The Mizuno Wave Paradox is a premium, daily running, support shoe designed for a moderate to severe overpronated foot motion.



Maximum support gets lighter with the Mizuno Wave Paradox. A U4ic midsole keeps you from being weighed down, while a full length Wave plate provides a smooth and cushioned ride while providing the stability you need. The upper features seamless overlays for a supportive, yet socklike fit to keep you running in comfort no matter how many miles you’re going.

Model Number:

Weight: 11.2 oz (size 9)

Stack Height:  Heel (29mm), Forefoot (18mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

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


  • Mizuno Wave consists of an elastic, thermal plastic wave running from the heel to the midfoot, creating a springy and well-cushioned ride.
  • Extended Wave Plate in the midfoot is an extension of the Mizuno Wave for increased torsional rigidity between the heel and forefoot.
  • 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 acceleration and deceleration of the foot to create a smooth heel-to-toe ride.


  • X10 located in the heel and forefoot is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.


  • AIRmesh provides light, breathable coverage.
  • Printed Overlays on the medial and lateral sides help hold the foot in place.
  • 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.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

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

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

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

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Although I am less than impressed with the colorway, I do enjoy these Paradox. As I see it, they replace the Alchemy (which were fantastic for me) and the Nirvana (which looked cool, but didn't support my runs). I find the Paradox to be a fair middle-ground between the two, where I can feel the benefits of more support than the Nirvana as well as being lighter than the Alchemy. I'm looking forward to trying the new generation.
From: Joe, KY, USA. August 22nd 2015

Comments: Love Mizuno Inspire and Ascend but can't get on with Paradox. Paradox give me pain in the arch and shins which I don't get with any other shoe. Despite trying hard over 9 or 10 short runs have now given up on them - suggest giving them a miss
From: Ian, UK. March 25th 2015

Comments: I'm been using the Wave Paradox as my "long run shoe" for a few months now. While it is a little less flexible than the Inspire, that is to be expected in a shoe that offers substantial stability, as the Paradox surely does. Overall, I'm very happy with the Paradox, which is far lighter than most other shoes that provide comparable stability and cushioning.
From: Chris, Brisbane, Australia. July 3rd 2014

Comments: I run 25-30mi/week. This is an extremely stiff shoe out of the box (at least I think that is the problem). I've never worn Mizuno's so that is probably normal with the plate? Anyway after 25-30 miles they are OK but not great. As mentioned in the other review, I am very concerned about wear. I am around 70 miles, and the sole of each shoe has worn through to the plate in identical spots. I can not recommend this shoe since the Hurricanes and 1260's I also run in are much better for me.
From: Dempsy, Pantego, NC, USA. June 3rd 2014

Comments: I have been a long time user of the wave alchemy and decided to give the paradox a try since the wave alchemy is no longer being used. I am less than impressed with the new shoe and how it compares to its predecessor. To start, it does not have the support or control the wave alchemy had. I have very flat feet and an over pronator when I walk, however I strike on the ball/mid of my feet when running. I put approximately 40-50 miles on the paradox and the forefoot wear was horrible. On my last run the sole peeled off the foam cutting my run short. I understand mizuno has changed the crash pad on all their shoes, my opinion is it was a big mistake. I will buy some liquidation wave alchemy's and begin my search for a new brand of shoe.
From: Alex, IA, USA. April 27th 2014