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Mizuno Men’s Wave Inspire 16 Road Running Shoe

Mizuno Men’s Wave Inspire 16 Road Running Shoe


(13 customer reviews)
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  • Made in USA or Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Enerzy Foam: Mizuno Enerzy Foam is more responsive and has more springy qualities compared to former Running EVA technologies – U4ic and U4icX.
  • U4ic Midsole: Delivers optimal shock reduction, durability, and a superior ride.   Innovatively light, well cushioned, responsive, and resilient.
  • X10 Outsole: Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear.
  • Fan Wave Plate
  • Engineered Mesh Upper: Both breathable and durable for high performance.

Specification: Mizuno Men’s Wave Inspire 16 Road Running Shoe

Package Dimensions

13.19 x 8.19 x 4.84 inches, 2.03 Pounds

Item model number




Date First Available

March 26, 2020



Photos: Mizuno Men’s Wave Inspire 16 Road Running Shoe

13 reviews for Mizuno Men’s Wave Inspire 16 Road Running Shoe

3.6 out of 5
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  1. JB

    Ordered a pair of these in a 12 (the size I have been wearing in Mizuno Wave Inspires since the 7th gen), and they were WAY too big, returned and got in an 11.5, which I’m reviewing here. So review point #1: the sizing is not the same as previous versions. Overall, the outsole and support of the shoe feels about the same as previous versions. The biggest change was from an external toe bumper to internal toe bumper, which I read about in some reviews, and it is a HUGE change for me. After hundreds of kilometers in my Wave Inspire 15s, my first run in these has managed to ruin the toenails on both of my second toes, which has never happened in any other running shoe before these. Overall, the aesthetic change turned out to be a really bad one for me, and I’m hoping it won’t be for others…running since the first try on these 16s has been unpleasant at best! It seems like Mizuno likes to make 3 or 4 editions that are really great, then muck around for 3 or 4, then come back to make a decent shoe again. Hopefully they fix this sooner rather than later, as stockpiling the 15s is already becoming a challenge.

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  2. Julie

    I loved my previous Mizuno’s for this exact model, but I’m making a switch after my latest experience and I’m moving on to a different brand.

    My whole left foot was in pain and I thought it was in my head. I continued to try and deal with it for a couple months, but these shoes just never felt right. Then one morning I couldn’t get out of bed. I had to go see a doctor, ended up with a hip injury trying to over compensate for my foot pain.

    I went back to my old mizuno’s after being off the road for about 3 weeks. My other mizuon’s, which have way too much mileage, are back on my feet and I have no more pain.

    The customer service at Amazon is exceptional and why I selected two stars instead of 1. Thanks Amazon, but no thank you to Mizuno. You lost a long time customer.

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  3. Mike in Pennsylvania

    This is my nth pair of Wave Inspires; been running in them for quite a while. I have nearly flat feet (serious over-pronator), and I am lightweight, about 5-8 and 130 – 135 lbs. The shoe gives me all the stability I need. I run on both dirt paths and hard pavement. The Wave Inspires feel fine on both & they’re durable. Also, proper fit is essential in running shoes. There are plenty of good ones; I go with these because they fit me well. I have average-width feet but fairly narrow heels, and I particularly like how the shoes cradle my heels snugly so they don’t lift out when I run. For comparison, another shoe model that fits me right is the Asics GT-1000 series. Just have come to prefer the Mizuno Wave Inspire because I like the performance.

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  4. Samuel

    In the case of the glass slipper fitting (me and this metaphor), it does so perfectly. It has been a long journey of checking my stance and gate, buying shoes, and soul inserts. Each one either a little big around the toes, or to tight around the bridge of my foot. Some felt to constrictive and other to loose. To top it all off, there was a reoccurring ankle injury and what felt like shin splints.

    I have used these shoes for two weeks now and I can run and jog with minimal ankle pain and no foot cramping. The “support” categorization feels true to its name and the sole isn’t so large that it interferes with other exercises. It is hard to say anything bad about the shoe since it has resolve some of minor aches and pines that were a hinderance during a workout.
    I might change the review as I time passes. As for now, the Frog has truly found its princess and the metaphors are mixed.

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  5. sandy cooper

    All good

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  6. juan carlos lopez

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     Good afternoon, I received this marvelous shoes 2 days ago, today I tried and is a great surprise. As I was waiting: works perfectly to my pronator feets. The size is perfect. They are comfortable, perfectly adjusted, very light, although I no longer jog, due to problems with my knees and spine, but I still need shoes for my pronating feet. I remember that a few years ago it was difficult to get shoes that fit well, many brands still do not understand that there is a significant percentage of foot variations: important pronators and overlayers that they should consider for their shoes. and that have the designs on par with the “normal” feet this shoe meets all expectations, at least mine

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  7. DouggieFresh

    This is a very comfortable mid-support running shoe.

    If you are a wide foot person it should fit comfortably.

    If you are an extra-wide foot beast like me, then it’s quite snug. My feet were very sore after running just two days. Yet I find myself with another running shoe I cannot wear. probably won’t use them again.

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  8. Erik Addison

    Was actually a nice shoe for the first few months. Lightweight yet supportive. I have probably gone for a dozen 2-3 mile runs in these. I mostly bought them for walking, going to the gym and golfing. After 4 months they have developed a hole in the padding behind my heel on both shoes for some unknown reason. Needless to say, they are now unwearable. Very disappointed. I have owned several pairs of Mizuno Wave Riders in the past that have lasted for YEARS, so not sure what happened to this model.

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  9. Eduardo

    Provides good support to overpronators

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  10. Doug (dmartin)

    I bought these to replace my last pair of Mizuno Wave Nirvanas which were discontinued eons ago (I had purchased several pairs at that time and just went through my last). This is the first time I have purchased running shoes without trying them on first (not recommended, but desperate times…). I bought a half-size larger than usual because I have Morton’s toes and had developed black toenails (first time in 40 years of running). I must say I love these every bit as much as the Wave Nirvanas and they are much lighter. Very comfortable with good stability. Would definitely recommend.

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  11. Francis W. Shock

    The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 is one of my all-time favorite shoes. So I was anxious to see what improvements were made in the Inspire 16. The answer: Zero. In fact, the 16 is a downscaled, lower quality version of the 15. Less cushioning, less comfort, and cheaper construction. My biggest beef is the reduction in the foam lining around the heel collar. On my first run with the 16, I came back with a broken blister on my ankle from abrasion with the collar. There is a bloodstain on the inside of my right shoe if Amazon wants proof.

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  12. Tetsu Noguchi

    I was on a zero drop kick for many years, but also owned very early versions of the mizuno wave before that, going back almost 15 years.

    Now that I’m over 50, my heels and tendons are no longer resilient enough to use 3mm zero drop running shoes on asphalt and concrete. While I still like those for trail hiking, the days of running in them are over.

    I took a risk and purchased these straight from amazon without testing, and they work great. There is just a wee bit of movement, which I feared would cause blisters or at the very least some skin issues and I was prepared to either return these or use bandaids or body glide to prevent issues. Surprisingly though, up to 8.5 mile runs, anyway, there have been no issues at all.

    Great running shoes.

    Still, I worry about the rubbing a little on runs longer than 8.5.

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  13. Cliente Amazon

    Las zapatillas son preciosas muy muy bonitas pero me iban un poco grandes y he intentado hacer el cambio y me han puesto todas las pegas habidas y por haber me han dicho que sí que me lo cambiaban pero que tenía que enviarlo a algún sitio con un seguro especial aparte etc. etc. entonces recomiendo que no las compréis si no es directamente de Amazon

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