As one of Japan’s first sporting good companies, Mizuno offers top notch athletic supplies for baseball, golf and running (among other things). From supportive shoes to slow pitch baseball bats and golf clubs, this company prides itself on offering premium athletic sporting wear and equipment.
With that being said, the Wave Paradox running shoe, tapping in at a meager 8.6 ounces, was created for runners who are prone to pronation. Thus, it’s a control shoe that offers supreme support, and with a fair price tag, this is a semi-affordable and desirable addition for any runner looking for a supportive, lightweight shoe to add to their closet.
Mizuno Wave Paradox Upper
As mentioned above the Wave Paradox is a supportive shoe without the extra weight. As referenced in the name, the shoe’s design is a conundrum. In comparison to other control shoes, the Paradox is a full ounce lighter than its competitors. It is a fact that you will not find a more lightweight design in a support shoe.
In terms of look and design, the Paradox is also covered in a 3D printed pattern that looks like its made of curves. Again, as the name eludes, the design is actually made up of all straight lines (another reference to a Paradox).
The upper on the Paradox supports what Mizuno refers to as ‘Dynamotion Fit’. Mizuno engineers designed an upper that mirrors the way the muscles and skin work on the foot as it’s in motion, and the result was Dynamotion Fit. Its goal is to mock the motion and movement of your feet, offer a snug fit that isn’t too stiff while eliminates extra movement like sliding and bunching.
As your foot moves through the strike, stride and heel-to-toe push off, the upper hugs your foot and moves with you, as an ultimate support solution. Paradox’s upper is composed of a mesh covered by a thin film. The mesh is breathable, and the film delivers an answer to water and sweat.
Mizuno Wave Paradox Sole
Each shoe in the Mizuno line has a different Wave shape to correspond with the runner’s needs. After years of research, Mizuno’s Wave technology is designed to dissipate and spread impact forces away from your foot. Because the Paradox is a control shoe, a thicker wave is needed that sits a bit lower to the ground and under the foot’s arch. The Wave lives smack dab between two rubber plates. It is called the Double Fan Wave, and according to the Mizuno website, “it blends shock attenuation, guidance and lightweight flexibility”. We think it’s pretty excellent.
Flex grooves in the heel (Smoothride Technology) helps mock a rocking chair motion and works in collaboration with the Sr-Touch in the heel, for an unmatched heel-to-toe shift. The material in the heel is lightweight, helps absorbs shock and keeps maintain a smooth transition. However, there have been some complaints about the heel picking up debris, depending on the surface you’re running on.
What contributes most to the overall lightness of the shoe is the U4ic component in the midsole. Instead of using its heavier AP+ material, Mizuno implements its lighter option, U4ic, which is approximately 30% lighter in comparison. However, you can still expect the same high-quality performance.
The Wave Paradox can actually be considered quite the paradox. Between its lightweight designs, wave technology and the 3D pattern on the upper, this shoe is absolutely the product of sports scientific at its best. Its comfortable, lightweight and flexible design makes it an ideal match for any runner seek a supportive shoe that combats excessive overpronation without compromising speed and stability.