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For neutral runners seeking protection and smoothness, the Mizuno Wave Rider 16 offers moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride.



Get addicted to the Mizuno Wave Rider 16's smooth and balanced ride. The protective midsole absorbs impact while retaining a springy and responsive feel that pushes you forward with every step. A soft upper fits your foot securely, allowing plenty of air through for great breathability. With a slightly firm underfoot feel, this shoe is a top choice for high mileage training needs.

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Weight: 8.4 oz (size 8)

Stack Height: Heel (28mm), Forefoot (16mm)

Available Widths: 2A=Narrow, B=Medium, D=Wide

How It Fits (based on width B)

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



The Rider 16 is a moderate feature, moderate neutral 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.
  • 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.
  • Extended Wave Plate in the midfoot is an extension of the Mizuno Wave for increased torsional rigidity between the heel and forefoot.
  • AP+ is Mizuno's top of the line full-length copolymer midsole for a lighter, more resilient ride.
  • 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.
  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • 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.
  • X10 located in the heel and forefoot is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.
  • Flex Controllers placed in high flex areas on the outsole act as miniature wave plates for increased flexibility and reduced weight.

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: This is my first pair of Mizuno's! Love, Love, Love. I have a very narrow foot, and this shoe fits great! I run on both roads and trails. I would definitely recommend this shoe.
From: Lauren, Birmingham, AL, USA

Comments: Most of my life, I've run in Nike or New Balance, so this is my first Mizuno. The forefoot is firm but protective, and that gives it a pretty lively ride. The cushioning is also durable, since I've put a fair amount of mileage on the shoe and it seems like it's got a lot of life left in it. I'm also impressed with the fit: roomy up front but secure in the midfoot. I'm not a minimalist type, so I don't mind the big heel-toe drop. All in all, my tootsies love these babies (and they look sharp, too)! If the shoe continues to hold up, I could be a Wave Rider runner for life!
From: Frances, Mission Viejo, CA

Comments: Just a cool fact...these are the same shoes that Texas State senator Wendy Davis was wearing during her 13 hour filibuster of the Texas Republicans' anti-choice bill recently!
From: Roberta, Brattleboro, VT