Mizuno Running Shoes Reviews

Mizuno is a Japanese sportswear company founded in 1906 by Rihachi Mizuno. It is one of the running shoes brands with the most loyal fans. Mizuno Wave technology provides a responsive ride like no other - top running shoes! Every year we review Mizuno classics (Wave Rider, Wave Inspire, Nirvana, Creation) and all their newest running shoes - for example the Prophecy.

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Weight
12.10 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Stability
“The Mizuno Wave Horizon 2 is for runners seeking a high amount of stability but desire a soft, cushy ride. The construction of the sole makes you forget how heavy it feels and allows you to roll...” Read expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Weight
11.10 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Stability
“The Mizuno Wave Paradox offers some of the highest stability and support out today. Sadly, this is its biggest shortfall.” Read expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Weight
10.10 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 is a high-mileage trainer that keeps the main features that made the 20 work. Priced well, this continues to be Mizuno's Go-To Shoe.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
7.80 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Mizuno Wave Sonic is a new edition to their racing line up that will eventually become the only racing option that Mizuno offers.  While it is affordable and is very durable for a racing...” Read expert review
Andrew Leibowitz
Running Expert
Weight
8.80 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Mizuno Wave Shadow is the first in a new line of shoes designed to be lightweight daily trainers. It performs well, but has a few quirks that keep it from being a great shoe.” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
11.50 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Sky is a brand new offering from Mizuno in their full cushion line. Pricy with good cushion, but still Mizuno's famous firm cushion.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.8 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“Same as for last year's model, I do love these shoes. They come in a category that is missing competitors and therefore very welcome. The upper fits nicely but materials could be better.” Read expert review
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru
Weight
10.40 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Trail
“The Mizuno Wave Daichi 2 professes to be a trail shoe built for all kinds of terrain. But its small lugs do not handle even moderate trail challenges. The lugs regularly fail to grip a muddy surface...” Read expert review
Henry Howard
Ultra runner and certified running coach.
Weight
11.50 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Mizuno’s Wave Horizon is a snug-fitting stability shoe that delivers moderate cushion and control with little bulk.  The ride is a bit stiff but overall enjoyable, and the shoe maintains...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Weight
11 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Mizuno Wave inspire 13 is a hulking stability shoe that feels light. While it may take some time to properly break in, it is built to last longer than before.” Read expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert

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