Mizuno Wave Inspire 4

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Mizuno Wave Inspire 4
Most importantly the ride is smooth, well-cushioned and secure, making this a great shoe for runners with mild to moderate overpronation.

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The Inspire 4 introduces the same Dynamotion Fit technology as the Wave Rider for better shape retention at the heel collar and therefore a better fit throughtout the gait cycle. There's also an enhanced sockliner for a softer and responsive feel and a new upper. The new fit was noticed by ...  Continue reading

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17 user reviews of Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 See all

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This is my 2nd pair of road running shoes and am very happy with them. Am looking forward to trying the new wave inspire 5s. Continue reading...
My first pair of proper running shoes which took me from 'run for one minute then walk for two' to a half marathon. No blisters, no black toenails and no dramas. Have tried other shoes but ended up in another Continue reading...
A good solid shoe fits well and supports my feet overall very pleased as my main shoes are Asics Kayano's so these fill the shorter runs really well Continue reading...
Lightweight stability as only Mizuno can deliver. That great flexible toe and fast feel. I've previously had the performance Elixir and this feels barely heavier yet supportive enough for marathon long runs. On Continue reading...
First shoe and when trying these on much prefered them to Nikes, Asics and Brooks - they just felt good. Still going well and will be going for Mizuno again as they seemt to suit me. Good shoes - seem solidly Continue reading...


I had a look at a pair of these in a running shop in Bristol yesterday.

They were really light and comfortable,I had a little jog in them and basically really liked them.However I didn't buy them because my present shoes haven't worn out yet and I wanted to do a little research first.

All I've seen are good reviews for this shoe.Has anyone run in them or the Inspire 2?

Posted: 15/06/2008 at 16:51

I have pair of these... Currently have 25 or so miles on them and find them REALLY nice... They are light, breathe well and soft on the feet...

They were recommended to me after gait analysis and I'm glad I got them.


Posted: 15/06/2008 at 21:00

Hi Susiebe,

I have had these a couple of months now( Specialist shoes shop sale to suit my gait) and I love them still. Very smooth and light and quick.  The heel to toe transistion is superb. 

My only concern is how long they will last a 16st runner like me as after a while I start to feel the ground in the forefoot a bit.  But should be expected really for their weight.

Gonna get another pair and may look at the Nirvana's for longer runs. 

Good luck


Posted: 02/07/2008 at 22:24

What gait are these designed for, out of interest?

Posted: 02/07/2008 at 22:42


As far as I know a mild to moderate overpronator..

I am going to go back to the shop and have another little run in them again.They are the lightest shoe I've tried-it was like running with my slippers on!

Posted: 03/07/2008 at 11:00

I run in these and they are delightful - I love them!

Posted: 03/07/2008 at 11:32

I agree, great shoes. Switched from Asics 2120 and the fit is so much better.

 I've also got Nirvana's for longer runs - like running in slippers!

Posted: 03/07/2008 at 12:39

I might have to try some on!


Posted: 03/07/2008 at 13:35

Any updates on how these are working for people?

I've had mixed sucess with Mizuno, partly because first pair I bought were Motion Control rather than Overpronation (bad advice). Since had 4 pairs Asics kayano 12, which are great but probably excessive for my needs (I'm under 10 stone). So for a decent saving and what sounds like a lighter shoe I've plumped for a pair of Inspire.

My second, racing/speed shoe is Mizuno Elixir which are a bit lighter still but great for running fast in, only hope these are near as good, but more stable/cushioned for longer runs.

Posted: 17/08/2008 at 13:34

My Muzuno Wave Inspire 4 shoes have been great but seem to be coming to the end of their life now.The cushioning feels a little flat,there are worn areas around the sides of the sole and basically they are not feeling as good.
However I've worked out that I've probably only run around 250 miles in them.This doesn't seem a lot.
I've also recently had a knee injury(not shoe related as bumped my knee on a bedside cabinet!)and want to be sure my gait hasn't changed as a result and therefore making my shoes feel less suitable.
Wondered as well how do you def know when a pair of shoes has had it?
Has anyone worn Muzunos before and found that they are quick to wear?
Any thoughts appreciated.

Posted: 28/01/2009 at 09:32

I've had the mizuno wave inspire 5 since just before christmas. Whilst my right foot loves them, my left is less convinced, and I've been getting paion through my left ankle (poss cos I previously had a neutral shoe, and this one is correcting a mild over pronation). My mum and sister all ended up in the same mizunos (folowing gait analysis) and they both love them.

Posted: 28/01/2009 at 12:57

I've had two pairs of Mizunos - one 3 and one 4.

I really liked them but found they didn't last very long - they both wore out at about 150km. But maybe it's just the way i run  

 I'm currenlty on Brooks Adrenaline GTS7 and I've run 300km in them and they're still fine.

Posted: 28/01/2009 at 18:30


93 miles,is that all?

I like them too but def seem to be wearing.My feet feel like they're feeling too much vibration and shock through the soles.There is a dip inside too where the ball on my foot lands.

I wanted to go to my running shop today but children ,hairdressers and dentist mean I've run out of time!!

Posted: 28/01/2009 at 18:48

 Pretty much. I used them for a bit of walking but only occasionally and not for long distances...

 The best way to check is to take the insoles out and look at the bottom of the insoles. When I went to the shop they showed me the insole and there was hardly any cushioning left. A dent on your insole probably means that your shoes are on the way out, I'm afraid to say.


Posted: 28/01/2009 at 19:32

I'm sorry, Anne but you've been told a load of baloney.

The insole has absolutely nothing to do with wear on the shoe. What you are looking at is the cushioning (in the case of Mizuno- the Wave plate system) and the midsole. If the shoe beocomes very flexible or there are noticable creases in the mid sole then it is time to replace them. Certainly not at less than 100 miles and usually around 500 - 600 miles.

I have had about 5 pairs of Inspires now and as a high mileage, forefoot striking runner, I find that they probably have a little less mileage in them than the Asic's 2140's that I also wear. They do tend to lose forefoot cushioning arond 350 miles but have pretty decent heel cushioning so might fare better with a heel striker.

Posted: 28/01/2009 at 19:43

Oh well - you live and learn

My soles were also quite worn and they had started to feel a bit hard on my feet when I was running. I guess they just weren't the best shoes for me.

Posted: 28/01/2009 at 20:03

Don't you all find Mizuno a bit pricey?

Posted: 28/01/2009 at 20:20

Equivalent of Asics 2140, Saucony Omni, Brooks Adrenaline - all at the same price point.

Posted: 28/01/2009 at 20:27

I have been swapping these shoes about with others over the last few months and having left them alone for a while due to injury I have gone back to them recently.  I remember now how much I love em.  They are a great shoe.  They are light and quick and still well cushioned in the heel.  The forefoot cushioning does feel like it may not have long left but i think that is to be expected for a tall heavy bloke( feel a bit of an outsider on this thread!!).  Approaching 200 miles now.  If I get 250 out of them I will consider it worth the money.  I was told that mizuno's don't last so long anyway.  myth??  I certainly don't think that Mizuno are expensive when compared to others.  All about the same I reckon.  I am now a convert and awaiting delivery of my new Mizuno 5's.

Posted: 28/01/2009 at 20:45

Interesting that a few of you find Mizuno mileage low. Also true in my experiance although only compaired to top-end Asics. Asics Kayano's last me at least 500m, current pair are nearer 550 and look like they will go on, and on! But they do cost 1/3 more on average so its horses for courses.

After my previous post I did buy a pair of Inspire, not started in them yet, plan to break them in for the FLM.

I've also got some Elixir (less cushioning than Inspire) that are great for racing but starting to feel "flat" at 350miles. Must agree with others that the Mizuno feel is second-to-none, well none I've tried.

Posted: 29/01/2009 at 13:04

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