Mizuno Wave Inspire 11

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Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 Review Facts

Mizuno Wave Inspire is one of the best sporting shoes for runners in the market. For the past one decade it has been able to provide a platform where runners can enjoy stable, light ad quick rides. Now in its second decade the Mizuno Wave Inspire is definitely something any runner looking for durability and comfort-ability should have. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is now enjoying a better look with a carryover sole and the upper sole being newly refined.

Pros

Drastically improved upper fit.

Light on the foot.

Delivers considerable rear foot stability.

runs light and relatively flexible despite the cushioning and support.

It is not clunky or boxy like the prior model.

The blend of cushioning and support is unbelievable

A very plush and soft Ortholite sock liner adds to fit and comfort.

Cons

Curved last dumps the forefoot into further pronation.

Beefier lateral heel does not lie down as smoothly as earlier versions.

Price may be a bit steep.

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has a more curved feature than the previous versions of Wave Inspire. The outsole has a 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 Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The mid sole is made of material from U4IC. The material was first used in the Wave Inspire 10. The U4IC is lighter than the previously used material (AP+ foam). The material is also able to same level of durability as the AP+ foam. The AP+ Midsole gives the shoe a bouncier feel and flex grooves and flex controllers in the forefoot work together to smoothly continue the roll forward to give your foot a more solid platform at toe-off. It all adds up to a more fluid, enjoyable run, every time you head out. Another unique feature on the Mizuno Wave Inspire is the wedge of SR touch foam that is placed in the heel. The wedge is intended to reduce shock from heel strike when running.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 made considerable improvements on the upper part. More traditionally constructed upper for the Wave Inspire 11. In the 10th version, Mizuno cleaned house of nearly all sewn overlays and went with almost a completely welded overlay shoe. That’s now changed. Mizuno has returned to a more traditionally constructed upper for the Wave Inspire 11. Mizuno treats the Wave Inspire 11 to a fresh upper while utilizing the same midsole from the Wave Inspire 10. The upper part has a Runbird logo that is thicker that is sewn on medial and lateral. In the eyelet row you will find the sewn eyelet row and an equally sewn medial arch strap both mating up at the eyelet row. Additional reinforcements have been added to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11: two carefully hidden layers that are under (the two under layers connect the toe box and the eyelet) and a plastic netting that is lateral (the netting is under the Runbird logo). Another amazing feature on the upper is an oval hole mesh that is breathable. The tongue on the heel counter is efficiently and sufficiently padded on the firm heel counter. The only challenge is that the tongue is on the short side. Another change is on the collar lining of the heel. The lining ha been changed it now has a finely woven material. The material is more welcoming than ever. The ortholite style sock liner on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has been softened more and hence a softer feel to feet.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is one of the lightest sporting shoes, with an average weight of 8 ounces, (M: 275g | W: 244g). The material used in Inspire 11 is more light than the AP= foam. The material is also just as durable as AP+ foam. Softening the ortholite style sock has also allowed for a softer feel.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

When it comes to breathability, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has undergone a few innovations to improve its breathability. It’s now able to expel heat and moisture that is generated by the body. Mizuno Intercool solves the problem of heat and humidity build-up in a running shoe, by incorporating a full-length ventilation system in the sole of the shoe that removes heat and humidity from the foot through a system of ventilation channel. AIR mesh allows each running shoe from Mizuno to maintain a high standard of breathability for the life of the shoe, and allows the foot to stay cool. This enables the feet to be more comfortable when running. This is very useful especially if you plan on running during humid climates, though in cold climates this will not be an issue.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has an amazing fit that makes it possible for a runner to relax the laces a little. The fit has changed dramatically from the previous version; now the shoe fits slimmer and more shallow, not unlike the Wave Inspire 9.The shoe is able to stay in place. Another feature different from the Wave inspire 10, is that the eyelet row is not cinched at all. There are additional internal straps. The straps ensure that the foot is secured and hence provides a dyna-motion fit hat is important for control and comfort. The comfort-ability of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 makes it impossible to even feel the different ground terrains when running. Its comfort-ability feature also prevents slow runs, back aches, shin splints and leg aches. In recent updates a finely woven material has been added in exchange of the heel collar lining. This enhances comfort-ability.
Style
Style

Style

Compared to the previous models of Mizuno Wave Inspire, the Wave Inspire 11 has a much sleeker design. They can be comfort-ability be worn to any occasion and can match well with the different types of clothing. The use of colors on the models is so trending, matching perfectly with modern color choices. Some of the amazing colors utilized by Inspire 11 are striking green and silver. The patterns on the shoe overlay each other giving a sense that the shoe is in motion. This delivers a swift running motion. Styling of the shoe is impressive if you look at the lateral panels and the roof of the Inspire 11.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The responsiveness of Mizuno Wave Inspire is amazing. When running the shoe gives a smooth ride. A lot of attention has been put by Mizuno in making sure the Smooth Ride Engineering makes an efficient fluid motion. This latest update enables improved bouncy and softness. The bouncy responsiveness makes a good compliment to Wave Inspire 11. The enhanced sock liner provides a better benefit to the plate system of Wave Inspire 11, making it to be a little softer after a few weeks of wear. The sole continues to provide a cushioning effect that is consistent, stable, bouncy and responsive. It functions more like a spring performing better after a few compressions.
Support
Support

Support

A high amount of support has been provided to Inspire 11. This has been done without adding additional weight to the shoe. The Inspire 11 is comfortable and has a strong arch. The heel support is amazing and in order to reduce shock during a heel strike, a wedge of SR Touch foam has been placed in the heel.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This being a support or motion control shoe, the geometry of the Wave plate is designed differently, and specific to Wave Inspire 11. A typical Wave plate is corrugated on either sides, rising up and down in curves as it goes from back to front. This design is meant to better absorb impact forces during foot strike – though more for heel strikers than anyone else.
Price
Price

Price

The price range of mizuna wave inspire 11 is $60.33 - $120. With the Inspire, you get a superior quality product meant for serious performance, through the great combination of technology and craftsmanship. This is not a low priced shoe, but is worth the investment.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The shoe has good flexibility. It’s very useful for runners who experience strike reliant mainly on their heels. The design of the sole makes its flexible for those with midsole strikes not to experience over proration. The upper sole also does not inhibit any actions of the runner. The reconfiguration of the Mizuno Wave Inspire makes it’s a very flexible running shoe.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 provides form and function when it comes to stability. Its one of the most stable shoes in the Mizuno lineup. Moderate stability is experienced with Inspired 11and has been categorized in one of the best stable running shoes category. The Wave Inspire 11 features the exact same design found in the Wave Inspire 10. Mizuno engineers stability into this plate by leaving open holes on the lateral heel aspect of the shoe while the medial side gets a “two up, two down” reinforced wave design that places extra rigidity under the heel and rear of the arch.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has a heel to toe drop of M: 12mm | W: 12mm. Mizuno has beefed up the lateral design of the heel and I feel like it doesn’t lay down as well as the Wave Inspire 9 did.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•Weight: 9.5 oz.

•Refined lasting with modified toe spring: Creates a flowing, smooth toe off

•Newly enhanced sock liner works in perfect harmony with U4ic: Creates a soft yet responsive ride

•New 3D upper design: Embraces the classic Mizuno fit

•Pebax Fan Wave: Delivers a more efficient, effortless transition to the mid-foot
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has definitely impressed many fans proving to be more responsive and being able to restore the original wave plate. First, the upper in the Wave Inspire 11 is a return to form. It delivers a sleeker, form fitting feel that keeps the foot more locked in to the midsole. There is a firmer feel to the foot that is provided by the extra rubber that is placed under the ball of the foot. Although the shoes share the same midsole design, the upper of the Wave Inspire 11 harkens back to the low profile fit last seen in the Wave Inspire 9. There have been considerable improvements when compared to Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and is able to guarantee a smooth stable running experience to many. It is still a stable, secure, and light shoe that will fill the role of trainer and distance racer for many runners. All the cushioning and support you need in a silky smooth ride, Gives great support but feels smooth and fast, The Inspire just disappears as you run leaving you free to enjoy the miles.

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