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A Review Of Your Favorite Shoe: Mizuno Wave Inspire 12

One runner offers her feedback on one of Mizuno's latest upgrades to a popular model.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is a great general running shoe for those who prefer a snug fit through the midfoot, a roomier feel in the toebox, and for those who do not have a need for arch support. This trainer combines a nicely cushioned midsole with no bulk, due to Mizuno’s U4icX [euphoric-x] foam technology, for a moderately cushioned, light ride. The stability provided by the new support groove pattern in the forefoot of the sole is readily apparent, with the Mizuno Double Fan Wave Technology providing support without stiffness.

I recommend the Wave Inspire 12 to those with some stability needs and low to moderately-low arches. (I have medium arches, and after running in the Wave Inspires all week, my right foot felt great, while my left was calling out for more base under my arch.)

This shoe is a great fit for those planning to increase their mileage from 5K to 10K training or beyond, provided your preference is for minimal bulk in a stability shoe and outweighs your desire for increased arch support and cushioning. The stability and cushioning match what I expect to find in a mid-priced shoe, and the flexibility, responsiveness and grip exceed expectations.