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
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
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.