The Wave Rider 22 is an evolution and refinement of our franchise running shoe. Midsole improvements and a new upper design provide a softer, smoother running experience. This soft cushioned running shoe incorporates a 2-layered engineered mesh upper for excellent breathability and comfort. Cloudwave cushioning technology has softened the runners experience, while maintaining a responsive ride.
These shoes have done wonder for me. My feet were always going numb when running. I switched to these and it was a complete 180. Comfort and performance came quickly. I have wide feet and this shoe comes in wide. Fantastic shoe!
Wave Rider is my go-to shoe for all running conditions.
Both roads and trails, this is my go-to shoe. Even in wet trail conditions, I prefer the Wave Rider over various trail shoe options as the Wave Rider will drain water easily and don't become heavy. I've been running in the Wave Rider model for several years.
I have bought this shoe again and again since high school.
I have bought wave riders time and again since high school. Unfortunately, I've taken off a star here because my most recent pair fell apart too quickly. I'm hoping this was a fluke, but it has me a bit worried. Otherwise, a great running shoe. I prefer them over the Asics and Brooks that I've tried in the past.
Generally, I love these shoes, especially how light they feel. My first couple short runs were great. The one reason I'm giving them 3 stars is that there is an area in the top of the left shoe that digs into my foot and causes significant discomfort on longer runs. I bought my usual size for Mizuno, and the right shoe is fine, so I'm not sure what the issue is. Hoping this is just a manufacturing defect (and of course I can't return them after I've worn them).
I have a narrow foot, and the Wave Shadow have been awesome. I run more trail than road; and while most folks would recommend an official "trail" shoe, I've done technical half, full marathon and 50k in these shoes and been happy with their performance. They dry relatively quickly after running through streams, have decent grip for rocks and roots, and most of all put my foot in a happy neutral position. The fit is stable and supportive yet neutral. The one factor I'd wish for is a wider toe box. However, all shoes I've tried so far with wider toe box do not fit nearly as well in the heel and across the arch as the Wave Shadow. I'd recommend these for trails or roads, and anyone doing long distance. I trained for 50k+ in these, and had them about 8 months before they started to fall apart in the toe area.
I've been using Asics for the past year, but then they changed the shoe and kept it under the same name. I went to buy another pair but the change in shape messed up my legs in too many ways to list.
I run long distance and on my forefoot, so it's hard to buy shoes that work just right. Finally I went to a professional running company and they recommended these. Ever since, my running has been easy and enjoyable. No injuries or pain, and they support the way I run. Super lightweight, super comfortable (for me at least). Hopefully I can stick to this style for a long time.
This is my go to neutral running shoe. This is the third pair I have purchased. Not sure if the the shoe design or my foot has changed but these shoes do not work for me. Two miles in it felt like there was a bulge under my right forefoot. I even took off the shows to check and see if I could feel anything with my hands. Put the shoe back on and tried to finish. By mile three my forefoot was numb and burning. Too painful to continue. So basically these shoes are sitting in my closet. I can't use them to jog. I feel like I wasted my money on this purchase.
Comfy shoe for wearing during the day but has been causing a fiery pain in my arches of both feet. I tried adjusting the laces but it isn't working. Toe box is considerably larger than the Hitogami they are supposed to be replacing. I'll be ordering a bunch of discontinued Hitogamis. Mizuno- please stop messing with a good thing.
I love the Sayonara and Hitogami and do all my 16+ mile runs in the Sayonara. I tried the Shadow since it is supposed to be the replacement for the Sayonara. The Shadows never felt good on my feet and actually gave me pain in my achilles and calves during long runs. I gave myself time to adapt to it (I've been running for years and understand that some shoes take time to break in), but they never felt good. I ended up relegating them to walking shoes, since they didn't bother my lower legs without the impact of running. So disappointing. PLEASE bring back the Sayonara!
I'm not a runner but have a problem with my ankle and it's very important for me to have highly supportive athletic shoes. These shoes caught my eye and while I love them, they run a bit small. I wish I had gone a half size higher.
I run half marathons and this is my favorite shoe for both training and racing. It has just enough support to be comfortable on long runs but is still very lightweight and responsive. I mildly underpronate and like the level of ankle support this shoe gives me, so I suspect it works better for runners who supinate or are neutral and not as well for those who overpronate. I buy this in my usual running shoe size and find it comfortable (the Sky feels narrower, especially around the arch). I previously wore the Wave Sayonara which was almost identical in terms of fit and feel, but the Shadow seems to have a slightly better build quality and I prefer the aesthetics of the shoe's design and color options.
Good grief, Mizuno. I understand there are a lot of women who like stereotypical "women's colors" but some of us just want a neutral-colored shoe. I prefer Mizunos for running. They're super comfortable but I've been buying Nike and New Balance because they give me neutral colored options (black, grey, etc.) that I can also wear to the office. Please consider giving us tomboys that want to wear your shoes an option.