Men's MIZUNO® WAVE RIDER 17 :: Lighten up and let loose, running stronger than ever in the newly updated Men's Mizuno® Wave Rider 17 running shoe. You'll soar super light on your feet with this latest edition that has shed some weight while managing to preserve its thoughtful blend of support and flexibility found in previous Mizuno® Wave Rider generations. You'll enjoy a silky smooth ride in the new SmoothRide engineering, and you're sure to feel more connected to your strides mile after mile thanks to the Wave Rider 17's new added sockliner. 9.2 ounces
One of the better shoes I've owned. I have a wide foot and a high arch. Normally fit between a 9 and a 9.5, but usually opt for a 9.5. For those of you that mentioned the shoe is a little narrow, you might find that ordering a half size up(as I do since 9 is very slightly short) works well OR you could just order the 2E's...if that doesn't fit then you should be barefoot skiing :). I was actually swimming the 9.5 2E, that is why I'm in a 9.5 regular width.
The ride is quite smooth with a good heal to toe transition...the shoe is reasonably flexible. Years ago I abandoned this shoe it got stiffer and lost that really smooth transition from heal to toe. The weight is in my sweet spot for a trainer and long distance racer.
I like the 12mm differential, since my achilles seems to be unable to tolerate shoes below 8mm. These shoes fit in nicely with my rotation of Kinvara's and Sayonara's.
San Mateo, CA
Lives up to the hype
I was suggested to purchase these, and check them out. The shoes are comfortable to wear and have a nice cushion to them. They're not too soft, but just right. The material is breathable, and the toe box is not tight at all. I wear a wide size, and my feet don't feel cramped up.
There was some slight pain associated with the shoe, but it went away. I'm not sure if the shoe just needs to be broken in or whether I tied my laces too tightly.
I like the white version of these shoes, and I am not a big fan of the bright running shoes that are popular today. I got a second pair just for casual use, as I like having white shoes to wear with jeans.
I am a neutral runner who underpronates. I was told I land too heavily on my heel.
I have these shoes along with the New Balance 890v4.
South Pasadena, CA
Great New Shoe
I have run in the Wave Rider for a number of years and thus through quite a few updates. Initially, when I took the shoe out of the box I wasn't sure that I would like it as there were quite a few noticeable changes. These included the logo on the side being painted on as are most of the other shoe markings. Also, the sole pattern has been changed. However, my concerns quickly vanished the first time I ran in them. At this point I think I am really going to l like this shoe due to it lightness, comfort and cushioning. In fact, thus far, I like it better than any of my previous Wave Riders. As the shoe is new I am not sure about durability but I typically change out my shoes every 400 miles so I rarely a pair of shoes out totally anyway.
Change shoes, change my socks
Right out of the box, just picking up the shoes, I was impressed by how light they were. Looked at the toe box and thought, great, looks very roomy. Color -- mine are slate -- great. But the problem with a newly redesigned shoe always shows up somewhere, especially when the previous model was perfect for you. And there it was -- heel slip. No matter how I laced and tied, the heel slipped. I hate that. It's one of those irritating small nuisaces that blow up bigger in your head as you add speed and distance. Pick up th pace, it slips more. Over time, it's all you think about. So, a little moleskin padding added to the tongue, bought some thicker socks and they almost feel right. Almost.
Old running dude
Fair Oaks, CA
Solid training shoe, while being light
Overall I've been very happy with the shoes and have not experienced some of the problems that the other reviewers have stated. I normally wear a 10 and had to get a 9.5 in this shoe because the sizes do run a little large I feel like. My only real complaint is the rear of the shoe on the bottom seems to be wearing fairly quickly, so durability could be a question on the shoes as they try to lightweight them. But overall I'm happy to of made the switch from the Adidas Boston 3 to these shoes for training. I normally run 30 to 40 miles a week and am training for a marathon, so I hope to get 4 to 6 months of life from the shoes.
Ben in Lakewood
My arches hurt
My Wave Rider 16's were worn out and they didn't have my size anymore, so I bought the 17's. Drastic revision to the shoe, not for the better. I have a high arch, and after four medium distance runs my arches hurt. There's very little cushioning and my thighs and calves get very achy and tired running in this shoe. The angle is weird too, it feels like your foot is angled upward. I've put them aside and will return them. Now I'm looking for anther shoe to replace them. Too bad, I really loved my old Mizunos (I've been running in Mizunos for well over 5 years). I hope they fix the shoe for next year.
Not worth the upgrade
I have been running in wave rider's for over about 2 years and after trying many brands and models, I felt that the wave rider 16 is the best shoe for me. So I thought that the upgrade to the 17 was going to be the next best thing. I was wrong. The latest edition seems to "loose" around the upper forefoot area with too much room. If you try to tie them up tighter the material then hurts your foot while you run. On longer runs I even get blisters on the bottom of my foot, something that NEVER happened with the 16's. Needless to say, I bought another pair of the 16's. Dissapointing
I have ran on Addidas Boston's for last 4 years. When these updated Wave Rider17's came out had to give them a whirl. These shoes are extremely light for mid to long distance training. I run 7:30 training pace and training for Bayshore Marathon. Did complete a 20 mile training run in these, essentially out of the box and everything went fine. Very fast shoes. Great transition from mid foot and toe off. They are very similar as far as heel height as the Boston.
No complaints, as of yet.These may be replacing my Boston's for good, although i logged lots of great miles in my Boston's.
I have had sever generations of the Wave Rider, so I wasn't too worried to order the newest version online. I would say the fit and function of the shoe is on par with the last several pairs I have had. I'm a fairly neutral runner so for me the fit isn't as huge a deal. I've done about 30 miles in the shoes and they feel great.
My only complaint was that the site suggested I get them a 1/2 size larger, which was a poor suggestion. I had to take mine in to trade for the correct size, once I did that they fit fine and the toe box was adequate.
I have been wearing wave riders since 2007 mostly because they are a great shoe for those of us with wide feet. They are light, fast and have decent traction. The weird thing is they don't feel like wave riders. They are getting better as I break them in but initially I found the angle between the toe and heal too steep. I am still not completely comfortable with them and would be a bit apprehensive to run a long distance race with them. This seem like a transition year for the wave rider. I get the feeling next years' shoe will be much better.
Mizuno Wave Rider works for me!
I got a great deal on this shoe and had doubts about how well it would work for me. I had to order a full size larger as there is no 13.5 size available. I have plenty of toe room for sure. As with all shoes I purchase I replace the insoles with upgrades that offer better cushioning and comfort. The insoles in the Mizuno Wave Rider work okay, but can definitely use improvement in this regard as all shoes do. I walk at least 4 miles per day on pavement so the extra cushioning is needed. Great shoe for the money.
Shoes are definitely light.
A little narrow on the toe box.
These shoes are great if you have sweaty feet; the shoes are constructed to breathe!
However, I had to return them since I started feeling pains on my feet and shins. Normally those pains goes away after running 2-3 miles in but the pain lasted longer.
Couldn't train on them anymore since it was affecting my runs.
Great shoes if probably you have lower arch.
Good but not Great
Was excited with the promised reduction in weight from the WR 16 - which I loved and had run two marathons in. The 17 is definitely lighter but it does come at a cost. The forefoot lost a little support and leads to some less structured push off. The change in cushioning for the mid foot and forefoot striker is a little diminished which may result in some adjustments in gait.
Still love the shoe but am kind of wishing that they would have stayed with the 16 and just changed the colors.
Carries my Weight
First: I am 6'5" 225lbs and I am on my 3rd generation of Wave Rider (15, 16, and now 17) and love them for their ability to carry my large frame and not break down. The heel doesn't crush like other shoes I have worn.
Otherwise, I run 2-4 miles 4 times a week (12 mpw average) and these shoes do a good job of balancing good cushioning and light weight. I consider myself a loyal Mizuno customer and am pleased with the new model.
San Antonio, TX
Shoes great. Service bad.
The shoes are great but the service was bad. When I ordered the shoes its showed there were 8 pairs in my size in stock. So I placed the order and waited. After several days I checked to see where my "warp speed" shoes were. I was told they were back ordered. Three weeks later I received my "warp speed" shoes. I have ordered many shoes from RRS over the years and been pleased but the service is continually becoming less reliable.
light and different that 16's
Bought these as replacement for my worn out 16's as I couldn't find those anymore. Lots of changes including narrower toe-box and less arch support than old model.
These are definitely lighter and I was really hoping for the best, but with both my big toes rubbing and little support for my high arches I had to return these. Found a pair of 16's after some long searching.
Good cushioning light-weight shoe
Transitioned from Wave Creation that I have run in for 15 years to try the Wave Rider. Got the same size as past but this shoe seems tight in the forefoot. So switched to the EE size which is now a little too loose. Otherwise very happy as very good cushioning show that is lighter than the Creation. And enjoy the lower price so guess I am an convert.
Nice Upgrade from Wave Rider 15
Moved to the Wave Rider 17 from the Wave Rider 15 and was skeptical when I took the new shoes out of the box and saw how different they were from the old version. But, I get the same level of cushioning and control from a much lighter and slimmer shoe that retains the same fit and feel inside as the earlier version. The Wave Rider 17 is my first choice for long runs.
Northern Neck, Virginia
Wave Rider 17
Haven't run on Mizunos since the Waverider 5 which were great. These seem to be lighter than the Waverider 5s I had previously. I'm 210 lbs and run 15-20 mi/wk. I only have 15 miles on these shoes but I'm having issues with some "hot" spots on the balls of my feet after 4 miles. Even tried different insoles which helped a bit but did not get rid of the hot spots completely. I'm thinking I may be too heavy for these shoes, but I'll continue using them for my shorter runs and see if they break in after a few more miles.
Instantly my favorite running shoe.
From the first run, this became my favorite. It feels light on the feet like my Evo Levitas or my Nike Free Flyknits, but offers all the comfort and cushioning of my Wave Rider 15s.
It's a great buy. I should have bought more in the slate/marigold color combo while they were still available. I wonder how Mizuno will be able to improve on these with the WR18's.
Royal Oak, MI
A nice surprise
I'm an Asics wearer, and have been for years, because I need the 4E width. But I wanted to step out and try something new, with a bit lower profile.
These only go to 2E, so I took a little gamble and bought a pair.
I don't run any longer, but I do exercise. These may be a bit hard for running, but perfect for me.
Thomas St. John
A good shoe to put in your rotation
I normally wear size 11.5 in other running shoes, in Mizuno I wear size 11, so make sure you order your correct size. This is a lightweight neutral shoe that is firmer than most in this category. It's an excellent shoe that I believe will improve with wear; it is a bit stiff out of the box. I think the shoe is an improvement over the Wave Rider 16, with a lighter, snugger fit and feel.
First and best!
This is my first pair of Mizunos and I'm not sure I'll ever wear another type of running shoe. They're light, fast, and comfortable. I'm somewhat injury-prone, but these have treated me really well. If I had to ding them for anything, it's that the laces might be a little long! They seem to run a smidge too big, but not too bad.
Mountain View, CA
Spoiled a great shoe
I have been running in wave rider's for over 5-years and consider them the best running shoes I have worn over the last 33 years. The latest edition seem flimsy around the upper forefoot area with too much flex. This is perhaps an artifact of Mizuno's efforts to reduce the weight, and caused by the elimination of a strip of reinforcement along the top. The increased flex when the rear foot is pushing off in full stride caused my feet to bleed through my socks. Buy the wave rider 16. Hopefully not the last of a great shoe.
Worst of the Waveriders I have put on!
Mizuno normally makes a great shoe, the 17 wave rider is not the best and might be the worst running shoe I have own and put on. Same size as my last 6 shoes but way to loose in the toe box and heel. Not stable at all. I don't remember this shoe to any type of runner, beginner or expert.
Bethesda , md
Still a good shoe!
This is a shoe I wore years ago when I was still doing ironman.... It is great for speed work then and now that I am wore out I can use it for my run/walks. Also looks good for casual wear. I don't recommend shoes to people because for shoes are personal.
Wore out ironman
Love these running shoes. I like the lightweight support. I have high arches . Also like the style. I would not recommend these shoes for off-road running because while they are arch supporting, they tend to let you feel every rock and bump.
I loved my first pair of the Wave Runner 17's, so I ordered two more before they go out of production. Love this shoe. The only downside is that there isn't a lot of cushioning for rough surfaces/dirt roads. However, I love them and highly recommend them.
Greg in VT
Great shoe as always!
I run about 20-ish miles per week all outdoors. 5'8" 175 lbs with very high arches. These are light weight and well cushioned shoes. I usually get 350 - 375 miles before replacing them. Been running off and on with the Wave Riders back to the Wave Rider 6 or 7.
Myrtle Beach SC
Favorite Lighter long distance shoe
Wear 1/2 size larger as recommended and fit is good. Lighter shoe than many but support is good for those 20 plus mile long slow distance runs. Bought second pair to switch between them and this works for me. Highly recommend this shoe
The High Speed Guy
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