I wanted to let you all know about the updates to my favorite running shoe with a Wave Rider 20 review. I am not going to lie, I secretly had a pair of the Mizuno Running Wave Rider 19 stashed away because a lot was riding on the release of the 20. Would they be the shoe that would travel with me to the New York City Marathon? Or would I be pulling the pair of 19s out of hiding?
I have been in the Mizuno Wave Rider ever since the 14s and have seen different changes come and go each year as they make their updates. I use the Wave Rider for my distance shoe and it is the bread and butter of my Mizuno lineup. If I was told I could only run in one shoe for the rest of my life – it would be the Wave Rider.
So, when I received my pair of Wave Rider 20 to try out I couldn’t wait to put them on and see what changes had been made. It is now over a week later and my new shoes and I have done a few short runs and walks, a mid-distance 8 miler, and gone long at 15 miles, so I feel ready to give you all my Mizuno Wave Rider 20 Review.
What is different?
The first difference you notice is that this shoe looks visually different than the 19 (or 18 for that matter). The detailing to the material looks much smoother and sharper than it used to and more in line with what is currently in style. Also, the pop of color between the upper and the sole now runs the whole length of the shoe which really stands out and looks fresh (see the bright pink on the outside).
*model 19s on the inside – model 20 on the outside
The Upper –
This is the biggest different I noticed in fit. The new upper material is so much softer and because of that when you put it on it really fits to your foot. The shoe fit like a glove and felt great – so smooth and soft, not at all rigid. You’ll think you are wearing your slippers!
The Cushioning –
The new Wave Rider 20 has the same great cushioning you can expect from the Wave Rider family, but I will admit that these actually felt a bit softer and bouncier than the last few Wave Rider pairs I have had. (I am sure that is the technical term for it.) So, I looked this up for you and and it turns out this shoe has new cloudwave technology for a softer feel and a smoother ride.
Overall Verdict –
These are by FAR my favorite Wave Rider yet. Like, I want Mizuno to stop now and never touch them again they are so good. These babies will definitely be my New York City Marathon shoe, no doubt in my mind. I love the updates and am one very happy Wave Rider fan. Cheers to number 20! I hope this Wave Rider 20 review convinces you to go for it if your were on the fence.
Let me know –
Have you run in the Wave Rider before?
Would you like to try out a pair of the Wave Rider 20?