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Most notable with the Wave Rider 13 is that you don't notice it. It just let's you run. The ride is super smooth and it delivers a great feel for the road. The shoe may not be squishy soft, but it's purpose is to dissipate shock and get you down to road effortlessly. The shoe just fits and gets out of the way so that you may run. Another stellar addition to a shoe that has dominated the category for the past few years.

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How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium, Width 2E=Wide

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Weight: 10.5 oz (size 9)

Midsole Height: Heel (24mm), Forefoot (12mm)

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: December 2009
  • Color update: July 2010
  • Model discontinued: November 2010
  • Model update: December 2010, Rider 14
  • Heritage: Wave Rider 12



The Rider 13 is a moderate feature, moderate neutral shoe designed for daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-curved shape.


  • Mizuno Wave extends from the heel to the midfoot and is composed of an elastic thermal plastic material shaped in a parallel wave pattern. This corrugated design allows for vertical deformation during heel strike to absorb impact.
  • VS-1 is positioned in the heel and is a cushioning material to further provide shock absorption.
  • AP is a full length midsole copolymer material that provides lightweight, responsive, yet durable cushioning.
  • Smooth Ride is located at the lateral heel and across the entire forefoot and is a gender specific network of grooves to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition to create a smooth ride.
  • Extended Wave Plate is located at the bottom of the midfoot and is an extension of the Mizuno Wave. It preserves the torsional rigidity between the heel and forefoot.
  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • Mizuno logo is located at both the medial and lateral sides and functions to help hold the foot in place.
  • OrthoLite Sockliner is an anti-microbial and moisture wicking insole that promotes a healthy environment for feet.
  • Dynamotion Fit is Mizuno's design philosophy to create optimal fit with stretch material located in the forefoot and a collar construction that prevents the heel collar from buckling under load.
  • 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: This is just an awesome shoe, period. I have loved every step in mine. I use it for training and racing. Raced several 10k's and a half marathon in these. The shoe makes me want to get out and go! The heel cup is amazing on my feet, it feels like it was made for my foot. I can just go out and run without worrying at all about my shoes. ***** shoe for me!
From: Brandon, Spanish Fork, UT, USA

Comments: I bought these shoes after having saucony shoes for a year. The Mizuno wave rider 13 are amazing shoes for training, racing, and tempo runs. They are lightweight, provide enough cushioning for long run but not so much where you lose response, and provide great response to neutral runners. I have raced 10Ks in these shoes along with long distance runs and my feet feel great after. If your looking to upgrade from a heavier training shoe I would recommend this shoe as a good starter before you move down to racing flats which can be used for training also.
From: Mike, Ashland, OR, USA

Comments: Just received my second pair and I am very pleased with this shoe for both training and even an occassional race. Superb fit without feeling tight or loose. Heel cushioning may feel, to some, a bit stiff, however, this is benefical on longer runs and it doesn't feel mushy like some similar models! Fantastic heel to toe transition and nice breathable upper is great in the hot weather. A solid light weight model that lives up to its minimalist image and is reasonably durable (outsole)as well.
From: Dave, Tempe, AZ, USA

Comments:  Overall, I would consider this a great shoe. The sizing is not the same for me. I tend to fall between a 13EE and 14EE in most brands. With the Wave Rider 12, the 13EE was just right. With the Wave Rider 13, the toe box feels more narrow and the shoe is definitely shorter than the 12. I still took the 13EE even though it feels tighter than I would like, only because the 14EE is too roomy.

Outside of that, I am 6'2" 240 "overpronater" that doesn't like stability shoes. There are very few options for someone who wants a neutral shoe in EE width. These are the best of the bunch IMO. Pretty firm cushioning that makes the shoe feel responsive, and lightweight as well. The heel collar material is GREAT, and other than a slight rubbing on the instep, the fit and feel are great.
From: Erick, Irving, TX, USA

Comments:  To bounce back on Derry (above): I guess I should not be running. I am 1m90cm and 82 kg with some 17 different training shoes at home (I do like testing very much): the shoe is great in terms of comfort (it feels like a glove); contrary to shoes such as Nike Lunarelite, I just get lazy when running in them. They are so comfortable that you do forget to push a little harder. And if I force myself at having a go at it, I do find the shoe to be lacking responsiveness. I will put it home at home when watching TV, and that is it.
From: Alain S., Luxembourg (Old Europe)

Comments: After Mizuno ruined the Creation line (8+), I tried the Rider 10, but found it to be too soft.  Mizuno has always made a shoe that fit my size 13s like a glove, so I tried the Rider 13 and was pleasantly surprised. They have the same firmness that I enjoyed with the older Creations, but with enough cushioning to take the harshness out of the pavement. Very happy with this shoe.
From: Glenn, Wye Mills, MD, USA

Comments: Perfect fit. I used it for training 4-5 days a week, more or less 8 km/day. it's the perfect shoe for me. I'm 23 years, 64kg and I am neutral. Good materials, comfortable, low weight, perfect response in all grounds and the impacts are soft enough. Great shoe, incredible Mizuno.
From: Daniel, Valencia, España(Spain)

Comments: I concur with the comments offered by Joe and JD... If you don't like this shoe, you shouldn't be running. Like all shoes, it isn't for everybody. But, if you're a neutral runner under 190 pounds or even a slight overpronator... this shoe is incredible. It's supportive, responsive and it literally screams at you to get running... One very minor issue, for me at least, is that it wraps a little too high around the ankle, but it's nothing I can't live with. I have been in every Rider since the 7 and this is either number one or number two on my list. My info- 29 years, 185 pounds, neutral in right foot, slight overpronator in left (corrected by an orthotic). Shoe has no problem accommodating the orthotic. It runs true to size. ***** Star Shoe.
From: Derry P., NY

Comments: The Wave Rider 13 feels extremely comfortable in my heel area and the upper holds the shoe in place well without hardly being felt. The forefoot is flexible enough to allow faster running in the shoe and the relatively low weight of the shoe helps with that. Most of all, the shoe offers a fair amount of cushion without being too soft. It's a very comfortable shoe to wear for long mileage and allows for a responsiveness not typically felt in a shoe providing that much shock absorption.
From: Joe, Lexington Park, MD

Comments: The Rider 12 was a great shoe, but it felt a little sloppy on the upper for me. This update takes care of that. It's pretty much the same shoe as the 12, but it feels snugger on the upper, which is a great thing for a person like myself, who likes shoes light, minimal, low profile, and to fit like a sock. In short, it feels as close to a racing flat as an every day trainer can. Good work, Mizuno!
From: JD, Brooklyn, NY