Wave Rider 25 thrives 25 years after first launch with increased MIZUNO ENERZY for smoother ride - NORCROSS, GA – (July 15, 2021) Mizuno, a global leader in running footwear and apparel, launched the 25th iteration of its most popular running shoe the Wave Rider. The Wave Rider 25 expands the use of MIZUNO ENERZY technology – now with the top midsole in addition to the heel wedge benefitting from the added balance, energy return, and softness of Mizuno’s latest foam technology.

"The Wave Rider 25 has the advantage of improvements based on feedback after hundreds of thousands running miles over 25 years,” said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Mizuno Running USA. “Introducing MIZUNO ENERZY in last year’s iteration made a noticeable difference for runners who already loved our most popular running shoe. This year’s iteration expands the use of MIZUNO ENERZY throughout the sole for even more softness and higher energy return from heel to toe.”

In its 25 iterations, the Wave Rider has benefitted from numerous Mizuno technology enhancements, but most importantly:

  • MIZUNO WAVE® technology, providing a combination of cushioning and stability to all parts of the foot.
  • Engineered AIR Mesh combined with the Soft Heel Collar offers a more breathable and flexible shoe with a seamless upper construction for a nicer fit, smoother run and added comfort.
  • MIZUNO ENERZY greatly increases energy return and provides more cushioning.  

The Wave Rider 25 is designed for runners who want a smooth and lightweight ride in a shoe that’s durable enough for longer runs. Packed with feature upgrades that provide more cushioning and responsiveness, the Wave Rider 25 features a lightweight engineered mesh option – as well as WAVEKNIT™ – with a non-stitch RunBird ® logo providing the clean look coveted by runners. In addition, Mizuno updated its Smoothride technology by connecting MIZUNO ENERZY throughout the entire midsole for energy return and reduced shock over long periods of time.


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About Mizuno USA:

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, volleyball, swimming and tennis equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in greater Atlanta, Ga.