Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review and a Brilliant Run

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.

I’ve been running a long time. A really long time. And throughout that time I have been on the lookout for the perfect running shoe. I tried heavy, “motion control” shoes because I was told that I over-pronated. I ran for years in a “supportive” shoe that weighed a ton, but seem to keep me from injury. Except when it didn’t.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review

Recently, I decided to make a switch in my running shoes. I did my research, spoke to friends, and finally decided to try the Mizuno Wave Rider. It was the first time in years that I had stepped away from a heavy, protective shoe. Instead I was treated to a lightweight, neutral shoe that still provided cushioning and support.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review

Fast forward a year (and several other pairs of Wave Riders). I was delighted when I had the opportunity to try out the Wave Rider 17.  I’ve been running in the Wave Rider 16 and loving the lightweight yet supportive feel of the shoe, so I had no reason to doubt that I would also love the Wave Rider 17. The shoe is really light, about 7.8 ounces (in women’s size 7), beautiful (mine are coral with bright yellow accents), and make me feel like I’m running on air. Seriously, this shoe makes you forget that you’re wearing a shoe. Oh, and since I have big feet, I appreciate that Mizuno realizes that women’s feet don’t stop growing in half sizes once they pass size 10!

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 review

Mizuno has managed to make the Wave Rider even lighter, while still maintaining a cushioned, stable feel.  I really like the support in the heel, and the new sockliner somehow makes me feel even more connected to my run.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 review

I took a run along the coast in Encinitas over the weekend, my third run in the Wave Rider 17, and I really felt lighter than air (quite a feat for this 5’8″ girl!). The shoe seems to virtually disappear, so that I had this feeling of running free, but on a cloud, if that makes sense, like I was floating over the ground.

The route along the coast is quite hilly. My run started from our hotel near the beach, and within a quarter mile I was faced with a steep downhill, followed by an ever steeper climb. I flew down the first hill, then attacked the uphill (like we tell our cross country team). I felt light and strong, and maybe it was just in my head, but I zipped up that hill! And it continued that way for the entire run. I knew that I had encountered mezamashii. It truly was a brilliant run. I didn’t want it to end! Mizuno Wave Rider 17 review

Here are the three key updates that makes the Wave Rider 17 the most awesome neutral shoe on the planet:

  • Updated Midsole: Mizuno has added the new U4ic (pronounced “euphoric”) midsole compound to the new model, which is 30% lighter but equally as cushioned as the AP+ midsole that was used in the Wave Rider 16.
  • Improved Upper: The Wave Rider 17 has an updated, sleek upper with reduced overlays and seams to reduce the weight even more.
  • Redesigned Outsole: Mizuno has also tweaked the outsole, opting for lighter blown rubber materials in lieu of a traditional carbon rubber outsole.

Not only did Mizuno make these key changes, they kept the important things that I loved about the previous Wave Riders: It is still a really comfortable shoe that fits just right, takes the workload of an everyday training shoe, but has the speedy feel of a lightweight trainer. And it looks great too!

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 review

The Wave Rider 17 will be released on December 5, MSRP $114.99. If you order using my affiliate link, you will receive free shipping (and I will receive a small commission): MizunoUSA.com! Never Settle! Free Shipping On All Running Orders Over $100! Click Here!

Did you notice the cool yellow tips on my shoelaces? Do you know what those tips are called (yes, they have a name)? Are you ready for Mizuno Wave Rider 17?

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  1. says

    I keep reading these reviews of this shoe and it is making me itch to give these a try. I know so many friends who swear by their Mizuno running shoes… I have finally found another shoe that fits and feels great on long runs but I think I may just add the Wave Rider 17 to my rotation too! Oh and the ends of your shoe laces are called Aglets. My 10 YO reminds me of this at least once a week!
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  2. says

    BEAUTIFUL shoes! Great review too!!!! I wish I could wear other than Hoka for my cardio but I can’t – although they have some cool looking shoes too! I would wear for weights though! :)
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  3. says

    Thanks for the great review! I am at almost 350 miles on my Asics and am in the market for a new pair of running shoes, so I will definitely be checking out the Mizuno Wave Riders :)

  4. says

    Good to hear. I need to find the right running shoe. After hurting my foot when training for the 1/2 marathon, I realized I just haven’t been fitted for the right shoe. After I pop this baby out I am going to look at these again. Thanks!
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  5. Jon says

    Bought a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 17s, thinking they were acceptable stability shoes for my slightly bow-legged running legs. Woe is me, I’ve since read many articles that seem to say they are NOT for over pronated folks.

    I wear out the OUTSIDES of my running shoe heels…which I gather is a clue to overpronation, not sure.

    Are you indicating they are good for pronated folks?

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