Mizuno Wave Inspire 13
The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 is yet another update to the popular Wave Inspire lineup. This stability shoe features a unique pronation control system and moderate cushioning. With no medial post, Mizuno has opted to utilize its patented Wave Technology to discourage inward rolling. The same Wave Technology is used in Mizuno‘s neutral shoes, but in the Inspire it has a different purpose- to stabilize the wearer.
The low-grade stability and mid-level cushioning offered by the Wave Inspire 13 make the shoe a good option for tempo runs and weekend distance runs. A few changes make the shoe an overall solid update and the Wave Inspire 13 will likely please newcomers and loyalists alike.
- Great cushioning
- Lightweight feel
- Responsive ride
- Breathable mesh upper
- Tough and durable outsole
- Comfortable fit
- Generously padded tongue
- Roomy toe box
- Nice amount of support for mild pronators
- Requires a breaking in period
- Heavier than predecessor
- Cushioning falls flat over time
- No reflective features
- The midsole area on these shoes are the game changers. It is the bridge between the toe and the heel and is built to help control your stride. These are in a league of their own. This really helps with my over pronation because the way it is made allows for all the weight and pressure to be distributed evenly when pressure is applied to the shoe. I am tall, thin and have huge feet and these shoes do not weigh me down or cause ankle issues. These have great support without being overzealous. These shoes are perfect, I have had the Riviera, which is no longer available, and the Paradox. Those were not wide enough for me. I have really wide and flat feet and these Inspire have proven to be made for my style feet. I am so happy with these and was in no pain after wearing them all day; I always have pain in my feet. Magic!
- I upgraded to these from the 12s an they are definitely different. I over pronate and am pretty small and these have been great. They are more flexible and have a much wider toe area. They also didn't lose the heel snug, which is awesome for keeping my foot in place. They have been very supportive on my super long runs and or my basketball practice. I have had no issues or injuries. Great designed shoe.
- These work great for my marathon training. I have been using Mizuno for years and these did not disappoint. They are very durable shoes and light.
- I was happy to find the heel was set a little higher, it helps my stride. I have been using these for my training and the padding in the toe box i holding up great. These are good shoes.
- I am won over by these. I have never had a more balanced run than I do with these. I used Asics and NB before these and never again. These keep me from rolling my ankles completely.
- These really feel great on my bunion. They have a nice meshy material that flexes on to and the toe box is nice and wide.
- These are the best shoes I have ever owned. I was having serious issues running. Getting pain and not able to go over 2 miles. When I found these shoes I was relieved. Literally, I feel no more pain when I run and I feel so good that I can live without foot pain.
- These shoes corrected my pronation instantly. They have helped my knee pain, which seems to gradually be going away I am happy with the comfort and they are very stable and balanced. I bought these a half size up and they fit perfect.
- I am able to walk without pain, from my fasciitis, in these shoes. They run a bit small so I bought a whole size up. They are wider now and my feet set in them beautifully.
- These shoes were made for flat feet peeps. Taken away all my foot pain and they just keep getting better and better every time i wear them. Thank the Lord!
- These aren’t made for doing anything in the rain. However, they are a winner in my bok. I had my others over a year and had a little wear in the sole, which is obviously gonna happen. These have never hurt my feet and were recommended by my foot doctor. He knew what he was talking about. Best shoe EVER!!
- These are a pretty good shoe. I overpronate and need an obnoxious amount of arch support so these have been ok for that. Still looking for a bit more.
- These aren't as great as I thought they would be from all the raves on flat feet wear. But, they are good shoes. They definitely need a bit more arch support for me. They are Ok.
- I had to get used to the mansion of a toe box.I mean, I could move a family of 4 in there. I was thinking my feet were gonna be swimming but they didn't. I am happy they are super comfy and light too. No break in time and true to size.
- For some reason the Inspiration always bust out the pinky toe area. They have so much control and support though , I cannot help but buy them, so dang comfy.
- I always buy these a size larger. They have great arches and they keep my ankles and heels form aching after a day of use. Great shoe.
- Light and wide, just like I like uhm. The insoles are thin and have low arches but I just bought insoles.
- Super supportive for my pronation and very, very light. I always have bought the Inspire and never been disappointed.
- I had my anther Inspire for years and decided I should probably get another. These are super comfortable and have some mean cushion to them. The support is great and they are built for use. Great construction on the upgrade for sure.
- I been using this brand for a decade now and man o’ man, do they just keep getting better. They have saved my knees and have so much support I am sure they have saved the rest of me too. They have held up to a lot of use without falling apart.
- The soles are really hard comparably and they are really loud on hard surfaces. The grip is lacking a bit too. All in all though, it is a really great shoe.
- First of all the bottom of thee shoes are a hard plastic and sound crazy on hard surfaces, like I'm taking a jazz class when I walk. Second, They are way too tight and I was in pain and trying to rush home to remove them. Not happy with these.
- I have used every model of inspire and these are so bad. They have no support are less springy and more bulky. It is really unfortunate because the inspires are normally really great marathon runners.
- These were way to tight. The fabric felt different, cheaper. They just really fit weird all together. I am not happy and will be getting another brand.
- The strap on the tongue is too low and makes the tongue sit strange. It gets too tight in a weird spot and is really uncomfortable for me. I'm a fan of the brand but not this shoe.
- This is a huge downgrade from the other Inspires. These are coming apart in the sole and the fabric is starting to fray and rip. Not sure Ill get these again.
- The heel on these was bogus and was all squished up in the hee. They didn't fit right, probably because of that.
- I prefer the 12s. These are way more bulky and just not comfortable for me. #Downgrade!
The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 doesn't feature anything fancy in its outsole since it's mainly geared towards road runners. The blown rubber outsole provides a nice first-layer of padding for the wearer and X10 material in the heel provides the bulk of the grip required for road running. The outsole also features what's called Flex Controllers to allow the shoe to bend naturally as the runner moves.
Noticeable from a side profile view, the wave construction provides both energy-return and stability for the wearer. There's no medial post, so the wave plate works to stabilize runners and discourage pronation.
To get the full effect of the midsole's responsive cushioning, a breaking in period is required. Toughing out a few runs on a hard midsole gives way to a softer ride in the end.
The upper also features several overlays that help lock the foot down inside the shoe to ensure a snug but comfy fit. Overall, reviewers agreed that the upper was quite breathable but the mesh material does have a tendency to tear.
The standard lacing system works as it should but some reviewers complained that the stretchy laces came undone a bit too often for their liken and were hard to keep laced.
The women's version of the Inspire 13 weighs about 9 oz and the men's weighs about 11 oz. The Inspire 13 won't be anyone's top choice for speedwork, but it's a solid choice for tempo and long runs.
The mesh, though, is quite thin and does tend to tear. The thin construction greatly improves the shoe's air circulation but it causes durability issues. A roomy toe box is another aspect of the shoe that greatly helps with breathability.
Many reviewers did point out that the shoe requires a breaking in period. The cushioning feels hard at first but softens up over time. This breaking in period may take some time, though, which may turn off some runners. Still, the shoe fits well and has a nicely padded collar and tongue for added comfort.
The look of the wave plate looks neat and adds a nice visual element. As always, the large Mizuno logo is the main attraction. Both the men's and women's versions are offered in a variety of colors and come in bright colors if so desired.
Other areas of the Inspire 13 are not so durable, though. The mesh upper does tend to tear, as was mentioned by several reviewers. The forefoot mesh ended up ripping for many as well. In addition, the cushioning falls flat after a while. It'll still be there to pad your landing, but it won't feel as responsive and bouncy over time. This doesn't mean that the shoe is flimsy, though. Its made of quality materials and will hold up fairly well. Its sole is especially resistant and should handle regular use without a problem.
In addition, the DynamotionFit technology ensures the right fit so runners aren't flopping around as they move. The fit is snug without being too tight and the stretchy laces allow the user to tighten as they wish. Overlays, present in the upper, add an additional element of stability by helping to lock down the wearer's foot.
The chunky heel raises runners pretty high off the ground. A few reviewers pointed out that the heel felt heavier and larger than in previous versions of the Wave Inspire. Runners with heavy heel strikes will be most pleased with this update.
- X10 outsole material is present in the heel area for grip
- Flex Controllers help with the shoe's ability to bend and flex with the runner
- u4icx cushioning in heel provides shock absorption for the wearer
- u4ic cushioning in midfoot for a responsive ride
- Wave construction reduces pronation and enhances bounce
- AIRmesh upper
- DynamotionFit technology ensures the upper fits well
- Removable insole to accommodate custom orthotics
- Gender-specific construction
- Lock-down overlays
The shoe does require a significant breaking in period, but reviewers seemed to feel it was worth it in the end. The ride is responsive and the upper ensures a well-ventilated experience. A roomy toe box rounds out the overall great fit. Slightly heavier than its predecessor, reviewers seemed not to notice a little extra weight. Overall, the shoe pleased reviewers, including fans of the Inspire 12.