Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 vs. 13 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 is a well-cushioned stability running shoe that provides a lot of stability and support. The Wave Inspire 14 increases support and comfort...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is the updated version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13, which is a stability running shoe for moderate overpronators.

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The Mizuno Wave Inspire is one of the few running shoes left today that still has stitched-on overlays in its upper, and this has not changed with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

Stitched-on overlays are more durable and more supportive than no-sew overlays, which most running shoes today make use of.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com provides a good amount of support around the midfoot and the heel through the use of stitched-on overlays.

The overlays in the upper of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 have changed a bit but are still located around the midfoot and the heel.

In addition, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 has mostly the Mizuno logo as an overlay around the midfoot, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has added an extra overlays with no-sew sections under the Mizuno logo to increase the amount of support you get around the midfoot.

The forefoot of both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 is quite open and free from overlays, except for the stitched-on piece at the front.

While the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 also has an overlay that runs along the top edge of the midsole on the lateral side, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 does not, so the small toe should get more space to move in the toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel with stitched-on overlays.

All in all, both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 provide a good amount of support through their uppers, but the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has increased the amount of support and comfort in all the right places.

The midsoles of both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 come with a Wave Plate between two layers of foam.

This Wave Plate is meant to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward as it fans out into two parts and two waves on the medial side of the midsole.

The Wave Plate has changed a bit under the midfoot of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, but you should still be able to get a similar amount of support from the two running shoes.

Note that the Wave Plate also serves as a midfoot shank to add midfoot integrity and support, and to absorb shock and center your foot at heel-strike.

Running shoe lab tests have always rated the Mizuno Wave Inspire as a running shoe that provides a large amount of stability and this has not changed with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, which is seen to be a tiny bit more stable than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13.

In terms of cushioning, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 delivers almost a maximum amount of heel cushioning so is a good running shoe for heel-strikers, but a more moderate amount of forefoot cushioning that still lies way above average.

This means that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 should feel a bit more responsive while still delivering a soft running experience.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 differ a bit.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has two deep flex grooves that run from side to side and a smaller one on the lateral side that runs a quarter inward, while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 has one deep flex groove that runs from side to side and another one that runs halfway inward.

The shape of the rubber pods are also different under the two running shoes but both provide a good amount of separation, although the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 seems to be a bit more separated, especially under the heel.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire has been known to be a stiff running shoe. This has not changed with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, but compared to previous versions of the Mizuno Wave Inspire , the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is a bit more flexible, especially for women.

The women's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for women weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's version of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 weighs about 10.4 oz (295 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 are good running shoes for moderate overpronators who are not only looking for a good amount of stability and support but who also want to get a soft ride.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 is a very nice update of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 by being more supportive, comfortable, and responsive while still delivering a very soft ride.

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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