Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 vs. 12 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides a stable and smooth ride to moderate overpronators with an upper that is much more supportive than that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11...

NEW! Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 13

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is the updated version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, which is a stability running shoe that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ somewhat, but provide a similar amount of support around the midfoot.

The Mizuno logo still connects the midsole to the saddle to give a lock down around the lower part of the saddle, while there are stitched-on overlays connecting the top of the saddle to the midsole in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 on the medial side where support is needed most.

These overlays have been changed somewhat in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and now run till a second stitched-on overlay that wraps around the heel and runs till the midfoot to provide a good amount of support at the back of the shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is missing this extra overlay around the heel.

Another minor change is to the stitched-on overlay at the front of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

This overlay is quite pointy at its ends, so could cause irritation to your small and big toes. Therefore, it has been rounded out in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 to minimize irritation.

Other than that, Mizuno has kept the open mesh, which makes the shoes breathable. There are no extra overlays running over the toe box, so both shoes should feel pretty comfortable in that area.

All in all, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 adds a bit more support around the heel and increases the comfort in the toe box compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

Both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 and Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning, and they make use of the same midsole material.

However, this midsole material has been redesigned a bit in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, and the type of midsole material used under the heel that functions like a crash pad to provide a softer touchdown, has been changed.

Running shoe lab tests show that the amount of cushioning has increased in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 in both the heel and the forefoot and for both men and women.

For women, the cushioning profile looks pretty balanced and women who are heel-strikers will appreciate the cushy heel of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, since the heel cushioning may feel pretty firm in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 still has a double-fan Wave Plate just like the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 that fans out into two pieces and two waves on the medial side to provide pronation control and stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

So you can expect to get a similar degree of pronation control, support, and stability from both Mizuno running shoes.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 differs from that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 in structure and configuration.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has three main flex grooves in its forefoot with the frontal one being unobstructed by rubber.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has only two flex grooves with the front one being unobstructed. This could make the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 be less flexible than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

In addition, the increase in cushioning delivered by the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, could also make the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 feel stiff.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests confirm that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is a bit on the stiff side. The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is very flexible for women, but also somewhat stiff for men.

The rubber compartments under the heel have changed less when you compare the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 with both having enough separation for good shock absorption and dissipation.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs approximately 0.3 oz (9 grams) less than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for women.

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs about 0.9 oz (26 grams) less than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for men.

The weight of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has increased a bit compared to that of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, but this is likely due to the addition of blown rubber in the forefoot for improved durability and softness, and the extra overlay wrapping the heel in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

If you are an overpronator looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of stability and support, and that is not too heavy, you could go with either the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

Those who want a tad more stability and support, in addition to overall more cushioning, may want to consider the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 more than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

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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