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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.

  • 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
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 9.4oz
    Women: 8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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: 26mm
    Women: 26mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Rob Andro

    Nice shoe, Mizuno. Well done!

  • 84 / 100 | Get Out There Gear

    If you're looking for a shoe with the elusive blend of support and speed, this could very well be the shoe for you.

  • 84 / 100 | Runner's World

    I appreciated most the good balance between responsiveness and a cushioned ride.

  • 83 / 100 | Running Competitor

    If you’re a runner who needs a little bit of stability to aid your gait, this one offers just a smidge without any hinderances.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Catalyst

  • The Mizuno Wave Catalyst features a much lighter and durable cushioning through the U4ic midsole material. It provides enough amount of cushioning and support without affecting its performance.
  • Also, compared to other similar shoe from Mizuno, the Wave Catalyst was designed for high-mileage running. It was equipped with the necessary support and technologies needed for a more responsive running experience.

Mizuno Wave Catalyst size and fit

The shoe has a standard running shoe length. It has a snug heel and midfoot with ample of room in the toe box for natural splay. This kind of fit will be great for those with medium measurements. The widths are the standard D and B for the men’s and women’s, respectively.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the Wave Catalyst uses the brand’s X10 outsole compound. It delivers impressive traction and has durable attributes especially on high wear areas. 

This works hand-in-hand with the blown rubber that optimizes pressure distribution, cushioning and durability for a more responsive ride. 

The same outsole performance is featured in the Catalyst 2 as it uses the same outsole technology for sturdiness and grip. 


Midsole

For maximum shock attenuation, the Wave Catalyst uses the U4ic midsole which is very lightweight. It gives added durability and delivers superior running experience.

The articulated Pebax Fan Wave reduces pronation for runners to experience a more stable and smoother heel strike transition. This works well with brand’s SmoothRide Technology that allows a fluid motion at every stride. It delivers a smoother and rocking-like motion throughout the gait cycle. It also increases flexibility when needed.


Upper

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Catalyst uses Airmesh that is highly breathable for superior feel and comfort. The stitched overlays in the lateral and medial sides hold the foot securely without affecting being too uncomfortable. The DynaMotion Fit in the upper is also a big help to provide an impressive fit. It allows the foot to move naturally for an improved running experience.


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