Mizuno Wave Paradox 4

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The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is a versatile shoe focused on stability. Upgraded from its previous version, the Paradox 4 took the best features from its predecessor and made some simple upgrades. The shoe provides a stable, supportive structure that those with overpronation will appreciate. Durability is also high on the list for this shoe, as the outsole uses a thick layer of rubber combined with Mizuno X10, additional carbon rubber. The midsole is where the technology is jammed into the shoe with the Mizuno Wave, Smooth Ride, U4icX, and a Wave Plate. The shoe fits well, as the upper uses the Mizuno Dynamotion Fit to keep the foot wrapped snugly in place. Runners get a performance-driven shoe with a focus on stability. Coming in at an affordable price tag, this is a shoe purchasers will want to consider.

Pros
  • Designed for overpronators
  • Soft, cushioned experience
  • Durable
  • Affordable price
  • Mizuno Wave technology
Cons
  • A little stiff
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 outsole provides a strong foundation for runners that need durability with comfort. It uses a thick layer of rubber to provide protection from the abrasive elements along the road, as well as traction and grip. The outsole also uses strategically placed carbon rubber, called X10, which is located on the forefoot and the heel to provide additional traction. The outsole's rubber protects the midsole, and stays strong during impact. The outsole also has flex grooves that ensure that the shoe can move more naturally with the foot, in particular during toe-off. Reviewers were impressed with the outsole’s durability. However some felt that the outsole was a bit too stiff, particularly in the heel.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Wave Paradox 4 midsole uses traditional Mizuno technology to create a comfortable, performance-driven experience that runners will appreciate. The midsole uses U4ic, foam that runs the length of the shoe. U4ic helps provide cushioning that absorbs shock and provides support during impact, creating a smooth, soft running experience that runners will appreciate. In addition, the midsole uses U4icX, an enhanced cushion version of U4ic, on the forefront and the heel. This enhanced material is lighter and softer, and provides optimal responsiveness. The midsole also uses the Mizuno Wave technology that as its name suggests, is shaped like a wave to ensure stability. The wave is comprised of an elastic, thermal plastic material that helps create a cushioned, springy ride. The shoe also features a Wave Plate that extends from the Wave to increase torsional rigidity in between the forefront and the heel. The midsole also uses what’s known as the Mizuno Smooth Ride, network of grooves, to minimize acceleration and deceleration, which creates a smoother toe-off. In addition, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 has built in stability control that works to correct overpronation. The technology and features built into the midsole make this shoe a very comfortable and performance-oriented shoe. Reviewers thought the shoe provides good quality cushioning and firmness, while still providing a soft, pillowy feel.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper is updated from the previous version, but there have been no changes to the structure. The upper is made of open mesh material that contributes to the shoe’s overall breathability. Mizuno uses a 3 panel construction with additional welded overlays for support. The upper wraps the foot to hold it securely in place, adapting to the shape of the wearer’s foot. The shoe also uses Mizuno’s Dynamotion Fit, which creates an optimal fit with the material in the front and uses a collar construction to prevent the heel collar from being compromised. The shoe also features an OrthoLite Sockliner that contributes to the shoe’s breathability by wicking away moisture. While users felt the materials combine to create a supported, comfortable feel and good ventilation, some had an issue with the look of the upper, as the materials made the shoe look cheap.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe weighs in at 11.3 ounces, which is slightly high for a running shoe. However the shoe has a lot of features that contribute to the shoe’s stability functions and cushioning. These seemingly increase the weight, but are factors some purchasers would appreciate at the cost of a few additional ounces.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is a shoe that provides optimal breathability. The upper is made with open mesh that allows air to flow in and out, creating good ventilation for the foot. The shoe also has an OrthoLite Sockliner that uses a moisture wicking material to keep the foot cool and dry. Overall, reviewers were impressed with the level of breathability the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 provides.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 combines its many features to create a comfortable running experience. The shoe’s midsole uses the U4icX in strategically placed positions to provide a comfortable, springy feel while running. The Ortholite Sockliner, while removable, is extremely comfortable and utilizes moisture wicking material to provide added comfort. The upper truly adapts to your foot over time and the open mesh material ensures proper ventilation while running. As with any shoe, it takes time to break them in and get them to feel just right, but the added time is worth it for the comfortable experience that they provide.
Style
Style

Style

This shoe comes in a streamlined design that most people will appreciate. While some of the colors are a bit toned down, there are a few that are a bit brighter that those looking for color will appreciate. Overall, the design is average and should address most people’s needs.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is a shoe that uses high quality materials to create a durable, long-lasting shoe. The outsole is made of X10, a carbon rubber, that ensures the shoe stands up the abrasive elements encountered while road running. The U4ic that makes up the midsole, is a high quality cushioning that provides great durability. The upper uses mesh material with overlays to ensure that debris stays out and the material lasts long. Reviewers had no issues related to the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4’s durability.
Protection
Protection

Protection

This Mizuno shoe utilizes its features to protect the foot from elements encountered on the road. Starting with the outsole, the base of the shoe uses a thick layer of rubber and X10, a carbon rubber to keep the foot protected from the abrasive road conditions. The midsole material features a layer of the U4ic, combined with the U4icX that ensures that the foot is protected during impact, so that the running experience is much more enjoyable. The upper is comprised of open mesh material paired with overlays that keep the foot in place, while keeping dirt and debris out. Reviewers felt that the level of protection worked well on the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Wave Paradox 4 is designed to provide a responsive ride. The midsole uses U4ic to provide a layer of cushioning that absorbs shock during impact. The midsole also uses U4icX on the forefront and heel to ensure a softer landing. Reviewers described running as feeling springy and pillowy. The Mizuno Smooth Ride also ensures better transitions during toe-off. The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 has a 12 mm drop.
Support
Support

Support

This shoe provides a good amount of support. The shoe’s upper uses 3 panel construction with overlays that provide added support with a better fit. The shoe’s midsole uses a combination of cushioning to ensure that the foot is supported during impact as well.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This is a primarily a road running shoe, but it is a bit versatile and could be used on some other terrain, as it is solidly constructed. The shoe is built to withstand wear and tear often associated with road running. The outsole uses a combination of a thick layer of rubber with the X10, a carbon rubber, to provide optimal durability while running on the road. The midsole features use of the U4ic and U4icX to create a pillowy, soft experience during impact on the road. The upper also makes sure the foot stays protected from road debris, while keeping the foot cool and dry.
Price
Price

Price

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is priced at an average level for shoe’s designed with overpronators in mind. With the added features to support the stability and comfort of the foot, as well as the durable materials used, reviewers are seemingly getting a very good deal for the price being paid.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Mizuno shoe has an outsole comprised of a thick layer of rubber with X10, additional carbon rubber. These materials are not only durable, but also ensure maximum traction while running on the road. The shoe also utilizes flex grooves that contribute to the flexibility of the shoe, as well as the traction. The shoe performed well on dry and wet conditions, with no traction issues.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is not made to be overly flexible. However the shoe has added flex grooves on the outsole that provide for flexibility and natural movement. The shoe’s upper uses mesh material and overlays to create a snug fit that still allows for the foot to move naturally. Some reviewers felt the shoe was still a bit too stiff.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is a shoe designed to provide more stability than the average shoe. There are built-in features that help support overpronators while running. The midsole uses the Mizuno Wave shape, a technology that ensures maximum stability while running. The midsole also uses the U4icX material that creates a soft, pillowy landing, ensuring a smoother run. The upper uses a 3 panel construction with additional welded overlays for support and stability. Some reviewers had an issue with the foot not being locked into place enough. However, outside of this issue, reviewers felt that the shoe’s level of stability worked well for overpronators.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The shoe has a 12 mm drop. This is slightly high for a typical running shoe, however most stability shoes tend to be around this level. This ensures that the heel has added support and cushioning during the run.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Mizuno Wave technology
- Smooth Ride technology
- Flex grooves
- X10 carbon rubber
- U4icX cushioning
- Dynamotion Fit
- OrthoLite Sockliner
- 12 mm drop
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is a shoe designed for overpronators and need additional stability. The shoe combines many features to make this a performance-focused shoe. The outsole uses strong rubber to create a durable foundation for abrasive road conditions. The midsole uses U4ic and U4icX to create a soft, responsive experience for runners. Reviewers appreciated the soft transitions, but felt the shoe was a bit too stiff. The upper wraps the foot in the comfort and added support to keep the foot locked in place. Reviewers were impressed with the level of stability the shoe offers, while still providing a comfortable running experience. This versatile running shoe comes in at a slightly heavier weight that takes into account the added stability features. The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 also has an affordable price tag that purchasers will enjoy. If you are in the market for a stability shoe, this is definitely one to consider.