Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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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.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 10.4ozWomen: 8.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
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.
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
Updates to Mizuno 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.
Mizuno 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 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.