Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 vs. Mizuno Wave Paradox review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and Mizuno Wave Paradox are meant to provide support, but one provides mild support while the other is meant for excessive overpronators. Learn more.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox fall in the same category of stability running shoes, although the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 is for runners who exhibit a moderate degree of overpronation and can even be worn by neutral runners.

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The Mizuno Wave Paradox is more for runners who need a lot of support and stability and can be seen as a motion control running shoe.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox have a Dynamotion Fit upper that delivers a snug fit and provide support where needed.

The main difference in the upper lies in the amount of overlays used.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 has a minimal amount of overlays at midfoot level to lock your foot down on the platform, while the Mizuno Wave Paradox has transparent overlays running from the midfoot towards the front of the shoe and from the midfoot towards the back of the shoe, thereby providing structural integrity and support to the upper.

So the Mizuno Wave Paradox should provide you with a snugger fit than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10. And the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 should provide your foot with a little bit more freedom to move, especially in the toe box.

The final and more obvious difference in the upper is the design of the Mizuno Wave Paradox with its 3D print.

Moving on to the midsoles, again there are not many differences to be noted, since both running shoes use the same midsole materials.

However, what is different is the length of the Wave Plate that runs through the midsole. While the Wave Plate runs till the midfoot in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10, it is clearly visible on the outside that it also runs in the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

In addition, while the plate fans out into two parts and two waves in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10, it fans out into two parts and three waves in the Mizuno Wave Paradox as an indication of the difference in the amount of stability that is provided by each shoe; the more waves, the more stability and pronation control when your foot rolls in after you land.

So the Mizuno Wave Paradox provides much more stability than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10. This fits with the type of runners for which each shoe was designed.

A consequence of the amount of waves under the heel of the Mizuno Wave Paradox is that it provides more heel cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Inspire, but less forefoot cushioning because the plate extends far into the forefoot.

The outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Paradox and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 are slightly different in construction and width.

While both have durable rubber under the heel and blown rubber in the forefoot for extra cushioning, the midfoot of the Mizuno Wave Paradox has been filled in to provide ground contact there, while the midfoot of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 does not touch the ground.

The ground contact at the midfoot and a wider heel and forefoot, add to the stability features provided by the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The rubber lugs in the forefoot of both Mizuno running shoes are also different with those of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 being squarish with circular cuts, and those of the Mizuno Wave Paradox following horizontal wavy flex grooves.

Because the main horizontal flex grooves in the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Paradox do not extend from the lateral side all the way to the medial side of the shoe, the forefoot should feel a bit stiffer than that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10. The stiffness is also caused by the plate that extends into the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The women's Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 weighs approximately 7.4 oz (210 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Paradox for women weighs 8.8 oz (249 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.3 oz (264 grams) and 11.4 oz (323 grams), respectively. So the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 is much lighter than the Mizuno Wave Paradox, but both running shoes are very light for their categories.

If you are a heavier runner who needs lots of stability and support with a good amount of heel cushioning, then the Mizuno Wave Paradox would be the one to go with. And if you are a lighter runner looking for a good amount of forefoot cushioning and flexibility with a moderate amount of stability, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 could be what you are looking for.

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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