Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides tons of stability and support with good cushioning. Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is a motion control running shoe that serves excessive overpronators...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 fall in the stability category of running shoes with the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 being a motion control running shoe.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are very similar in that they implement sturdy stitched-on overlays.

But these overlays are placed strategically on both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 to give you enough support while not smothering your foot.

Most of the support can be found on the medial side where overpronators need it most and both running shoes keep their toe box and bunion window open and free, so you should be able to get lots of comfort in the forefoot area.

The main difference between the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is that the overlays are a bit broader on the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 than they are on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 also provides a better wrap around the heel.

But this is all due to the fact that the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is meant to provide more support than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

Both the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles and both have a Wave Plate running through the midsole.

However, whereas the Wave Plate of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 runs till the midfoot, that of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 runs along the entire length of the shoe.

In addition, the Wave Plate of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 fans out into two waves on the medial side, while that of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 fans out into three waves.

The extra wave in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is an indication that it provides more pronation control than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12. This is in line with the fact that the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 was made for severe overpronators.

As far as cushioning goes, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has forefoot cushioning that is not too soft or firm and heel cushioning that comes close to the max and is more than that provided by the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 for both genders.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 wins in the forefoot cushioning department and displays a more balanced cushioning profile, especially for women.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, especially under the midfoot. More ground contact means more stability and support.

The two Mizuno running shoes have a similar amount of flex grooves in the forefoot, but they are wider on the lateral side in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 than they are in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

However, since the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has a plate that runs along the entire length of the midsole, this contributes to the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 being a stiff running shoe despite the plate being segmented in the forefoot on the lateral side.

This is confirmed by running shoe lab tests. However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is not a super flexible running shoe either, probably due to the fact that it provides quite a bit of forefoot cushioning, which tends to increase the stiffness of a running shoe.

The rubber compartments in the outsoles of the two running shoes differ in that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 displays a bit more segmentation than the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2. Segmentation can add to the smoothness of your ride.

However, because the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12, this should also add to the smoothness it provides.

So both running shoes have the ability to provide you with a smooth ride.

The women's Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 for women weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.8 oz (306 grams) and 12.0 oz (340 grams), respectively, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a supportive and stable ride from a running shoe that provides enough cushioning for long runs, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is worth checking out.

And if you are a severe overpronator, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 may be what you are looking for. The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is also suitable for heel-strikers.

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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