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.
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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.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 10.1ozWomen: 8.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 30mmWomen: 30mm
Forefoot heightMen: 20mmWomen: 20mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Updates to Mizuno Wave Crusader 9
- The upper unit of the 9th version of the Mizuno Wave Crusader features a mesh material that is highly breathable and supportive. It wraps the foot snugly, but securely while keeping it dry and cool as each running activity is taking place.
- Stitched-on overlays are placed on top of the mesh material. They maintain the structure of the upper unit and they keep it intact. They also help the material to hug the foot snugly yet securely.
- The midsole unit makes use of cushioning systems that responsibly support the foot and keep it comfortable at all times. These platform technologies give a bit of bounce to each step, as well as protection from shock and impact.
- The outsole layer features a thick compound that delivers durable protection against wear and tearing. It doesn’t peel off easily nor does it succumb to abrasion, so it keeps the sole unit protected from damage. It also delivers responsible traction over the roads.
Mizuno Wave Crusader 9 size and fit
The Mizuno Wave Crusader 9 is true to its size. It’s available in standard sizes that are consistent with the preferences of runners. The heel and mid-foot sections have a medium width, though the forefoot area is wider in order to allow the toes to spread naturally.
The X10 outsole compound, which is also used in the Mizuno Prophecy 8, is a very durable layer of protection for the sole unit. Made from carbon rubber, it delivers persistent shielding against wear and abrasion. It’s also capable of providing traction that’s reliable and consistent. Now, each road traversal is more precise because of the responsive and responsible outsole unit.
The midsole unit makes use of a molded EVA foam that runs through the entire length of the shoe. It’s a durable cushioning system that carries the foot well and gives it protection from impact when landing the foot on the ground. It also has an adequate thickness that caters to the needs of neutral runners.
The Wave technology is a component that runs from the heel to the mid-foot area. It is capable of protecting the foot from impact shock during heel strikes, so each foot landing is much smoother and more protected than ever.
The mesh material of this running shoe has an open construction that delivers breathable and comfortable coverage. The holes in this fabric allow air to constantly enter the shoe and keep the foot dry and cool.
The overlay system of this model is stitched onto the upper unit. They assist in keeping the fit more constant. Directly connected to the lacing system, these overlays manipulate the upper fabric to follow each adjustment made to the shoelaces, thus making the fit more customizable.
The collar and tongue are lightly padded, so they’re able to assist in securing the foot and locking it in place. It’s an effective means of preventing accidental shoe removals.
The insole that’s added on top of the mid-sole unit has some cushioning. It supports the underside of the foot and renders the overall ride smoother and more comfortable.