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  • Terrain


    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    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.

    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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.9oz
    Women: 8.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The breathable upper mesh were noted in some reviews since it offers high levels of ventilation for the foot.
  • The Ortholite sock liner prevents moisture and maintains a bacteria-free inner environment.
  • It uses the Mizuno U4ic technology for maximum shock attenuation and a responsive ride.
  • The mid-sole unit features mechanisms that give extra underfoot support for better performance.
  • A gender-specific Smooth Ride technology makes each step more fluid and agreeable.
  • A few runners took note of the shoe’s reliable traction while running on the road.
  • Available in several color options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is expensive.
  • According to some reviews, the sole unit wears off quickly.
  • Some runners noticed that the shoe runs small.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 was designed for high mileage runners. It is a neutral running shoe that gives plenty of cushioning for longer and more efficient performance. Many runners liked the shoe because of its durability and responsiveness.


Expert Reviews

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Enigma 5

  • The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 features an improved midsole. This version offers maximum cushioning for a more responsive yet soft underfoot feel. It also features maximum shock attenuation for a more lively and resilient ride.
  • The 5th version of the Wave Enigma also comes with a new forefoot outsole pattern that has deep flex grooves for maximum blend of flexibility and propulsion during toe-offs.

Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 size and fit

The sizing of the Enigma 5 is the same with the previous version. It comes in a regular running shoe length. This shoe gives an impressive and comfortable fit to those with regular foot shapes and measurements. Mizuno is offering the shoe under the standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s.


The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 uses the brand’s X10 outsole technology. It is a reliable carbon rubber that gives added durability for longevity in high wear areas. This also delivers traction during heel strike.


The U4icX, an improved version of the Mizuno’s U4ic Technology, was strategically placed in the forefoot and heel area for additional cushioning to achieve a responsive, pillow-like underfoot feel. It matches well to the old U4ic technology that provides durability, maximum shock absorption and resilient ride. The Enigma 5 uses the SmoothRide Engineering of Mizuno that encourages foot natural movement for a comfortable rocking-chair motion. It increases flexibility and delivers a more powerful toe-off. The Mizuno Wave technology distributes impact forces to a larger area for a more efficient and responsive ride. Its performance was improved through the extended wave plate in the shoe’s midfoot for improved torsional firmness between the forefoot and the heel.


The upper of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 uses an open mesh material to provide maximum comfort and breathability. This works perfectly with brand’s DynaMotion Fit that gives an impressive comfortable fit to runners. As the foot moves, the upper moves together with the foot, freely and comfortably. The flexible material reduces the risk of blisters.