Women's MIZUNO® WAVE RIDER 17 :: Lighten up and let loose, running stronger than ever in the newly updated Women'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. 7.4 ounces
I always wear Wave Riders. I've worn them for years. I don't understand why this shoe got so many bad reviews. It feels like my other Wave Riders. Straight out of the box, the shoe felt stiff, but they always do. I NEVER wear my shoes for running without breaking them in first. I wear them to work and just walk around in them. Then I start wearing them on short runs. Then finally longer runs. I'm a marathoner and just completed my 9th marathon. I'm currently training for my 10th. These shoes are just like all my other Wave Riders which is what I prefer for marathons because they have a little more cushioning. They aren't as lightweight as Elixer (discontinued), Hitogami, or Sayonara, but I don't expect them to be. I wear lighter shoes for shorter distances (5k/10k). These Wave Riders are great if you take the time to break them in properly, which you should do with any shoe or you're asking for problems. Don't buy them expecting them to fit like your old shoes. They won't because the old shoes are worn down. That's why you're buying new shoes, right? Buy them expecting a little stiffness until they've had a GRADUAL chance to conform to your feet. If you break them in properly, you won't be disappointed. (By the way, I've had mine for 3 months now and have put almost a hundred miles on them.)
Rubs across the top of the big toe
First, I am a long time distance runner, and an avid fan of Mizuno, however this model of Wave Rider was disappointing. I wore through three pairs of wave rider 16s and was excited to "float" into the 17s like the ad campaign implied. "Your feet will disappear." Well, not so much for me. I've never had issues with shoes. I know my feet and my run style and can blindly order a few different brands in my size and have no issues whatsoever so that's what I expected here. I was saving my new shoes as a reward because as many of us runners know, new shoes are like birthdays. Sadly, once I allowed myself the treat it turned out to be a painful experience. The first run in them was a 3 mile run and I could tell immediately that something wasn't going to be good. They were stiff and felt abrasive on the tops of my toes, which was really odd. Never having had a shoe rub there before I assumed it was a lacing issue or perhaps I wasn't careful in how I aligned the tongue or some other user error. The second time I wore them was worse. My toes were blistered on the tops where the rough edges of the tongue meet the toe box and the toe box is rather right in these even for me and I usually wear a size 6. After a couple more runs it was clear this wouldn't break and only my feet would wear down so I had no choice but to return them. I'm hoping Mizuno hears the cries of their faithful users and fixes this issue for the 18s because it seems this has become a common complaint.
My first comment about Mizunos in general is this: get properly fitted for them before buying! I normally wear a size 8 running shoe but Mizunos run smaller and tighter on me so I am wearing a size 9 wide. Now that that's out of the way- Mizunos are awesome! I was running in Asics Kayanos for years before switching over to Mizunos. I am so glad I switched. Mizunos are lighter, and in my opinion, have better stride stability. I was coming into these wave riders from the inspire. I liked the inspire but it was too much shoe (felt similar to Kayanos) and they wore out fairly quickly on me (350 miles). I decided to switch to the wave riders after reading dozens of positive reviews about the shoe. The wave riders do not disappoint! I was only able to put about 10 miles on the wave riders to break them in before my half marathon and my feet felt awesome during the race. If these shoes can hold up for longer than 350 miles, I'll be stocking up with a few more pairs.
Los Angeles, CA
Not In love :-(
I've been a fan of Wave Riders for years. I went back to Mizuno's after achilles problems in the past. Had 2 pair of the 16's that I wore for various 1/2 marathons and the NYC Marathon last year (with great success). I should have stocked up on the 16's. Sad I bought 2 pair of the 17's early in the year to start training. Hoped they would loosen up and grow on me. They feel clunky and stiff. Not a lot a spring or cushion, front of foot goes numb, had to loosen up laces to the point of no medial support.
The only 3 pro's: The toe is lowered (straighter) from the 16's. These are lighter. Feet don't get wet with the "film." during light rainy runs. Not sure how breathable they will be in the heat of summer though?
I should have sent them back right away - RRS has a great policy, but I wanted to give them time. Sorry Mizuno - time's up. I'm moving on - will only be using these for the gym and very short runs. :-(
Not for me
Not for me. I loved the Mizuno Wave 16 and stocked up before they were gone in my size. I'm 5'4" 120 pounds and I run more than 25 miles a week on roads so I wear my shoes out pretty quick. The 16s were gone. I figured the 17s would be just as good - NOT. My first thought when I unpacked them was they looked weird. Like baggies with laces, no real form - but I thought, these are Mizunos, they probably feel great. Nope, I was uncomfortable from the first footfall, but I thought, these are Mizunos, they'll feel better when they soften. Nope. By the second mile I had blisters across the bend of my foot near the toes. I limped home, took off the shoes and put my hand inside. The tongues were not finished. The rough edges extended a good 1/4" below the tongue binding. They dug into my feet with every step. Bad pair? I don't know, but I am returning them and trying another brand.
Kait the mystery author
Ft. Denaud, FL
I typically run between 30-60 miles a week depending on the race I am training for. I wore the wave rider 16's and absolutely loved them. The 17's are so different than the 16's. I don't usually have trouble switching to a new shoe or feel like I have to break them in. The first day I ran with them I got a large blister on the instep of my right foot, my left ankle was so sore it hurt to walk, and my left anterior knee was hurting. I ran the next day in them and the problems worsened. I have since returned them. I don't have any issues like this normally. I am so disappointed. I really love the 16's and hope the next generation is more like those. If you are looking for a replacement for your 16's, don't plan on the 17's being similar!
Not a Wave Rider Anymore
I've run in the Wave Rider 14, 15, 16's and now the "new" 17. Runner's who wear Wave Rider's will see an immediate difference. I think the overwhelming response from previous model owners is "not the same shoe" - and these are the users who seem to rate the new 17 poorly. I echo the comment of this shoe being nothing like the wave riders of the past. Nothing is the same. And after two runs, mine went back and went out and bought every Wave Rider 16 I could get my hands on. Shoe is flat, tighter through the top, I had pain under my foot, the "roll" is gone. If I wanted to feel like I was running in a totally different shoe I would have bought them. Disappointed, totally.
I have been wearing Mizuno Wave Rider's for several years now and I have fallen in love with the Mizuno brand because of these shoes. But now I will be looking for a new pair of shoes to run in. I ignored the negative reviews I read when I purchased these because I thought that there was no way they could possibly be as bad as the reviews I read. I was wrong! They do not seem to have as much cushioning as the Wave Rider 16's have and the crease along the toe bed rubs my toes. I didn't even run in them because they bothered me as I walked around trying on the new fit. They also seem to have a wider toe bed and my feet are narrow, which is what drew me to the Wave Rider's in the first place. I am regretting not buying several pairs of the 16's when they had them.
The running mom
St. Louis, MO
Great neutral shoe
I have been wearing the Mizuno Wave Riders on and off for years. This is a true neutral shoe with some forefoot cushioning. I run about 25 to 30 miles per week, mostly on pavement and the shoe wears out pretty fast on that surface (it always has). Also, the shoe pinches the top part of my feet where the toes connect to the upper foot. It can be quite painful if you have high arches. The almost rigid plastic covering over the laces is causing this pressure. I have not felt this discomfort in previous versions of the shoe. I am taking the shoe to a cobbler in hopes he can loosen the plastic so it doesn't cut into my feet.
Narrow Toe Box, Quality Lacking
I've been running in Mizunos since the Wave Rider 7, and I can't believe I am changing brands. Loved the Wave Rider until the 16 and 17. The 16 toe box was narrow, but acceptable with the appropriate socks. The 17 toe box is even more narrow and downright blister raising, even though the 17 has moved to a more streamlined, upper. I've run in them for less than 3 months (less than 250 miles) and the shoe just isn't what it was. The cushioning in the shoe hasn't held up. I can stand to run my short runs in them with new cushioning gel inserts, but am going back to ASICS Gel Cumulus for more cushioning and hopefully fewer blisters. So disappointed!
Don't like as much as previous versions
Like many commenters, I was extremely happy with the previous 2 incarnations of the Wave Rider. I was vaguely okay with the 17 for a while, although I noticed a difference with it the first time I wore it--it seemed stiff, unresponsive, and clunky because of some inflexibility. I gave them time to break in, and they did to some degree, but they never felt as good as the 16s did (which were great). I feel like the 17s are more on the mid-firm side than mid-cushioned, and they feel flat to me. I ended up having some pretty continuous knee pain from wearing them, and easier fatigue in the legs, so I finally switched to a different shoe.
Not the same" Waive Rider
Waive Rider 17 is NOT the same great shoe as previous Waive Rider, 14, 15 or 16.
I am so disappointed. Why oh why do shoe manufactures hand the designing over to the CFOs . Mizunou go back to your basics, make a great running shoe. I run 25-30 miles a week.
What's wrong with Waive Rider 17?
1) Stiff unresponsive fabric (awful)
2) Narrowed toe box
3) gave me blisters over big toe flex area ( Never had blisters with Mizunou before)
4) poor cushioning for a cushion shoe.
5) knee pain ( never had knee pain with Mizunou before)
I can only hope Waive Rider 18 will go back to the 16 basics.... Otherwise, I will be looking for another brand.
I am a loyal Mizuno wearer and have a couple different styles. My favorite style is the wave rider. I love how they fit! There is plenty of cushion, super light, and the shoe is very airy. I like how the laces lace up wide on the foot. I run, do heavy duty cardio and weight train and I love them for all three. I'm a previous sufferer of plantar fasciitis and this style saved me. I used to wear anything from clearance junk to Nike or Saucony and will never buy another kind but this style. They only get better with each release and shock me they are able to feel any better.
Say it Ain't So Mizuno
The newest iteration of the Mizuno Wave Rider (17) is a great departure from my beloved shoe. The shoe itself seems elongated with extremely awkward lacing placement that cuts across my toes as I step off. A narrower toe box resulted in hot spots and blisters. I've been wearing Wave Riders for over 10 years and looked forward to each new pair. Wave Riders were a slim and lightweight shoe with a hard ride and swift feel. I run marathons, half-marathons, and casual miles. I'm very disappointed in this update and I'm currently looking for other options.
Don't be scared
I was terrified to buy this shoe based on the reviews, but decided to give them a chance. They are wonderful. I have worn wave riders for 6+ years and love them! theses shoes are lovable too. I bought a half size smaller based on the Mizuno web sites recommendation and that was spot on, as far as what others are complaining about, I have not had any issues. I have thin feet with super high arches, I am also super tall so the fit of the shoe and the cushioning is perfect for me. I often ended up with extra material at the toe box on the older versions of this shoe, no mas ;)
I have been a long time devotee of the wave rider series. I got the 17 three weeks out from the Boston marathon so i would have ample opportunity to break them in. I found these shoes to have three fatal flaws. First and foremost there is a material based pressure point that cuts in around the top lace- very painful. To accomodate i had to back out the tightness to where the shoe was almost falling off my foot. Second, the tongue is too short and shifts down on long hilly runs. Three there is a crease that forms across the top near the base of the toes. I do not plan to run the marathon in these shoes for sure
Not my favorite
Love my Wave Rider 16 so I had high hopes for the new 17. I find the 17 to be just O.K. They are light weight and I love the color but the love stops there. Runs narrower then the last model and the new plastic overlay around the laces digs into my toes. The shoe feels stiff over all and I got my first blister ever from the collar of the shoe where it meets the tongue. I am not blister prone at all! The shoe upper feels stiff in a bad, needs to be broken in kind of way. Also my feet got really hot in 83 degree weather even with super lightweight socks. Going to search out some 16s while I can still get my hands on them.
Have been a Waver Rider fan for many years, but no more. The redesigned lacing system is so long and wide that the bottom of the laces cut across the top of my foot near my toes. I got blisters after just two miles. Since these are one of the few running shoes that come in narrow, I tried everything to make them work including not lacing the bottom--but my effort was in vain. Mizuno has never been a long wearing shoe, but I still loved them....these shoes seem like they would be even less durable than before. I have returned them.
No longer a fan
Westlake Village, CA
Please try them
I was recommended to try these out so I did. Always thought I was a fan of another name brand running shoe that I won't mention here, but once I compared the difference I'll never use another Go back. I'm hooked these, they are so light weight they make running so much easier. Other shoes that are not lightweight like these, make it harder to run. If I start running more than 9 miles a week i'll try the others that have little bit more structure, But these are great for light running.
Not the same as previous models
Not an "avid" runner, but run several times week with the occasional half or 5k thrown in the mix.
Have had waver runner since 13 and they have been my go to shoe, but something is definitely different with the 17's. The laces are in an odd placement, the shoe feels cheap overall compared to previous models. They do seem light though, possibly due to less cushioning...
Based on other reviews it seems that Mizuno loyalists will not be happy with the 17's. Because of their previous models I will probably give the 18's a try.
This is my all-time favorite shoe. I love it because I have plantar fasciitis in both of my feet, and this shoe allows you to build up foot strength while keeping pain at a minimum. Features that I like about it is that it is very lightweight for a training shoe and has very little pronation control, which I think is beneficial for maintaining a natural stride. There is little heel cushioning, forcing you to run on your toes and develop good form.
Shelby Marathon Runner/Triathlete
My go-to trainer is the Nike Pegasus. I was intrigued by these Mizunos and just wanted a change (not a valid running choice). I didn't even try these in a store. They are a fun color and look nice. The tongue is large unless you extend the lacing up the islets. I wear a size 10 shoe - and consistently wear an 11 in running shoes - Brooks and Nike. These 11s are an easy 1/2 size too long. But I haven't had a problem running in them. They are comfortable, but the Pegasus feels more cushioned to me.
A little disappointed
I ran in this model for years, then Mizuno changed the toe box and it was too narrow. I switched to Nike, which was amazing, since they had always been too narrow....then, Mizuno changed the toe box back to being wider and I was stoked! The 16 I bought in a wide width, and they were perfect right from the box. I can usually go either medium or wide, but this 17 is too narrow, I think and I am debating whether or not I should return them for the wide width.
Good looking shoe but misses mark
The shoe looks great and generally feels great on but the problem I have is with the part of the shoe around the outer mid-foot. The Mizuno logo is tough and the shoe feels like it is pulled in too tightly in that area. It causes the shoe to be very constricting against the bones in the center outside part of the foot. This makes it almost impossible to wear for long periods of time. It may work for narrow feet but not wide feet
Skinny Feet Beware!!
I have a very difficult foot to fit. I was trying to find a replacement for the Wave Runner 15. These really hurt my feet because they have a support inside that hits right on a bone on the outside of my foot. I should mention that I have a very narrow foot. Otherwise, the shoes fit well in the AA width and are very stable with good arch support. I am trying to see if they will break in some more before I give up completely. Bring back the 15, please!!!!!!
Comfortable, but wears out quickly
I run for a division 1 university and this summer I was running 75 miles a week. I have been wearing Mizuno Wave Riders since Wave Rider 12, and I got these shoes and was immediately disappointed. Although the shoes were very comfortable, the front half of the shoe felt thinner than previous models. After about two weeks (150 miles) the shoes started to feel worn out. I felt like I had very little cushioning under my foot and my feet started to ache. I wish the shoes were more durable.
Love the shoe but it has some flaws
I've worn this shoe for quite a while now, but every new pair has this excess fabric hanging off seam in big toe area. Wore them for 5 miles when I received these and gave myself a huge blister. Don't know why they can't smooth out that area like other models of the Mizuno, hoping the 18 is smooth because I really like the shoe. Does wear out quickly, but only because they are lightweight and fast. I can handle that, but not the raw edge!
Orange County, CA
I'm not going 'oh wow I love these shoes' like it did with the 15 & 16. They seem adequate, but lack the cushioning of prior models. It could be bothering me a little more since I'm dealing with plantar fasciitis right now. I'm also having a little trouble with the laces, they seem to tighten over my instep and get loose lower over the ball of my foot. This is a problem I have with a lot of shoes, but never before with the Rider, that is why I loved them so much.
Love this shoe
I have had Mizunos for years and every time I've tried different brands I come back. I run about 25-30 miles a week and these shoes are so comfortable. I find that when I put them on before I run they aren't my favorite, but when I'm running I don't even notice them which is how I like my shoes. I haven't had any rubbing issues. My only complaint is that the white ones seem to attract dirt, mine are almost completely dark brown, but will buy more colors soon!
Best Price I've Seen For Mizunos
This is my 6th pair of Mizunos. I have tried Brooks and had some horrible shin pain. This pair seems to lack some of the quality in the materials that my older models have. So far, I feel like the stability control is slightly less effective than previous models. The width seems a little roomier than the old pairs also. The color I got is great (teal with some magenta and bright blue accents), and the extra room in the toe box is appreciated.
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