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A smooth riding and dependable neutral daily trainer that won't weigh you down, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 offers moderate cushioning and a semi-firm ride.



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: 7.3 oz (size 8)

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

Available Widths: B=Medium

How it Fits (based on width B)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Low volume
  • Forefoot: Narrow to medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • 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 would like to echo the issue with the crease cutting into my pinky toe - especially on my right foot - during long runs. Was not a problem initially but got worse after I passed 10 mile runs.
From: Anonymous. July 16th 2015

Comments: I had the Waiver 16 before and just love it so I felt like try the 17...Very disapointed . I got blisters on both feet , not true size I wear 7/12 bought number 8 and still very tied. I also noticed a poor quality fabric. Sitll I am huge fan of Mizuno sneakers and will try a different models.
From: Katia. June 23rd 2015

Comments: Having the same issue as everyone else. Have been in Waverider for a a couple of years and have always had the white with purple size 9 and love them! When these went on sale, I was excited to try a different color. Unfortunately, blister and cuts appeared on my feet. (yes, I wear Nike anti blister socks, been blister free for over 2 years!) The very first tryout, in a size 9 I discovered a blister on my middle right toe, 2nd time out, all across my toes (1st bone from web)are cut up. I also noticed a huge crease when bending my foot, almost as if the fabric is bulky and causing and indent on my toes. Comparing these to my older 17s, toe box seems much more narrow but also develops this crease that cuts into my toes. Running Warehouse was super as usual! on phone this a.m., they said, ship them back, hassle free, thank you Running Warehouse for your great service! luckily, I stumbled upon one more pair of size 9's white/purple at a Dick's last night, RW is sold out of 9s. Will have to try 18s soon.
From: Becca, Appleton, WI, USA. June 3rd 2015

Comments: Nice light feel, great color (I got the mint). Overall good shoe except for the crease issue. Cut the tops of my feet on 1st run and 2nd run. Will have to switch to another until this issue is remedied.
From: Claire. September 14th 2014

Comments: I have the wave rider 15 and 16, feet great, even with orthotics. I am a size 39 euro to 39.5 (8-8.5). I had always purchased 8.5, but this time the 8.5 is not true to size, but too long. I realized this too late to return and now have a shoe that is half a size too big. These also just feel very different. I have to find an alternate brand until the next round.
From: Anonymous. June 15th 2014

Comments: They almost have this right. Went from 4mm and 8 mm drops. Took a few runs...but they feel nice. I do get that crease issue that pinches my toe...caused a blister on toe...feels worse when walking then running. Shoe obviously has flaw with this crease complnt.Howver...the the lightness and firm fast feeling is awesome. I went up 1 whole size.
From: Wildflower, PA, USA. June 7th 2014

Comments: I have the 16s and liked them. It was time for new shoes, so I decided to go with the 17s. I love how light they were, and they felt great..except for one major thing. The tops of my toes were cut up within the first three miles from the part where the shoe tongue connects with the rest of the shoe. 2nd run, same thing. I had to change to a different shoe.
From: Christine, Columbus, OH, USA. June 6th 2014

Comments: I have run in the wave riders for the last couple of years but this model is different. The toe box is roomier (I had to go down a half size)but the lace structure cuts into the top of my foot. Had to change to another shoe.
From: Katie. May 9th 2014

Comments: I purchased the 16's last year and LOVED them. Order the 17's in the same size. They run extremely narrow I would recommend ordering a wide or up a half size. Sent these back and ordered the 16's still LOVE them.
From: Jessie, Escanaba, MI, USA. April 24th 2014