Mizuno Men’s Wave Rider 23
Mizuno continues to tweak the Wave Rider with the new Wave Rider 23. No changes to the midsole and outsole this year, but the upper continues to trend towards a knit engineered mesh. How do these changes effect the overall feel, fit, and function of the shoe? Let's find out!
The Wave Rider 23 looks visually different from the 22, but the upper refresh is all that Mizuno claims to have changed with the shoe.
- The most noticeable difference in the 23 is that Mizuno has gone to a new full-engineered mesh upper that hides the toecap support and all upper seams
- In changing the upper, the fit is now a little tighter overall - the most notable change is in toebox depth. The 23 is closer to the WaveKnit R2's toebox depth.
- The new upper features a less intrusive heel collar that's more flexible and forgiving than the more standard collar on the 22
- Length appears to be near (in running terms) true-to-size, but with the somewhat narrower and shallower toebox we have had customers go up a half-size from their 22s
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