Facts

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.

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
$169
Weight
Men: 8.8oz
Women: 7.8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 12mm
Women: 12mm

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many runners applauded the average weight and durable construction of the Mizuno Wave Connect 3.
  • It features the X10 Mizuno technology, which gives protection to high wear areas and adds efficient traction.
  • The AP+ mid-sole technology promotes a smooth ride and a plush underfoot feel.
  • The updated version of the Wave Connect features the SR Touch light heel cushioning, which promotes quick energy bounce.
  • Some runners liked the comfortable and protective attributes of the Wave Connect 3.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Wave Connect 3 has an expensive price.
  • There were runners who found the shoe too narrow in the mid-foot area.
  • Some of the testers noted that the outsole rubber wore off easily after a few months.

Bottom line

A combination of cushion and stability is what the Wave Connect 3 from Mizuno offers to runners. The technologies used in this model make it reliable during long and short distance runs. As noted by some runners, this shoe is reliable and efficient.


Rankings


Ratings

4.9 / 5 based on 7 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by RunRepeat • Dan Biagi • Level 2 expert

    A surprisingly light stability shoe which deserves much more popularity. One of the best choices if you are seeking a comfortable and wide shoe.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Connect 3

  • The 3rd rodeo of the Wave Connect 3 offers a more plush and softer cushioning courtesy of the top of the line Mizuno midsole technology in the U4ic. Mizuno’s use of this softer cushioning gives this stability shoe a superb element of softness and comfort.
  • Holding the foot in place gets an upgrade as well. The new heel features more overlays to truly secure the heel from unnecessary movements.
  • Lastly, the mesh is bigger and with wider holes. With one stroke, Mizuno increases the durability and breathability of the upper.

Mizuno Wave Connect 3 size and fit

The Connect line is designed by Mizuno primarily for entry-level runners. As such, the fit and sizing have to be on the spot for these types of runners to enjoy their time on the road. The new version’s fit and sizing are basically the same as that of the previous model. It has ample space in the heel and forefoot without feeling sloppy. The midfoot fit is really snug. In all, this is a fit that most runners will find comfortable. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 6 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

Mizuno’s durable G3-DR rubber is located in areas that take most of the punishment. It also has adequate stickiness for decent traction on a variety of surfaces. The full-contact outsole adds another factor in the shoe’s stability.


Midsole

The midsole is seriously packed with some of Mizuno’s best technologies. First up is the Smooth Ride technology, which is basically the “rockered” formation of the sole to enhance the heel to forefoot movement. A new and lightweight cushioning foam material in the SR TOUCH is placed in the heel for added shock-absorbing qualities. However, the main shock-absorbing features remain to be the task of the Wave Spring, a mechanical thermoplastic material that disperses shock and uses some of the impact for a more dynamic run. The reliable and durable AP+ midsole is also located in this area for cushioning and responsiveness. Finally, the all new U4iC midsole finds a place in the heart of the shoe for a softer and more cushioned ride. While it has the characteristics of the AP+, it is 30% lighter.


Upper

A really breathable AirMesh dominates a good part of the upper. Support and structure come in the form of synthetic overlays. Many of these overlays extend all the way to the heel for enhanced heel security. Step-in comfort continues to be exceptional because of the presence of the Ortholite Sockliner, which also has anti-microbial and moisture-wicking elements.