Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

Sunday, October 26, 2014
This post is sponsored by Mizuno and Fitfluential, as always, all opinions are my own.

Hi, my name is Megan and I have a problem....I hoard running shoes. If you were to go in my closet right now, you would find over 30 pairs of shoes including those I have retired. Although my closet is packed, there are only two brands I will run 13.1 and 26.2 in. One of those brands is Mizuno and  year ago this weekend, I ran my very first marathon in Mizuno's.
Mizuno recently released the Wave Rider 18 and I had the chance to review them. The shoes came in while we were on our honeymoon so I came home to a present! I excitedly opened the box to find beautiful tiffany blue, black and white shoes. I even used Tiffany boxes to prop the shoes up to show the color similarity!
The Wave Rider 18 weights 7.8 oz and has a 12 mm drop, making it a perfect neutral everyday running shoe. The shoes are very comfortable and felt broken in on my first run. I have a massively high arch (you can drive a car under it) and require a wide toe box. I found my toes going numb if I ran anything more than 3 miles. With that said, they are the perfect shoe for me if I want to do shorter runs and like my previous Wave Riders, these will be my 5K and under shoes.

Wave Rider 18 Colors:
WOMEN: The Wave Rider 18 comes in three colors for women, Blue Atoll-Silver; White-Fuchsia Purple; Black-Silver
MEN: White - Dress Blue; Chinese Red-Silver; Black-Silver

Wave Rider 18, what's new:
(I own the Wave Rider 17 and can say I am very impressed with the improvements)
Refined toe-spring delivers a smooth, effortless toe-off
Upgraded premium sock liner provides more rebound and resiliency at every foot strike
New outsole design with added durability and shock attenuation

Key Features of the Wave Rider 18: 
Lightweight with an ideal heel fit and secure midfoot embrace
The parallel Wave in the heel, lightweight U4ic midsole and optimal amount of forefoot flexibility all work together to make every stride smooth and flowing.

The Mizzuno Wave Rider 18 retails at $119.99


  1. Love the color!! Funny how Tiffany Blue just makes you happy..:)

  2. I love these shoes!! Great review!!

  3. Tiffany blue is a great way to describe the color isn't it?! I've been loving these shoes!

  4. I've been wearing the Wave Rider for a few years and I love this newest version!

  5. Great review! I too have been running in and loving the Mizuno Wave Rider 18! :)

  6. I am a Mizuno running addict and I LOVED the updates to the 18. Not to mention they are really cute.


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