At first glance, the Mizuno Wave Rider 24 looks a whole lot like the last model. To the point that you might wonder if they even changed anything. That’s because most of the changes happened out of sight, with the updates giving the shoe an even smoother ride and a whole new level of bounce.
Longtime fans of the model will be happy to know it retains much of the DNA of its predecessors, from the fit and the hold to the all-out comfort it provides while it wraps around your feet. That means, it’s still tailored for continuous runners, making it an overall great training shoe for folks who run for fitness and recreation, rather than those who do it for competitive training.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 24 has two options in upper: a dual-layered engineered mesh with horizontal perforations and Waveknit, the outfit’s knitted material. Both should deliver relatively equivalent amounts of breathability and support, so it’s mostly about which one’s aesthetics you find more suited to your style. Inside, it gets heavy padding on the shaft and tongue for all around comfort, with the flexible upper conforming to your foot’s every movement, so you’re free to run however you prefer.
One of the biggest changes here is a new foam called Mizuno Enerzy, which boasts a 17 percent increase in softness and 15 percent more energy return compared to the midsole on the shoe’s previous generation. That means, it’s both more comfortable and way springier, making this a significant update from the previous generation. That foam is used in the midsole, which also boasts optimal shock reduction, a high level of durability, and an overall lightweight feel. Suffice to say, this shoe will likely feel a whole lot better to run in.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 24 uses an X10 outsole, which is a durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear, with blown rubber for a soft underfoot feel and anatomical flex grooves so the whole thing bends along with your foot in every stride. In the heel, it retains the same Wave technology as previous versions of the shoe, which allows the foot to move in a natural motion by offering an optimized balance of cushion and shock dispersion.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 24 is available now, priced at $130.