Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$80
Weight
M: 290g | W: 249g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • Excellent comfort is not compromised in an entry level shoe as delivered by the Mizuno Spark, according to most reviews.

  • It is a very budget-friendly shoe.

  • The cushioning is soft, but not overly so, based on the observation of several runners.

  • The Spark is offered in 5 great color combinations.

  • It looks way better than its price tag indicates, noted some runners.

  • A handful of runners who have had back or knee issues were able to enjoy their runs once more in the Spark.

The bad

  • The tradeoff in price and plush cushioning is durability, based on a several comments.

  • The traction gets a little tricky on wet surfaces, noted a few runners.

Bottom line

Without any bells and whistles, the Spark provides entry level runners another superb option for their initial forays into road running. The shoe has good arch support, superb comfort, and maximum breathability. Mizuno produces another no-hassle shoe that works as designed.



World wide, Spark is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 921 shoes


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 8 ratings

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4 star
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3 star
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Expert reviews

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Updates to Spark

Mizuno’s love affair with entry level runners resonates in the Spark. It is a highly-functional shoe that offers oodles of comfort, plush cushioning, and a wide mix of color options for a very budget-friendly price. While it understandably does not many accessories, it works as a versatile trainer that can handle 10Ks to long-distance runs.

An AirMesh upper is a signature Mizuno feature that delivers maximum breathability. Recreational or serious runners never fail to appreciate the benefits of a well-ventilated shoe.

Another premium technology in the outsole is the X-10 carbon rubber. Placed in strategic areas, it provides proven durability with just enough traction for runners to feel confident on the road.

Spark size and fit

An average space in the heel to the forefoot summarizes the fit of the Mizuno Spark. This mostly favors a large number of runners. Plus, it has decent width and volume for those who want more room in the forefoot. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Sizing is standard with options 6 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.

Outsole

Like many of the trainers in Mizuno’s fold that is built for entry level runners, the outsole is a full-contact surface for stability and better transitions. There are signature flex grooves for added flexibility. Mizuno uses its patented X-10 carbon rubber in high-wear areas to prolong the shoe’s lifespan.

Midsole

The midsole is very simple as it showcases a large chunk of premium-grade EVA for that plush cushioning. It is a midsole foam that is quite light with decent responsiveness and durability. The substantial foam gives that plush feel for recreational runners to enjoy their runs.

Upper

The renowned AirMesh gives the ultimate breathability in an upper design. This is clearly a good way to entice new runners to make the most of their runs because of the sweat-free and cool ride. As always, there are synthetic overlays that secure the foot and provide structure to the upper. The collar molds very well with the ankle bones and the heel for plush comfort and security.


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