Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 22 review

Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 provides an overall soft and stable ride to moderate overpronators. Mizuno Wave Rider 22 delivers a responsive ride and is good for heel-strikers...

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 being a stability running shoe for overpronators and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 a neutral running shoe for neutral runners.

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However, the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 have a lot in common.

For starters, both the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 have a forefoot that is free from overlays, except for a toecap at the front, so offer a good amount of comfort to those who have wide feet or big bunions.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 use the Mizuno logo to connect the saddle to the midsole around the midfoot and thus increase the amount of support in that area.

Where the uppers start to become different is as you move towards the back of the running shoes. There the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 displays a structure that is more closed than that of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22, which remains quite open and exposes quite a bit of mesh.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 also has a couple of extra overlays that pull the top of the saddle down towards the back of the running shoe.

Therefore, you are likely to get a little bit more support around the heel of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 compared to the Mizuno Wave Rider 22.

This is in line with what is expected of these two running shoes, that is, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 is meant to serve overpronators who need support around the midfoot and the heel, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is meant to serve neutral runners who do not need much in terms of support.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of comfort from the uppers of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 without many or any constrictions.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 also display quite a few similarities in their midsoles.

For starters, they both make use of the same type of midsole material that runs from heel to toe, and then there is a second layer of foam under the heel that increases the amount of softness and cushioning you get.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 have been found to have a similar cushioning profile.

Both running shoes deliver an overall soft ride to both men and women, and both running shoes have a heel that is very soft so are good running shoes for heel-strikers.

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The main difference between the midsoles can be found in the Wave plate that runs from the back of the running shoe towards the midfoot.

While this Wave plate has a similar function in the two running shoes, that is, to provide shock absorption at heel-strike, a centering effect, and some midfoot support, the Wave plate of the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 has one wave on both sides of the midsole.

However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 has one wave on the lateral side but two waves that flare out on the medial side as a good indication that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 has the additional function of helping to stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

While the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 can be seen as a stable neutral running shoe, it does not deliver as much stability and support as the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 does.

Another minor difference between the midsoles is that the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15, so the former is clearly geared towards delivering a more responsive ride.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes also have a similar setup, with a good separation between the rubber compartments under the heel and a minimum amount of flex grooves in the forefoot.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 has two side-to-side flex grooves closer to the tip of the foot, which means that you would get more flexibility at toe-off. This setup encourages responsiveness.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 has one side-to-side flex groove close to midfoot and another one close to the toes, which means that it offers more stiffness and support on the ball of your foot.

However, because both running shoes deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, they have both been found to be stiff running shoes.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is a tiny bit lighter than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 for men, but the weights do not differ that much for women. Both running shoes are seen as being relatively moderately light or heavy running shoes.

Making a decision between the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 should not be that difficult, because the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is meant to be worn by neutral runners, and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 is meant to be worn by moderate overpronators.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 have a lot in common and both are capable of delivering an overall soft and comfortable ride.

The main difference lies in the amount of stability and support delivered, with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 being the more supportive one, but the way the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 has been set up would help runners to run faster.

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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