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
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
Weight
10.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Enigma 4 is an incredibly well cushioned shoe for a neutral runner looking for a plush ride. While the price tag is high, it is well worth it for a high mileage or heavier runner.” Read expert review
Kelly Shelton
Running Expert
Weight
9.5 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Trail
“The Mizuno wave Kazan is a comfortable durable trail shoe that works very well on dry non technical terrain. It does however fall short when exposed to rocky technical terrain and in wet conditions. ...” Read expert review
Sean Felty
Long Distance Runner, Neutral Shoe Expert
Weight
7.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 is a solid lightweight option for neutral runners seeking a responsive ride and adequate cushioning to go the distance. Mizuno fans will love the stream-lined design paired...” Read expert review
Peyton Hoyal
Running Expert
Weight
7.4 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Racing
“The Hitogami is a great race day choice for a wide variety of runners. Mizuno has done a great job of taking the strongest attributes of two great racing shoes and creating a single racing shoe that...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
9.2 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Fans of the Wave Creation 14 have little to fear when it comes to changes in the newest model. The evolved form gives cushioning and responsiveness to this lightweight trainer, while retaining the key...” Read expert review
Ashley Massis
Running Expert
Weight
oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“In its newest version, the Wave Inspire 10 continues to be lightweight and offers plenty of stability for those that need it. The shoe provides quick, smooth transition whether doing shorter speed...” Read expert review
Travis Trampe
Running Expert