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.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.9oz | Women: 6.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 9mm | Women: 9mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm
Forefoot height: Men: 17mm | Women: 17mm
Release date: Nov 2016
Brand: Mizuno
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $125
Colorways: Blue, Green, Orange, White
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See more facts

  • 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.

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. Just like the Wave Creation 20 running shoe, the Aero 15 is available in standard D width for men and B width for women.

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.

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.

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.


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.