Mizuno has an almost unrivaled history in producing and marketing sports equipment. Since being founded in 1906, Mizuno has seemingly produced every type of sports equipment imaginable and currently, have been manufacturing some of the best running shoes on the contemporary market. Over the past twelve years, they have tried to meet runners` expectations with fast, high-performance shoes that offer great support for the underfoot. As always, Mizuno tries to bring some updates with every version. The Wave Inspire 12, the twelfth edition in this long-running line, comes with some new elements, such as an improved upper and with some patented elements such as the Wave technology in its midsole. These changes have impacted the overall weight of the shoe, which now weighs 51 grams more than the previous version. On the upside, the shoe feels solid. With good comfort levels, it seems the shoe could handle longer distances with ease.
Its updated upper construction employs upgrades to its air mesh covers, delivering more layers on the midfoot and in the heel, giving the upper a soft but more coherent fit. The outsole has larger slabs and fewer flex grooves, and the heel area has a softer feel thanks to an increase in the rubber’s thickness. Its midsole cushioning features more cushioning in the heel and firmer forefoot cushioning. But these are mere tweaks to the formula: the fit and sizing of the Wave Inspire 12 are nearly identical to its predecessor, with a snug heel and midfoot and a great amount of room in its toe box that allows for natural toe splay. In updating some elements and keeping other parts intact, the Wave Inspire 12 will find fans in Mizuno devotees while its improvements may draw in some new runners to this long-running line.
U4icX technology was used to enhance cushioning in the midsole, replacing the older SR Touch foam. Another added technology is the Intercool system, which allows midfoot ventilation via perforations in natural bending points along the midsole.
Another unique technology used in the upper is the DynamotionFit technology, which reduces stretching in the upper’s material and prevents slippage of the tongue while improving overall fit after lace-up. The OrthoLite Sockliner also contributes to keeping the foot moisture free.
The second applied technology that adds to overall breathability is the full-length Intercool system in the midsole. This reduces both heat and humidity during a run with the help of ventilation perforations positioned at bending points on the midsole. Finally, the Wave Inspire 12 benefits from its OrthoLite Sockline, as it fights against bacteria while keeping the foot moisture-free.
The Mizuno logo is present classically present on the outer side of the midfoot and on the heel, while the stitching of the overlay is not highly refined and the breathable Airmesh looks fragile. Overall, the style of the shoe is lacking refinement and for runners looking for the most stylish option, this might not be the best thing to hear. But again, looks aren’t everything.
Adding to these technologies is the Wave plate that manages to distribute the force applied to the stride and increasing overall durability by absorbing impact. This makes the Wave Inspire 12 a durable and dependable option for runners looking to purchase a long lasting trainer.
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• Durable X10 technology in the outsole
• Good for moderate over-pronation due to the Smooth Ride technology
• Blown rubber in the forefoot
• AirMesh upper for breathability
• OrthoLite Sockline for cushioning and combating moisture
• U4ic technology in the midsole for shock absorption and added responsiveness
• The Intercool system in midsole reduces moisture in the warm season
• DynamoFit system for optimal fit in the midfoot and heel