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The Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 is a standard, daily running, support shoe designed for a moderate overpronated foot motion.

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Mizuno’s flagship support shoe celebrates its 10th anniversary with the Wave Inspire 10. This daily trainer features a tried and true Fan Wave plate for shock absorption and support, while an innovative U4ic midsole provides a lightweight and responsive ride. The breathable mesh upper features minimal seams for reduced hotspots, making this shoe a great training partner for runs of any distance. 

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Weight: 7.5 oz (size 8)

Stack Height: 30mm (Heel), 17mm (Forefoot)

Available Widths: B=Medium

How it Fits (based on width B)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved 

MIDSOLE

  • Mizuno Wave consists of an elastic, thermal plastic wave running from the heel to the midfoot, creating an incredibly springy and well-cushioned ride. 
  • SR Touch cushioning compound provides resiliency and rebound in the heel for shock absorption.
  • U4ic is a lightweight midsole that provides optimal shock absorption, durability and a resilient ride.
  • Smooth Ride is a gender specific network of grooves that minimizes the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot to create a smooth heel to toe ride.
  • Extended Wave Plate in the midfoot is an extension of the Mizuno Wave for increased torsional rigidity between the heel and forefoot.
  • Intercool ventilation system in the midsole inhibits humidity buildup to keep feet cool and dry.
  • Gender Engineering utilizes gender-specific attributes such as a wider base in men’s shoes and additional flex grooves in women’s shoes.

OUTSOLE

  • X10 is located in the heel for enhanced traction and is composed of durable carbon rubber.
  • Blown rubber in the forefoot increases cushioning and responsiveness.

UPPER

  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • Dynamotion Fit creates optimal fit with stretch material in the forefoot and a collar construction that prevents the heel collar from buckling under load.
  • OrthoLite Sockliner is anti-microbial and moisture wicking for a healthy foot environment.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.

Comments: I was afraid to try the shoe after reading negative reviews. I tried really hard to find the Inspire 9's before they were extinct but had no little luck. I gave up and went ahead an bought the Inspire 10's... I LOVE the shoe more than I thought I would! With a definite lighter feel to them I feel like I'm wearing nothing at all. I have not had any issues since I bought my first pair earlier in the year. Since then I've bought 2 more pairs.
From: Anonymous. October 24th 2014

Comments: I ran in the inspire 6's and than 8's. I LOVED them all. I have to say I was a little disipointed when my 10's arrived. They looked a little cheap and they did not fit like my others. I still love them, but not as much as past models.
From: Samantha, Bath, MI, USA. October 23rd 2014

Comments: I loved my Wave Inspire 9s and was extremely disappointed when the company discontinued them. Decided to try the new 10s and I have to say, I'm NOT a fan. My shins and feet hurt in placed they never did with the 9s. Why fix what wasn't broken?! I'm not a happy customer and will be looking into a different brand of shoe now. Perhaps Brooks will work for me.
From: Katelyn, Lincoln, NE, USA. October 2nd 2014

Comments: I have worn Inspire for 16 years and every now and then, but not often, a version comes in and is different. The 10 is different and has a negative fit around the width of the toe box, with too much movement available. Hopefully, Mizuno will go back to the traditional Inspire fit.
From: Kerri, Australia. August 31st 2014

Comments:I previously ran in the wave rider (16s). I just couldn't make the switch to the 17s. The shoe went on too much of diet (kind of like lots of reviews on the Inspire change). I also ran in the previous Inspire but wasn't a huge fan. After months of searching, I finally came back to these. They honestly feel like the Wave Rider 16s, which are a neutral shoe. Go figure. At any rate, they are supportive enough for me. I actually like the fabric and agree with another review that they do need a bit a of a break in period (first time ever for a Mizuno shoe for me). My only complaint is that the shoe's tongue could be a tiny bit longer. But I never seem to think about that when I am running. They handle my current mileage just fine (ramping up for a fall marathon). This is my second pair just incase changes are made in a new model before my next marathon.
From: Anonymous. August 1st 2014

Comments: I miss the Inspire 9 : (. I'm running in the 10s but they feel very different and I'm not loving them. My feet seem to move around more inside the shoe creating hot spots I never felt in the 9s. Also I miss the springy feel of the 9, these feel flat and less responsive to my foot strike. I also have a new pair of Brooks Ravenna 5s that feel the same. I'm not sure what to look at now but I want my Inspire 9s back!!
From: Kat, NH, USA. April 25th 2014

Comments: Why did they have to fix what wasn't broken? I LOVED the Inspire 9. The new toe box is too wide, to much overcorrection, and awful fabric. One of the things I loved about the 9, was the open weave mesh. Thankfully the person that did my new fitting recommended the neural version of the Inspire. Mizuno, stick with what works.
From: Suzanne, Dallas, TX, USA. April 18th 2014

Comments: Why is it that if something is working for you the company has to go and change it completely!? I LOVED The Inspire and have worn it for years. Models 6-9 have served me well. Helped me so much I even got rid of my plantar fasc thanks to the slight heel drop. Now? BOO! Hate the 10 and I sent them back. Back to the drawing board. Lame, Mizuno.
From: Ashley, Dallas, TX, USA. April 10th 2014

Comments: Mizuno ruined the Inspire by taking too much away from the upper and making the toe box too wide. I have worn the Inspire since model 6 and bought 10 and wore them on a 6 mile run and got a huge blister on the top of my foot because the toe box was too loose and the edging around the shoe laces inside the shoe rubbed on my foot. I have worn Mizunos since 2006, but now have to find a new shoe because the only other options for over-pronators are too heavy. Boo Mizuno, booo! (size 9.5)
From: Laura, Albany, NY. 4/1/14

Comments: Best iteration of the Inspire that Mizuno has ever designed. I've been a fan of the shoe since version 4, but the changes made in the 7 and 8 were not for the better, and not working for me. I was ready to jump ship, but decided to give the 10's a try. Glad I did. All good changes...Comfort, stability and support are perfect, and they feel even lighter than previous models. I will put a couple pair of these on the shelf, in case Mizuno decides to change things up again. This is my perfect shoe!
From: Jill, Dayton, OH. 2/25/14

 

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

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