Mizuno Wave Sky 7 review

8 expert score
0 user's score
As editorial policy, we do not accept free samples. We purchased this pair at Running Warehouse with our own money.
Review written on 13th September by Michael Mason-D'Croz Long distance runner, shoe expert.
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Mizuno Wave Sky 7 Verdict

The Mizuno Wave Sky 7 was a very pleasant surprise, and an enjoyable ride. There are better shoes on the market, but this is a very solid offering and worth a look.

The pros

  • Fantastic cushion
  • Great traction for all runs
  • Upper is soft and flexible.
  • Very comfortable for all-day wear and longer runs

The cons

  • The platform is a little too wide, can feel splashy.
  • Heavier than expected
  • Not enough push from cushion or rocker design for speedwork


Rating breakdown

Comfort
10
Build quality
9.0
Upper
8.0
Sole unit
8.0
Landing
9.0
Transition
7.0
Toe-off
7.0
Traction
9.0
Durability
10
Value / Price
4.0

Facts / Specs

Brand
Model
Wave Sky 7
Weight
10.9 oz (309 g)
MSRP
$170.00

Heel
40 mm.
Toe
32 mm.
Heel drop
8 mm.
Carbon plate
No plate

Size/Fit

Sizing
True to size
Heel fit
Normal
Midfoot fit
Wide
Toebox fit
Wide

Cushioning & ride

Type of cushioning
Plush
Amount of cushioning
Highly cushioned
Stability
Some stability
Flexibility
Medium

Usage

Racing
Speedwork
Daily training  
Long distance racing
Ultra distance racing

Who should buy the Mizuno Wave Sky 7 ?

This shoe is best for bigger runners, or those logging long miles on the their runs. This shoe provides a lot of cushion for either of these runners.

Who should not buy the Mizuno Wave Sky 7 ?

This shoe is not made for people trying to push the pace, or as a competitive race shoe. Also, this shoe would not be a good option for people with narrow feet.

Mizuno Wave Sky 7 Introduction

Picture of Mizuno Wave Sky 7

The Mizuno Wave Sky 7 is a high-stack trainer that is fantastic for logging long miles and offering lots of energy return on each of your strides.

This shoe uses Mizuno’s ENERZY Foam and ENERZY CORE to create a responsive ride on a plush platform.

The advertised feeling mostly hits correctly, but at $170 list price, it better. At this price point and with this amount of cushion, the Wave Sky will battle against offerings from competitors such as Saucony Triumph 21, Hoka Bondi 8, Puma Deviate Nitro 2, New Balance 1080 v12, adidas adizero Boston 12, Brooks Glycerin 20, ASICS Gel Nimbus 25, and the Nike Invincible Run.

I’ve run in the Triumphs, 1080s, and Glycerin from that list. Of those four I would say the Wave Sky compares best to the Glycerin; they are well cushioned and ride well, especially on long runs, but they are not exciting or life-changing. In this category, of the shoes I’ve tried, I’d put them in the second tier.

Mizuno Wave Sky 7 First Impressions

Picture of Mizuno Wave Sky 7

I had a little trepidation about this shoe. I have not had a good history with Mizunos, and for years I didn’t want to try them. To be honest, I didn’t know I was going to be reviewing these until they showed up, but I was very pleasantly surprised with them from the beginning. The blue and orange colorway is eye catching, and the sole unit stands out visually.

When i put them on my feet I was impressed from the start with the cushion and the overall feel. On my first run they performed very well, and I felt very comfortable. When I tried them out as an all-day shoe, they were comfortable the whole time and made me second-guess my Mizuno hate. That’s a good first impression.

Mizuno Wave Sky 7 Upper

Picture of Mizuno Wave Sky 7

The upper is made up of a stretch woven material that flexes, stretches, and allows air in to keep you cool. The material is very comfortable, and soft on the foot. It works well for warm-weather running, but I think would perform admirably during colder-weather runs. It allows air in, but not so much that you’d need to double your socks.

The upper uses printed overlays and a reinforced lacing system to make sure your foot stays locked in. This is imperative, because the shoe itself runs on the wide side. The heel is a normal width, but not snug, if you suffer from Achilles problems, or have a narrow heel, you’ll need to use a heel-lock lacing.

The shoe widens a bit in the arch, which I felt made the shoe feel a little wobbly at times until I got my lacing perfected. Then it widens more into a roomy toebox. If you have a narrow foot, this shoe design is not the best.

On the other side, the shoe fit perfect in length as true-to-size.

Mizuno Wave Sky 7 Sole Unit

Picture of Mizuno Wave Sky 7


This sole unit is a standout for me. It is a very large sole unit with 40mm under the heel and 32 under the toe. However, you don’t feel as if it is that high when you wear them.

Mizuno uses their signature ENERZY Foam, a U4ic foam, that is very soft and comfortable for almost every impact. However, they couple that with a middle layer of ENERZY CORE, which is their most responsive material. This is designed to try to give a great amount of energy return so you can pick up the pace.

Picture of Mizuno Wave Sky 7

On the outsole, Mizuno uses a X10 carbon rubber, which offers a huge amount of traction. This showed up during test runs on streets, gravel, and dirt. At no point did I feel as though the traction was going the fail.

This sole unit is designed with a slight toe rocker, but nothing nearly as aggressive as many other shoes out there. Although the cushion is soft, and decently responsive, the overall design does not push you forward and the ride seemed to be most comfortable during slower paces.

Mizuno Wave Sky 7 Conclusions

Picture of Mizuno Wave Sky 7

For years I have refused to run in a Mizuno. Their earlier offerings caused me to develop injuries and wore out my muscles more than almost any other shoe or brand. And this was across their lines. Their cushion was too firm for me, and their dedication to the hard rubber wave just didn’t resonate with me.

I even ran in their (at the time) $220 Wave 5 (2016) and just didn’t understand the design. This was a “max cushion shoe” that I didn’t feel any cushion from, and just had a heavy, jarring ride. People told me that I “wasn’t big enough” to get the benefits of the shoe, and that I needed to land “more extremely on the heel”, but that doesn’t make any sense.

All of that is to say, I haven’t touched a Mizuno shoe in 7 years. And yet, I found myself wanting to run in the Wave Sky 7. This shoe IS NOT the best shoe on the market, but it is a fantastic shoe none-the-less.

The combination of wonderful cushion and decent energy return made this shoe a pleasure to use for easy effort runs of any length. They truly shined on long-slow runs, as the cushion just wouldn’t quit and the energy return was fantastic for that workout.

Picture of Mizuno Wave Sky 7

I didn’t feel enough energy return, or push from the rocker design, to make me feel like I could use these for tempo or speed runs and truly feel the shoe help me. However, I feel it has a place in the rotation.

The biggest drawbacks to me were the lack of push from the shoe, the overall weight (11.6 oz for a size 13), and the overall width of the platform and upper. It took a few runs before I got my lacing dialed in and figured out exactly how tight I needed to tie the shoes. If I had a more narrow foot, I would have had an excess of laces that I would have needed to figure out where to put.

Those drawbacks mentioned, that does not stop me from happily running in the Wave Sky 7.

At $170, it is pricy, and I believe there are better options in the price area and cushion level (namely the Saucony Triumph 21 and New Balance 1080 v12), but it is definitely a shoe I would tell someone to check out if they want to log miles and want to feel great after the run is over.

How does the Wave Sky 7 compare?

Saucony Triumph 21
Mizuno Wave Sky 7
Brooks Glycerin 20
Expert score
9
8
8
User score
Retail price
US$159.95
US$169.95
US$159.95
Weight
10 oz
10.9 oz
10.6 oz
Heel Drop
10 mm
8 mm
10 mm
Recommended for
Daily training
Daily training
Daily training
Cushioning type
balanced/plush
plush
balanced/plush
Cushioning amount
Highly cushioned
Highly cushioned
Highly cushioned
Flexibility
medium
medium
medium
Stability
not particularly stable
some stability
not particularly stable
Sizing
true to size
true to size
true to size

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Reviewed by Michael

This review was written by Michael Mason-D'Croz on 13th September.
Michael Mason-D’Croz lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, working as a Spanish Teacher and soccer coach. Because training isn’t enough, he gets to chase around his almost 2-year-old daughter when he gets home from work and runs. On his free time — what little of it there is — he likes to play board games and sample tasty local beers.

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