, and casual wear. 

Knit version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16

In addition to enhancing the look and performance of the new Wave Inspire, the brand also created a Waveknit version of this year’s edition. Instead of engineered mesh, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit utilizes a knitted top for a natural and sock-like fit.  

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 286g / Women 241g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: Mizuno Wave Inspire 17
Forefoot height: 20mm
Heel height: 32mm

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