This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
The Wave Rider was our shoe of the year for 2000, and with good reason. Its light and responsive, and yet well-cushioned and protective. Your foot sits close enough to the ground for a confident, positive feel, and yet theres ample shock absorption.
The good news is that very little has changed in the 2001 model. Mizuno has made the outsole more substantial in the forefoot, which should avoid any premature wear. Also, a visible VS1 cushioning pad has been added to the heel-strike area, and the uppers cosmetics have been changed. In theory, the changes should give a slightly softer heel-strike and a fractionally less flexible forefoot, but in practice our testers didnt notice any difference. The only noticeable change is that theres less vertical space in the forefoot than before. Thats because Mizuno has added something called Intercool: forefoot channels designed to move air under your feet.
Except for a shallower forefoot fit, the Wave Rider is essentially the same great cushioned shoe as it was last year and this year its £5 cheaper. Its suitable for anyone who doesnt have pronounced stability needs, and its especially good for faster runners.
Try it on if you liked Adidas Supernova (£70)
; New Balance 829 (£60); Brooks Hyperion 2 (£80)