Men's MIZUNO® WAVE® RIDER 13 :: Discover the perfect balance of soft cushioning and responsive flexibility. The men's Mizuno® Wave® Rider 13 has a new collar liner that locks heels in place and throws away the key. Innovative flex eyelets reduce strain on your instep for better comfort no matter how far you run. Men-specific fit. 10.5 ounces
Features & Benefits:
Dynamotion Fit: Reduces the effects of lateral stress on the shoe, resulting in an optimal fit while in motion
AP midsole: Lightweight, responsive, yet durable cushioning copolymer
Gender Engineering: Shoes are created to closely fit the different styles of the male and female runner
AIRmesh: Lightweight, breathable upper
Mizuno Wave: Footwear technology that combines cushioning and stability, which are both inherently necessary in great running shoes
SmoothRide: Engineering approach to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition, creating the smoothest ride possible
VS-1 in heel and forefoot: Shock-absorbing cushioning found in the heel and forefoot
X10 outsole: Provides extra durability in high impact areas
InterCool: Full-length ventilation in sole reduces heat and moisture build-up inside the shoe
Great shoe for long distance running and also for improving your splits on shorter races. If you buy it and get hooked be prepared to buy a new pair every 1-2 months! They do wear out quickly. But as a runner who does not like to have an overbearing super supportive shoe and prefers to run more naturally, this shoe is perfect. I would continue to buy this shoe as long as it's available on this site!
Mizuno's best neutral shoe for the money
I've been running in Mizunos for the past 12 years. I race in Wave Precision and previously trained in the Creation. I'm a light-framed but high-mileage runner, so I always appreciated the cushioning and durability of the Creation.
In recent years, however, the price of the Wave Creation has gradually crept up up up and out of my price range. I've also found the recent iterations of the Creation to be increasingly clunky and awkward, which is a problem given that I run on trails a fair amount.
Given that I'm not a heavyweight, the Wave Rider really should be the better shoe for me. I tried it once a number of years ago and wasn't really impressed--the fit didn't seem as good as the Creation and the forefoot cushioning was noticeably inferior. But now, I'm very, very glad that I tried it again.
I think the Rider 13 is Mizuno's best shoe right now for neutral runners. It's much lighter and less bulky than the previous model I tried, and obviously beats the Creation in these categories by a great deal. The upper is incredibly comfortable right out of the box, and although the cushioning is still noticeably less than the Creation's, it's still ample. The shoe fits beautifully and is the perfect balance between cushioning and size--this is not a bulky shoe. I really, really like this shoe.
I'm very glad I tried the Rider again and I'll be sticking with it for a while. It's still a pricey shoe, but I'm pleased to be saving $30 every time I need new shoes now.
Oh--my only complaint is that snow gets packed into the cut-out section of the heel, which makes it feel like you're running on a golf ball. It's a pain, but this is a problem I've experienced with many modern running shoes, most of which have a cut-away heel section.
Firm ride, excellent upper
I used a pair of these to run my first marathon; I finished it and all the training without so much as a blister. That's not due solely to the shoe, of course, but it wouldn't have happened if I'd had shoe issues.
The feel of these is pretty firm, which I prefer, and the fit is perfect, which is the most important thing in a running shoe-- and entirely subjective, of course.
I've used a lot of shoes where some part of the interior starts to fray, lose its stitching, or otherwise deteriorate after a hundred miles or two, which is a much bigger issue for me than tread wear or midsole compression-- I throw away shoes immediately if a seam or rough spot is giving me blisters, but I'm perfectly comfortable in shoes with soles or cushioning that a shoe salesmen would call "completely worn out". This shoe had no build or materials problems on the uppers after ~600 miles.
I wear an EE width, so as with a lot of shoes out there, the wide size comes in only one color. I only use running shoes for running, so that's not a big deal, but since I've mentioned appearance... Wouldn't it be nice if at least one of the ten or so makers would issue their primary running shoe in a color scheme that didn't have silver bits all over the place? We're not *all* trying to run through outer space, are we?
Lucky Number 13
A little background on me, I'm 6'0" 173 lbs and run between 20-30 miles a week most of the year. I like to consider myself a front-runner for the mid-pack. :) I have been wearing the Wave Riders for two years now, starting with #11. 12 was a big improvement over 11. The 13 is even better! I have had two pairs each of the 11s and 12s, have run over 1200 miles in them. When I got the 13s, I was hoping Mizuno didn't fix anything that wasn't broken with #13. They didn't, the Wave Rider 13s are legit.
These shoes are definitely the lightest neutral-cushioned shoe I have run in. They do provide some support, but minimal. The cushioning is just enough to help absorb some shock over a 15-20 mile training run, but give you a good road-feel, they are far from spongy. Great shoes for distance training and 1/2 and full marathon races. Some people say the 13s fit better in the heel, I might agree with that. The toe box might be a bit more snug when compared to the 12s, but I always thought the 12s had too much room up front for me. These Wave Riders are the best looking of the bunch too. Blue sparkles are cool, no doubt.
I will buy these again for sure - and hopefully Mizuno sticks with this formula for the WRs, because they are perfect in my opinion. Don't change a thing Mizuno!
This is my first pair of Mizuno's, and only my second pair of Neutral shoes. I started with NB 769's which is a mild stability shoe. I loved those shoes but I recently found I'm more of a Neutral runner so I moved away from the stability shoe. I run 20-30 miles a week on the roads and I'm 160lbs 5'8''. I tried the Ascis Gell Cumulous-11's but found them too soft and too heavy. Not a bad shoe but just not a great shoe. My friend recommended the wave riders to me. I've only used them twice but all I can say is I love them so far. They are FAST and very comfortable. I love the heal to toe transition and the heel has just the right amount of firmness. I also like the breathability. I still need to test them on long runs to make sure my feet don't hurt but my initial opinion is that they are my new favorites. The heel felt strange to me initially but when in motion so far so good. I can't see these making a good walking shoe but, its its hard to say for sure.
Surprisingly Great Shoe for Big Runner
I tried the Mizuno Wave Rider 13 just for a change from Asics (which are excellent shoes, too). Over the past 4 months of use, I have really been impressed with the Wave Rider. I love its light weight and responsiveness. I am 6'5 / 240 and run approx. 50 miles a week, with a weekly long run. I wear a size 14 wide, so am at the mercy of the brands to provide these extended sizes. These shoes have held up very well given my size. I was concerned about them not being durable enough for me, but they have really passed the test of time and trial. I have gone through 3 pairs now, and have been extremely satisfied with this shoe. At around the same time I started wearing Mizuno, I purchased a pair of NB 1064 with a plan to rotate shoes. While they are a slightly heavier shoe, I presumed they would be similar in performance, but they were not. They are much bulkier, unresponsive, and generally just a lot less comfortable. NB has made some great shoes, but they just don't compare. Mizuno has a new loyal customer!
Good for training and racing
I have run 2 marathons a year for 5 years (including qualfiying for and running Boston twice). All of them have been in Mizuno Wave Riders. I have been lucky not to have any serious injuries, which I always tell people starts with the right shoes. I rotate a couple of pairs of Mizunos throughout my training, so I guess I have bought over 10 pairs. They are good on any surface, but I many run on asphalt streets and trails. I like that they are light and breathable, but sometimes in the wettest coldest weather in Chicago, the wind comes through the mesh. But when it is that cold I just wear thicker socks, or two pairs. I hope to run another 10 marathons in Mizuno Wave Rider 13's
The right shoe for the job
I came from the Mizuno Wave Inspire 6 shoe, which was a great training shoe. After putting 400 miles on them I decided to stick with Mizuno but find something that wasn't a stability shoe. The Wave Rider 13 has been nothing short of amazing. I typically run 6+ miles, 6 days a week and I've been very happy with how they perform. I feel the road much better through these shoes, but there is still enough cushion for my running. I'm 5'9", 140lbs so I don't have a heavy footfall, but it's still nice to have a lightweight, fast shoe that doesn't jar my legs. These will be the ones I run with at the Disney Marathon in January.
Run Michael Run
I got this she at first because it was what I could best afford. After running in Nike Zoom Vomero 5's I totally felt a difference. These shoes aren't pillows on your feet. Their tires that get you to go faster. I liked how these shoes made me less prone to heel striking and injury. The way the heel is stiff just keeps you on your midfoot and forefoot area more. I noticed my stride and turn over improved after I got into these shoes even though I got them a half size too big on accident. They take some getting used to after switching from some soft marshmallow shoe but they're awesome after that first week.
At first, shoes felt as if I was leaning forward. Was concerned about not much forefoot cushioning. I have left foot bunion, tight achilles tendons (severed left in 90s) and low arches. Usually run in New Balance size 8 2E. While not as wide as New Balance, shoes are comfortable with good cushioning, and despite being narrower than I am used to, they fit fine. No problems running and no aggravation of bunion and/or achilles. I do use New Balance sport cushion insoles in shoes (the ones without a heel cup). I run 3-4.5 miles three or four times per week and am in my mid fifties.
friend of sherman
Saranac Lake, NY
Truly a shoe for RUNNING!
If you are a neutral or even slight overpronator thse are shoes you should try..They allow you to run..actually encourage your feet to keep heading down the road...awesome transitional feel...relatively light for a training shoe and accomodates my one orthotic for my left foot nicely..Durability to be determined as they are still new but am optimistic...I love the shoe and think you will,too. My info..187 pounds..29 years running..neutral right foot,slightoverpronation left foot..midfoot striker
Potsdam New York
Consistently Stellar Shoe
I've been running consistently (3 miles or more at least 3 times a week) for the last few years. I've got high arches and average knees. I just recently began training for the St. Jude Marathon and needed a new pair of shoes. I ran in the Mizuno Wave Rider 11s for around 1.5 years and loved them. The 13s are lighter and provide better support and cushion. If you liked the previous wave riders, you'll love these.
Consistent, Neutral Trainer
The Wave Rider has been exceptionally consistent over the past three or four years and many iterations. I changed to this model when the Asics model I faithfully wore changed just too much between models. Though the cosmetics of this shoe change pretty dramatically, I find the performance of the shoe to be outstanding. I need a relatively lightweight, neutral trainer for 25 - 50 miles per week and the Wave Rider works like a charm.
Kevin Mc the Triathlete
Decent shoe, I liked the 12 better
I run about 30 miles a week. The shoe is alright, though I feel like the 12 had more space in the toe box for my pinkie toe. I spent about two weeks breaking them in by walking around and they seemed to be more comfortable at the outset for the first week of running compared to the dozens of Alchemy 5s and 6s I used to wear. I'm hoping the toe box gets more comfortable as I put some more miles on them. Otherwise, a comfortable and durable shoe for my needs. I don't like the blue plastic trim though. It's ugly and if I had known I was buying a shoe with decorative plastic, I would have found something else.
a great shoe, but...
I bought my first pair of these in the spring of 2010. I've been using them for every run under about 12 miles. They're great, the best shoe I've had in a long time. When my first pair came to the end of their useful life, I ordered a new pair; same size, same everything. But these were too small. I returned them and the sales rep convinced me that Mizunos run small and I needed to go a half size bigger. I did and they're better, but they feel a bit too large. I haven't gotten into a third pair yet, but it wont be long. I wonder what size they'll be. Or perhaps, I'll be finding a new shoe, which would be too bad.
A great running shoe!!
The first thing I noticed was the great transition from heel to toe..I am a 190 pound midfoot striker with a neutral right foot and a mild corrective orthotic in my left which the shoe accomodates nicely. Havent done a long one yet but the comfort on short ones is so nice , I cant wait to do the long one in them. It is without a doubt a five star shoe..a running shoe that lets you run.,..
potsdam new york
Solid cushioning with comfort.
About a full half ounce lighter than the previous model without sacrificing any cushioning or feel. May take a few runs to get used to the firmer feel to the heel, but on your longer runs it'll make a big difference. I've even raced several 10K's in them and it performed well. Snug fit, but it was just right for me Open mesh upper is superb in the warmer weather. Very pleased.
enhanced all around
Run 20 mis/wk, 6' & 188 lbs w/normal foot strike/roll. I was happy w/the WRider 10, but gave the 13 a try. The extreme flexibilty & forefoot softness takes time to get used to. Lower laces seem to fit more snug. Also, is the wave plate thinner/more pliable, it appears to flex easier than the WR10? For different reasons, I like both the 10 & 13. Contour of 13 is great, but too? mushy, the WRider 10 felt more solid, yet sufficient. Can't go wrong with the 13... enhanced, yes, but improvement... that's up to you.
Terre Haute, Indiana
Works for me!
I use these as my everyday trainer, as well as in races over 5K. They are very lightweight for the amount of structure and cushion they give. They are a bit cushiony, so if you like a harder feel, these might not be for you. Ran my last marathon in the wave rider 12 with good results, and would run my next in the 13. I think Mizuno runs true to size--I wouldn't recommend buying the 1/2 size up as RRS says to (I did buy 1/2 up in the past and felt a bit roomy).
New York, NY
Glad I bought them
Have been a Wave Rider user for several years. I use orthotic inserts for both power walking and jogging. This is the best version so far. Noticably lighter than the 12 and the placement of the lace holes at the top have greatly reduced the heel slippage typically caused by the thicker orthotic heel. The new liner does not grab my socks and cause pilling at the heel. Great shoes so far!
Old NC Shoe
BY far one of the best shoes I have ran in. I got a size 102E and was very pleased. They are light weight, flexible and good for speed and regular training work. I have recommended these to my freinds. Good second shoe for me. My primary shoe has been the Asics, but I may switch over with time.
A Smooth Ride in turbulent times!
The shoes performs as I expected with the right combination of comfort, cushioning and control. It has endured the dust and sand of the dessert, held up to the pavement, and is sufficiently stable for trips across paths and fields of grass.
As a big runner, over 180 lbs, the shoe wears down as I expected, a bit faster than my previous ride.
Kuwait and San Antonio
I purchased the Wave Rider 13 as well as the Saucany ProGrid Ride 3. I would certainly call the comfort and stability equal on these two shoes with the Mizuno actually feeling lighter and more of a "bare foot" shoe meaning its like not wearing a shoe as you will barely know its on your foot. Nice job Mizuno.
Don't think just buy
The shoe has been phenomenal till date. True to size, light weight, Excellent transition from heel to fore foot. I log about 15-20 miles every week and this shoe has made it pleasurable.
I was skeptical before buying since wave creation 8.0 didn't go well with me. Now, I understand that anyone below 180 lbs and a neutral runner the riders are better than the creation.
k the runner
Favorite Running Shoes
I have used the Wave Riders now for about 6 or 8 years. They have improved the shoes over this time but these are still great. I have not switched to other shoes as I have been very happy with these for such a long time. I run about 40 - 50 miles per week and use these all the time on the road. Great all around shoes!
Another spectacular fit from Mizuno
Got 2 pr WR 13s (at a great RRS price) to replace my 2 pr of WR 12s. I've been running and training on the elliptical in WRs for about 5 years. Had 2 hip surgeries just over a yr ago and am now ready to reach for more distance. I like the RRS 3/4 insole for arch support in the WR13s far better than the sofsole red full insert. 2E width works for me.
New York, NY
These are my go-to shoes, as they happen to fit my foot better than any other model I have tried. They are very light, very well ventilated and very inobtrusive. I am 6'3" and over 200 lbs, and these shoes have enough cushioning to support my size while still allowing me to feel the road. 10k is my preferred distance and these shoes are perfect for that - although at my size I might need a bit more cushioning for really long distances.
New Haven, CT
decent running shoe
I've only been running in these shoes for about 3 weeks. So far, they are fairly comfortable. I'm a long time Pegasus runner, but have gotten tired of the good one year, bad the next routine. This shoe feels pretty true to size and has been comfortable right out of the box. So far, I have only run shorter runs (<10 miles). I haven't had any problems with blisters or hot spots.
Gulf Coast, USA
Good everyday running shoe
I run between 20-25 miles per week, mostly on concrete pavement. The Mizuno Wave Rider 13 shoes prove to be responsive, very comfortable and breathable. I wish they were just a bit lighter weight. The seamless feel inside makes them usable from the moment you take them out of the box. No need to break them in.
Very comfy shoe
Very comfy shoe I have put just over 30 miles in 2 weeks and they seem to be forming to my feet. I am a bit of a heal striker and there is light wear so I would say that they should last for a good bit of mileage. very light and runnable right out of the box. I would definitely recommend.
Mens Mizuno Wave Rider 13 Running Shoe
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EliasRun rated this product
5 stars Mon, January 25,2010:
I'm a neutral runner with high arches and a previous history of plantar fasciitis. I was running in the New Balance 1063, which are reasonably good shoes. I recently switched to the Mizuno Wave Rider (WR) 13 and I'm blown away by the difference. The WR 13 together with the orange Superfeet insoles turned out the be the perfect combination of flexibility, stability and cushioning in an amazingly light-weight performance shoe for short and long-distance runs. Wonderful experience!
mike rated this product
5 stars Sun, January 10,2010:
Does the 13 still provide same support and cushioning as the 12, even though the 13 is approx .8 oz lighter? Thanks for your replies.
Tarkel rated this product
5 stars Sat, January 09,2010:
Excellent cushioning and an unbeatable transition from heel to toe. Love them!
Alan rated this product
5 stars Sun, November 29,2009:
Greatest Rider ever!!!! Never thought the WR 9 could be beat. Huge improvements to the upper. Heel locks in much better. Snugger upper.Eyelets are properly spaced apart now. WR 12 The eyelets came together too close when tying the laces. Feels nice and secure on the foot. Extremely lightweight. Best Neutral trainer on the market. Keep up the great work Mizuno.
Anonymous rated this product
5 stars Mon, November 23,2009:
If you liked the 12's you'll love these. Same fit, but seems a little snuger in the heel and arch. Nice light weight for an everyday trainer and still has good flex in the forefoot.