Comments: I really wanted to like these. The ride is ok, if a bit clunky in the heel, and well cushioned- toeing the line between comfy and too mushy. The weight is right on. The upper is terrible, though. The tongue is awful and cut up my third, fourth, and fifth toes on both feet. Tried cutting and taping the tongue material which covers almost my entire foot but there's just way too much material there. I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending these to anyone. If you swear by Mizuno there are better choices in brand.
From: Jeff, Brooklyn, NY. 3/4/14
Comments: First Mizuno shoe I've worn that runs true to size. My only previous experience with the Wave Rider was the 14 and it was a miss, but I've been a big fan of the Precision and Elixir. The WR 17 seems to pick up the slack for those two discontinued models, and it looks like the outsole will last longer. I've only gotten in a short run on the dreadmill so far (thanks to the "polar vortex"), but my first impressions are good ones. I'm looking forward to getting some more substantial road and trail miles in them.
From: Bruce, Ashburn, VA USA
Comments: Ran in these for the first time tonight and they live up to Mizunos great reputation. I felt smooth and light the entire run, and they have just the right amount of cushioning. I went through 3 pairs of the 16s, and the 17s fit the same, but my heal slips a little in these shows, nothing the right lacing technique can't fix. Highly recommended shoe for the supnate (which I do) to neutral runner, and the weight makes it perfect for speed work as well for any normal or long run. 5 Stars
From: Adam, Augusta, GA, USA
Comments: I have honestly been looking for a new pair of running shoes for literally, I kid you not, 4 months. I tried Sports Authority, I tried Dick's, I tried EVERYWHERE. I was literally so depressed and thought I'd never run again. I have low arches but am not a heavy built person and supportive shoes do not work for my feet. They hurt more than they help. Also, my big toe on my right foot slightly is larger than my left, so that has been annoying when trying to find shoes. I tried the Free Flyknit+ from Nike, Nike Frees, Lunar 1's, Brooks Purecadence 2's and Glycerin 11's, Wave Sayonara from Mizuno, Wave Ronin, and Wave Creation 16's with little luck. I always found something wrong with one of them, whether the toebox crushed by big toe on my right foot or the shoe did not feel right or comfortable. After visiting a specialty running store and being introduced to these, my troubles have ended. I cannot speak to durability, since I have had them for less than a week. But they are supremely comfortable, upper is FANTASTIC and is not restrictive. Runs true to size. I am sized at barely over a 12.5, but I wear a 13 in all my shoes and got a 13 in these. They are great shoes! I recommend them to anyone stuck between what kind of shoe to buy. Seriously, get them if in doubt. Also, try Adidas running shoes. I tried them on in store after being a long term nike guy, and discovered that maybe I'd look into Adidas after these wear out.
From: John, College Station, TX, United States
Comments: It's official: the WR 17 was love at first run. I never liked the 16s, good shoe but they just felt wrong on my feet. The 17s feel so much comfier yet are more than 10% lighter, plus they look better (I have the dark slate). My Gel Nimbus 15s are going to be relegated to coaching duty now as I can't go back to them after the light, breathable, cushioned yet responsive WR17s. Amazing job Mizuno, and before i forget, the long thick tongue feels great and is far better than the short Nike tongues or thin Adidas ones. Sizing advice is correct, I wear either a 12 or an 11.5 and in these I was the latter. 5-stars for this shoe, I'm ordering a second pair from RW once I finish this review.
From: Carl, Pasadena CA, US