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
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
Weight
9.60 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is a high-mileage trainer that packs a lot of features into a fairly lightweight offering. Priced well, it is not a surprise that these are Mizuno's Go-To Shoe.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
11.20 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Enigma is designed to be a generously cushioned high mileage trainer. The shoe is very durable and can take a lot of abuse and miles, but fails to deliver the cushioning that is expected.” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
12.40 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Creation 18 is a high mileage trainer that will take a pounding. However, it performs poorly on long runs.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
11.3 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Stability
“The Wave Paradox is a good stability shoe. I do, however, have some issues with it. For instance, the lateral heel of this shoe is still pretty beefy and does not lay down like the Nirvana or Alchemy...” Read expert review
Theo Clyatt
Running Expert
Weight
8.60 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 is a lightweight racer/trainer that feels fast. It has cushioning for the long runs but maintains a firm base for speed.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
12.60 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 is a high-mileage trainer that advertises high cushion. It is very pricey, and although the fit was superb, it did not deliver on the cushioning that was expected.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.5 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“Love these shoes. One star had to give because of the very traditional upper in 2016. If you don't care about running sockless, these shoes are really good.” Read expert review
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru
Weight
7.60 oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3 is a lightweight trainer meant for speed. Set at a very competitive price point, the shoe delivers on it's speed promise.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.60 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Wave Rider 19 is a great option for high mileage daily training. It adds some welcomed upgrades from the previous version and provides a comfortable responsive ride.” Read expert review
Sean Felty
Long Distance Runner, Neutral Shoe Expert

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