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  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 11.3oz
    Women: 8.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm

    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
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
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Expert Reviews

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92 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 | Runner's World

    Our testers deemed the Ascend 8 as a "go anywhere" shoe: well-padded, highly flexible, supportive and ventilated.

  • 100 / 100 | Journaling Journals

    Love my Mizuno's! This is my second pair! These fit great and are true to size, neutral shoe.

  • 90 / 100 | Hub Pages

    Whilst the Wave Ascend 8's sole appears bulky and aggressive: The upper is much more minimal and streamlined.

  • 88 / 100 | Runner's World

    The shoe seemed very durable for a lightweight shoe. I run very technical trails and am a fairly heavy runner so I'm hard on shoes. It's held up well on the rocks that I run.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Ascend 8

  • The Mizuno Wave Ascend 8 comes with an updated upper, featuring the x-shaped overlays that deliver lateral support and control. It also comes with a new asymmetrical lacing system that enhances fit without affecting the overall comfort.
  • The midsole was also updated, improving the cushioning of the shoe to deliver a more responsive and resilient ride. The midsole material is a lot lighter as compared to the previous version.
  • The 8th version of the Wave Ascend also comes with an updated x-shaped outsole lugs that enhances traction for varied terrains.

Mizuno Wave Ascend 8 size and fit

Mizuno improves the fit of the previous version. It is comfortably snug from the heel to the forefoot. The Wave Ascend 8 is available in a half size larger than the usual running shoe length. As long as the right size is availed, runners with medium to narrow feet will find the fit very comfortable.


The shoe uses the Active X Outsole that features the X-shaped lugs for multi-directional traction and enhanced grip on wet surfaces and varied trail surfaces.

The X10 technology was also extended from the heel to the forefoot to deliver an enhanced traction. The carbon rubber is highly reliable and adds longevity to high wear areas.


The updated AP+ Midsole from the previous version delivers a lighter and durable cushioning. It has high energy rebound capacity for a more resilient and responsive ride.

The Wave Ascend 8 uses the Mizuno’s SmoothRide Engineering that promotes foot natural movement for a comfortable rocking-chair motion. It increases flexibility and delivers a more powerful toe-off for an enhanced running experience.


The Mizuno Wave Ascend 8 features the asymmetrical lacing system that follows the natural shape of the foot for a more comfortable and enhanced fit. This works perfectly with the Active X design that delivers lateral support and snug fit.

The brand’s DynaMotion Fit engineering gives an impressive comfortable fit to runners. As the foot moves, the upper moves together with the foot, freely and comfortably. The flexible material reduces the risk of blisters.