Verdict from 44 user reviews

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.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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 of this affordable running shoe 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. This outsole material is also present in the popular Mizuno Creation 20

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.

How Wave Elevation compares

This shoe: 59
All shoes average: 81
54 93
This shoe: $90
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 10.4oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 15.4oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
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.