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Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe

Men's Mizuno Wave Inspire 8

Item #MIZ732
MSRP:$114.95
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Men's MIZUNO® WAVE® INSPIRE 8 :: Looking for some inspiration? Look no further. Let the men's Mizuno® Wave® Inspire™ 8 be your training muse. Get more control in every step thanks to the wider platform and improved wave plate. Added cushioning in heel feels great through every foot strike. And you'll feel more control in the forefoot thanks to the shifted up wave plate. You'll also notice more flexibility thanks to added flex grooves. This cushioned stability shoe feels great from the moment you slide it on. 10.9 ounces

Category Type:

STABILITY [?]
Runners with average arch height looking for a blend of cushioning and support can't go wrong with Stability shoes. Get a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off. Enjoy a well-guided stride and perfect arch support to keep you going for miles. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Forefoot flex controllers: Minimizes energy loss by optimizing flexibility
  • Redesigned heel contact area: Provides a smoother, softer initial contact
  • Refined fit: Lower, more open collar, yet secure heel fit
  • Increased support/slightly wider platform
  • Color Blue/Lime is a limited edition Wave Inspire 8 for the 2011 Osaka Marathon
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Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (10)
  • Breathable (8)
  • Cushions impact (6)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Pronation control (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road running (7)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        90% 

        (9 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        100% 

        (10 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Arch Type:
      • Average arch (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (4), Gym rat (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My first pair of Mizuno shoes

    By Virginia Runner 2

    from Richmond, Virginia

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

      Similar to the Virginia runner my favorite shoe had been Adidas Supernova which is now Sequence. Loved the shoe and bought many pair but Adidas chose to change it to a point it no longer feels right for me. This shoe is very close to the feel and comfort of the older Adidas. Brooks is too firm, Asics isn't quite there in feel. The Mizuno is great, although a bit wider in the toe box, it works for me. Would recommend trying this shoe!

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this shoe

      By GarrettinSF

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Gym Rat

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Fast

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

        I really love this shoe. Over the years, I've tried many different brands, but have never found a shoe that made me a convert. This shoe has done it. From my first run in the shoe, I've been sold. It just fits -- the heel hold perfectly, the toes have just enough room. I've logged well over 100 miles in the shoe now and have yet to find an issue. (My only issue is they discontinued the blue/green Osaka special addition. Great looking shoe!)

        While no shoe is perfect for everyone, if you're looking for a great stability trainer, this is definitely one to test.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        First pair of Mizuno shoes

        By DR. P

        from Long Island

        Pros

        • Breathable
        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Lightweight
        • Pronation Control

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

          First pair of Mizuno shoes, and I'm becoming a fan quick!

          The only problem I had....I ordered a half size up as suggested, my right shoe was way too big, returned for my "true to size" order, and these oddly enough felt almost small at first. Third run today....about 7 miles...I really like the feel and responsiveness of these shoes, while a little snug at first, they seemed to form to my foot, and were really comfortable to run in.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels half size too small
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Mizuno Inspire 8, Stability Shoe?

          By RunMattRun

          from Virginia Beach, VA

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Poor Arch Support
          • Poor Cushioning
          • Poor Stability

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

            Background: I run 4 days a week and am training for my 3rd Marathon in April.

            I've run in each version of the Inspires since they were introduced. Outside of a little issue with the overlay on outside of foot of the Inspire 6, these have been nothing short of great shoes. That being said, I'm not a fan of the 8. Comparing the 7 to the 8, the 8 feels less stable, feels to have less forefoot cushioning, and the arch support isn't nearly as supportive as any of the other versions. The 8 has a more pronounced flex groove in front of the arch which make these shoes a tad more flexible (don't like it).

            With the changes towards (much) less stability, I think Mizuno is blurring the line between the Wave Rider and the Inspire. Ran an easy-paced 8 miles in the 8 last night and this morning my ankles and the balls of my feel are sore. I've never had these pains from any version of the Inspire before. Hate to say it, but after 8 versions of the Inspire, I think I need to find a new shoe.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Good road shoe

            By MK

            from Oakland, CA

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable

            Cons

            • Wears Out Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

            I have used these primarily for long runs on roads. The ride is very comfortable -- well cushioned without being too soft, and good balance of flexibility and control.

            The only negative is that they seemed to wear quickly. The ride was noticeably different in less than 200 miles: a bit firmer, and slightly greater pronation. Also, while not terrible, wear on the outsole is obvious. I'm still running regularly in these, but I don't expect to get a really long life from them

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Couldn't be better

            By Adam

            from Cary, NC

            About Me Gym Rat

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Good Arch Support
            • Good Traction
            • Lightweight
            • Pronation Control

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Running

              Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

              In training for a half marathon, I wanted a pair of shoes to alternate with my Nike Structure 15s. I didn't think I could find a shoe that was better, but I might have. The Wave Inspires are both sturdy and flexible, both snug and breathable. Tight in all the right places, room in all the right places. I'm a moderate pronater (~195 lbs), and these are great shoes for me.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              First pair of Mizunos

              By Paddy

              from Munich

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Fast
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Pavement

                Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

                I love these shoes. Picked them up about a month out from Frankfurt and put approx. 150 km on them before race day. Light, roomy in the toe box, and (at least through 200 km) they appear to be durable. Based on how light they were I expected them to already show some wear (I'm 230+), but none yet.
                Based on how well these fit, I'm sticking with Mizuno and picking up a pair of their Wave Ascends for the upcoming snowy trail runs.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Low Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Love these shoes

                By Virginia Runner

                from VA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Durable
                • Good Arch Support
                • Pronation Control

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

                  I am very picky about my shoes. I like some stability but not too much and fit is very important to me. I don't like the feel of the Asics or Brooks and I wore the Adidas Supernova Sequence for a number of years and really liked that. The completely changed it and it was unreconizable to my foot and I didn't like it so I had to try something new.

                  This shoe has been great. Fits perfectly, light but not flimsy, has great stability in the right place for me but not too much. Great!

                  Mizuno: Please do not change this shoe

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  My new favorite shoes

                  By JB

                  from Cherry Hill, NJ

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Cushions Impact
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Running

                    Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

                    These fit like a glove, feel light on the feet, and for me have the perfect level of support and cushioning. I use them for speed work as well as long marathon-training runs.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Average Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great shoe!

                    By Tater Salad

                    from Portland, Oregon

                    About Me Gym Rat

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Pronation Control

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe:

                        This is my second pair of Mizunos ever, the first being the Elixir 5 which I absolutely loved. After reading reviews and searching various forums, the Wave Inspire series seemed to be a perfect fit for me, offering a little bit more cushioning for longer runs with the right amount of pronation control. Right out of the box they fit my foot like they were made for me, the cushioning is right on point (not too much, not too little) and the transition is amazing. Overall, I'm very impressed and can't wait to see how they perform long term.

                        As for sizing, I opted for the half size larger and found that I probably could have gone with my actual size and been fine.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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