Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Review


2018 is almost upon us, and, with it, another shoe review! Once again, I’ve been fortunate to test out the new Mizuno Wave Rider, this time the 21st iteration, hence the Wave Rider 21. The Wave Rider is a classic neutral, cushioned daily trainer, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! The review pair I received is a pretty sweet looking blue color.

If you’re new to Mizuno, the first thing you may notice is the black wavy part separating the midsole, which is Mizuno’s wave plate, acting as cushioning. New to the Wave Rider 21 is the updated CloudWave Plate, designed to produce a somewhat springy sensation. Underfoot, the shoe produces a soft, but not squishy ride, that does feel like it adds to your forward momentum. It’s been my experience that the Rider has been trending towards softer, from its earlier days as a fairly firm shoe, which is somewhat in keeping with how the industry in general is moving.

I found the fit of the Rider to be similar to the Wave Sky, with a narrower heel, and slightly wider forefoot. Even though my forefoot is on the wider side, I still had to cinch the laces pretty tight. If you have a particularly narrow forefoot, this may not be the shoe for you. If you sometimes need an EE width, you may want to try these in a D (for men).

If you’ve been a fan of previous versions of the Wave Rider, this version if going to please you. It is definitely going into my rotation!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.

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