Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package.
The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 is placed a bit higher.
The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 14 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 differ in that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes with less overlays in its upper than the Brooks Glycerin 14.
They are similar in that they both have stitched-on overlays wrapping the midfoot although the overlays on the Brooks Glycerin 14 are broader than those on the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 , which is basically the Mizuno logo holding things together.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does not come with additional no-sew overlays like the Brooks Glycerin 14 has in the rest of its upper.
This increases, for example, the amount of room offered by the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 to runners who have large bunions.
The bunion window is covered in the Brooks Glycerin 14 by no-sew overlays that are somewhat stretchy, while the bunion window is completely open in the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and only covered by mesh.
All in all, the Brooks Glycerin 14 is expected to provide a more secure and custom fit than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 provides enough support in all the right places.
Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 are meant to provide a good amount of cushioning to neutral runners.
Running shoe lab tests show that their cushioning profiles lie very close to each other.
While the Brooks Glycerin 14 turns out to be more cushy than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for both men and women, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does not lie far behind.
For men, both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 provide almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, with just minimal differences between the two running shoes.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has noticeably a little less cushioning in the forefoot but should still feel very cushy to runners.
For women, the difference in cushioning between the two running shoes is a bit larger, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 providing visibly more cushioning in both the forefoot and the heel.
However, both running shoes provide an amount of cushioning that is far above average.
A big difference in the midsoles of the two running shoes is the fact that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes with a Wave Plate in its heel that runs till the midfoot, where it forms somewhat of a midfoot shank.
This plate helps with shock absorption and also provides an extra amount of stability.
However, running shoe lab tests still show that both running shoes provide a similar amount of stability to runners. This amount lies slightly above average.
Another difference in the midsoles is that the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 displays a larger degree of segmentation and provides more ground contact than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, especially under the midfoot.
This should benefit the smoothness of your ride from heel-strike to toe-off.
The amount of separation in the Brooks Glycerin 14 continuous in its outsole, where it has more flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.
This should help with the flexibility of the running shoe. And indeed, running shoe lab tests show that while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is quite stiff for both men and women, the Brooks Glycerin 14 is quite flexible for both genders.
One point where the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 might always win is in the weight of running shoes.
The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).
The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs about 9.5 oz (269 grams).
If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride from a running shoe that provides a touch of stability, you could look into either the Brooks Glycerin 14 or the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.
If you are a slightly heavier runner, you may appreciate the more secure fit of the Brooks Glycerin 14.
And if you are looking for a lightweight running shoe, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 more than the Brooks Glycerin 14.
Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.