Weight: Men’s 10.6 oz, Women’s 8.7 oz.
The Wave Rider 14 model is suitable for runners with a neutral gait and those requiring minimal to moderate support. The most celebrated aspect of this shoe is it’s seamless transition from heel to toe. This comes as no surprise given that Mizuno’s engineers actually studied the force of waves while developing the technologies used in this model. I hope to God their research was followed up with a good surf session!
The “14” continues to utilize Mizuno’s flagship Wave Technology that disperses impact away from the foot and similar to the suspension of a car, keeps the foot centered in the shoe. This shoe is lightweight and SO lean it could easily be substituted for racing flats. Finally, the mesh covering almost the entire body of the shoe increases breathability and makes for a cool and comfortable ride.
Feedback: known to wear down quickly, shallow toe box, sizes run small
According to Mizuno, this shoe “works in harmony with your body to transform you from the runner you are into the runner you could be”. What more can you really ask for? Go catch a wave already…geez!
About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.
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