Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provides tons of stability and support with good cushioning. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a soft and comfortable ride in a lightweight package...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 look very much alike but fall in two entirely different categories of running shoes with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 being a stability running shoe and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The reason why the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 look alike is because of their uppers, but if you look closely, you will still see some differences.

First, both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave 12 provide subtle support around the midfoot by having the Mizuno logo connect the laces to the midsole on both sides of the upper.

Then there is a stitched-on piece at the front of the shoes and both running shoes have a pretty wide and open toe box with no overlays running over it.

However, as we move toward the back of the shoes, you will see that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has extra stitched-on overlays that cradle the heel on both sides of the upper to provide more support there.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is missing such support and only supplies a small stitched-on piece behind the heel.

All in all, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 has a more supportive upper than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, but that is understandable, since the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is meant to provide stability and support.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles that is very much alike.

What these two running shoes also have in common, is the Wave Plate that is located in the heel and that has a stabilizing and shock absorbing effect.

However, whereas the Wave Plate of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has one small wave on the medial side, the Wave Plate of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 fans out into two big waves on the medial side.

This is a good indication of the amount of stability and support the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is meant to provide to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

Because the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is meant to provide cushioning, one may automatically assume that it is more cushy than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12.

Running shoe lab tests show that for women, the difference is minimal between the two running shoes with both having an almost equal amount of cushioning in the heel and the forefoot. They both provide above average cushioning.

For men it is another story with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 having a slightly more cushy forefoot than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 sticking out in the amount of heel cushioning it provides.

The amount of heel cushioning in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is above average, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a super cushy heel.

Because we are dealing with two Mizuno running shoes, the rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 look very similar to each other.

They both have an equal amount of flex grooves and the rubber is cut in a similar fashion with squares.

However, the heel of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 runs further toward the midfoot than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, especially on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support.

The Wave Plate in both running shoes functions as a midfoot shank to add midfoot integrity and support.

Running shoe lab tests show that both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 are stiff running shoes for men.

For women, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 turns out to be a little bit more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, which again is pretty stiff.

The women's Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.8 oz (306 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for a lightweight running shoe that provides a soft ride, comfortable fit, and a touch of stability, then the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 may be worth looking into.

If, on the other hand, you are an overpronator looking for a very stable and supportive ride and enough cushioning for long runs, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 might be able to get the job done.

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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