9 users: 4 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.2oz / Women 8.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 12mm / Women 12mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 8.2 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • 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.

2 reasons not to buy

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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.

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 X10 carbon rubber in high-wear areas to prolong the shoe’s lifespan. The X10 rubber is also used in some popular shoes like the Mizuno Wave Rider 22.

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.

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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How Spark compares

This shoe: 68
All shoes average: 86
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This shoe: $80
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 10.2oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
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.