Staff Pick: Mizuno Inspire 9

For Matt Valli — a Run This Town Training Program coach, avid Crossfitter, and runner — Mizuno’s wave plate technology takes the cake. Here’s why. 

RUNNING SHOE: Mizuno Inspire 9

Category: Stability/Guidance

Best for: Training, Racing, Roads

Weight: 10.1 oz. (men’s size 9)

Heel-to-toe drop: 11 mm

Price: $115

Mizuno Inspire 9 running shoes


By Matt Valli, Greater Boston Running Company – Newburyport

Mizuno Inspire: my favorite shoe that I have ever run in for all my life. Essentially, the dimensions of this shoe fit my foot perfectly. An updated cushion system lightens up the shoe and gives it a rigid feel. The cushion system, Mizuno’s signature, consists of plastic wave plates that help transition energy from heel to toe, making it feel like I am constantly moving forward with ease.

Personally, I like the shoe’s firm feel because it gives me more control with my foot mechanics and grip on the roads.  The shoe is very airy and breathable which helps my foot feel comfortable in my long runs.

The only downfall, which doesn’t affect me, is that if you are running on trails, rocks can get caught underfoot (in the horse-shoe cut out shape of the heel). So this model is not ideal for trail running in the presence of walnut-ish sized rocks.

In addition, it is classified as a fully supportive shoe; however it should be classified as a lighter stability/guidance shoe. Other shoes in this category include the Saucony Guide, New Balance 870, Brooks Ravenna and Nike LunarGlide+.

For anybody looking for a lightweight, firm, responsive, and durable running shoe with a unique feel, the Mizuno Inspire is an excellent choice to make the running experience more enjoyable.

Check out the Mizuno Inspire 9 running shoes here.

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