Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. 13 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is a well-cushioned stability running shoe that provides a lot of stability and support in a lightweight package. The Wave Inspire 13 introduces a new look...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 is the updated version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, which is a stability running shoe that can be worn by runners who moderately overpronate.

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The biggest changes have been made to the upper of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12. Most changes have been very subtle, though.

Both running shoes come with stitched-on overlays in their upper and provide a good amount of support around the midfoot where overpronators need the most support.

What also does not differ is that both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 keep the bunion area quite open and free for comfort, and there are no overlays directly on top of the toe box.

What has changed is that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 has an overlay on the lateral side that runs from the back all the way to the front. This overlay cradles your foot like a boat so adds a bit more support.

The placement of the overlays at the back has also changed a bit, but either setup should work to provide enough support behind the heel.

There is also a small difference to be noted in the overlay at the front of shoe, with the one on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 having an opening on the lateral side. This should let some extra air in but not significantly.

The overlays that connect the heel to the midfoot have moved back a bit on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and there is one overlay less pulling the saddle back toward the heel, but overall, you should expect to get a similar amount of support from the two running shoes.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire is a running shoe that provides pronation control through the use of a Wave Plate that runs from the back of the shoe till the midfoot.

At the midfoot it provides support by functioning as a midfoot shank.

The Wave Plate has not changed in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and still flairs out into two parts and two waves on the medial side of the midsole to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Wave Plate that is found in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 provides quite a bit of stability and support.

In general, you can expect to get a lot of stability and support from the Mizuno Wave Inspire. It does not provide as much as, for example, the Brooks Adrenaline, but it is right up there with other very stable running shoes.

While the Mizuno Wave Inspire used to be a running shoe that could feel firm under your feet, this changed with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire is not a running shoe that provides a super cushy ride, but the amount of cushioning lies above average, so the ride you get should feel reasonably soft.

The outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 are similar down to flex grooves and cuts in the rubber, so the running experience should not be that different in the two running shoes.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 weighs approximately 0.3 oz (9 grams) heavier than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for women.

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 weighs about 0.5 oz (14 grams) heavier than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for men.

While the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 has put on a tiny bit of weight compared to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, it provides a similar running experience as the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

Mizuno has more or less kept the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 unchanged where the amount of stability and support is concerned, gave it a somewhat fresher look, and updated some materials.

If you are a moderate overpronator, you could go with either the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 or the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 if you are looking for a good amount of stability and a well-cushioned ride.

Most changes made to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 can be found in the upper, so if you feel any difference, it should be in the way the shoe feels on and fits your foot.

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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