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 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Stability
“Mizuno pares down some aspects of the Wave Inspire 12 and beefs up other areas. This could be a divisive shoe for fans of the last few Inspires.  It’s heavy and hot but it is incredibly...” Read expert review
Theo Clyatt
Running Expert
Weight
8.80 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Wave Hayate 2 provides a firm, responsive ride. Its lightweight frame makes it a good option for runners looking for a fast racing shoe for the trails. ” Read expert review
Sean Felty
Long Distance Runner, Neutral Shoe Expert
Weight
12.10 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Motion Control
“The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is a greatly improved shoe from the previous version. The upper is infinitely more welcoming to run in. The stability is improved as is the cushioning. The arch and heel are...” Read expert review
Theo Clyatt
Running Expert
Weight
10.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is an incredibly well cushioned shoe for a neutral, high mileage runner. Fit runs quite small, in length and width as well as volume.” Read expert review
Kelly Shelton
Running Expert
Weight
14 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Wave Prophecy 4 is the pinnacle of Mizuno Wave plate engineering. The shoe brings the hallmark Mizuno firm ride to another level that nearly pushes the Wave Prophecy 4 from the neutral category...” Read expert review
Theo Clyatt
Running Expert
Weight
11.90 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Creation 16 may work for some heavier runners, but runners under 175 lbs are not going to feel any energy return due to the stiffness of the wave platform. This neutral trainer misses...” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Wave Rider 18 returns to the stripped down feel of the twelfth version with a smooth ride and great cushioning for heel strikers looking for a durable but lightweight shoe.” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
9.75 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Stability
“A considerable improvement over the divisive Wave Inspire 10. Although the shoes share the same midsole design, the upper of the Wave Inspire 11 harkens back to the low profile fit last seen in the...” Read expert review
Theo Clyatt
Running Expert
Weight
7.6 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Racing
“The Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2 follows the first edition’s fit and feel specifically geared towards long distance racing. With a lower-profile design than many Mizuno offerings, the Hitogami 2 will...” Read expert review
Peyton Hoyal
Running Expert
Weight
8.8 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Wave Hayate provides a firm, responsive ride. Its lightweight frame makes it a good option for runners looking for a fast racing shoe for the trails.” Read expert review
Sean Felty
Long Distance Runner, Neutral Shoe Expert

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