7 Best Mizuno Running Shoes, 60+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Mizuno Running Shoes, 60+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Mizuno has always been known for its durable, long-distance running shoes. But because we know that different runners need different shoes, we’ve selected some of the best choices from different categories. 

Whether it’s for flat feet, premium cushioning, or just the best Mizuno shoe overall, we’ve got our top picks ready for you. To ensure we only give you the best, we have tested nearly 70 Mizuno running models.

How we test running shoes

Because we’re geeks over everything running shoes, we’ve tested tens of Mizuno shoes to pick the greatest. And to do so, we have done the following: 

  • We pay for the shoes with our own money for transparency. 
  • For each shoe, we run at least 30-50 miles in varying conditions. 
  • They then get cut into pieces, so we can measure them with 30+ parameters like softness, breathability, durability, and more. 

Through our own system, we gather multiple expert and user reviews to come up with a CoreScore (from 0-100), which is integral in the shoe’s ranking. 

Best Mizuno running shoes overall

Mizuno Wave Rider 25
Mizuno Wave Rider 25

CoreScore

91
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 5,460 users
92 / 100 from 14 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Stable for pronators
  • Grippy
  • Durable

Cons

  • Too much drop
  • Tall heel
  • Heel slip

Verdict

Now on its 25th version, the Mizuno Wave Rider continues to win over runners. And after miles in it, it’s won our hearts and feet too! 

We’ve always loved the Wave Rider series, but if there’s a king among all the iterations we’ve tried, it’s clearly the Wave Rider 25. Not only is it lighter, but it’s also much peppier. 

Even more, it’s also more comfortable. The upper is soft and breathable, and the midsole is well-cushioned. It may not be the “plush” type of foam, but it has enough give to keep the feet happy. 

In our lab tests, we have gathered that this shoe only takes 24.8N force to flex. The average shoes require 37.5N. What does this mean? It will allow your feet to move as freely as possible. 

At 9.5 oz, it’s not the lightest daily trainer. But with all the stack it has (38.4mm), we were more than impressed! It doesn’t tip the scales, and it surely doesn’t feel heavy on the run. 

Like a true Mizuno, it’s built like a tank! The outsole is 81HC tough (80HC average), we expect it to rake 500 miles before retiring. 

If you’re new to running, or have been a long-time runner looking for that classic feel, nothing does it better than the Mizuno Wave Rider 25.

Mizuno Wave Rider 25 full review

Best Mizuno running shoes for flat feet

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17
Mizuno Wave Inspire 17

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 4,348 users
90 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Perfect fit
  • Impressive lockdown
  • Moderate stability
  • Great for faster runs
  • Cushioned ride
  • No break-in needed
  • Really breathable
  • Good grip
  • Durable

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Limited color options

Verdict

Looking for a stability workhorse? We just can’t recommend the Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 enough. 

The Wave Inspire has got support written all over it. The upper is very secure, we had NO issues with slips. But what really took our breath away was how good it felt. Unlike other stability shoes in our arsenal, it’s not the rigid type. 

It’s got a very balanced cushion that has enough stiffness to keep the feet’s motions in check, while having some give for a comfortable sensation. Ultimately, it’s been one of THE most comfortable support shoes we’ve ever put on! 

Whether you’re running easy, or tempo, or just clocking up miles, this shoe has got you covered. It’s feet-friendly for both slow and long runs, and when you pick up the pace, it shows some serious pep. And to be completely honest, we weren’t expecting it to go fast. 

At 11 oz, it’s one heft of a shoe! But because of its lively ride, we totally forgot about the load. 

Durability? This shoe is made for that. Hello? It's a Mizuno. What else can you expect? After 30 miles in it, the midsole remained bouncy, and the outsole almost untouched. 

Speaking of the outsole, it makes stability out of this world! On grass, dirt, gravel, and asphalt, it gripped like claws!

Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 full review

Best Mizuno road running shoes

Mizuno Wave Horizon 5
Mizuno Wave Horizon 5

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 307 users
84 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Outstanding stability
  • Comfortable out of the box
  • Well-cushioned
  • Supportive upper
  • Durable
  • Reliable traction

Cons

  • Not for narrow feet
  • Thick upper

Verdict

As long as you prefer a stiffer ride over speed, or you're a heel striker, then you won't go wrong with the Mizuno Rider 24. It's a neutral daily trainer that, for us, stood out in the traction arena. We had ZERO issues with grip on surfaces like wet pavement, light trails, gravel paths, grass, and asphalt. Sure, it's got some bounce, but it's not springy enough to be a true speed trainer.
Mizuno Wave Horizon 5 full review

Best Mizuno neutral running shoes

Mizuno Wave Rebellion
Mizuno Wave Rebellion

CoreScore

83
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 97 users
82 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Delivers a stable ride
  • Ample support
  • Light
  • Durable
  • Excellent midfoot fit
  • Breathable
  • Sufficient cushioning
  • Reliable traction

Cons

  • Sloppy fit
  • Stiff and firm
  • Lace bite issues
  • Rigid heel counter

Verdict

The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is a speed trainer that shines in short, fast-paced efforts. And if it's a highly stable tempo shoe you're after, this is THE shoe. Because of its soft heel, experts find it more suitable for heel strikers. The Rebellion is pitted against the Saucony Endorphin Speed 2. But because of its ill-fitting upper, it pales in comparison.
Mizuno Wave Rebellion full review

Mizuno running shoes with best cushioning

Mizuno Wave Sky 5
Mizuno Wave Sky 5

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 485 users
89 / 100 from 12 experts

Pros

  • Well-cushioned
  • Stable
  • Protective
  • Responsive
  • Essential for easy days
  • Snug fit
  • Smooth and plush upper
  • Secure fit
  • Ample support
  • Durable outsole
  • Attractive

Cons

  • Lacks breathability
  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Limited toe splay

Verdict

If there’s one thing that makes the Mizuno Wave Sky 5 a standout, it’s the ride. It’s so soft and feet-pampering, we didn’t want to take it off! 

And that’s not the only reason why it tops this category. It’s also very stable, responsive, and protective, making it the best of the best when it comes to cushioning! For one shoe, it packs so much goodness. 

The upper is also one of the features that makes the Wave Sky an exceptional shoe. It’s very snug and form-fitting, it does one heck of a job at keeping the feet free from slips. 

Add in the gusseted tongue and impressive lacing system, your feet can’t get more secure than this! 

Through our test runs, we were able to log 25 miles in this shoe. And we weren’t even surprised that the outsole remained unscathed. Mizuno, throughout the years, has always proven itself supreme in the durability department, and in the Wave Sky, it remains the case. 

To seal the deal, all of these perks are packed in one stunning shoe. Seriously, the Mizuno Wave Sky 5 is quite a looker. It’s very stylish, but it’s not the kind that’s loud or flashy.

Mizuno Wave Sky 5 full review

Best value Mizuno running shoes

Mizuno Wave Rider 24
Mizuno Wave Rider 24

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 11,333 users
88 / 100 from 22 experts

Pros

  • Responsive
  • Cushioned & springy heel
  • Breathable
  • Great colors
  • Excellent grip
  • Wide toe box
  • Stiff
  • True to size
  • Perfect foot lock

Cons

  • Questionable durability
  • For heel strikers only
  • Heel drop too high
  • Not for tempo runs

Verdict

Despite being heavy, users find several good things about the shoe - it has a nice-looking design, feels comfortable and durable. The Enerzy midsole offers a soft and bouncy underfoot feel while the rubber outsole delivers durability and traction on various paved surfaces. The Wave Sky Neo will satisfy runners who are looking for superb cushioning and high energy return. Those who need a more stable and supportive daily trainer may consider other models like the original Mizuno Wave Sky and Hoka One One Bondi. These running shoes are highly-cushioned and focus more on stability and support.
Mizuno Wave Rider 24 full review
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.