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Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 20 Running Shoe Review

  • MANUFACTURER:  MIZUNA
  • MODEL NO:   WAVE RIDER 20-W
  • SIZES:   6-12 VARIOUS WIDTHS
  • HALF SIZES:  AVAILABLE
  • WEIGHT:   8.3 OZ APPROX
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT:  1 POUND
  • RAMP:  12MM
  • COLORS:  BATON ROUGE/ WHITE, BLUE ATOLL/SILVER, GREY/AQUA,  GUNMETAL/FUSCHIA PURPLE, PURPLE/BLACK, WHITE/ALASKAN BLUE
  • OUTER MATERIAL:  SYNTHETIC
  • SOLE: RUBBER OUTERSOLE
  • FIT AS EXPECTED: 85%
  • ADDITIONALLY:  VEGAN
  • WATERPROOF: NO
  • TERRAIN:   DRY ROAD, TRACK AND GYM
  • PRICE GUIDE:     $119.95
  • OUR RATING:     4.3 STARS OUT OF FIVE

THE OVERVIEW

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 20 red

“Supreme comfort meets lightweight performance” state the manufacturers of these Women’s Wave Rider 20 Running Shoes and they should know.

Manufacturer Mizuno are renowned within the sports and leisure industry and have been a brand name since their inception in 1906.

Making everything from baseballs, golfing apparel and now, first class running shoes; they are known for their quality products and so our hopes are high of the Wave Rider 20.

Made from entirely synthetic and vegan materials, these are a lightweight running shoe, which promise to propel you to the finish line of your race, in both comfort and style.

With the Triple Hold mesh, for both security, hold and breathability, you shouldn’t be sweating buckets in these, either.

The lightweight midsole also promises maximum cushioning, for the pounding that your feet will take on a long run.

On the flip side, the grips are made of a very high quality carbon rubber, to ensure no slipping or tripping, as you run.  Areas of heavy wearing – like the heel – are extra protected and therefore should not erode quickly.

The interior features a removable in sock. The overall technology is designed to help the shoe deal with all the impact on the feet and repel them. This, say Mizuno, will make the foot feel cushioned and protected from external forces on it (i.e. the tarmac).

You shouldn’t get chafing or rubbing on the heels, because of the soft collar on them, designed to take the pace and a long time wearing over miles of use.

From a purely aesthetic point of view, these are available in plenty of bright and cheerful colors, too. So choose between sky blue blue/atoll/silver) red (baton rouge/ white) grey (grey/aqua), darker grey (gunmetal/fuchsia purple), purple (purple/black) and white overlaid with blue (white/ Alaskan blue).

These are a lace up pair, featuring a traditional tongue and look as if they were built to last. So what do our testers say about them?

THE COMFORT

Wave Rider 20 in purple

With all the technology that has gone into building these Wave Rider 20’s, we would rather hope that these would feel like walking on air.

The softer collar does help minimize or totally remove, any chance of chafing and the cloudwave heel makes it feel that much closer to walking through the clouds.

If you have a serious foot condition, it might be best to check with your podiatrist before buying these, but for minor conditions; the manufacturer feels that you should be able to take these Wave Rider 20s in your stride.

When these are put through their paces, everyone has been satisfied with the feel of them; not only for everyday walking, but for the comfort whilst running. These will absorb the shocks and bumps in the road, as you train.

If you plan on having these on your feet for a good few hours (maybe at work) then the outlook is similarly good.

Few people have a bad word to say about the Wave Rider 20, in terms of comfort alone. So this is all good news.

THE FIT

Mizuno Women's in blue back view

Before a shoe can be properly comfortable, it has to fit properly though. So we need to assess how these perform in terms of fitting as expected.

Once again, the signs here are encouraging. It seems that 86% of people surveyed thought that these were true to size. This is a very good statistic and one that hopefully should mean you can go ahead and order your usual size, with few problems.

They are available in a half size and also cater for a variety of widths, so if your foot is on the wide or narrow size, you should be alright.

THE PERFORMANCE

white top view Wave Rider 20

With the Triple Mesh system, these are breathable, as well as light as a feather, to have on your feet.

Although the manufacturers Mizuno are quick to point out that these have not been designed with trails or cross country usage in mind, the Dynamotion fit helps make sure you won’t get knocked off your feet and features such as Flex Eyelets, keep the heel on balance.

The soles are made from a sturdy rubber, which is reinforced in all the right places, to give you both the hold and the longevity you need from these shoes.

However, they are not for getting extremely wet and are not designed for heavy weather. If you are looking for a pair which is more resilient in all terrain, then there is a similar model of Wave Rider 20 Gore Tex available, promising greater waterproofing.

But for use on the track or gym, we think these have been engineered to perfection to cushion the shocks and protect your foot from all the bumps and twists of the race.

Wave Rider 20 review

Many times, whilst reviewing running shoes, we often find ourselves saying something like; “great for walking in, but not so great for running in”. Happily, this is not the case with these Wave Rider 20s. These tick all the boxes on the relevant tasks they need to perform.

So, yes, you could still wear these outside of the track or gym, quite happily, for a number of hours. If you have a job which requires you to be on your feet for a long period of time, then they make a good choice.

However, especially at the above $100 price range, as they are; we imagine that many people interested in the Wave Rider 20 are serious about running.

If that is the case, then we can tell you that you will not be disappointed.

In short, these are an excellent running shoe, for dry conditions.

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