Mizuno Waverider 12 Running Shoes

A half-marathon runner reviews women's Mizuno Waverider 12 running shoes.


Review: Mizuno Waverider 12 Running Shoes

Published 17:36 pm

I used to think buying shoes at a specialty running store wasn't all it was cracked up to be. After buying my first pair of quality running shoes a few years ago, though, I've realized how much I was missing out on. Researched revealed I was a normal pronator with thin feet and high arches.

Consequently, I bought the Brooks Ghost shoes because they seemed narrow, comfortable, and were the right price. The Ghost shoes served me well, but I was hoping to find an even better shoe to train for my fourth half marathon with.

I had seen the Mizuno Waverider 12's before, but they were out of my price range. After searching online, I found a pair for much less than I had found in stores. I haven't been disappointed with these shoes. My feet seriously thank me every time I run in them. The best thing about my Waverider 12's is the amount of cushioning and support they have.

I realize that everyone's feet are different, and no shoe is right for everyone, but these shoes feel so great. They aren't too wide but contour to me feet enough that they aren't sliding around. I loved my Brooks Ghost shoes. They were better than any other shoes I've owned. However, they don't hold a candle to my Mizunos as far as support is concerned.

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Another thing I like about my Mizunos is the amount of room they have for my toes to spread. A running store employee shared with me that most people need to go a half a size up with their running shoes because they wear their shoes too small and don't have enough room for their toes. I found that my Waverider 12's work for my thin feet like my Brooks Ghost trainers did, but give my toes more room to spread when running. The difference is most noticeable on long runs. I have less blisters and recover faster because of my Mizunos.

I considered buying a pair of Mizuno Wave Creation 10's instead of my Waverider 12's. I read on Runnerworld, though, that they are more suitable for heavy runners or people with a heavy heal strike. (I'm petite and weigh 125 pounds.) I've seen runners in all sizes wearing the Creation 10's at different events, however, and they seem like they'd be durable enough to train for a full marathon with. When I have enough money to have several running shoes, I'll probably add them to my rotation.

A few Amazon readers reported that their Waverider 12's were light enough to race long distance in, and I'd have to agree with them. They might be a little more heavy than my Brooks Ghost shoes, but I felt they were still suitable to run a half marathon with. After using my Waveriders to run my last half marathon, a new PR and happy feet have given me enough reason to buy these shoes again.

Bestselling Mizuno Waverider 12 Running Shoes Products in 2020


Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 22 Knit Running Shoe nautical blue-red orange, 12 D US

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 22 Knit Running Shoe nautical blue-red orange, 12 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • U4ic Midsole cushioning for optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride.
  • Cloud Wave technology cushioning to provide a shock absorption that lasts longer than traditional running shoe cushioning
  • U4icX Strobel lasting board under the removable cushioned sockliner ensures a comfortable underfoot feel.
  • Wave Knit upper provides hold and flexibility. Your foot stretches while running , so should your shoe.
  • Lightweight and breatable.

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 23 Running Shoe, Dark Shadow, 12 D US

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 23 Running Shoe, Dark Shadow, 12 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • The Wave Rider 23's Mizuno Wave cushioning technology provides ultra soft comfort in a super secure fit
  • Lightweight and breathable mesh upper offers controlled temperatures and top unwavering performance
  • Wave Rider 23 features a dual compound midsole using U4ic and U4icX technologies for unrivalled responsiveness and exhilarating runs
  • This neutral favorite works best for slight underpronation all the way to very slight overpronation. For moderate overpronation the Wave Horizon 3 or Wave Inspire 15 would be best.

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 22 Running Shoe, Trade Winds/Teaberry 9.5 D

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 22 Running Shoe, Trade Winds/Teaberry 9.5 D
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Proven Cloudwave Platform for smooth and responsive ride
  • U4ic midsole with soft heel center
  • Engineered Stretch Mesh for adaptive Fit in Motion
  • Articulated Heel Zone for smoother transition

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 22 Running Shoe, blue jay-silver 12.5 D US

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 22 Running Shoe, blue jay-silver 12.5 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • MIZUNO WAVE: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies.
  • This neutral favorite uses a parallel CLOUDWAVE for cushioning and shock attenuation.
  • Premium Sockliner
  • Engineered Mesh Upper: Both breathable and durable for high performance.
  • INTERCOOL: Cool and dry. Offers great breathability. Ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe during performance.

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 23 WAVEKNIT Running Shoe, Fog-Vapor Blue, 9.5 B US

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 23 WAVEKNIT Running Shoe, Fog-Vapor Blue, 9.5 B US
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Inspired by our Iconic wave technology, Mizuno introduces the 2nd WAVEKNIT. With wave construction as it's base, WAVEKNIT provides a natural and dynamic fit through stretch and hold abilities
  • Waveknit upper design stretches and moves with your foot like no other knit running shoe out there while remaining breathable and cool
  • Mizuno WAVE: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies. Given that it less reliant on midsole foam due to wave technology your last mile in the rider should feel as great as the first
  • U4ic Midsole provides optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride
  • This neutral favorite uses a parallel CLOUDWAVE for cushioning and shock attenuation

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 22 Knit Running Shoe, Black-Ombre Blue, 12 B US

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 22 Knit Running Shoe, Black-Ombre Blue, 12 B US
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • U4ic Midsole cushioning for optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride.
  • Cloud Wave technology cushioning to provide a shock absorption that lasts longer than traditional running shoe cushioning
  • U4icX Strobel lasting board under the removable cushioned sockliner ensures a comfortable underfoot feel.
  • Wave Knit upper provides hold and flexibility. Your foot stretches while running , so should your shoe.
  • Lightweight and breatable.

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 23 WAVEKNIT Running Shoe, Whiteblack, 12 D US

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 23 WAVEKNIT Running Shoe, Whiteblack, 12 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Inspired by our Iconic wave technology, Mizuno introduces the 2nd WAVEKNIT. With wave construction as it's base, WAVEKNIT provides a natural and dynamic fit through stretch and hold abilities
  • Waveknit upper design stretches and moves with your foot like no other knit running shoe out there while remaining breathable and cool
  • Mizuno WAVE: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies. Given that it less reliant on midsole foam due to wave technology your last mile in the rider should feel as great as the first
  • U4ic Midsole provides optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride
  • This neutral favorite uses a parallel CLOUDWAVE for cushioning and shock attenuation

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe,White/Orange/Black,12 D US

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe,White/Orange/Black,12 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Heat-bonded forefoot overlays
  • Secure-fitting heel counter
  • Wave midsole technology dissipates shock
  • Smooth Ride Engineering offers a smooth, rocking-chair-like transition from heel to toe
  • Dynamotion Fit reduces stress points in the upper

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 23 Running Shoe, dark shadow, 12 B US

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 23 Running Shoe, dark shadow, 12 B US
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • The Wave Rider 23's Mizuno Wave cushioning technology provides ultra soft comfort in a super secure fit
  • Lightweight and breathable mesh upper offers controlled temperatures and top unwavering performance
  • Wave Rider 23 features a dual compound midsole using U4ic and U4icX technologies for unrivalled responsiveness and exhilarating runs
  • This neutral favorite works best for slight underpronation all the way to very slight overpronation. For moderate overpronation the Wave Horizon 3 or Wave Inspire 15 would be best.

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 21 Running Shoe Athletic Shoe, high rise/gray stone, 12 US

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 21 Running Shoe Athletic Shoe, high rise/gray stone, 12 US
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Cloud wave offers a soft, lively, and lightweight feel
  • Engineered Mesh Upper for a sock like yet breathable fit
  • u4iCx cushioning enhances cloudlike feel
  • Fit in motion upper
  • Soft anatomical sock liner for extra arch support and cushioning

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