Comparing The Best Mizuno For The Best Runs In 2018

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Mizuno is a Japanese company that has been making sports equipment for over 100 years. They have a particularly great reputation for running shoes, with numerous available styles for everyone from elite runners to weekend joggers. So how do you pick the right Mizuno for you? We've got a break down of the best Mizuno styles in 2018. Check the list and find the shoe that will help you improve your run times.

1. I'm not a serious runner. Do I still need a running shoe?

2. What are the advantages of a Mizuno shoe?

3. I'm hard to fit. Does Mizuno have my size?

4. Where can I buy Mizuno shoes?

5. How much do Mizuno running shoes cost?

Our Review Process

To make our list of best Mizuno shoes for 2018, we combed through professional reviews and customer comments. We took note of problems that seem to recur and consensus about great performance. We looked at the specs for each shoe, compared features, looked at different styles, and evaluated the overall reputation of the brand. As some of us are Mizuno runners, we took personal experience with the brand into account as well.

The Top Ten Mizuno Running Shoes for 2018

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This running shoe is simply one of the best buys you can make. It delivers a lot of bang for the buck, and it is one of the lightest Mizuno styles, weighing only 8.8 oz. The mesh upper is cool and breathable and provides a snug, comfortable fit. It's particularly good for anyone with a narrow foot but may run a bit tight for a very wide foot. The Wave Shadow has the new Mizuno Cloudwave technology in the midsole that promotes quick movements and foot response. The only con is that the sole has a tendency to pick up rocks.

Specs

  • Available in sizes 7 to 15 for men, 6 to 11 for women
  • Five color choices
  • AIRmesh Upper
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    X10 Outsole made of durable carbon rubber
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    U4ic Midsole for optimal shock attenuation
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    Intercool ventilation system reduces heat and humidity buildup
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    Price: $110

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This running shoe is simply one of the best buys you can make. It delivers a lot of bang for the buck, and it is one of the lightest Mizuno styles, weighing only 8.8 oz. The mesh upper is cool and breathable and provides a snug, comfortable fit. It's particularly good for anyone with a narrow foot but may run a bit tight for a very wide foot. The Wave Shadow has the new Mizuno Cloudwave technology in the midsole that promotes quick movements and foot response. The only con is that the sole has a tendency to pick up rocks.

Specs

  • Available in sizes 7 to 15 for men, 6 to 11 for women
  • Three color choices
  • Mesh upper with premium anatomical sock liner
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    Blown rubber outsole
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    U4ic Midsole for optimal shock attenuation
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    PEBAX Wave plate
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    Price: $150

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The Wave Rider 21 is the most popular Mizuno running shoe, and it's easy to see why. It's available in a better range of sizes and widths than other styles and fits narrow feet well. This shoe has the benefit of frequently appearing on sale for under a hundred, a true bargain. The shoes are very responsive, so you can “feel” your run, yet there is plenty of cushioning for longer runs. The mesh upper keeps your feet cool on the hottest days, although the main con reported is that they let in too much air on the coldest days. This is a nice midweight shoe at 9.6 oz.

  • Available in sizes 7 to 16 for men, 6 to 12 for women
  • Six color choices
  • AIRmesh upper for breathability and comfort
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    X10 Outsole made of durable carbon rubber
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    U4ic Midsole for optimal shock attenuation
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    Intercool ventilation system reduces heat and humidity buildup
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    Price: $120

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For the serious distance runner or anyone who needs the Cadillac of cushioning, we have the Wave Prophecy 7. The foundation of this shoe is the Infinity Wave Plate which provides excellent support for the heel and arch areas. All that cushioning has a drawback in the weight of the shoe, which is a hefty 12.9 oz. The mesh upper is cool for long runs, while the rugged outsole is reinforced to reduce wear in high traction areas. The biggest con to this shoe is the price tag. It is the most expensive Mizuno running shoe on our list.

  • Available in sizes 7 to 15 for men, 6 to 11 for women
  • Three color choices
  • AIRmesh upper for breathability and comfort
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    X10 Outsole made of durable carbon rubber
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    U4ic Midsole for optimal shock attenuation
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    Intercool ventilation system reduces heat and humidity buildup
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    Price: $240

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Now you can be a stylish runner, as well as fast. This new offering from Mizuno was inspired by Betsy Ross and the American flag. It has an attractive upper designed with red, white, and blue chevrons. The bright red outsole is a nice touch of whimsey. Don't let the good looks fool you, though. This is a serious running shoe with serious capabilities. It's built on the Wave technology platform with a unique Waveknit upper that gives unparalleled stretch and fit. This shoe weighs 8.6 oz.

  • Available in sizes 7 to 17 for men, 6 to 12 for women
  • One color choice: red, white, and blue
  • Waveknit upper provides flexibility and support
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    Cloudwave technology in the midsole
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    U4ic heel wedge
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    Premium anatomical sock liner
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    Price: $130

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The Wave Inspire 14 is the perfect shoe for anyone who needs a more supportive and stable runner. It has an adequate amount of cushioning for comfort, yet you can still feel the road and react responsively. It truly strikes a happy balance between these two needs. The unique Fan Wave Plate provides maximum shock absorbency for an incredibly smooth run. The newly redesigned mesh upper is light and breathable. The biggest con reported for this shoe is that it takes longer than normal to break in. So, if you're getting it for a special run, allow plenty of time to get used to the shoe.

  • Available in sizes 7 to 16 for men, 6 to 12 for women
  • Three color choices
  • Mesh upper for breathability
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    X10 Outsole made of durable carbon rubber
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    U4icX Midsole, a lighter, more cushioned midsole
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    Intercool ventilation system reduces heat and humidity buildup
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    Price: $130

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This shoe combines a fast run with stability, a pairing that is hard to come by. The slightly larger toe box is great for wider feet while the mesh upper cradles the foot in breathable comfort. Like the Inspire above, the Catalyst 2 utilizes the Fan Wave Plate for a more secure feel when your foot hits the pavement. This shoe is a great choice for mid-distance runs. It's comfortable enough to go farther without extra weight to slow you down. The Wave Catalyst 2 weighs 9.8 oz.

  • Available in sizes 7 to 15 for men, 6 to 11 for women
  • Six color choices
  • Mesh upper for breathability
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    X10 Outsole made of durable carbon rubber
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    U4icX Midsole, a lighter, more cushioned midsole
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    Price: $110

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The Wave Horizon 2 is the shoe for the flat-footed runner. The exceptional stability and superb cushioning work together to really baby your flat feet and make them feel more like fleet feet. Mizuno calls it “the softest, most stable ride to ever come out of Mizuno running,” and we'd have to agree. They've developed a new technology called Smoothride Support which really delivers the support your foot needs to feel secure on an uneven road or during long runs. It weighs 12.10 oz, which is a bit heavy, but not unexpected considering the cushioning and support in this runner.

  • Available in sizes 7 to 15 for men, 6 to 11 for women
  • Two color choices
  • AIRmesh upper for superior comfort
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    X10 Outsole made of durable carbon rubber
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    U4icX Midsole, a lighter, more cushioned midsole
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    Intercool ventilation system reduces heat and humidity buildup
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    Price: $160

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For runners who are a little unsure on their feet and lack a steady gait, the Wave Paradox 4 has got you covered. It also features the Fan Wave Plate for stability and support along with superior cushioning. The trade-off is the weight gain, of course. Any time you bulk up on the comfort you sacrifice on weight. However, at 11.3 oz, it's not the heaviest shoe on the list. This shoe is also great for overpronators who will appreciate the supportive midsole and mesh upper.

  • Available in sizes 7 to 16 for men, 6 to 12 for women
  • Three color choices
  • Mesh upper provides flexibility and support
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    X10 Outsole made of durable carbon rubber
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    U4icX Midsole, a lighter, more cushioned midsole
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    Intercool ventilation system reduces heat and humidity buildup
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    Price: $140

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This all-new style from Mizuno is designed for the racer who is focused on speed. This low-profile runner is perfect for training, too, with a sleek, glove-like fit that is comfortable and supportive. It weighs 7.8 oz, a great weight for speed runs. It doesn't have the wave plate in the midsole like most other Mizuno styles but instead uses different density foams to provide a flexible foundation. The biggest pros of this shoe are the affordable price and superior support for a racing flat. The only con is that is doesn't feel as fast and snappy as competitors from other brands.

  • Available in sizes 7 to 13 for men, 6 to 11 for women
  • Three color choices
  • AIRmesh upper for superior comfort
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    X10 Outsole made of durable carbon rubber
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    U4icX Midsole, a lighter, more cushioned midsole
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    Price: $100

The Best Mizuno Running Shoe for 2018

As any serious runner knows, choosing one best shoe is impossible. Runners need different types of shoes for different runs, such as speed runs or distance runs. Every runner also has a different gait and foot strike and therefore needs shoes specific to his or her style of running. Even with these caveats in mind, it is possible to come to a few conclusions.

You pretty much can't go wrong with choosing a Mizuno shoe. They have been hailed by critics and customers alike as one of the best in the business for decades. This is especially true if you have narrow feet. It can be very difficult to find good running shoes for skinny feet, and Mizuno delivers in this area.

For a basic, overall running shoe, we award Best in Show to the Mizuno Wave Shadow for affordability, comfort, support, and style. Second Runner Up goes to the Mizuno Wave Rider 21. This shoe has been around for a long time, and every new version of it is better than the last.

For the most comfortable shoe, we give top honors to the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 7. If you're ability to get out and get moving is based upon the comfort level of your feet, then splurge on these shoes. It will be worth it.

The most stylish running shoe that is still a fantastic, serious runner, is the Mizuno Peachtree Waveknit R1. You have to see it and wear it to believe it. You'll have the happiest feet on the racecourse and turn heads at the same time.

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