Mizuno Wave Rider 20
Founded over a century ago, the Japanese sportswear company Mizuno has focused on designing comfortable and functional sports-related accessories. Aside from sports such as golf, tennis, and boxing, they also sell a wide variety of running shoes for men and women. These shoes are very meticulously designed, with popular models being streamlined and improved over the years. One of their most popular lines of running shoes, the Mizuno Wave Rider, has been iterated upon in this way for 20 years, with the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 as their latest offering. The changes made to these shoes were motivated by responses from customers via surveys in an effort to connect with runners and their footwear needs. This is a noble effort, but do the changes implemented in the Mizuno Wave Rider 20 justify making the upgrade for runners?
- Extremely light weight
- Excellent ventilation
- Multiple colors to choose from
- Terrific heel-strike absorption
- Comfortable cushioned sole
- Narrow fit
- Unsuited for harsh terrain
- Best revision so far, in my experienced opinion. I noticed a remarkable increasing in both comfort level and wear capacity. What I have noticed most than is unlike the previous shoe upgrades, this performs better for wear on a heal strike. The other waveriders, like the 14 and 19s, wore down quickly. These are stronger, less wear and brilliant cushion and comfort, this is the shoe for me, i give it five big golden stars.
- Finally, a shoe which knows feet get wider in the toe area rather than more narrow. I got this shoe because it gives space, it's very light but sturdy enough for distances of around 3 miles each day and I love the cushion, this is my fav shoe.
- The fact is that Mizuno is able to make a shoe that works for wider feet and this has been my beef with others brands that I tried, they mostly go for making a shoe for the standard. This shoe gives me everything, width for comfort but still structurally supportive, enough space in the toe box so it doesn't feel cramped.
- It took awhile to find a good all round shoe for the gym, these are impressive, I have added in arch supports myself, my issue is toebox space, so I bought at half a size bigger, I could'nt be more happy, excellant shoe and I like the color.
- I do like the cushioning to be better than very effective and this cushion is, and the shoes are very efficient at any speed. The shoes definitely change my style of gait so that weight is distributed properly. The sole ridge impresses me because it is making sure that even wear is happening no matter what surface I run.
- First off, the upgrade is great for much better running good changes, less wear problems now, I have always gone with this shoe line as they are very good, I find this is a great running shoe for longer runs. Comfort, nice flexibility and upgraded so durability is up through the ceiling, nice 100% good.
- I have a wider foot and using orthotics for my shoe arches is a must do. Done 40 years running and still run distances like the usual street miles to regular half marathons. They're the best shoes since the awesome Nike Columbia back in the 1980's. Impressive outstanding performance for running, nice lightweight, and showing to be durable.
- An excellent neutral shoe for walking. The heel design feels excellent for coping with impact. This shoe impresses me, it is lightweight and all over comfortable, I like these a lot. I have long-term plantar fasciitis, these feel they are reliably supportive and give my feet good cushion.
- I'm sold on these because I need the support which these give my arches and around the sides of my foot, these are the shoes which do not slide about my foot and I have tried many to get the right pair, finally I found these, they are great and I want to recommend these to other runners.
- So delighted because they fit as good as a glove, the cushioning gives me so much comfort and my feet are actually able to breathe, I had the prior two versions and they were ok and that why I moved on to these and they are even better. Lovely shoe, great for running.
- I had a foot pain which constantly nagged and was messing up my enjoyment of running, I just had a tough time finding a shoe with cushion and the ability to absorb shock enough, due to the local running conditions here. As soon as I laced on these I took a run....perfect. No more pain.
- For a shoe recommended for long distances, it is uncomfortable when I run over 10 miles. The support plus padding for the forefoot is too light and causes sore friction spots. The arch ok and so is the balance. are fine, I have no choice, I got to change to another shoe.
- Too narrow for both my feet. Cushioning was a let down for long distances over 8 miles. running. Despite lots of running experience on many trails, my feet had really bad, I really was surprised and disappointed
- I quit these shoes after one week I was getting knee pain and my feet would hurt. badly I believe these sneakers were not cushioned in areas where my feet need cushion. Generally the shoe is too stiff for me.
- Whats with the quality or am I the guy that's unlucky? Three months and these are falling to bits. My previous Mizuno shoes never gave this problem, I’m wondering if the material quality has dropped
- I’m not impressed by the uppers, the material makes a strange constant noise like wrapping paper and the cushioning is a bit suspect, after about 7 miles I notice some friction but no blisters yet. The shoe is expensive so I think these problems should not exist.
- Large 12mm heel drop
- Mesh, urethane and synthetic leather upper portion
- Condensed foam midsole with plastic heel plate
- Narrow fit
- Light weight
- Wide variety of colors for men and women
- Ideal for low to mid intensity exercise on softer terrain