Mizuno Wave Paradox vs. Paradox 2 review

Mizuno Wave Paradox is a motion control running shoe that provides support to excessive overpronators. The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 ups the amount of support and durability...

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is the updated version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox, which is a motion control running shoe that is meant to provide support to severe overpronators.

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The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com underwent a couple of changes compared to the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The first obvious change is to the upper where Mizuno has replaced the thin no-sew overlays that are present on the Mizuno Wave Paradox with stitched-on overlays on the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

However, not all no-sew overlays have been replaced, since the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is pretty open and free, whereas there are overlays running over the toe box in the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The stitched-on overlays in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 not only wrap the midfoot via the Mizuno logo, but there are also overlays wrapping the heel and more overlays on the medial side where support is needed most.

Stitched-on overlays are more supportive and durable than no-sew overlays, so you can expect to get more support from the upper of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 than from the upper of the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

And with a toe box that is free from overlays, the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 should feel comfortable especially to runners who have wide forefeet or big bunions.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox provides heel-to-toe cushioning via its midsole with running shoe lab tests showing that the forefoot cushioning is on the firm side and the heel cushioning above average.

The midsole of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has not changed much compared to that of the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 comes with more forefoot cushioning and heel cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The forefoot should now feel neither too firm nor too soft, and the heel cushioning should please heel-strikers, since the heel is very cushy.

Especially women should benefit from the jump in heel cushioning when going from the Mizuno Wave Paradox to the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 still has a Wave Plate that runs along the length of the entire midsole and fans out into two parts and three waves on the medial side to provide you with pronation control and stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The plate also serves as a lateral stabilizer and a means to provide additional shock absorption.

If you compare the backs of the two running shoes, you can see that the midsole of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has become a bit thicker, which means that the shoe should feel better under your foot.

The final change has been to the outsole, where the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has a slightly different configuration and where the rubber in the forefoot now runs more linear compared to the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

The rubber compartment at the back of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is shorter than in the Mizuno Wave Paradox, but in return you get a much longer rubber compartment on the medial side that connects better with the forefoot. This also applies to the rubber on the lateral side.

This better connection with the forefoot increases the ground contact of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 to not only make it a more stable running shoe than the Mizuno Wave Paradox, but also increase its potential to give you a much smoother ride and increase the durability of the running shoe.

And the more lineair configuration of the rubber under the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 should help with the flexibility of the running shoe.

Do keep in mind however that because the Wave Plate also runs in the forefoot, the Mizuno Wave Paradox tends to be a pretty stiff running shoe.

And running shoe lab tests confirm that both running shoes are on the stiff side. Only the women's version of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has gained a tiny bit in flexibility.

The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 has put on some weight compared to the Mizuno Wave Paradox. This is mainly due to the switch to using stitched-on overlays instead of no-sew overlays in the upper, increased cushioning, and the changes made to the outsole.

The women's Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 grams) and the Mizuno Wave Paradox for women weighs 8.8 oz (249 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 12.0 oz (340 grams) and 11.4 oz (323 grams), respectively, with the Mizuno Wave Paradox being the lighter one.

However, in return you get a much more durable, stable, and cushy running shoe in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2.

Mizuno has really done a nice job with the updates they made to the Mizuno Wave Paradox to create the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2. The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 should feel more comfortable and secure on your feet as well as give you more mileage than the Mizuno Wave Paradox.

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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