There is nothing wrong with the Wave Inspire 14, it performs well, the cushioning is decent, and support is ample BUT there are way better new shoes on the market right now, and this update just appears a little but lazy from Mizuno. The Brooks Ravenna 8, Saucony Guide ISO and Asics GT-2000 6 to name a few all go head to head, all have excellent updates, and have left the Inspire behind as a lightweight mild support option.
The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is a solid mild support shoe, which will appeal to all Wave Inspire fans, mainly because it is almost identical to all the previous ones! Built with the best Mizuno technologies including Wave, U4icX and U4ic EVA and a Dynamotion Fit upper construction to deliver a good shoe, that fits well, feels comfortable and offers enough support for any mild over pronator. I did not mind the ride with a very smooth heel to toe, or the cushioning which is on the firmer side (but all Mizuno shoes are, which I like, for the record). But, I have run in other shoes that are hands down more comfortable, faster feeling and way more inspirational than this shoe recently.
I like Mizuno’s Wave technology as its responsive and energetic, then combine the Wave plate with two different high quality EVA compounds and you get a really fast responsive ride, that is pretty firm, so good for faster runs. It is nowhere near as smooth riding as the Brooks Ravenna 8 or as cushioned as the Saucony Guide ISO, but its more substantial feeling.
A Dynamotion Fit midfoot integrated lacing system holds your foot in place well, and the overlay free engineered mesh forefoot is extremely comfortable without any restrictions, but it is on the slightly narrow side compared to some other shoes out there. I did feel the midfoot cage around my foot was a little rough when wearing very thin socks but overall it is a well made, solid upper with a strong heel counter.
It looks terrible, but that is a very personal opinion of course!
The outsole is the same as all Mizuno shoes – durable and very road centric. It does an excellent job on all surfaces and the emphasized cored out heel allows the wave plate to flex nicely on impact. Deep flex grooves and beveled heel guide the foot from heel to toe nicely, but it could benefit from a slightly deeper lug.
It is hard to write too many negative things about the Mizuno Inspire 14 as the shoe is fine and performs well on the run. Its fast feeling for a support shoe, and has an eager to perform feeling when you run in it, but it is impossible to recommend it above so many great new shoes on the market right now, that do a similar job. The lightweight, mid-price, mild support category is big business for the industry and there are some fantastic new shoes out there right now, Mizuno have some work to do on this franchise if they are going to stay competitive. I would definitely not part with my own money at full price for this shoe, but if you can pick it up cheap, then it won’t let you down.
Mizuno Wave Technology:
The shape of the Wave plate divides the forces when the foot falls down for a softer, more subdued feeling at every step.
Thanks to a unique composition of materials, a U4iC midsole offers the runner an amazing sense of comfort and performance.
An upper that moves with the foot. This way you can get the maximum out of every step.
Ensures smooth, rock-like handling at every step. From heel to toe.
Offers durability and grip. X-10 is the most durable carbon rubber from Mizuno that is used in places where most wear is expected. It also provides more grip at the heel.
Engineered Air Mesh:
Breathable and cool. Air Mesh provides high-quality breathability in every running shoe to keep the foot cool and extend the life of the shoe.
|Release date||JAN 2018|