The Wave Paradox is an entirely new model from Mizuno that will slot into the maximum pronation support category. That’s right, the Alchemy has been scrapped after 12 years of service in favor of a fresh design that relaunches Mizuno in this popular category that includes models such as the Asics Gel Kayano, Saucony Hurricane, and Brooks Trance (which becomes the Transcend in February 2014).
Among the differentiators for the Paradox will be its weight – just 10.6 oz for a Men’s 9 and 8.6 oz for a Women’s 8 according to Mizuno. The low weight in conjunction with substantial pronation support is exactly the paradox that gives the shoe its name.
What to Watch For
- Lightest in Class: The Paradox is set to be the lightest premium, maximum support shoe when it is released, especially in the Women’s version, which is expected to be about an ounce lighter than its closest competitor (the Kayano 20).
- Pronation Control: A Fan Wave plate design is used in the midsole to discourage overpronation and provide a stable ride.
- Japanese-Inspired Design: Mizuno claims that the graphic on the upper “is made entirely of straight lines.” We’re pretty sure we see more than a couple curves on the shoe, but this repetitive pattern was inspired by a traditional Japanese drawing technique.
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