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Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$75
Weight
Men: 9.9oz
Women: 8.6oz
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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 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A handful of runners really liked the soft and plush interior of the Synchro MD.
  • It is very affordable.
  • The cushioning is very good for all day wear, based on some reviews.
  • It is exceptionally breathable, according to a few runners.
  • The shoe is a solid option for gym training, noted a couple of users.
  • There are 4 really nice color options.
  • A small number of users have noticed that it is quite light.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It lacks even mild stability as advertised, according to a handful of comments.
  • The traction is not good because of the hard rubber, based on a few observations.

Bottom line

The Synchro MD is an entry-level type of running shoe that Mizuno also designed for some gym activities. It offers a Spartan-like design where accessories are concerned, but offers tons of comfort, decent arch support, moderate cushioning, excellent breathability, and surprisingly very nice color options. As the shoe is very wallet-friendly, it should be a good choice for recreational joggers, middle of the pack runners, or those looking to take it easy on recovery days.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 6 ratings

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Updates to Mizuno Synchro MD

  • Mizuno builds the Synchro series on a midsole design that offers guidance, cushioning, and effortless movement through the gait cycle. In the Synchro MD, the midsole is a wedge of slightly dense foam in the heel to the midfoot on the lateral side while the rest is made of the U4aicX for a softer and more responsive feel.
  • A very breathable AirMesh covers a large part of the upper to ensure a sweat-free and cool run. The mesh is just part of the DynamotionFit upper that frames the foot in support and comfort.
  • The Synchro MD outsole features the most durable rubber compound in Mizuno’s fold for maximum resistance against wear and tear.

Mizuno Synchro MD size and fit

The fit of the Synchro MD befits a shoe that is built for comfort during daily trainings. It holds the heel and the midfoot in place without being constrictive. The forefoot has a bit of extra room for those with flat, inflexible, or slightly wider feet to be comfortable. Runners with different types of feet should be able to get the most out of the shoe. The sizing is standard in this shoe as well.


Outsole

The outsole is typical of a Mizuno road shoe. It is quite thick with X10 rubber for abrasion resistance in the heel and other parts while the rest is made of blown rubber for better traction. There are flex grooves in the forefoot to enhance flexibility. A deep cut running from the heel to the forefoot helps with flexibility and smoothes the transition from landing to take-off.


Midsole

The midsole of the Synchro MD is occupied mainly by the U4icX foam, which has above average responsiveness and cushioning. Making the run more stable is a small wedge of stiff EVA from the heel to the midfoot.


Upper

Mizuno’s DynamotionFit technology is at work in the upper of the Synchro MD. The whole upper works with the foot to provide a glove-like feel. An AirMesh with moderate-sized holes all over guarantee a very cool run. There are several stitched overlays, including the huge Mizuno logo, around the midfoot to secure the foot and provide support. Both the tongue and collar are well-padded for more comfort. A removable and plush insole adds comfort and cushioning.