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



The Mizuno Wave Rider 16 is the latest of a lasting heritage of crowd pleasing neutral trainers. This shoe offers a flexible and breathable upper that retains durability for everyday use, while its midsole provides a balance of both protection and responsiveness, allowing the shoe to keep up with you no matter the run. As Mizuno’s most popular offering, you can’t go wrong with the Rider 16. 

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Weight: 10.0 oz (size 9)

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

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 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: These shoes are great. I got them as an update to my Wave Rider 15's. These shoes didn't disappoint. Furthermore, anyone looking for a serious running shoe can bring their search to an end. These shoes are the crème de la crème for High mileage runners. Resume: 5K PR: 15:02 10K PR: 31:35 Mile PR: 4:12 2mile PR: 9:04
From: Patrick, USA

Comments: I have always run in Asics shoes and this is my first pair of wave riders. The ride is comparatively firmer but not too much so, in addition I feel so far that there is less lateral support than my asics shoes (DV trainer 15s). These shoes are so light, I am enjoying them so far.
From: Gareth, Auckland, New Zealand

Comments: I have been running in the Wave Rider 16's for about 4 months now and I have nothing bad to say about these shoes. I have been running in Wave Riders since the 13's and these in my opinion are the best so far offered from Mizuno. I have over 400 miles on my current pair and it amazes me how little wear the shoes show. If you want a shoe that will hold up on the long run I highly recommend the 16, the comfort and weight of this shoe is truely amazing. I find this shoe is great to rotate with the precision 13 from Mizuno. I am about 150 lbs and average about a 7:30 pace, these shoes can handle fast workouts. Highly recommend.
From: Spence, Charlotte, NC

Comments: Coming from the Asics Nimbus for the last 5 years I can say that this runner is a great choice. It took me some time to get used to it; and in the process had some sore muscles in my legs that I didn't know existed. lol. Running about 20-25 miles per week right now it has been proven a great shoe so far. I am in need of a larger toe box since I have a wider foot, which this shoe addresses. (12,D) First off, there is clearly a firmer ride compared to the luxurious Nimbus cruiser. The Mizuno is very well ventilated on the top toe box and has a fantastic fit around the heel. For cooler weather (20*F) I have noticed that I have to wear warmer socks. This will be a nice plus for the warm summer months. The shoe is more responsive and there is more "connection" to the road, I suppose it has more of a minimalist feel to it. Both the Asics and Mizuno are great shoes, but I am glad I made the switch. Looking forward to putting some longer runs on it.... as the weather finally warms.
From: Ken, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Third Rock

Comments: I switched over to Mizuno shoes having worn everything else under the sun. I truly enjoy their shoes and think the Wave Rider 16 is a great update to an already awesome shoe. I like a snug heel and wider toe box. The reduced weight is an added plus. I log between 30-60miles per week and these shoes never bother me. 
From: John, Newington, CT

Comments: I recently put about 300 miles on a pair of Rider 15's and enjoyed them as a versatile neutral trainer. I decided to try the 16's, and after about 35 miles in them I would rate them slightly higher than the 15's. They are similar, but the 16 feels noticeably lighter and slightly firmer and faster than the 15. I find myself using better form and striking mid-foot (as opposed to heel) in the 16's. They are great for quick 3 milers, intervals, 10K, or a weekly 10 miler. The toe box seems slightly bigger in the 16, and I found that going down a half size from the 15 fits me perfectly. The upper is more breathable in the 16, even though the 15 was fine in that regard. I find the durability of Mizuno to be first-rate and the arch support in the Riders seems to suit me. I have tried on neutral trainers in other brands but decided to stick with Riders for their fit, performance and durability. If you are looking for a versatile, light, durable, semi-firm yet protective neutral shoe with a 12mm drop, the Rider 16's are a great option. Weight: 174 Height: 5'11" Run 25-30 miles per week; typical pace 7:30-8:45
From: Travis, Slidell, LA, USA

Comments: What a great shoe! The shoe pattern on the bottom of the shoe is almost identical to the Wave Rider 15. Also, the sizing is virtually the same as the Wave Rider 15 as well. Keep in mind, these shoes are a VERY bright yellow in color. 
From: Bill, Ionia, MI, USA

Comments: Tried them on, but as several have already mentioned, this is essentially the same shoe as the Rider 15 with just an improved upper.The cushioning is still too firm for my liking and it's not been close to the same shoe, since the Rider 13 edition. I did not buy these or the Rider 15's.
From: David, Tempe, AZ

Comments: The Rider 13 was a masterpiece, but Mizuno hasn't been able to recapture the magic since.  Too bad, time to move on...
From: Arturo, Arlington, VA, USA

Comments: The Wave Rider 16's ride feels identical to the Rider 15's, as they carried over the mid/out sole from the previous model. The heel portion has an ever so slightly softer thin layer of cushion at the same level as the wave plate but you would have to be a heavy heel striker to notice any difference. The notable improvements: 1) They replaced the irritating plastic logo on the tongue with a fabric piece. 2) The seams around the tongue was too thick and felt like a shoe lace around the edge of the entire tongue - this seam has been reduced and now the tongue feels "flat" through its edges. 3) slightly lighter than the 15's. If you liked the 15's then the 16's feels like an overall improvement. However, if you didn't like the 15's, particularly the ride portion then the 16's won't be any different. If you were a fan of the rider 13's and earlier models (like I am), you may or may not like the 16's - The 13's were a perfect, glove like fit and ride but the 15's and 16's load my IT band quite a bit and I can't run in these without ITBS. I have not figured out exactly what they changed from the 13's aside from moving the arch support back slightly (and reducing it), slightly lower heel to toe drop, an extended wave plate that goes a bit further into the forefoot, and also they seem to have pushed the heel portion slightly more forward, seemingly in an effort to move the foot strike a bit more towards the forefoot.
From: Mike, NYC, NY, USA