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A reliable trainer for overpronators seeking high mileage comfort, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 features moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride.



The Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 provides support for everyday running. This shoe combines stability and flexibility in a package that offers a great fitting upper and a smooth transition from heel to toe. Cushioning underfoot protects your feet from impact with the ground, and a responsive midsole provides a springy toe-off. The Wave Inspire 9 is ideal for high mileage and daily training.

Model Number:

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Weight: 10.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (29mm), Forefoot (17mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)
  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Straight


The Inspire 9 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. 
  • SR Touch cushioning compound provides resiliency and rebound in the heel for 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: The Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 has been a true game-changer in my running. After dealing with Puma pain and Adidas aches for months, I made the big switch and am so thankful. The Wave Inspire may appear as a bit of an ugly duckling with its unique color combos, but don't let that scare you off for a second. The proof is in the design and construction, and Mizuno gets an A+ for both. As a 40-something mid foot striker logging 30 mpw, I needed a good shoe to lean on, and I feel that I have finally struck gold in these Mizunos. The crash pad design makes for a perfect transition to the toe off. Along the way, the pronation support is excellent, and the unique heel counter keeps slippage to a minimum. Ventilation is excellent also. The list goes on and on. After five weeks of running with these in all sorts of conditions and distances ranging from 5k to 10 miles, I cannot say enough good things about this pair of runners. The price alone makes them a virtual steal in the marketplace.
From: Carl, Sydney, Australia. April 20th 2014

Comments: These are my first inspires since version 6. I still consider Wave Inspire 6 to be the best running shoes that I have ever worn. That being said, it would unfair of me to try and compare the 2. When I first received version 9 I Couldn't for the life of me get them to lace up comfortably.I decided to completely unlace them and start from scratch.Re lacing them, I noticed that the 4th eyelet up from the toe is extremely offset, something that my many other running shoes are not. I bypassed the offset eyelet and low and behold they now feel great. Running in these shoes are just about what I expected.Good amount of support, pronation control,and a smooth feel upon contact with the ground. Me? 5'11", 155, 62 years young. My mileage varies according to injury status on a particular day. I do plan on running with these shoes in my next 13.1
From: Jim, Monroe, MI USA

Comments: A very reliable, dependable shoe for me. I've tried shoes that are flashier, lighter, or more minimal but keep coming back to these for daily distance and long runs. The upper is a big plus and a great improvement over the old model. Glad that Mizuno got rid of all those overlays! For a support shoe, it is light and responsive. Sizing for me is exactly like all other Mizuno models.
From: Jeff, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Comments: This is by far, in my opinion, the best Inspire model for sure. A more cushioned feel, especially in the forefoot. Much lighter and just enough stability without feeling stiff or hard. Seems to fit about a 1/2 size small to me. Very pleased after 50 miles and a good 5K race in mine.
From: David, Tempe, AZ

Comments: Sizing seems to have changed compared to previous Inspires. My usual US10 was quite a bit too long on my foot.
From: Steven, Aus