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The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 is a standard, daily running, neutral shoe designed for a neutral foot motion.



High mileage dependability gets a whole lot lighter with the Mizuno Wave Rider 17. Featuring an innovative U4ic midsole for reduced weight without sacrificing cushioning, this neutral trainer keeps you going no matter the mileage. A blown rubber outsole provides traction and durability, and a seamless upper ensures that your foot is wrapped in security and comfort.

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Weight: 8.6 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: 31mm (Heel); 18mm (Forefoot)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Fits large; purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Low to medium 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 an incredibly springy and well-cushioned ride.
  • SR Touch cushioning compound provides resiliency and rebound in the heel for shock absorption.
  • 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.
  • U4ic is a lightweight midsole that provides optimal shock absorption, durability and a resilient ride.
  • Extended Wave Plate in the midfoot is an extension of the Mizuno Wave for increased torsional rigidity between the heel and forefoot.
  • Mizuno 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.


  • X10 located in the heel is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.
  • Blown rubber in the forefoot increases cushioning and responsiveness.
  • Flex Controllers placed in high flex areas on the outsole act as miniature wave plates for increased flexibility and reduced weight.


  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • 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.
  • Dynamotion Fit creates optimal fit with stretch material in the forefoot and a collar construction that prevents the heel collar from buckling under load.
  • 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: I have run in Mizuno Riders for years with a few breaks because they progressively got narrower. I ran in the Rider 15's and 16's and thought that they were great shoes. I liked the 16's because of the wider toe box. But they both pale in comparison to the 17's. I purchased my Rider `17's at a local running store. They really are a fantastic running shoe. These shoes are soft, but you still feel the road, The toe box is wide which is a big plus for me. They are incredibly light and as advertised you are not thinking about your shoes when you are running. This shoe is no doubt one of my favorite Riders of all time. I have just two negative comments. The fit of the shoe was a bit problematic. I usually wear a 9.5 and it seems a bit long. I tried a 9--too small I went with the 9.5 and it seems fine. Finally, I agree with other reviews I have read. It took about 20-30 miles to break these shoes in to achieve that soft/feel the road status. After that initial break-in period th ey have been great. I now have 200 miles on them and I think I can get 350-400. I would highly recommend the Wave Rider 17.
From: Anonymous. July 21st 2014

Comments: Got some more miles on these shoes since moving to FL from VA three months ago and really like them. I give them two thumbs up in the fit, comfort and durability departments. I think I'd like them better if they had, say, a 10mm heel-to-toe delta, but that's a minor nit to pick.
From: Bruce, Davie, FL, USA. June 30th 2014

Comments: An update: maybe it is me or maybe it is the summer heat, but after about 80 miles the midsole, particularly in the front of the shoe, feels squishy. I originally wrote that the transition was good, but not so much now. The Runningwarehouse video review said that they were firmer than some alternatives, and that was true in the beginning, but now they just feel very soft. I'd be interested if others found the same thing.
From: Anonymous. June 7th 2014

Comments: I've run about 30 miles in them now. Simply a great pair of shoes for those looking for a neutral shoe with some medial support. Flexible in the forefoot, stable in the rear but with flexible cushioning for various landing patterns. Despite the official stack height, the shoes feel lower to me. The transition is very good for my funky left foot; not the bulky feeling of earlier versions of this shoe and 'traditional trainers.' I usually run in much lower stacked shoes and with less control, but I was looking for something with more control and these work very well without feeling overly bulky. I phoned in my order and got a good discount, too! Thanks Runningwarehouse!
From: Anonymous. May 19th 2014

Comments: I really wanted to like these. The ride is ok, if a bit clunky in the heel, and well cushioned- toeing the line between comfy and too mushy. The weight is right on. The upper is terrible, though. The tongue is awful and cut up my third, fourth, and fifth toes on both feet. Tried cutting and taping the tongue material which covers almost my entire foot but there's just way too much material there. I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending these to anyone. If you swear by Mizuno there are better choices in brand.
From: Jeff, Brooklyn, NY. 3/4/14

Comments: First Mizuno shoe I've worn that runs true to size. My only previous experience with the Wave Rider was the 14 and it was a miss, but I've been a big fan of the Precision and Elixir. The WR 17 seems to pick up the slack for those two discontinued models, and it looks like the outsole will last longer. I've only gotten in a short run on the dreadmill so far (thanks to the "polar vortex"), but my first impressions are good ones. I'm looking forward to getting some more substantial road and trail miles in them.
From: Bruce, Ashburn, VA USA

Comments: Ran in these for the first time tonight and they live up to Mizunos great reputation. I felt smooth and light the entire run, and they have just the right amount of cushioning. I went through 3 pairs of the 16s, and the 17s fit the same, but my heal slips a little in these shows, nothing the right lacing technique can't fix. Highly recommended shoe for the supnate (which I do) to neutral runner, and the weight makes it perfect for speed work as well for any normal or long run. 5 Stars
From: Adam, Augusta, GA, USA

Comments: I have honestly been looking for a new pair of running shoes for literally, I kid you not, 4 months. I tried Sports Authority, I tried Dick's, I tried EVERYWHERE. I was literally so depressed and thought I'd never run again. I have low arches but am not a heavy built person and supportive shoes do not work for my feet. They hurt more than they help. Also, my big toe on my right foot slightly is larger than my left, so that has been annoying when trying to find shoes. I tried the Free Flyknit+ from Nike, Nike Frees, Lunar 1's, Brooks Purecadence 2's and Glycerin 11's, Wave Sayonara from Mizuno, Wave Ronin, and Wave Creation 16's with little luck. I always found something wrong with one of them, whether the toebox crushed by big toe on my right foot or the shoe did not feel right or comfortable. After visiting a specialty running store and being introduced to these, my troubles have ended. I cannot speak to durability, since I have had them for less than a week. But they are supremely comfortable, upper is FANTASTIC and is not restrictive. Runs true to size. I am sized at barely over a 12.5, but I wear a 13 in all my shoes and got a 13 in these. They are great shoes! I recommend them to anyone stuck between what kind of shoe to buy. Seriously, get them if in doubt. Also, try Adidas running shoes. I tried them on in store after being a long term nike guy, and discovered that maybe I'd look into Adidas after these wear out.
From: John, College Station, TX, United States

Comments: It's official: the WR 17 was love at first run. I never liked the 16s, good shoe but they just felt wrong on my feet. The 17s feel so much comfier yet are more than 10% lighter, plus they look better (I have the dark slate). My Gel Nimbus 15s are going to be relegated to coaching duty now as I can't go back to them after the light, breathable, cushioned yet responsive WR17s. Amazing job Mizuno, and before i forget, the long thick tongue feels great and is far better than the short Nike tongues or thin Adidas ones. Sizing advice is correct, I wear either a 12 or an 11.5 and in these I was the latter. 5-stars for this shoe, I'm ordering a second pair from RW once I finish this review.
From: Carl, Pasadena CA, US