Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 19

My recently concluded 10K pacing duty at the 2016 RUPM was completed in a Mizuno Wave Rider 19, and now here’s my more detailed review:

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

My Mizuno Wave Rider 19 was only tried once prior to the 2016 Run United Philippine Marathon and right then and there, I was pretty confident that I can use it for my 10K pacing duty.  I had not worn it between my first trial and the race so putting it again on race day reminded me on how wonderful it feels.  Its cushioning is excellent and one of the best I’ve tried.

Running on a controlled, even pace is not an easy task so your shoe should be the least of your concern.  And thankfully, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 did not disappoint.  I hardly noticed its weight for the entire duration of our 10K race.  I didn’t feel any slip ups even on wet surfaces and my feet didn’t feel hot.  To be honest, there wasn’t anything remarkable that I experienced for the entire 10K run—which is actually great news as it means no worries!

#TeamMizuno: soon after our respective 2016 RUPM pacing duties

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 weighs 9.6oz or 272g (men’s) and has a 12mm heel to toe drop.  As I already mentioned, it features some excellent cushioning but the Wave Plate gives it some stability.  It does make the midfoot area more rigid but the soles remain flexible.

The underside of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 sports a mesh that looks typical, but is actually quite breathable.  In fact, you can see through it if you put it under a light.  I used a fairly thick pair of socks during my race and it never felt hot.  Not that you’d need a thick sock with the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 as even the thinnest socks feel soft.  Also, the fit is secure so it does not slip from your feet while you run.

Wave Rider 19: Every Stride Matters

We took our most popular running shoe, the Wave Rider 18, and made it even better.  With an improved U4ic midsole and an upgraded premium sock liner, the men’s Wave Rider 19 gives you improved cushioning, comfort and flexibility in every step.

The Balance of Fit and Performance

The Wave Rider 19 is ideal for neutral runners looking for a durable and responsive shoe with an amazing underfoot feel.  This lightweight men’s running shoe is also cushioned for superb softness—allowing you to run farther than ever before.


  • Refined toe-spring delivers a smooth, effortless toe-off.
  • Upgraded premium sock liner provides more rebound and resiliency at every foot strike.
  • New upper design with added durability and shock attenuation.
  • Ramp: 12mm


  • Weight: 9.6oz (272g)


  • X10
    Durable carbon rubber that allows for longer wear.
  • SR Touch
    Shock absorbing mid-sole.
  • AIRmesh
    Air Mesh Upper for superior feel, breathability, and comfort.
  • U4ic
    Optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride.
  • Mizuno Intercool
    Full-length midsole ventilation.
  • Mizuno Wave
    Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies.
  • SmoothRide Engineering
    Creates a smooth transition from heel to toe on every step.
  • DynamotionFit
    Creates an upper that moves with your foot seamlessly.
  • Parallel Wave
    Wave technology which uniformly disperses shock throughout the sole, providing excellent cushioning and enhanced stability.

Overall, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is an excellent neutral cushioning shoe that you could use daily or for race day.  It is breathable and lightweight, and it comes in a variety of interesting colorways.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has an SRP of ₱5,995

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