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The latest in a legendary series, the Wave Rider 15 offers neutral runners a great ride in a reliable trainer, featuring moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride.



The Mizuno Wave Rider 15 is a shoe that truly deserves praise. The fit is sublimely close and comfortable, holding your foot in all the right spots with open, breathable mesh. The perfectly balanced, smooth ride is firm and incredibly responsive, with a close feel for the ground that is practically addicting out on the road. Take one run in these shoes and you'll never want to take them off.

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Weight: 11.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (30mm), Forefoot (17mm)

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
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Rider 15 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.
  • VS-1 cushioning material in the heel provides additional 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: Absolutely the best pair of running shoes I have ever owned.  They did not require the typical break in time that my last pair needed.  I ran five miles in them right out of the box.  Love the look and color.  2nd day deliver was a real bonus.
From: Frankie, Saint Cloud, Florida

Comments: The wave riders are hecka dope. They have swag for days and I'm the type of person who's very picky about how the shoes look. Also these shoes are the most comfortable I've ever had
From: Patrick, San Jose, CA, USA

Comments: I have run for a very long time in Asics DS Trainer and have bounced around to many different brands and shoes ever since I felt the Asics ds trainer started to lack the comfort that I liked in earlier models. I tried Brooks Pure Flow, Cadence, Adrenaline in addition to New Balance 980v2. I liked the Brooks shoes but never fell in love with them. They were okay and felt good with the wider base. After reading rave reviews over new balance I decided to give them a try. This shoe had nothing to it and gave me incredibly bad issues with my calves with lack of cushioning in the forefoot. After reading all the reviews on the Wave rider I ordered a pair of 15s. after a couple days of running in them I can confidently say this will be the shoe I order over and over again. It has great cushioning throughout the shoe and I feel like I am propelled forward. Having high arches and looking for a quality neutral shoe they rolled right and fit has been difficult. Though I have experienced many injuries and I have had issues with tightness, these shoes have alleviated much of those issues in a couple days... so happy. And order shipped very fast!
From: MH, Buffalo, NY

Comments: I've been a fan of the Wave Rider since version 13. 13 was better than 14, but 15 is the best so far (haven't tried 16 yet). Great glove-like feel to the upper. I've changed from heel to midfoot striking and it's got a firm midfoot but that doesn't bother me. I've run in Asics, Saucony, Brooks, Newton, New Balance, Salomon (trail) and another Mizuno model (Enigma) but I consider these the best I've come across. I wear custom orthotics with all my running shoes. May not be necessary now as a midfoot striker, but I do 10/1s so I wear the orthotics for the walk breaks. 
From: Steve, Pt. Roberts, WA

Comments: Have looked for an adequate replacement for Asics Nimbus 12's for some time. Have tried Nimbus 14, Adidas Ride, Adidas Glide, Nike Peg 29s and Vomeros. Nothing was as comfortable as my old Nimbus 12's until I tried the WR15's. I'm 6' and 200+lbs, and primarily a heel striker. These felt great standing in my living room, and after my first two runs the shoes felt like they were molded for my foot. I've had them for two weeks now. I have added miles, and have been able to skip a scheduled rest day now and then as my achilles and hip aren't experiencing the soreness they have been with the previously mentioned shoes. Have had nothing but good experiences with Running Warehouse, and just ordered a stack of the WR15's while they're still available in my size at the sales price.
From: Chad, Troutdale, OR, USA

Comments: I got the Mizuno Wave Rider 15 for my wife for Valentine's Day.  She loves them.  She ran/walked 4 miles right out of the box.  They fit well, cushioning was good, and color was unique.  Very good experience with Running Warehouse, price and very quick delivery.
From: Joe, Glasgow, Ky.

Comments: Coming from the rider 13's which I've worn through 11 pairs, the 14's were simply terrible and unfit for lawn mowing shoes as the ankle collar rides up too high causing pain around that area. The 15's are an improvement over the 14's but still do not pass as suitable replacements for the 13's (after trying a dozen different shoes from various brands, none seem to have that natural, uninhibited stride that always came from wearing the 13's). There's notable pressure on top of the ankle due to changes in the way lacing was done. The arch support in the 13's is not present in the 15's and causes the foot to sit lower in the shoe, causing the collar to ride up too high once again (but not as bad as the 14's). The lower, midsole portions have been softened up a bit but I feel it's gotten a little too soft, but then I really liked the firm feeling from the 13's so to each their own. The upper is too constricting and does not feel comfortable. I'm on 1 pair of the 15's for short distances only (3-6 mi) vs 11 pairs of the 13's and won't buy another 15. Did order the rider 16's and will see if the upper has been improved and if the arch support returns more towards the 13 style. Overall, it's not the same shoe as the 13's, which were for me and probably many others, the best running shoe I've ever worn for piling on the miles.
From: Mike, NYC, NY, USA

Comments: I bought my wave rider 15 about 2 months ago. I felt fast using this shoes because the outsole is a little firm; when you use your midfoot strike you will immediately feel the responsiveness of the shoe. Great shoe. 
From: Marvin, Philippines

Comments: I got these SEP2012 and have put ~150mi on them, taking them from 4-20 miles. Cushioned yet firm feeling under foot -- not bricks that pass all the impact forces to my legs, but not mushy like the Vomero or Lunar line.  They aren't the lightest shoes around, but as workhorse trainers, they disappear once I'm moving, and they have a nice fast feel (or, at least, they don't give any hindering feeling to the stride).  This shoe last does seem to have a "pointy" toe -- it angles back more sharply along the 3rd-5th toes than some other brands, which gave me some blisters early on and forced a move 1/2-size up. Once that was solved, though, it's been smooth sailing.  [I'm 49, 6'1", 162lbs, flat feet but not an overpronater, mostly-midfoot/light-rearfoot striker running 55-60mi/wk.]
From: Clive, Charlotte, NC, USA

Comments: Great shoe.  I have worn every shoe imaginable and feel I finally found the right shoe.  Not too soft and not too firm with a roomy toe box.
From: John, Berlin, CT. USA

Comments: Like others have pointed out, this shoe has a moderately stiff sole, but the upper is very comfortable. I'm new to Mizunos and have worn mostly different Asics road shoes and various trail shoes. Ultramarathoner, mid foot strike mostly, neutral, 100+ mpw. About 700 miles in one pair of the WR 15. This shoe saved my running. I'd accumulated all sorts of running related problems: black toenails, achilles tendinosis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, morton's neurama, metatarsal stress fracture and patellar tendinitis. It all went away after several months training in this shoe for 100K and 100 mile races. It's probably due to the good cushioning, stiffness, and the heel cup (which didn't aggravate my heel bump). Thanks Mizuno.
From: Rick, Dallas, TX USA

Comments: I started out with the Wave Rider 14 about 6 months ago and fell in love. It was a pretty easy shoe to move from heel striking to forefoot striking. I liked it so much that I stuck with it for the Wave Rider 15(which I am currently running in). The Wave Rider 15 is a great shoe, and much like the 14. It's a great neutral shoe and easy to use a forefoot striker such as myself. The pros: lightweight, breathable, comfortable. Cons: not as durable as the WaveRider14, somewhat hard landing. The only thing I would say is wrong with this shoe is that it lacks cushioning in the landing, but it does have a springy landing, which I prefer anyways. Also I found this shoe to be wearing out faster than the WaveRider14's did.Overall rating: 7/10
From: Alec, Ellicott City, MD, USA

Comments: I tried this shoe on and it's simply too stiff in the forefoot for my taste. More so than even the 14, which some didn't like but I prefer to this version. The stiffness is frustrating given that it gained weight from the 14. I'd be willing to trade a small amount of weight for a smoother shoe, but the WR15 didn't deliver that for me.
From: Nate, Des Moines, IA, USA

Comments: I agree with Shawn. After wearing out three pairs of the Wave Rider 12's I decided time to upgrade to the 15's.  What a disappointment! These shoes feel nothing like the 12's.  The 12's were light, flexible, and free.  The 15's seem heavier, are very stiff, and my feet feel very constricted. Sending them back!
From: Brian, Bay Village, Ohio, USA

Comments: Very disappointed in that I found the wave rider 15's very stiff, less flexible and very constricting compared to that of the wave rider 12's. That's right, I fell in love with the wave rider 12 and vowed to only purchase that shoe as long as I could in that I knew I finally found the prefect shoe. I have also heard great things about the 13, but I myself never purchased a pair in that the 12's were the shoe that got me to the finish line of multiple marathons injury free. One thing I've learned about running is that finding the perfect shoe is often times harder than the training itself. Over the last 3 or so years I have been able to find wave rider 12's on ebay and various other places online, but now have found it very difficult to locate them anywhere. I know it's every companies goal to strive and continue to improve their product, but this is a clear cut case of "if it isn't broke don't fix it!" This is a perfect example if tinkering gone bad. And readers should know it isn't just my personal opinion. The Wave Rider 12 received Runners World "Editors Choice" award for being recognized as a shoe that received the highest marks from lab testers. An award that Mizuno has failed to obtain in the wave rider series since. Several other shoe companies have kept a shoe models as is only making the slightest modifications. I can't for the life of me understand why Mizuno hasn't/won't take this approach toward their wave rider series. There was a legion of loyal wave rider fans that were devastated by the disappointment of the wave rider 14. Though there have been some changes made to the wave rider 15, it is still FAR from what the rider series once was. What is lost is that soft fresh out of the box flexibility and comfort that so many people came to appreciate and fell in love with. As an EXTREMELY loyal consumer of the wave rider series I can only hope that Mizuno hears the voice of myself and several other Mizuno fans that are starting to look elsewhere if they aren't given what they want and need in a shoe. I will give mizuno one last chance with the wave rider 16 next year. Fingers are crossed.
From: Shawn, Pleasant Prairie, WI 

Comments: I still miss the comfort of the 13s. This shoe is very stiff. It's just my opinion because I know not every shoe fits everyone the same. If you are looking for the "broken in" comfort of the 13, this is not the shoe.
From: Steve, Toledo, Ohio USA

Comments: The changes for the 15 are a big upgrade over the previous two versions. The ride is plush without being too cushy. I've started pilling on the mileage and they handle it very well.
From: Kevin, Warminster, PA USA

Comments: Love the changes for the 15s. I had to give up on the 13s after about 50 miles but these shoes are terrific.
From: Kevin, Warminster, PA USA