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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Total Makeover - No Similarities to 16, December 9, 2013
This review is from: Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 17 Running Shoe (Apparel)
As an avid runner and Mizuno user for years, I am disappointed personally in the new model. I have owned and "out-mileaged" 4 pair of Wave Riders including the 14, 15 and am now my third pair of 16's. There are so many new features in the 17 it feels like a totally different shoe. Some reviewers I read noted it being a soft shoe, I found the opposite actually, and where the previous models felt like they were hugging my foot and cushioned all around, I felt as if the shoe was flat and the only cushion was limited and directly under my foot. I didn't feel the stability of the 16 (though it is a neutral stability - I feel my foot is supported well in the previous models). In the 17 my foot actually felt "lost" in the shoe and gave more of the feeling of running on a hard, flat surface - no bounce, no spring and no support. There is less cloth on the upper and the shoe just didn't feel stable on my foot. There is less padding around the ankle - which many say is an improvement, I am neutral on that point.

Finally, there is a very visible change in the "curvature" of the shoe. Previous models of the Wave Rider had a noted rise in the toe of the shoe. With the new model, the entire sole of the shoe is flat. This is a significant change in the Wave Rider model.

Overall, I had high hopes for the Wave Rider 17, but am very disheartened. The moment I placed the shoe on my foot I felt the significant change, running in them confirmed it. The comfort, stability (albeit minimal) and "roll" of the shoe is gone. It is a totally different shoe, quite comparable to the Sayonara which I have also run in. I really have nothing good to say about the 17, except that its release has lowered the price of the previous model, which I will be stocking up on - no intention to purchase this new model.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2013 6:33:19 AM PST
W. McNally says:
I have similar reactions to the shoe. In particular, I find that the sole itself has a very hard, stiff feel and actually strikes the ground flatter and harder than in the previous models. You mention that the "roll" of the shoe is gone, and I couldn't agree more with that observation. I did buy the the 17's and I've run in them three times, so I have to keep them, but I will also be stocking up on the 16's. They got me through a marathon a few weeks ago, but I wouldn't want to run farther than a few miles in the new shoes. Thanks for your spot-on review.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 11:31:00 AM PDT
KJSmith says:
I agree. I ran in the 16 for the last year and loved them. When I tried the 17 last weekend, I told the salesman not to even lace them up. The feel was completely different, and I knew right away that I would not like running in them. The changes are so drastic that it's increduluos this shoe has the Wave Rider name. I left the store with the Saucony Ride 6, and I will be stocking up on the Mizuno Wave Rider 16 as well!

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 10:10:57 PM PDT
Kellyann says:
As soon as I tried the 17's I knew they were not like the 16s. They gave me blisters on the tops of my big toes because of the way the leather around the laces curves up. I also didn't like that the toe rise is not there. I immediately went out and bought all of the size 8.5 16's I could find.

Posted on May 2, 2014 6:02:54 PM PDT
CW says:
I have been wearing the wave riders for years. The models differed only slightly and overall was pretty happy with the shoe. HOWEVER, the 17 are a completely different shoe! and I am not at all happy. I am lucky that the place I bought them from has a wonderful return policy. I have been looking at other models altogether but I now will be looking at different brands and Mizuno has sorely decided to change what once was really a great pair of running shoes. Not a happy camper.Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 17 Running Shoe Don't bother buying! and I am having a hard time finding the other sizes I need in the styles that I do enjoy!

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 9:44:14 PM PST
That explains why Wave Rider 16 is still over $110 and Wave Rider 17 is 1/2 that ...around $64ish. THanks for the help. Just deleted WR 17 from my cart and will stock up on what little is left of the 16.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 10:31:29 AM PDT
Has anyone tried the 18s yet? I can't find the 16s or anything older in my size, and I'm afraid to try a different brand. I tried various Asics and Nike after my first pair of Mizunos, and hated them. Had to go back, and now I'm a little nervous. My 16s have too much mileage on them and I have 2 races coming up soon. There aren't many store by me selling Mizuno, much less Wave Rider, so I probably can't try them before I buy. :( If the 18s are terrible too, can anyone suggest an alternative shoe?
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