|Weight:||Men: 5.3oz | Women: 5.3oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Heel height:||Men: 15mm | Women: 15mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm|
|Release date:||Feb 2017|
|Type:||Low drop | Minimalist|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
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In motion, grip is excellent but I feel very ‘slap‘ on the concrete. By shortening the stride, lifting cadence and reducing bounce I can protect my feet. Arguably this is good in that the shoe forces you to run more naturally.
- A major redesign was done on the outsole of the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11. Targeting speed and traction, a rubber dot pattern was put in place. While the dots are in charge of the shoe’s increased traction, several flex grooves have also been added underneath the shoe to help with flexibility.
- Another update that was done on the shoe was the sealing of the seams. To help make the shoe more resistant to water, the seams on the air mesh upper were hot sealed into place.
- Focusing on the midsole, the former U4ic lightweight midsole on the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 10 was updated into the U4icX Top Midsole which is also lightweight, but has more cushioning. It is the more pillow-y version of the U4ic, delivering a more responsive underfoot feel upon impact.
- The design of the overlay on the heel also received a makeover. The former heel was minimalistic, showing most of the air mesh upper.
The Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11 comes in standard shoe lengths. Runners should be able to get a pair of these shoes in their usual size preference. The same goes for its width. The Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11 is available in B—medium and D—medium width-measurements. With a medium to narrow heel, a medium to low volume midfoot, and a medium to narrow forefoot, runners need not go up or down a size to get their right fit for the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11.
The outsole of the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11 is the G3 Sole. This outsole offers maximum ground contact. Mizuno describes this technology as a performance outsole. It enhances the traction of the shoe where it is most needed. It also has minimal weight to further enhance the grip, durability, and propulsion.
On the midsole is the U4icX Top Midsole technology. This Mizuno tech is lighter and more responsive compared to its previous version, the U4ic. It also improves the foot’s feeling upon impact. The cushioning is not plush but is enough to protect the foot when landing.
In the heel of the shoe is a piece of technology called the Resin Wave. This wave-shaped layer of hardened resin helps to disperse the shock the foot receives upon impact. This is a helpful layer for heel strikers.
To slightly add to the underfoot cushioning, a standard sock liner was added. This extra piece is flexible and lightweight, and adds a bit of substance to the low-profile midsole.
For breathability and comfort, the upper is made up of a material called air mesh. This material is popularly used on the uppers of today’s running shoes because it offers excellent ventilation. In addition, the permeable characteristic of this material allows it to follow the shape of the foot easily, giving the user a more customized fit.
Several synthetic overlays can be found on the upper of the shoe. These help with different factors such as providing a bit of durability, improving the shoe’s aesthetic, and giving shape and a bit of structure to the upper unit of the shoe.
The upper of this Mizuno running shoe was also wrapped and stitched in a cleatie-like shape before attaching it to the midsole. This technique is known as Slip Lasting. Doing this on the shoe decreases its weight and promotes flexibility even further.
The seams of the air mesh were also hot sealed to help make the shoe more resistant to water.