Mizuno Wave Inspire 11

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is a solid entry level shoe for beginner runners and seasoned runners looking for a good daily trainer or post-race recovery shoe. A durable carbon rubber outsole provides protection and traction for the runner and a Mizuno wave plate (hence the name) absorbs the shock of hard landings. An improved upper from the previous version offers better breathability and comfort. This is an ideal shoe for short races, recovery runs, or just daily walks. Runners and walkers who typically log less than 30 miles a week will appreciate all this stylish shoe has to offer.

Pros

Lightweight and breathable

Improved upper

Very flexible midsole and outsole

Mizuno Wave technology helps prevent overpronation

Durable outsole with good grip

Attractive appearance

Good blend of cushioning and support features

Removable Ortholite sockliner adds to comfort and fit

Very affordable

Cons

A bit tight in the forefoot for some

Some breakin-in time needed

Discontinued model with limited sizes and colors available

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has a more curved design than previous versions of the shoe. The outsole is comprised of blown rubber that is featured all over the outsole except at the heel. The blown rubber is made of X10 carbon rubber which guarantees higher durability for this shoe. Horizontal and vertical grooves in the forefoot provide flexibility and a segmented crash pad in the heel lessens the stress of hard landings. Although not designed to be a high milage shoe, most runners were pleased with the longevity of the outsole. This is also a good shoe for walkers. The tread offers good grip on hard surfaces and will keep the wearer moving along.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of this shoe is made from U4IC foam material. This material was first used in the Wave Inspire 10. U4IC weighs less than the previously used material (AP+ foam). This new material is also just as durable as AP+ foam and can withstand many miles of running. A wave plate in the heel gives the shoe a bouncier feel and flex grooves in the forefoot combine to roll the foot gently forward for a more solid platform at toe-off. Another feature of the Mizuno Wave Inspire midsole is a wedge-shaped layer of EVA SR Touch foam in the heel of the shoe. This EVA foam is designed to further reduce the impact of hard landings while running. When combined with the crash pad in the outsole, it all adds to a smooth and enjoyable run.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Considerable updates have been made to the upper of this shoe. A more traditional design has been brought back from past versions of the shoe which features more stitching and less welded overlays. The upper material is a standard open mesh which covers the entire shoe. Very thin welded overlays can be found behind the Mizuno Runbird logo, but do not dominate the shoe as they did with the previous version. The upper is very breathable and comfortable against the foot. A heel collar and padding around the ankle is made of a softer material than before and increases the comfort of the shoe. This shoe can be worn without socks if desired, A standard lacing system works with the top overlay to allow the runner to customize the fit of the shoe. A removable Ortholite sockliner adds comfort underfoot and also keeps the feet cool and dry. This sockliner has anti-microbial properties to keep the foot healthy and the shoe oder-free.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is a lightweight running shoe with an average weight of 9.7 ounces for men and 8.6 ounces for women. The redesigned midsole and upper materials help keep the shoe light and flexible. The overlays from the previous model added weight to the shoe. The light weight of the shoe is also good for walkers who need a stable platform for long, comfortable walks.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

This latest version of the Wave Inspire has improved breathability. The removal of the welded overlays that covered the shoe in the previous version increase the airflow in and out of the shoe. The upper material is also made of more open mesh which keeps moisture from building up in the shoe. Both beginner and seasoned runners appreciated this upgrade. Hot, sweaty feet can take the pleasure out of a run or walk. The removable Ortholite sockliner also helps with breathability by wicking away moisture from the bottom of the foot. This keeps the entire shoe cool and dry.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

This is a fairly comfortable shoe. Updates to the upper have eliminated a loose feel that was found on the previous version. The upper is now softer and hugs the foot for a secure fit. Some runners felt the shoe needed a little break-in time before it felt truly comfortable. It is always a good idea to do a short practice run or walk when testing out new shoes. The excellent moisture-wicking properties of the shoe keep the foot cool and dry and reduce the chance of blisters and chafing. The cushioned ride comes from the materials used in the midsole and carbon rubber outsole. The rear foot crash pad also provides good shock absorption throughout the entire foot, not just the in the heel. Extra padding around the back of the heel and ankle keeps the foot comfortable and secure within the shoe. A padded tongue helps distribute the pressure of the laces evenly over the top of the foot. A bit of extra cushioning is provided by the Ortholite sockliner which can be removed to make way for a customized or more supportive insole. This is a medium width running shoe that will accommodate most foot sizes. Some runners felt this shoe was more narrow than the previous model.
Style
Style

Style

Compared to previous models of the Wave Inspire, this version has a more streamlined design. These shoes are not flashy, but the color choices available are trendy and fashionable. The shoes can be worn for any occasion and goes well with different types of casual clothing. Although designed for running, these shoes can be used for any occasion where comfort and stability is needed. Runners unable to find this shoe in their size might want to consider the Inspire 12 or 13 which have some updated features and also get good reviews.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The responsiveness of the Wave Inspire 11 comes mostly from the wave plate in the midsole. This technology is designed to provide energy return with every step. As the name indicates, the plate has waves which flex and respond as pressure is applied. Tthe design of the outsole and the horizontal and vertical grooves in the forefoot also allow the shoes to flex and move with the runner’s stride. Runner's described the shoe as having a very springy feeling with a quick toe-off after brief ground contact. The shoe was designed to be flexible and comfortable which enables it to adapt well to the demands required of it. The redesigned upper provides a more sock-like feeling which also allows the shoe to respond and move with the runner’s foot. The previous version had a rather loose and sloppy feel.
Support
Support

Support

This is a stability running shoe designed for runners with medium to flat arches who overpronate slightly. The sockliner can be removed to accommodate almost any kind of insole or custom orthotic for runners who need more or less support. The U4IC cushioning material in the midfoot keeps the runner’s foot secure and offers ample arch support throughout the runner’s stride. The mesh upper and thin overlays also provide support to the foot by enabling a secure and snug fit without feeling overly tight. The rear foot crash pad and EVA SR Touch foam contribute support to the shoe by providing smooth landings and quick toe-offs. This is a good shoe for heavy walkers and walkers with foot or knee pain.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is designed for road running and walking. The construction of the outsole is great for use on hard surfaces and the flex grooves in the forefoot add flexibility to every step. The shoe can be used on mild trails, packed gravel, and grass, but it is more suited for the open road and paved trails. The shoe has limited features for surviving rough and rocky trails. Walkers give this shoe high praise for its comfort and stability on sidewalks and hard surfaces. It also does fairly well on slippery surfaces.
Price
Price

Price

The price range of this shoe is $50 to $80. It is a discontinued model which means you should be able to find some pretty good bargains. With all older model shoes, sizes and colors will be limited. Runners unable to find this shoe in their size may want to look for the Wave Inspire 12 or 13 which features many of the same qualities and some improvements. Reviews of the 12 indicate little changed from the 11.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Despite the cushioned midsole, this is a fairly flexible shoe. The flexibility comes from the grooves in the outsole which allow the shoe to follow the natural gait of the foot. The midsole cushioning is also soft enough to flex with each step offering a responsive feel for the entire run. The mesh material of the upper, in addition to the pliable overlays, help create a very flexible shoe that retains its structure. The relaxed feel of this shoe makes it a good everyday walking shoe.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Wave Inspire 11 is advertised as a stability shoe. Several stability features try to prevent overpronation (inward roll) of the foot and ankle. The tight, yet comfortable heel keeps the foot in a neutral position and the midfoot cushioning carries the arch of the foot to ensure a stable ride. The Mizuno wave plate also keeps the foot stable by keeping the heel and arch area rigid. This wave plate is more noticeable at faster speeds where more force is needed to maintain a good pace. Walkers will appreciate the cushioning and support that keeps the foot straight and moving forward.

Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe as has a 12mm heel-to-toe drop. This means the heel of the shoe is higher than the toe. For the beginner runner or avid walker, this should not be an issue. A high heel drop promotes a cushioned heel strike that lowers the chance of injury to the foot. More experienced runners may find this drop a bit high. A high heel drop can ultimately lead to stress and overuse injuries as the miles begin to increase. More serious runners should explore other Mizuno running shoe lines which are designed more for longer distances.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Full-length U4IC foam midsole
X-10 carbon rubber abrasion-resistant outsole
Rear foot segmented crash pad
Extra EVA SR Touch foam heel cushioning
Mizuno wave plate technology
Horizontal flex grooves for flexibility
Breathable and more comfortable redesigned mesh upper
Convenient removable Ortholite sockliner
11mm heel-to-toe drop for a cushioned heel landings

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is a great shoe for new runners who want an affordable and durable shoe without sacrificing comfort and support. This is also a good shoe for recovery runs, long walks, or just daily activities. This 11th revision of the Inspre line offers protection from excessive pounding and a responsive and cushioned ride. The company’s signature wave plate technology improves the shoe’s overall responsiveness and features in the heel absorb the shock of hard landings. Stability features make the shoe comfortable and safe for running or walking. An improved upper adds comfort, durability, and breathability lacking in the previous model. This is a quality shoe that will last for many miles and offers a great value for a very reasonable price.