Shoe Review: Mizuno projectZERO Wave Rider

A side view of the 2021 Mizuno Project Zero Wave Rider

Mizuno’s go-to neutral trainer, the Wave Rider 25, is back this fall with a renewed purpose.

The brand new Project Zero Special Edition of the Mizuno Wave Rider 25 was made exclusively for Fleet Feet as part of a nationwide initiative to raise support and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Not only does the shoe provide reliable comfort mile after mile, but it’s helping to fight breast cancer along the way. Mizuno and Fleet Feet will donate a minimum of $25,000 toward the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Join us and show your support by wearing the projectZERO gear.

The Mizuno projectZERO Wave Rider features the same fresh updates as the Wave Rider 25, including a Mizuno ENERZY foam midsole and breathable mesh upper.

Fleet Feet reviewers loved the responsive ride and the eye-catching design of the projectZERO Wave Rider. Here’s everything you need to know about this special version of the Wave Rider, available October 1.

Tech Specs

Mizuno projectZERO Wave Rider


8.1 oz (W), 9.7 oz (M)


12 mm




Daily training


Road, Track

ENERZY Foam Offers Next-Level Cushioning

A rear view of the Mizuno Project Zero Wave Rider

The Mizuno Wave Rider is a favorite among runners due to its perfect blend of bouncy cushion and reliable support.

The Mizuno projectZERO Wave Rider is built on a bed of responsive ENERZY foam, providing an energized ride mile after mile. The bouncy foam wraps around Mizuno’s signature Wave plate, which offers solid support to ensure seamless transitions.

The result is an effortlessly smooth ride that feels supportive even on extra long runs.

Our reviewers noticed the responsive energy return and snappy feel of the shoe.

“They feel stable and cushioned enough to wear during recovery runs, but they definitely have a bit of a kick if you want to pick up the pace,” says one reviewer.

An X10 rubber outsole provides impressive traction, so you can enjoy these shoes on slick roads without fear of falling.

The outsole also offers exceptional durability, preventing uneven wear that can occur with overpronation. Flat outsole geometry promotes stable landings so you can run more efficiently.

“While these shoes are technically categorized as neutral, I felt like they offer enough stability for someone needing a bit of extra guidance,” one reviewer says.

Mesh Upper Adds Comfort, Breathability

A front view of the Mizuno Project Zero Wave Rider.

The Mizuno projectZERO Wave Rider offers a breathable engineered mesh upper with 3D printed overlays to keep your feet comfortable and secure.

A pink ribbon outline on the back heel of the shoe pays homage to Project Zero’s mission.

Not only do these shoes help fight breast cancer, they’re eco-friendly too.

The Mizuno projectZERO Wave Rider features a mesh lining and shoe laces that incorporate recycled PET material.

Reviewers noticed how soft and supportive the shoes feel, inside and out.

“They feel soft and smooth against my feet, while providing enough structure to really hold everything together,” one reviewer says.

A gusset tongue helps hold your foot in place, while a padded heel collar reduces blistering and chafing. A rounded toe box allows for some breathing room without being too loose.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a cushioned, responsive shoe that does it all, look no further.

The Mizuno projectZERO Wave Rider provides cushioned support and stable landings you can enjoy on easy days, long runs and everything in between.

Mizuno ENERZY foam delivers a responsive ride, while a durable outsole keeps you going for miles.

Plus, knowing that these shoes are helping breast cancer research will give you warm and fuzzy feelings on your run.

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