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Combining high mileage comfort with support for overpronation, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 offers moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride.



The Mizuno Inspire 8 brings you the perfect balance of cushion and responsiveness in a shoe. Its light, springy feel is complimented by a well cushioned midsole, for a silky smooth ride that will take you further than ever before. Moderate support works to correct over-pronation and keep feet in line; to keep you running comfortably and worry-free. 

Model Number:

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Weight: 10.8 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (32mm), Forefoot (19mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

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


The Inspire 8 is a moderate feature, moderate support shoe designed for daily training and high mileage.


  • Mizuno Wave consists of an elastic, thermal plastic wave running from the heel to the midfoot, creating an incredibly springy and well-cushioned ride. 
  • VS-1 cushioning material in the heel provides additional shock absorption.
  • AP+ is Mizuno's top of the line full-length copolymer midsole for a lighter, more 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.
  • 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.
  • X10 is located in the heel and forefoot for enhanced traction and is composed of durable carbon rubber.

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 just ordered a pair of these - having lovingly run my pair of Inspire 7's into the ground (a couple of marathons, several half-marathons, countless training runs, etc.) I have already had a chance to use them twice: both for short 3.5 mile runs (one on the treadmill and one on the road). Very impressed with how they feel/fit right out of the box. Light. Supportive. Comfortable.
From: Adam, Middlesex, NJ, USA

Comments: A fine shoe; light and "fast," but surprisingly supportive, too. I usually race in the Elixir, but the Inspire is light enough to serve as a racing shoe for marathons. 
From: C (Brisbane, Australia)

Comments: I started running about 1.5 yrs ago and am up to 25 mpw.  I average just under a 7 min/mi 5k pace.  Since I started running, I've been searching for a good training shoe.  Its been difficult mainly because I moderately overpronate in one foot but am neutral in the other due to a larger than average leg length discrepency.  Shoes either provided too much correction for my neutral foot or not enough for my overpronating foot.  Luckily, I found the Mizuno Elixir, but it just doesn't have quite enough cushioning for me for runs greater than 8 miles.  So, I decided to take a look at the Inspire 6 - enter my sweet spot.  Great, great shoe that provided just enough stability for my overpronating foot but not too much for my neutral foot.  The Inspire 8 is definitely similar to the Inspire 6, and, in my opinion, a better shoe.  Like many others, I hated the Inspire 7, but Mizuno definitely resurrected the Inspire with the 8th edition.

From: Ben, Hillsborough, NC

Comments: The shoes looked and felt great right of the box but after a 6-mile run in them it was a totally different experience.  I had discomfort in my right foot and the following morning the arch on my left foot was tender/sore as well.  I would not recommend this shoe to anyone.
From: Nick, Austin, TX

Comments: Finally the shoe is back. I loved 5,6 but 7 was a disaster. I found the cushioning to hard. Just did not feel home. 8 I fell in love with again from day one and enjoy wearing them again. If you hated the 7, I am pretty sure you will love the 8 again. Will use them for the Frankfurt Marathon 2011 this weekend.
From: Marcus, Zurich, Switzerland

Comments: I find the 8's cushioning quite a bit more firm than the 5's or 6's. I haven't run in the 7's, but I can safely say the pair that I received were quite firm in the mid-sole and heel and lacked the bounce of forementioned series. The Osaka gets great kudos for the colors, but firm ride is a downer for this Mizuno fan. This is not what I'm used to from Mizuno. I love the bounce, and this pair just doesn't have it where it counts.
From: Keith Abbott, Annadale, VA

Comments: A  cracking shoe!  Returns to the fit of the Inspire 6.  Fans of the Inspire 6 who didn't like the Inspire 7 will love the fit of this shoe.  Better cushioning than either Inspire 6 or 7, but still with the trademark Mizuno road feel and smooth transition.
From: Steven, Hobart, Tasmania

Comments: A solid improvement for sure! More flexibile in the forefoot and I can feel more cushioning in the heel comapared to the Inspire 7. Lighter feeling, and the same fit or similiar to the 6 model. The colors aren't too shabby either. Very pleased after two 7.5 mile training runs Bravo!!! 
From: David, Tempe, AZ