Arch support
Daily running
M: 295g | W: 240g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Mizuno Elevation is a shoe designed for the comfort and enjoyment of novice or recreational runners.

  • It is a budget-friendly shoe.

  • The durability is decent enough for a shoe of this price range.

  • Most runners love the airy ride of the Elevation.

  • Several of the comments mentioned how nice it looks.

  • The horizontal and vertical flex grooves in the outsole give the shoe excellent flexibility.

  • Some runners have used the Wave Elevation for various distance runs.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The traction is not optimal, particularly on wet surfaces, according to some runners.

  • A few others mentioned that the overlays do not really secure the foot from extra movements.

Bottom line

Mizuno provides basic, but highly-reliable technologies in the Wave Elevation that novice or recreational runners should be able to appreciate each and every stride. On top of these technologies, the plush interior and the substantial padding afford a really cozy ride right out of the box. The shoe has good arch support and durability to make it a very nice investment.

World wide, Wave Elevation is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

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Updates to Wave Elevation

Entry level runners continue to get the love from Mizuno in the form of the Wave Elevation. Mizuno offers a shoe that relies on many of its basic technologies to provide a more than functional and very plush ride. It offers a no-frills and reliable performance right from the get go.

Recreational runners will notice the plush comfort of the shoe upon step-in. The substantial padding in the heel and the tongue is just the start of the cozy feel. Mizuno uses a Removable Insock that delivers excellent next-to-skin feel. It also helps with the security and wraparound fit.

Mizuno’s signature Wave technology is also available in this shoe. Novice runners should get a kick out of this technology as it greatly helps absorb the shock of every impact. The mechanical device in the midsole also facilitates much quicker and more effective transition in the gait cycle.

Wave Elevation size and fit

The Mizuno Elevation has a spacious fit from the heel to the forefoot. Like most trainers built for recreational runners, the roomy interior gives them a plush ride. The fit accommodates those with slightly wider feet with ease. Medium is the offered weight in this shoe. Sizes are spot on in the Elevation. The men’s choices are from 7 to 14 while the women’s are from 4 to 12.


The outsole has an almost flat configuration that displays several horizontal and vertical flex grooves for enhanced flexibility. Covering the outsole is the X-10 carbon rubber for superior durability, moderate traction, and a little cushioning.


The midsole features a compression-molded EVA called the EL8. It is quite light with decent durability and responsiveness. The full-length structure of the midsole moves the runner from landing to takeoff very well. By itself, novice runners can already get what they need most from a midsole foam. Mizuno, however, adds the Wave technology here. This is a mechanical device found around the heel in this shoe to disperse shock and to help make transitions faster.


The near seamless upper uses a very breathable mesh for a well-ventilated run. There are several printed overlays, including the logo, that provide support and structure. The heel is quite pliable as there is only a patch of overlay that is directly connected to the sole that supports the heel. Adding superior breathability to the shoe is a perforated toe protection and a honeycomb tongue. The comfortable ride is made possible by the plush tongue and collar, while the Removable Insock provides a foot-hugging fit and security.


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