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Arch support
Daily running
M: 266g | W: 226g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 26mm | W: 26mm
Forefoot height
M: 16mm | W: 16mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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.


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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.


We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The AIRmesh makes up the entire upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Catalyst and it keeps the feet cool & dry.

  • Many reviewers appreciated stretch capability of the upper, as well as the sturdy heel construction.

  • Runners applauded the many different color options for this running shoe.

  • There are a variety of widths for this shoe, including wide and narrow.

  • Its durability is relied upon by many.

  • The cushioning is consistent and the light stability features make it a very appealing shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who felt that the Mizuno Wave Catalyst needed a more prominent stability feature to cradle the underside of the foot.

  • Others noted that it didn’t do a lot in terms of improvement, so the response was mediocre.

  • It has a moderately high price tag.

Bottom line

The Wave Catalyst from Mizuno is one of the go-to running shoes for those who want mild underfoot support, dependable durability and just the right amount of cushioning. It looks cool and it’s meant to enhance the performance of the wearer.

World wide, Wave Catalyst is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

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4.5 / 5 based on 119 ratings

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Expert reviews

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83 / 100 based on 26 expert reviews

  • 88
    Rob AndroLevel 4 expert
    by Rob Andro
    Nice shoe, Mizuno. Well done!
  • 84
    ChrisLevel 1 expert
    by 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
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    I appreciated most the good balance between responsiveness and a cushioned ride.
  • 83
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by 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.
  • 80
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    It has a very firm ride – but not an uncomfortable one.
  • 85
    Brian MetzlerLevel 4 expert
    by Triathlete
    It has a fairly low-to-the-ground design, but it’s still a well-balanced trainer with just enough cushioning and protection for long road runs.
  • 83
    New England Running CompanyLevel 4 expert
    by New England Running Company
    The Catalyst is also perfect for the runner that may have neutral biomechanics but towards the end of a long race, they like the touch of a supportive feel. This new shoe is built to take you those extra miles.
  • 77
    JonathanLevel 4 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    By reducing the offset by 2mm, Mizuno should have been able to produce a shoe lighter than previous versions of the Elixir.
  • 87
    Fleet Feet SportsLevel 3 expert
    by Fleet Feet Sports
    Their voices were heard and Mizuno responded with one of the best uptempo lightweight trainers ever produced.
  • 75
    Gear InstituteLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    These shoes felt great from the heel through the arch, but the toe box is where things got uncomfortable.
  • 86
    RUNsselLevel 2 expert
    by Runssel Blogspot Com
    The Wave Catalyst is somewhat of a multipurpose, everyday training partner.
  • 84
    SeanLevel 2 expert
    by Indepedence Run
    Mizuno serves up a nice mix of stability and lightweight performance in this versatile, new everyday trainer. 
  • 99
    Jesica CockerhamLevel 1 expert
    by Run on Organic
    I was very impressed by how much I enjoyed the stable and lightweight feeling.
  • 93
    Julie BrownLevel 1 expert
    by Busted Wallet
    It promises to be a lightweight fast shoe, best used for casual or serious runners, in both short and mid length distances.
  • 89
    Melanie ClancyLevel 1 expert
    by Active
    But every once in a while, a shoe comes along that unites our predispositions and entices a string of approving nods in our daily editorial meeting.
  • 88
    Michelle the RunnerLevel 1 expert
    by Michelle the Runner
    I got my feet into the Mizuno Wave Catalyst and the first thought was “They nailed it.” 
  • 86
    Sarah GrahamLevel 1 expert
    by Marathon Sports
    The first time I put the shoe on, I immediately felt the lightness I’ve been missing.
  • 85
    Big Peach Running CoLevel 1 expert
    by Big Peach Running Co
    It’s a high performance shoe that’s lightweight making it ideal for those days that you want a little more speed. 
  • 85
    Ivanna MarieLevel 1 expert
    by Petite Heartbeat
    The look of a shoe is very important to me and this one has the looks and function that I need.
  • 84
    Chris McClungLevel 1 expert
    by The Rundown
    The stability is relatively subtle however, so the shoe also works well for any neutral runner (like myself) that might be looking for something a little bit more responsive and less flexible than the Sayonara.
  • 81
    JenLevel 1 expert
    by Mizuno USA
    I just go by what feels good on my feet and on the road. And these shoes feel amazing. 
  • 81
    AndyLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's Corner
    The shoe felt very light, and comfortable with a decent amount of stability.
  • 77
    Kelly BartenLevel 1 expert
    by Run Oregon
    Heading out for my run, my first thought was that the shoes were a little stiff right out of the box, so I could hear my feet slapping as I ran.
  • 72
    whitneyLevel 1 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The shoe's midsole is my favorite part of the shoe--it has great fit and comfort through the heel and midfoot--which is of great benefit to heel strikers and mild pronators.
  • 71
    Alex HeltonLevel 1 expert
    by Power Clean Eats
    The stability gave me tons of issues while standing in them and running in them.
  • 65
    ElizabethLevel 1 expert
    by Elizabeth
    By the time I hit mile 6, I was ready to take the shoes off. 
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  • Gregory Phidippides TV
    Hopefully, you would be a fan, if not disappointed, in the fact that it continues to be a lighter weight shoe with a moderate degree of support.
  • Running Hub India
    The Wave Catalyst offers a perfect balance of weight and support for the runner. The shoe has a strong midsole, which increases its durability.
  • Sunshine Shop Zappos
    This sneaker is really great for the overpronator who is looking for a lightweight yet flexible response. It's really great for running on the road.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Utilizing a Fan Wave for structural guidance and a U4ic midsole for a responsive ride, the Catalyst reintroduces performance support.
  • Nathanial Friedman Mile Split
    We're talking about a lightweight support shoe. Now, they're reintroducing some stability back into the lightweight line from Mizuno.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    You have an extremely lightweight midsole that's gonna give you plenty of shock absorption and comfort with every single stride you take.

Updates to 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.

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.


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.


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.


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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