Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review


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This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. As always, the opinions expressed here are completely my own.

Since this pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18s arrived at my door a couple of weeks ago, I have been running in them exclusively. On the road, on the track and on the treadmill, they have quickly become my go-to running shoes. Quite simply,  I love these shoes!

I knew I was on to something good, when I logged over 9 miles in them straight out of the box on a rainy, wind-swept morning. The fit was snug, comfortable, and supported, as the shoe easily formed to my foot.

Wave RIder 2My next run took me to the track for 400-meter intervals  – I felt light and quick, something I haven’t been able to say for a while.  I was sold!

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You’ve got to love a shoe with a design that takes inspiration from the Japanese concept of “Hado” – the vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations. Um yes I’ll take some of that please! Sounds good doesn’t it?

For me this translated into a shoe that is an ideal balance between fit and performance, providing a smooth ride that allows you to let go and get lost in your run. A welcome change for me during what has been a tough training cycle.

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At just 7.8 oz, the Wave Rider 18 is light and sleek, while Mizuno’s patented Wave technology delivers maximum responsiveness and just enough support for a stable, but unencumbered run. A combination that I think would appeal to a wide range of runners.

Mizuno Wave Rider 18s are available in three color combos (I’m eyeing the white-Fuchsia Purple next!), and retails for $119.99.

I am so looking forward to logging many more miles in these lovelies!

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  1. I really love these too. I am a Mizuno fun. but these really do balance light weight and support well.
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  2. Loved your review! It’s great when you finally find a pair of shoes that work for you. I’ve tried on Mizunos but never purchased a pair. I’m in Adidas Supernova Glide Boosts currently.
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  3. Great review. Sounds like a shoe that is working for you, which is always a happy thing!
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  4. I keep seeing a lot about these shoes. I have never worn Mizuno’s. I need a stability shoe or at least I think I do.
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  5. Great shoes! Great review!
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  6. I love these shoes and love that I was able to join in on the reviewing opportunity. I always felt like I was cheating on my other shoes when I laced these ones up instead of those. 🙂

  7. Welcome to the Mezamashii Run Club! I’ve been a Mizuno fan for a couple of years now and they keep making great shoes! These are no exception 😉
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  8. I’m loving these shoes and am a loyal Mizuno runner!
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  9. I love these shoes! The color combo is amazing. So glad to hear they worked out for you at 9 miles outside of the box. That means they are perfect for you.
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  10. I’ve been running in the Wave Rider for a few years. Love them, including this newest version.
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  11. Right now I wear Brooks Pureflow 2’s and am needed a new pair of running shoes. I’ve heard the Pureflow 3’s aren’t the same so I may just look into these Mizunos as I hear they are also for Neutral runners. Thanks for the review!
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  12. I love these sneakers!! I need to do a full review still but they are fabulous, and I got the fuchia ones 🙂
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  13. Great review! I too have been running in and loving the Mizuno WaveRider 18! 🙂
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