Gear Reid Coolsaet Reviews the Mizuno Wave Rebellion

Reid Coolsaet Reviews the Mizuno Wave Rebellion


I think the Mizuno Wave Rebellion is going to have a lot of fans because it offers a slightly different feel to many of the other carbon plate, high-stack, responsive foam shoes (let’s call them “super shoes”) on the market. 

Many people get some initial discomfort moving to a flatter shoe (less heel to toe drop) or to a shoe with a stiff plate. Many super shoes have you transition to both new stimuli, but the Wave Rebellion keeps a traditional slope while adding a very stiff plate.

I found the Wave Rebellion has a more traditional heel to toe feel than other super shoes. Although the actual heel to toe drop of 8mm has been seen in other similar shoes, the drop in the Wave Rebellion is gradual through the whole shoe instead of a flat heel-to-midfoot and then steep drop midfoot-to-toe. If that doesn’t make much sense to you then you’ll just have to put the shoes on and feel them out.

The outsole is grippy and will hold up well as it protects the Pebax midsole expertly with ample coverage. Speaking of the Pebax midsole, it is incredibly responsive and light. Even with a stack height of 36mm, the Wave Rebellion is a light shoe coming in at just 224 grams (7.9oz).

I think people will wear the Wave Rebellion as a workout shoe with the intention of racing in a more expensive and proven super shoe (probably what I would do). That said, I bet many will buy the Wave Rebellion with that intention, and enjoy it so much they end up racing in it as well. 

I’m glad to see another shoe company offer a super shoe and happy that Mizuno has kept the proven basics—high stack height, stiff plate, light and responsive foam—while giving the market a slightly different feel.

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  1. Hi Daniel, this is Michelle from Mizuno Canada. I wear a size 10 in the Wave Rider and I found the size 10 for the Wave Rebellion was fine. If you have a slightly wider foot, then you will be totally okay as the Wave Rebellion does have a little more space in the toe than the Wave Rider.

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