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Mizuno Wave® Rider™ 16 Reviews

176 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

84%Rated 5 stars

0%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

4%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

82% "Felt true to size"

95% "Felt true to width"

56% "Moderate arch support"

167 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 6/27/13
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Needed new sneakers and when I saw real life Wonder Woman Senator Wendy Davis filibustering in her pink/rouge Mizuno's I headed to my reliable Zappos to snag the exact same pair. If she could stand for 13 hours in hers then they probably are good enough for me. All I can say is WOW! Why haven't I been wearing these shoes all along? They feel fantastic on my feet and have lots of cush. Normally, I need to add cushion to all my sneakers but these have enough on their own. I'm not saying they will feel great on everyone but they are perfect for me with my narrow heel and high arch.

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9 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 4/2/13
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

I have been so disappointed in Mizuno's Wave Rider. The shoe was changed with the 15 and all I can say is "I hate them." They are flat, little cushion, little support, almost a "cheap" feel. The Rider 16's are the same. I was hopeful, but as soon as I placed the shoe on my foot I knew they were not going to work.

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 31, 2013

Anonymous

from ilm, nc

In college, I suffered from horrible shin splints and so I tried several different New Balance shoes. With no luck, I gave up on running altogether. Now I am ready to give it another chance. This brand came highly recommended by a few of my friends and I could not be more happy! I have high arches and these shoes give great support where I need it! I see a 5k in our near future. :) and the color. Awesome!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 9, 2014

Melissa p

from TX

I also bought these to "Stand with Wendy." A a nurse practitioner in a busy neonatal unit, I work 12 - 16 hour shifts. I spend a lot of time on my feet, and can walk 2 - 3 miles in a shift on a busy night. I have peripheral neuropathy, resulting in a combination of numbness and excruciating pain. These shoes are so light and comfortable! I thought my MBTs were the best until I bought some Asics, and although I love those, the Mizunos knock it out of the park. The toe box seems less cramped, and they are a better fit for my narrow heels.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 12, 2013

Anonymous

from Chicago suburbs

I love Mizunos for my runs. I am an amateur 46 year old who runs a few half marathons a year in an attempt to keep myself in decent shape. I had Mizunos and loved them, tried shoes from Books and New Balance, and am back with the Mizunos because they are just the best. I got the pink in honor of Wendy from Texas, but regardless of your political affiliation, these are great running shoes. I love mine because they are super comfortable and keep my feet and legs in good shape after my long runs.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 7, 2013

Nancy M

from Chesapeake, Virginia

Great super comfortable shoe, worn by TX State Senator Wendy Davis during her 12 hour filibuster for Women's Rights. Third pair I've purchased, one for me & 2 for gifts. I order it on a Saturday afternoon & got it the next Monday afternoon! Super customer service!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 28, 2013

Anonymous

from mountains of NC

Love this shoe, and not just because of Wendy Davis! Honestly, I bought it partly because of her, but I wouldn't have kept it if it didn't truly feel wonderful. Very light, great support, love the bright colors - makes me want to get out and walk.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 16, 2013

Phyllis M

from Atlanta, GA

I originally bought the Mizuno to "Stand with Wendy Davis" But quickly found out they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. Love them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 15, 2013

Anonymous

from Milwaukee, WI

I first learned about these shoes after TX State Senator Wendy Davis wore them and figured, heck, if they are good enough to wear for a 13 hour filibuster they must be comfy and supportive! I got them in purple cause I have to be my own woman (even if they are a tribute to Wendy). ;) I've found them to be very comfortable and cute! I recommend them!

Brands I'd also recommend: northface

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 29, 2013

SEM

 

They arrived almost instantly -- really scary fast and free shipping! As with other running shoes, I got one full size bigger than my dress shoes. I put them on this morning and ran my fastest mile EVER, no kidding, on only half my usual sleep over several days. Curse you, Internet live streaming and Twitter! I was so excited I inadvertently turned off my timer, so who knows what the subsequent miles were, but looking forward to my next run! I normally run in New Balance 940s, and may go back to them because I'm used to more stability. But even if I do, these Mizunos injected fresh energy and enthusiasm into my day. I'm sure I'll find all kinds of great uses for them, e.g., taking a tour of the state house, standing around all day waiting to talk to my elected representatives, and so on.

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 9, 2013

Anonymous

from Bethel, NY

Cute, functional, comfortable running shoes. I supinate like crazy when I run, and these completely took away my calf pain. They are lightweight and have never given me a problem. I had a pair of Brooks Gylcerine 10's and always felt a huge bubble under the ball of my foot. These were much better and have never had a problem.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 9, 2013

Anonymous

from Missoula, Montana

Finally! I'm hard to fit (women's 11.5 narrow) and I love these shoes. The heel is nice and snug, so I'm not walking out of them, and my feet don't slide around in the toe box. Nice forward motion, and the cushioning is just enough. Not a minimalist shoe, but fairly lightweight - a nice change from my big clunky Saucony's. My only complaint would be that the red is more watermelon than apple.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 24, 2013

Jeanne

from Georgia

The Wave Riders are excellent for neutral pronators. I have been wearing them for years. To the reviewer who pronates and is wearing the Wave Rider, you are in the wrong shoe! Try the Wave Inspire.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 5, 2013

Paula

from Missouri

Mizuno is the only brand of running shoe I buy. I over-pronate, and these were recommended to me by a professional years ago. They are so lightweight and comfortable. And the color is super fun!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 23, 2013

Anonymous

from Whitewater, Wisconsin

This was probably my 20th pair of Mizuno Wave Riders, wearing them in Marathons and Ultras right out of the box. However, with the WR 16, they changed the construction and are different than the last 19. They are lighter, not as padded, and the arch support is not as built as it used to be....They were comfortable, but after my first 5 miles, I thought, Oh man, do I have to start looking for a new running shoe?" I think I will look for Wave Rider 15 and below and stock up!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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March 25, 2013

Brooke

from washington

I ordered because I really liked the style but not comfortable at all. I mainly got them because I wanted a cute running shoe but they would have killed my feet with no arch support. Sadly I sent them back.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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April 2, 2013

Allyson H

 

I have been so disappointed in Mizuno's Wave Rider. The shoe was changed with the 15 and all I can say is "I hate them." They are flat, little cushion, little support, almost a "cheap" feel. The Rider 16's are the same. I was hopeful, but as soon as I placed the shoe on my foot I knew they were not going to work.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 30, 2013

Lindsey A

from United States

Style is great and get lots of compliments but I do not recommend these shoes if you have flat feet. I've been running a while in these shoes and I get shin splints regularly. I usually wear Brooks Adrenaline and I feel Brooks was a better shoe for me.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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April 18, 2014

Velda M

from Florida

The Mizuno Wave Riders are great shoes for my 11½N feet. Excellent fit, great arch support and very comfortable for daily long walks with the dog. I also like the Saucony Ride 6, which has a similar fit. I own both brands so I get color choices. Each brand usually has only one color option for my size.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 11, 2014

Anonymous

from indianapolis, in

I ran about 3-5 miles everyday for at least a year in these shoes and they were great the whole time. They wore out eventually, but any shoe would have. Very comfortable, perfect for a runner.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 31, 2014

Daphne M

from Hoover, AL

Great shoes, color is nice and bright but not as bright as the photo shows. There was a period of time that I had to break these in due to the fact that the heel area is tight. After I wore them a couple of times, it was fine. I am really happy with these. They have plenty of room in the toe box and are fairly snug in the heel area. I use orthotics and had no trouble replacing the factory insoles with my custom ones. This is my first pair of Mizunos, usually wear Asics but I do like these. Zappos as always is wonderful.

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 31, 2014

Anonymous

 

Felt similar to other Wave runners. Good support for my high arches. It was an easy transition into the shoe - no blisters or aches.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 12, 2014

Anonymous

from United States

This is my absolute favorite running shoe! Great stability yet cushioned just right, especially in the heel. Runs true to size.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 5, 2014

Linda

from Central Texas

I bought a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 16s after seeing the most awesome Texas State Senator Wendy Davis wear them for her filibuster of the egregious anti-choice law. They are the most comfortable athletic shoes that I have ever owned. The ones that I have are in the rouge red/apple green colors. Not only are they comfortable, the colors look really nice. I will be taking delivery tomorrow on a second pair in the violet tulle/vibrant orange colors. These are really wonderful shoes, even if you are not a runner, which I am not.

Brands I'd also recommend: I like the Mizuno brand the best.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 3, 2014

Kat C

from Austin, TX

Yes, fellow women's rights enthusiasts, this is the famed Wendy Davis shoe. It is also an excellent running shoe with gel-type support that stands up to long distances. The red/green is actually the Wendy Davis pink color. I took these shoes out for a little 4 miler the first day, and they feel great. I usually wear 8.5 in running shoes, and these fit in 8.5 okay for 10k or less, but for 1/2 marathon or more I'd buy a 9 next time. But it's a close call.

Brands I'd also recommend: brooks or saucony

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 2, 2014

Anonymous

from New England

When I asked my daughter what she would like for Christmas, she specifically asked for these running shoes. She has worn them in the past and they are her first choice for running shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 18, 2013

Anonymous

from Atlanta, GA

Excellent shoe. I used to wear Asics, and then they changed the body style so I switched to Mizuno. So glad I did! This shoe is nice and light with just the right amount of support. I am on my 4th pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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