Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 vs. New Balance 1260v4 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is lightweight with lots of stability for performance runners. New Balance 1260v4 provides a good amount of stability and cushioning without being too heavy.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the New Balance 1260v4 are stability running shoes that can be worn by runners who require a moderate amount of support.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has been kept light mainly due to the lack of overlays in its upper. But this lack of overlays does not necessarily mean a lack of support.

The overlays have been placed very strategically on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 to provide you with enough support where you need it most without smothering your foot.

The New Balance 1260v4 however has a broad no-sew overlay on both the medial and lateral side of the shoe for a good lockdown around the midfoot. And then on top of that, there are underlays to assist in keeping your foot in place.

And then at the back of the New Balance 1260v4, there is an asymmetrical heel counter to keep your heel locked down and prevent it from moving as your foot rolls in during overpronation.

So all in all, you can expect to get a more secure and supportive fit from the New Balance 1260v4 than you would get from the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the New Balance 1260v4 offer heel-to-toe cushioning with their midsoles. The big difference lies in the tooling used to control overpronation.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has a Wave Plate in the heel that fans out into two parts and two waves on the medial side of the midsole to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The Wave Plate also has a stabilizing and neutralizing effect on your foot, so it is quite a good device to keep your foot in a neutral plane.

The New Balance 1260v4 on the other hand is pretty traditional with its tooling used to control overpronation. For this it has a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole. This medial post is pretty long and runs till under the foot, so you can expect to get a good amount of pronation control from it.

For the initial slow down of the process of overpronation, the New Balance 1260v4 offers a crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 uses the Wave Plate in the heel to provide shock absorption and cushioning at heel-strike.

Both running shoes have a midfoot shank for structural integrity under the midfoot. Part of the Wave Plate serves as the midfoot shank in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, and in the New Balance 1260v4 this device would be the T-Beam shank.

The difference is that the midfoot shank in the New Balance 1260v4 is sandwiched between the midsole and rubber on the lateral and medial sides of the outsole, thereby allowing the New Balance 1260v4 to provide more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

Both running shoes can been seen as very stable running shoes, so you could go with either if you are looking for a good stability running shoe.

And as far as softness goes, running shoe labs tests have shown that both running shoes come close to the amount of cushioning offered by each, with the New Balance 1260v4 being just a little bit more cushy than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, especially in the heel. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 wins in forefoot cushioning, but not by much.

So if you are looking for a running shoe that offers a uniform amount of cushioning in the heel and the forefoot, the New Balance 1260v4 would be the way to go instead of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, which has a lot of variability in its heel and forefoot cushioning.

In fact, the heel cushioning in the women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 can be seen as quite firm.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ in that the New Balance 1260v4 provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, but the outsole of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has larger segmentation between its rubber compartments than the New Balance 1260v4, which should benefit shock absorption.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 turns out to be a very flexible running shoe for women, but quite stiff for men. The stiffness in the men's Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 comes close to that in the New Balance 1260v4, which turns out to be stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the New Balance 1260v4 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 for women weighs 7.5 oz (213 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.2 oz (318 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 being lighter.

If you are looking for a stability running shoe that offers above average support and stability with above average cushioning, then the New Balance 1260v4 might be worth looking into.

And if you are looking for a running shoe that offers lots of stability, is very light, and has a performance feel to it, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 might fit the bill.

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.

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