Mizuno Wave Paradox vs. Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 review

Mizuno Wave Paradox provides good support to excessive overpronators who are heel-strikers. Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 offers support to runners who moderately overpronate...

The Mizuno Wave Paradox and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 fall in the same category of stability running shoes, although the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is for runners who exhibit a moderate degree of overpronation while the Mizuno Wave Paradox is for runners who need more support and stability.

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The uppers of the Mizuno Wave Paradox and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 differ quite a bit.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox has a mainly no-sew upper while the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has overlays wrapped around the midfoot in all the right places in addition to traditional stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe where support is needed most.

In addition, the Mizuno logo also connects the saddle to the midsole thereby adding more support to the upper. The Mizuno Wave Paradox has lighter film-like overlays in that respect.

So all in all, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 may have a slightly more supportive upper than the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The biggest difference between the Mizuno Wave Paradox and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 can be found in the midsole where they both have a Wave Plate but where the plate is longer in the Mizuno Wave Paradox and has three waves instead of two on the medial side to control overpronation.

The Wave Plate runs till the midfoot in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 while it runs along almost the entire length of the midsole in the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The plate has a centering effect and also a shock absorbing effect in addition to providing pronation control. According to running shoe lab tests, the Mizuno Wave Paradox provides much more heel cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

But where forefoot cushioning is concerned, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 has much more of it than the Mizuno Wave Paradox, so you can expect the Mizuno Wave Paradox to feel a bit firm in the forefoot area.

The rubber outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Paradox and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 differ considerably despite being from the same running shoe manufacturer.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox provides more ground contact than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, since the midfoot has been filled in with foam instead of having a separate forefoot and rearfoot area like in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11.

More ground contact typically means more stability, but also smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The rubber configuration also differs between the two running shoes with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 being more blocky and the Mizuno Wave Paradox having more wavy lines running from side to side.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 also has more deep flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Paradox, which adds to its flexibility.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that they are both almost equally stiff for men, but that the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is much more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Paradox for women.

The women's Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 weighs approximately 7.5 oz (213 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Paradox for women weighs 8.8 oz (249 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.5 oz (269 grams) and 11.4 oz (323 grams), respectively. So the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 is much lighter than the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

If you are a runner who severely overpronates and who is looking for a running shoe that can give you stability and support as well as lots of impact protection when you land on your heels, then the Mizuno Wave Paradox might be one to look into.

If you are a somewhat lighter runner who moderately overpronates and is looking for a running shoe that offers a good amount of stability and support, then the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 could be the one for you.

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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