Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own and are awesome.

It is no surprise that I have been busy. I haven’t been able to participate in so many of the things that I love to do. Running included. After I reviewed the Mizuno Wave Sayonara’s through FitFluential last summer, I was hooked. I went on and bought a pair of Mizuno Wave Paradox running shoes, and I haven’t been happier. My feet are happy, my knee is happy, and my brain is happy.

Mizuno had a new shoe launch in October, the Wave Rider 18. When I received the Wave Sayonara’s, they ended up being too minimalist for me. After five knee operations on the same knee, I know my limitations and what makes my knee happy. Unfortunately, my knee likes more support. I use my Wave Sayonara’s for walking and weight lifting now. But I needed new shoes, so I had my local running store order me a pair of Wave Paradox running shoes. They offer more support and that made my knee very happy. The Wave Paradox are the best running shoes I have ever owned. Seriously.

My close second favorite running shoe is the Wave Rider 18. I have run and walked in these shoes and the support is great for my knee, my feet feel great after a run and the colors are fun! They come in Black/Silver/Florida Keys, Blue Atoil/Silver/Blue Depths and White/Fuchsia Purple/Turbulence. I was sent the Black/Silver/Florida Keys color.

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Here are all of my Mizuno shoes together. Left to right: Wave Paradox, Wave Rider 18 and Wave Sayonara. On the bottom pictures you can see the different heel drops on each shoe. You can easily tell which one is minimalist and which offers the most support.

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Again, you can see them all lined up below. I just thought it was great to see them all together, to see the differences in the shoe styles and aesthetics.  Mizuno offers Wave Technology and provides a stable ride from landing to toe-off. This technology also offers maximum responsiveness and provides just enough support for your run.

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The Dynamotion Fit technology relieves the stress the foot naturally places on footwear, eliminating distortion.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 retails for $119.99 and is available now. If you are looking for a new running shoe, or looking for an alternate shoe, take a look at the Wave Rider 18 model. It provides the best of the minimalist shoe and a supportive shoe.

Do you run in Mizuno?


  1. Jennifer Pug Pug says:

    I am a Mizuno Runner – I use the Wave Inspire 10s, and have since Day 1. I’d like to try some other models but I’m a bit of a chicken about messing up what’s been working so well 🙂

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