We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • One reviewer wrote that the minimalist design of the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11 favored well for him.
  • Several reviewers appreciated the mesh upper because of its sock-like fit.
  • The shoes still fit wonderfully even on wider feet, according to some testers.
  • Because of its minimalist and straightforward design, serious runners noted that they were able to feel the ground while they had the shoes on.
  • A reviewer observed that the shoe was able to allow him to run more naturally.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11 is a shoe designed for one specific purpose – to be a racing flat – so it’s not as versatile in terms of functionality, says one reviewer.
  • Some testers weren’t very glad at the limited style and colorways available for the shoe.
  • One tester accounted that the Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11 did not accommodate his heel and ankle properly.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11 is an uncomplicated racing flat, focused on delivering a high level of performance for serious road runners. This neutral road running shoe is built for events such as 5k and 10k road and track runs. It’s minimalist in design and construction, so runners are given the opportunity to feel the ground, and be fast and light on their feet during race day.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 5.3oz | Women: 5.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 15mm | Women: 15mm
Forefoot height: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Release date: Feb 2017
Brand: Mizuno
Type: Low drop | Minimalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Orange
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75 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | Race Brunch Repeat | | Level 1 expert

    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.

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  • 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.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.