Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$115
Weight
M: 145g | W: 145g
Heel to toe drop
M: 5mm | W: 5mm
Heel height
M: 15mm | W: 20mm
Forefoot height
M: 10mm | W: 15mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit has breathable coverage through the AIRmesh material.

  • The Slip Last is a construction mechanic in the upper which utilizes wrapping and stitching to the mid-sole unit, offering flexibility and lesser weight.

  • The U4ic is a mid-sole material that’s lightweight and resilient when it comes to flexible support and shock absorption.

  • A hardened Wave unit made of resin is placed in the heel area that offers shock dispersion.

  • The G3 Sole is a rubber material that’s lightweight and responsive, providing flexible support and traction.

  • The 10th version of the Ekiden is a very lightweight running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners thought that it needed a bit more cushioning to adequately carry the foot.

  • Others felt that due to its minimalist design, this shoe wasn’t meant for those who want to tackle long-distance races.

  • A few noted that it was half-a-size smaller than what they were used to.

Bottom line

The Wave Ekiden 10 from Mizuno is a popular running shoe that offers minimal underfoot support, which is a great detail for minimalist runners. Its near-barefoot construction makes it an ideal option for close-to-the-ground running.



World wide, Wave Ekiden 10 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 7th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 987 shoes


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 38 ratings

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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82 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 82
    Yuyi LimLevel 2 expert
    by Run Society
    Though extremely light, weighing just 131 g, these performance shoes are designed to last and power wearers through those long distance races. 
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  • Running Hub India
    The Mizuno Wave Ekiden [10] is best suited for race day. The Resin Wave in the heel gives a good grip to the runner, allowing him to run faster.
  • Sunshine Shop Zappos
    What we have right here is a neutral racing flat that features lightweight, breathable mesh, synthetic suede leathers, and synthetic uppers. There are subtle, hardy materials that actually lock the foot down for a more secure race-day fit.

Updates to Wave Ekiden 10

The differences between the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10 and the previous Ekiden 9 aren’t very obvious. But the updates to most Mizuno shoes involve the use of more robust materials and components. For this new version, a more consistent and full-bodied mesh construction has been utilized. It definitely looks stronger and more durable than the previous version.

This running shoe makes use of more stitching and layered overlays, but they ultimately help the upper unit when it comes to retaining its structure and integrity. They don’t inhibit the flexibility of the upper fabrics & components.

Reflectivity is still part of the overall look of the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10, but it’s utilized in a much neater way for this model. The Ekiden 9 used some sort of reflective film to coat the highlighted areas, but it ultimately made the upper look oily. Now, the reflective coating is used in a more consistent and non-distracting way.

The sole unit was designed for those who want a flatter platform for even balance between the heel and the forefoot areas. Its low-profile height brings a close-to-the-ground running experience that’s still well-cushioned and supported.

Wave Ekiden 10 size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10 has a regular running shoe length. It comes in a variety of sizes that adhere to the standard measurements of shoes. It also has a unisex design, so the consistent form allows men and women to wear it without any concern. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections have a medium width.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10 makes use of the G3 Sole, which is a set of dots that pattern the surface of this outer layer. These lightweight rubber dots offer grip on the asphalt, thus giving more traction when it is needed.

The outsole unit features flex grooves in the forefoot section. These cuts in the sole unit allow the runner to move naturally, making each toe-off more responsive and explosive as it doesn’t restrict the motion of the foot.

Midsole

The U4ic is the proprietary mid-sole unit of Mizuno. It’s made from high quality materials that don’t have too much weight. This foam material is able to absorb impact shock and resilience to the ride. It’s durable, as well, so it doesn’t break down or lose structure easily.

The Resin Wave in the heel area was made from hardened resin. It’s an additional layer at the rear of the shoe, which dissipates shock when landing the foot on the ground. It’s a helpful layer of protection for heel strikers.

Upper

The AIRmesh is the main upper fabric of the Ekiden 10. It is lightweight, responsive and it delivers breathable coverage for a dryer and cooler experience. It constantly encourages air to circulate inside the shoe for a more comfortable run.

The overlay system is made up of additional layers that are stitched onto the upper fabric. They do not affect the weight of the shoe as it remains lightweight. Their purpose is to help the upper unit hold the foot in place for a more secure wrap. They are placed on the sides and the heel.

A Standard Sock Liner has been added to slightly increase the underfoot cushioning. It’s comfortable and flexible, giving a bit more substance to the otherwise low-profile mid-sole.


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