Best Mizuno Running Shoes Reviewed & Rated for Performance

Mizuno, a Japanese sportswear company has been around making sports shoes since 1906, which means they have mastered the art of making a great sports shoe.

Last Updated: January 17, 2018
By Tenby Lloyd:

The latest update on the best Mizuno running shoes saw the addition of 10 items to the list. From popular running shoes, to durable trail shoes, this list showcases some of the best options available from this brand. Each item was selected based on it’s ability to perform as well as how comfortable it is overall.

Mizuno running shoes are distinct from other runners because of their  ‘Wave’ plate technology. A thermoplastic component moulded in a corrugated shape in the sole of Mizuno running shoes. This plate starts from the heel and continuing along to the middle of the foot and it is designed to prevent your foot from rolling. This wave-plate makes it the go-to running shoe for most athletes and of course, runners

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Mizuno Wave Shadow
  • Mizuno Wave Shadow
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • U4icX Strobel Lining
  • Cloud Wave Technology
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Mizuno Wave Sky
  • Mizuno Wave Sky
  • 4.4 out of 5
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  • Mizuno Smooth Ride
  • Anatomical Sock Liner
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Mizuno Wave Rider 20
  • Mizuno Wave Rider 20
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Wave Technology
  • Dynamotion Fit
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With so many options of Mizuno shoes choosing the right pair can be difficult. To make life simpler for you and to save you some time that could be used for an extra hour of training, we have compiled a list of our top ten picks. All of the Mizuno running shoes below have been rated for comfort, and performance. 

 

 

Top Ten Mizuno Running Shoes

 

 

1. Mizuno Wave Shadow

The Wave Shadow is a great model from Mizuno, not only does it feature the ‘Wave’ technology, but is considerably lighter than other Mizuno running shoes. Another feature of the Wave shadow is its designs and color combinations, which has been called, "sleek and beautiful". Even with its versatility and low-cost, Mizuno does not slack on support or quality, which makes it their best model.
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Lightweight
Lighter weight than the Wave Rider or Inspire, the Wave Shadow is perfect for faster runs, and half marathons as well as speed workouts. It also features a tighter fit through the upper portion, therefore it does not fit well on wider feet but it works great for speed workouts and agility training. The fabric is a layered mesh so the shoe remains light and breathable.

Comfort
The snug fit and form-fitting mesh create a truly natural feel as if you were not wearing any shoes at all. The only downfall of these lightweight shoes is the underlay at the top of the toe-box will crease with use and can tend to rub uncomfortably against your toes. The Wave Shadow seems to be just as comfortable and supportive as the Catalyst 2.

Cost and Value
As one of the more lightweight models, this is also one of the cheaper shoes you can buy from Mizuno. Designed to stand out, you are getting a fun and unique shoe at a great price, adding to why this made the number one spot on our list.
Pros

Lightweight

Versatile

Form-fitting mesh

Design and color schemes 

Cons

Sole picks up rocks

Tongue can wrinkle

2. Mizuno Wave Sky

Mizuno Wave Sky is the replacement model of the Wave Enigma, this shoe is ideal for neutral runners. Also featuring the new Cloud-wave technology as well as a u4icx midsole, the Wave Sky is Mizunos most comfortable shoe. Along with their vibrant colour schemes you will not only be the most comfortable runner in your pack but you are guaranteed to stand out as well.
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Comfort
The Wave Sky has both the Cloud-Wave plate through the sole as well as a u4icx midsole making it a smooth comfy ride for neutral runners. On top of that the Wave Sky has a midfoot side which is panelled and lightweight mesh for support and a better fit making it by far the most natural and cushioned running shoe. Mizuno claims that the Wave Sky is, “the most plush and lively feel of any Mizuno shoe ever made". One runner has described the Wave Sky as, "bouncy clouds", another

Breathability
If you are planning to run any more than three miles in any shoe you want to make sure it is breathable. One user of the Wave Sky said, "after a 7 mile run, my feet feel crisp and clean", most likely due to the mesh upper lining.

Cost and Value
Considering this is a brand new addition to the Mizuno line and there are very few cons for this model, it is very promising that the next version of the Wave Sky might be our number one pick. As it stands, being so new and wonderful, this shoe is very pricey and may be out of some individual's budget.
Pros

Cloud-wave technology

Sock liner

u4icx midsole

Vibrant colour schemes. 

Cons

Narrow toe box

3. Mizuno Wave Rider 20

The Wave Rider 20 is a unique Mizuno running shoe because it is the first to feature Cloudwave technology, an evolution in Mizuno's classic Wave technology. This technology gives added support to your natural gait, offering a more supported heel to toe transition and more comfortable overall landing.
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Durability
The Wave Rider 20 features a U4IC midsole foam which gives a response and durability 33% higher than other models. Given the Cloudwave technology that has been added, this shoe is also more durable for long distance runners who put a lot of pressure down on their foot as they hit the pavement.

Comfort
As this is a newer model, they have also decided to incorporate their triple zone engineered mesh. Crafting a more lightweight and breathable shoe, you should notice that your feet have much more overall comfort and are less sweaty and hot after a run.

Cost and Value
This is a great option for those who are on a budget, and are easily found for under the $100 mark. With all of the new technologies added in to this shoe, value wise you are getting a great deal.
Pros

Form-fitting mesh

Lightweight

Triple Layered Mesh

Breathable

Cloudwave Technology

Cons

Underlay on toe box can rub uncomfortably

4. Mizuno Wave Inspire 13

4. Mizuno Wave Inspire 13
Mizuno's Wave Inspire 13 is a more durable model than the pervious Wave Inspire 12, with the only big difference is the heavier construction of this stability shoe. Just as comfortable as prior models, this is an example of subtly building on to previous models in order to create a better model in the areas that need it most. The upper has been remastered in order to be more breathable as well as more structurally secure.
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Comfort
The sole is the same construction as the Wave Inspire 13, The midsole uses the same u4icx technology, and the same Wave technology as most Mizuno models. The heel is a 12 mm drop and rather heavy duty and rather large, but this is perfect for any runners who need a more stable and supportive runner. The ride of the shoe is comfy, multiple runners described it as being like running on air.

Breathability
The upper features redone AIRmesh which allows for higher ventilation and breathability. Mizuno’s signature mesh is still used and runners should find this shoe fits similarly to other models.

Cost and Value
With this shoe being one of the cheapest on our list, you should easily be able to see the value in them. Do not let the lower price tag on these shoes dissuade you, this model has been built to last much longer than other shoes in this line.
Pros

Durable

Redone AIRmesh

Nice colour combinations

Cons

Shoe takes a long time to properly break in

5. Mizuno Synchro MX

5. Mizuno Synchro MX
The Synchro MX is a versatile trainer, that uses multiple technologies in the sole to provide a supportive and comfortable shoe. The shoe itself is quite flexible making it perfect for a gym shoe, some viewers say it is both plush and cushioned as well as responsive This Mizuno running shoe features a 12mm heel drop and great arch support with a lightweight body perfect for longer distance runs. With many bright and unique colour options you will stand out in this shoe in the gym or on the track.
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Comfortable
Almost every wearer of this shoe takes the time to comment on how comfortable it is, even going as far as claiming it to be the most comfortable shoe they have ever worn. This has a lot to do with the plush cushioning and lightweight design that come together to make a soft and supportive shoe for your foot.

Enhances Your Run
This shoe is both flexible and responsive, designed in a way to help runners have the most natural gait when they move. Shifting your foot forward after each landing, this shoe gives your foot better positioning for take off and gives more energy back to propel your forward.

Cost and Value
This shoe really varies in terms of cost, making it a difficult model to properly comment on. Often seen on sale, you can pick this up for a fairly inexpensive price, and your best choice is going to be purchasing it online for the best deal.
Pros

Breathable Airmesh

Durable

Versatile

Flexible

Cons

Some runners would rather a smaller heel drop

6. Mizuno Wave Catalyst 2

6. Mizuno Wave Catalyst 2
The Mizuno Wave Catalyst 2, is a light and responsive shoe with good stability, a unique shoe on the market with minimal comparable competitors. An improvement from the Wave Catalyst with a better upper, and wider toe box, as well as an improved overlay in the toe box which does not crease and rub uncomfortably unlike the Wave Catalyst. The Wave Catalyst 2 features Mizuno’s signature Wave technology along with a EU41C midsole for a springy, yet cushioned ride. This is a perfect sneaker for mid-distance runs.
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Comfort
A fast shoe with good stability is hard to come by, but the Wave Catalyst 2 goes a step forward and is praised as one of Mizuno’s most comfortable shoes. The midsole features Mizuno’s EU41C foam for a more comfortable ride, users have claimed that this supplies a good amount of energy return as well. The previous version had complaints from users of a crinkling overlay in the toe box which ended up causing uncomfortable friction and even blisters, the updated Catalyst 2 solved this problem so there won’t be any uncomfortable fiction in that area.

Secure and Protective
The Wave plate runs from heel to mid foot to prevent rolling, pronation, or any other weak ankle problems, along with a cushioned collar to prevent uncomfortable chaffing along your ankle.The heel is a snug fit but not to tight, keeping your heel secure while running but the Catalyst 2 also features a wider toe box with accommodates a wider nature toe splay.

Cost and Value
For such a comfortable and supportive shoe it's surprising to know that this is such an inexpensively priced option. While not the cheapest on our list, it certainly is very mid range and a great option for most runners.
Pros

Lightweight design

Updated from Prior Models

Responsive

Good Cushioning

Cons

Feels a bit narrow

7. Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5

7. Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5
This is one of the best Mizuno options if you are seeking a running shoe that is padded and comfortable. Featuring their Infinity Wave Plate, this is one of the top options for comfort as you should find you have the proper support and padding across your entire sole of your foot. Not only is this running shoe extremely comfortable, but it is also very responsive and secure.
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Infinity Wave Plate
This full length plate of cushioning makes for a midsole that really supports the foot, especially in the heel and arch area. Every time your foot hits the ground, this shoe will effectively disperse the impact while you run and provide for a significantly more cushioned ride.

Mizuno X10 Technology
One of the downsides to mesh uppers is that they are not as durable as materials such as leather. Mesh is easier to wear away at, and over time holes can develop. This running shoe features Mizuno X10 technology, which has been designed to reinforce high wear areas. What it means for you is a shoe that is more durable and will last longer than other mesh uppers on the market.

Cost and Value
This shoe is very expensive, there is no way to get around that. Even now that it isn't the most recent model, the price is still far above a lot of the other models on this list. With such a high price tag though, you are getting a shoe that should outlast even others we have mentioned. This is a durable shoe that can easily be looked at as an investment.
Pros

Durable Technology

Wave Plates

Intercool for Dryness

Removable Sockliner

Cons

Very Expensive

Heavy

8. Mizuno Wave Paradox 3

8. Mizuno Wave Paradox 3
The Wave Paradox 3 has really taken a lot of runner feedback from the prior models, and used that to craft a shoe that was better than ever. Made with high quality materials and more durable that previous shoes, this is one that a lot of runners have fallen in love with. The bright colors, responsive midsole, and breathable upper all make for a great road running shoe.
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Stability Mechanism
For runners that may not have proper gait, this shoe is designed to help your foot land more naturally and give you a more stable stance. Even on rougher terrain, this shoe has the ability to keep your foot from moving inwards or outwards, and will ensure you lessen your degree of under and over pronation.

Firmer Cushioning
While most shoes talk about how soft they are, this model is all bout the firmness of the underfoot cushioning. Runners who want a more steady and controlled landing should find that this firmness gives them better support and enables them to have a more pronounced take off after each step.

Cost and Value
When it first was released this shoe was actually quite expensive, but over time the price has started to go down. While still a pricier option, this is a shoe that many runners who overpronate recommend, so if you fall in to that category it is certainly worth checking out.
Pros

Great Color Options

High Quality and Durable

Responsive

Stability Mechanism

Cons

Heavy

Heel is Stiff

9. Mizuno Wave Kazan

9. Mizuno Wave Kazan
Comfortable and well fitting, this is a shoe that is for all of you trail runners out there. With great traction and a lot of support, this shoe will take you off the beaten path and keep you looking good while you do so. It is both lightweight and breathable, ensuring that you can go fast and hard without foot fatigue, sweat, or aches and pains.
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Aggressive Outsole
The lug design on the outsole is aggressive and has been made with trail runners in mind. For uneven terrain, slippery conditions, or off the path runners this shoe should hold up well in almost all conditions. Many runners have noted that this shoe is what they look for in a trail running shoe, and it has all the necessary features for a great performance.

Upper Materials
The upper is made with high quality fabrics that are very breathable. No one wants sweaty feet, especially when they are tackling tough trails, so a well ventilated upper is a must. The fabric also adds to the lightness of the shoe, a great choice for people that like to go fast.

Cost and Value
Trail running shoes always tend to be more expensive than basic running shoes, as they are designed to be more durable and perform in tough conditions. With that said, this shoe is one of the cheaper options on our list, and for those who need a shoe for the trails, this is going to be one of your best bets.
Pros

Aggressive Lugs

Tread Pattern for Traction

Well Ventilated

Durable Upper

Lightweight

Cons

Some find the width too wide

10. Mizuno Wave Enigma 6

10. Mizuno Wave Enigma 6
If you like your running shoe to have a snug fit, but aren't a huge fan of the knit uppers, then this shoe may be the perfect fit for you. Still made using a mesh fabric, the Wave Enigma 6 is a beloved shoe because it has a very comfortable yet sock like fit. Secure and comfortable, this is a shoe that is roomy and supportive enough for you to feel comfortable on almost any terrain.
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Versatile
While technically this is a road running shoe, some wearers have found that it actually stands up well enough to be used for trail running. This may cause it to wear down faster, since the outsole isn't specifically made for that, but if you want a shoe you can do both with then the Wave Enigma 6 is a great option.

Comfortable
No matter who you speak to, almost everyone will describe this shoe as comfortable. With a more roomy toe box, a snug upper fit, and a well padded sole, this is a shoe you will love running in. This is also is very flexible, so your foot can land more naturally and you won't feel constricted over time.

Cost and Value
The Wave Enigma 6 is very middle of the road when it comes to pricing. When it was first released it was on the more expensive side, but as newer models have come out this shoe has been discounted heavily. Do not let the fact that it isn't brand new dissuade you, as it is still a great shoe especially for those on a budget.
Pros

Comfortable

Roomy Toe Box

Flexible Upper

Well Cushioned

Cons

No Varying Width Options

Mizuno is known for making high quality running shoes, both for the road and for the trail. Whether you are looking for a more budget friendly option, or something with all of the newest technologies, there is something on this list for almost everyone. By really focusing on revamping prior models, Mizuno has done a fantastic job of isolating parts of their shoes that need improvement and then actually taking the time to build on their weaker spots to create even better shoes. As you can see may models are now up in the 20th version, and this just shows how much time and effort goes in to every model they make.