Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 review

Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 provides tons of support and a secure fit to excessive overpronators. Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 provides a secure and stable ride with lots of cushioning.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 fall in the category of stability running shoes, but the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is also seen as a motion control running shoe.

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Because the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are from the same running shoe manufacturer, they tend to display many similarities.

For starters, both the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 come with stitched-on overlays in their uppers and broad overlays covering the midfoot, where overpronators tend to need the most support.

They both have a stitched-on toecap and stitched-on overlays that more or less cup the heel to provide a good amount of support at the back.

The Mizuno logo also functions as a connection between the saddle and the midsole in both running shoes to add an extra layer of support.

The main difference between the uppers of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is that the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 has extra overlays on the toe box, while the toe box of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has been kept free from overlays.

However, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 still provides a good amount of room to the bunion window and does not have overlays coming forward towards the forefoot like the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 does so still manages to deliver a good amount of comfort in the forefoot area.

All in all, both running shoes deliver lots of support through their uppers, with the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 having slightly sturdier overlays around the midfoot and extra overlays on the toe box.

The midsoles of the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 and the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 also display some similarities in that both come with a Wave Plate that provides shock absorption at heel-strike, functions as a midfoot shank, and delivers pronation control.

The degree of pronation control differs in the two running shoes, with the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 delivering a stronger amount than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has two waves on the medial side and the Wave Plate stops just a little bit past the midfoot, while the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 has 3 waves on the medial side and the Wave Plate runs all the way past the midfoot and under the forefoot.

The negative thing about the Wave Plate running so far in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is that it makes the running shoe quite stiff.

Therefore, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is better suited for heavier runners and also runners who tend to turn their feet inward late during the gait cycle.

Lab tests have indicated that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 has a cushy forefoot and a very cushy heel for both men and women, so it is a suitable running shoe for heel-strikers.

While no data has been made available for the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4, the general consensus would be that it would also deliver a good amount of heel cushioning just like the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 does, but that its forefoot cushioning would be a bit less than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 due to the addition of the Wave Plate in the forefoot.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes display some similarities too.

Both lack a large amount of flex grooves in the forefoot but come with enough durable rubber.

The Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 also covers more of the midfoot than the one in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4.

The outsole of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 is not broad and looks more like a normal running shoe would look, so in this respect, it differs from other motion control running shoes that tend to be more suitable for runners who have flat feet.

It is not surprising that lab tests have found the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 to be on the stiff side, and the same would be expected of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 4.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a very supportive and stable ride from a running shoe that also delivers a soft ride, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 4 would be good for moderate to severe overpronators who are looking for a bit stronger degree of pronation control than what the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 offers.

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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