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  • Terrain
    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
    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $125
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.9oz
    Women: 6.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 9mm
    Women: 9mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 26mm
    Women: 26mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Nov 2016
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Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Dynamotion fit creates a snug, but comfortable feel in the Mizuno Aero 15.
  • It is quite light.
  • Several runners consider the price as bang for the buck.
  • It functions as a race day shoe or as a minimalist trainer.
  • Some reviewers mentioned how smooth their strides were in the 15th edition of the Wave Aero.
  • A handful of runners appreciated the good cushioning, coming from a racing flat.
  • The shoe is distinctly responsive, based on the observations of a small group of runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The latest Mizuno Wave Aero is a bit narrower than the earlier model, according to a few runners.
  • A handful wished for better color combinations.

Bottom line

The Aero 15 offers the most cushioning among all the racing flats in Mizuno’s fold. As such, it can function as a race day shoe or a daily trainer for fast workouts. The versatility of the shoe makes it an attractive option for those who want a multi-purpose shoe without having to spend more. It brings excellent form-fitting fit, superb comfort, decent arch support, and speed. The latest version of this shoe promises to be one of Mizuno’s most popular shoes, as evidenced by its 15th incarnation.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Aero 15

  • The major enhancement of the Mizuno Wave Aero 15 was done in its upper. It comes with a new upper design with a more precise midfoot fit, improving comfort and overall running experience.
  • Due to the changes in the upper design of the shoe, the 15th version of the Mizuno Wave Aero 15 is much lighter compared to its predecessor. It also makes the shoe performs faster for race day.

Mizuno Wave Aero 15 size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the Wave Aero 15 has a standard shoe size. It comes with a precise midfoot fit, providing a snug and anatomical wrap for a more comfortable running experience. Mizuno offers the shoe is standard D width for men and B width for women.


Outsole

Just like its predecessor, the Wave Aero 15 uses the brand’s X10 outsole technology that is designed to deliver a combination of traction at heel strike and durability for longer wear. This works perfectly with the blown rubber material that provides added durability on high impact areas.


Midsole

The shoe features the notable Mizuno Wave Technology that is designed for a smoother and well cushioned ride. The elastic, plastic thermal wave extended from the heel to the midfoot provides a springy ride.

The Smooth Ride technology, a network of gender-specific groves, delivers a rocking-chair like feel for a smoother heel to toe transition.

Lastly, the shoe features the Mizuno U4iC midsole that is strategically placed in the midsole for a stress-free well-cushioned ride. It absorbs shock during impact and releases energy for high rebounds. It is specifically designed for an energized and comfortable run.


Upper

The Mizuno Wave Aero 15 comes with a new upper design. However, it still utilizes the brand’s AIRmesh upper material that provides maximum breathability and comfort. With the Dynamotion Fit, the shoe provides maximum stretchy fit in the forefoot. The shoe wraps the foot anatomically with a precise midfoot fit and the heel collar secures the foot comfortably.