Mizuno Wave Rider 10

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Mizuno Wave Rider 10
Mizuno hasn’t changed much on the Rider - it’s a fast-feeling, nicely cushioned shoe.

Our Review

The shoe that established Mizuno’s running credentials, the updated Rider comes with a new last that should feel a little wider through the arch and forefoot. Not to worry though, most of our wear-testers didn’t feel this new fit worthy of comment. Our lab tests found the Rider to be ...  Continue reading

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21 user reviews of Mizuno Wave Rider 10 See all

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I find this shoe very comfy. And would buy again and again. Continue reading...
I suppose the best I can do is compare them to the Asics range I have always used. I bought a pair of these in the sale (bit of a bargain!) as an alternative to the 2120's. I would say they are lighter and prov Continue reading...
The best shoe i have worn for all round dynamic performance. It doesn't last that well though. Continue reading...
I keep on buying the wave rider (have just purchased Rider 11) they suit my feet and running mileage. Continue reading...
Great. No serious problems at all. Continue reading...


How does this shoe compare with Asics Nimbus?

Posted: 07/02/2007 at 09:46

they are quite similar in cushioning but the feel is a bit different. the nimbus feels softer, while the waver rider can feel a little firm. They sole material mizuno uses is noisy too. The waver rider feels quicker though, more responsive.

I've found I can use either with good results but tend to use the nimbus for easier runs. The wave rider is very good for quicker runs if you don't get enough cushioning from a 'performance trainer' like the DS trainer or the wave precision.

Posted: 07/02/2007 at 12:05

Thanks Dave,
I have used Nimbus for about five years and fancied a change. Of course when you try them in the shop its never quite the same as out on the road. My local shop Run & Become are quite good and will let you take them home and have a go on a treadmill. I cant seem to muster the willpower to hand over 75 sponduleys for a shoe I might not like. Years ago I wasted £110 although the situation was slightly different. I bought Nike Air Max, ran in a muddy field, put shoes in washing machine, then straight in tumble dryer and then straight in the bin-major shrink. Since then I've been careful, apart from when I bought two pairs of Nimbus 3's by mail order without trying them on-hated them.

Posted: 07/02/2007 at 12:23

if you like the nimbus I think the wave rider are worth a try, i'd say the 2 of them are widely considered the top 2 cushioning shoes.

I think upandrunning.co.uk has them half price at the moment but don't know what they are like for delivery etc.

Posted: 07/02/2007 at 20:57

I'm not a fan of Wave Rider's. Well in honesty I only ever had the Wave Rider 7, around a year ago, but in reflection it was too firm a shoe and I think it gave me some foot problems back then. I wish Mizuno would do a little more than have every shoe a wave model.

Posted: 07/02/2007 at 22:29

I think the least I can do is try them on. Sometimes just putting them on gives you that these are ok or not feeling.

Posted: 07/02/2007 at 22:45


The 7 was a real different shoe to the 8, 9 and 10. Very different fit to my mind. I guess you got some old 7s as the 8 was out about 18 months if not 2 years ago.

I am confused by your 'every shoe a wave model'. It's a bit like asking Asics to do more than use Gel...

Personally I like the 8s, the 9s were Ok, and as I'm injured not likley to need to 10s for a while yet!

Posted: 08/02/2007 at 11:59

I have been in to Run & Become and tried both shoes on. The Nimbus was as I have come to expect and felt good, the WR10's were also a good fit which suprised me as in the past I'd always felt the WR's were a narrow fit. So like all good runners I was unable to decide and it will probaly take me a few more visits before I drag the wallet out of my pocket. The price of Nimbus8 is £100 and WR10 £75, not to be sniffed at, plus it could be an expensive mistake.

Posted: 08/02/2007 at 13:11

I like the Mizuno and used the WR my London and NY marathons. Cost is an issue but good shoes are a must. When I was in NY I went to the Mizuno stand and they had just got the WR10 in and were selling them for $70. They also had the new Creation in and for sale at $98. I used these for training and in the Maimi marathon last week. They are much a better shoe and with the exchange rate so good at the moment well worth the money!

So if your looking for a new shoe and you or a friend are going to America, try a pair in the UK and get them in the states.

Posted: 08/02/2007 at 13:26

Personally, I think the Nike Pegasus is the best neutral shoe on the market at the moment, and has been for a number of years. It's a great fitting shoe, well cushioned, and fairly light and responsive for a training shoe.

I had a pair of 2002 Wave Riders (I think it may have been the 6) and they were a good shoe except for the fact that the uppers went in less than a year. I currently have a pair of Precisions which are also very good, but would agree that Mizunos do tend to be on the firmer side. I've never had a pair of Asics Nimbus but did try a pair once and they felt okay but not as good as smooth the Pegasus.

Posted: 24/02/2007 at 21:24

I found that all 3 riders i've used (inc 10) wear out quickly in the cushioning department (about 250-300 miles) outsole and uppers are great and im not big (11 stone) but they get 'flat' quick.

Posted: 01/03/2008 at 20:28

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