Mizuno Wave Paradox review

The Mizuno Wave Paradox is a running shoe for excessive overpronation that is light and feels very fast, which is unusual for a motion control running shoe that looks so good...

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The Mizuno Wave Paradox is the successor of the Mizuno Wave Alchemy, and is a shoe that is incredibly light and unbelievably stable.


The Mizuno Wave Paradox delivers maximum support to runners who display moderate to severe overpronation while running, and who require a combination of cushioning and enhanced stability.

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Paradox consists of breathable mesh and light no-sew overlays, which you can hardly see, since they are transparent, but which are there to wrap the midfoot and provide structure in other locations where it is needed.

The Dynamotion Fit upper moves with your feet, bends, twists, and stretches with each stride you make. The mesh is stretchy, so adds to your comfort and fit without causing irritation points.

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Paradox sports a flashy 3D design in which the pattern appears to have curves, but which in reality are straight lines. A true paradox. This is also where this Mizuno motion control running shoe gets its name from.

The midsole delivers exceptional durable cushioning and is lighter than traditional midsole foams. There is a Wave Plate that runs through the midsole to provide shock absorption at heel-strike and guide your foot efficiently throughout the gait cycle.

This Wave Plate is a single plate on the lateral side of the shoe and fans out into two plates and three waves on the medial side of the shoe, as an indication of the amount of pronation control it provides. The benefit of the Wave Plate is that it is light, resilient, and has rebound properties.

The outsole of the Mizuno Wave Paradox is pretty wide in the heel as well as in the forefoot. This provides extra stability. The outsole has durable rubber under the heel and blown rubber in the forefoot, which should add extra cushioning and flexibility to the shoe.

However, because the Wave Plate runs in the forefoot and the construction of the rubber in the forefoot is wavey but the two main flex grooves do not extend from side to side, the forefoot might feel a little bit stiff. Stiffness generally should not be a problem for heavier runners.

Smoothride engineering in the Mizuno Wave Paradox takes care of providing you with a fluid motion at every step of your run. The flex grooves in the heel are intended to promote natural movement from the back of your foot to the front by initiating a rocking-chair-like motion.

You should then get a bouncier feel in the midsole, and then flex grooves and flex controllers in the forefoot work together to smoothly continue the roll forward to give your foot a more solid platform when you push off.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox weighs 8.8 oz (249 grams) and the men's version weighs 11.4 oz (323 grams).

If you are looking for an unbelievably light motion control running shoe that not only looks great on your feet, but also provides a superior fit, good heel cushioning, a bouncier feel, support and stability, and helps you stay fresher during your runs, you may want to check out the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

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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