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Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 16

Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 16
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We test the new version of Mizuno's most popular motion control shoe.

Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 16

We test the new version of Mizuno's most popular motion control shoe.
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Our verdict

It is poplar for a good reason. It offers a firm ride but we think that will suit a lot of people requiring motion control in a shoe. A good choice also for the runner who might be slightly bigger and heavier than average.

  • Positive
  • Updates to this familiar high performer
  • Good levels of cushioning and support
  • Durable
  • Negative
  • None

First impressions

The unique Wave system incorporated into the brands shoes proves to be an effective way of enhancing cushioning and controlling pronation. 

In this, the brands most popular control model, the Wave is thicker and deeper on the medial side of the shoe (the inside edge) to resist inward roll and thinner on the outside edge where the foot initially strikes the ground.

As the foot rolls in, the Wave starts to counter the movement and therefore offers an efficient way of controlling pronation. The system works very well even when compared with new technology and as it doesn’t add unnecessary weight to the shoe it offers an almost ‘race-like’ feel.

The Inspire is Mizuno's most popular shoe. It sits in the middle of the brand's stability offering under the Mizuno Horizon 4 and above the Equate 4.


The midsole has not changed from the previous model and so offers a firm yet responsive ride.


A new, improved upper with lacing that integrates into the rearfoot, holding the heel securely within the shoe for added control adds to the stability to make the shoe a serious contender in this category.


A blend of X10 carbon rubber in high wear areas and blown rubber for smooth comfort.


A great shoe and a popular model for those needing more control. 

Technical info

Mizuno Wave Foam midsole creates an all-new plush underfoot experience.

U4ic foam closest to the ground is a lightweight midsole that provides optimal shock absorption, improved durability, and a resilient ride.

U4icX foam directly under your foot is a more cushioned version of U4ic that delivers increased responsiveness with a soft, pillowy underfoot feel.

XPOP is a polyurethane midsole foam that provides great cushioning with a touch of responsiveness.

Smooth Ride creates a smooth transition from heel to toe.

X10 located in the heel and forefoot is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.

AIRmesh covers the forefoot to provide breathability and an adaptable fit.

Padded heel collar wraps the heel to hold it comfortably in place.

AeroHug provides a foot-hugging fit that adapts throughout the runner's stride. 

Maximum Cushion Sockliner adds a layer of plush cushioning directly beneath the foot.

u4icX Strobel Lining stitches the upper to full-length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.

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Shoe details

Gender Mens
Year 2020
Season Spring/Summer
Current model
Release date 2020
MSRP $135.00
Weight 10.2oz / 289g
Heal Drop 12mm


Shoe Type
Motion Control
Light Trail
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