Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit
In addition to updating the look of the new Inspire, Mizuno also added a Waveknit version to the lineup this year.
The Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit employs the same midsole tech as the non-Waveknit model, but it uses Mizuno’s knit upper material instead of engineered mesh. It’s the same type of upper that Mizuno used on the Wave Sky Waveknit 3 and the Wave Rider Waveknit 3.
The Waveknit upper gives the shoe a sleek silhouette and soft feel while maintaining enough stretch to mold to the unique shape of your foot.
There’s a slight difference between the laces in the two models, too. The engineered mesh version has an exaggerated lacing pattern over the midfoot. Designers positioned the second-from-the-top lace hole farther down the side of the shoe for a locked-in feel.
The Waveknit Inspire sticks with a more classic lacing structure—six holes up each side with a seventh to customize the fit, if necessary.