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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

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
$150
Weight
Men: 10.9oz
Women: 8.8oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 253 ratings

5 star
65%
4 star
21%
3 star
7%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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81 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Rob Andro • Rob Andro • Level 4 expert

    This shoe is very different from past Mizuno shoes and it's a really nice update for them, one that you're really gonna like.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The foam under that plate is softer than ever, nearly maxing out the cushioning scores.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The upper is also new, a well-padded mesh (particularly around the ankle) with supportive overlays in the midfoot and an open toebox.

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    Both running shoes are good for heavier runners who can deal with such stiffness or for runners who prefer such stiffness in running shoes.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    If you run in Mizuno’s and love the wave plate technology, I think you’ll enjoy the added comfort of this shoe.

  • 86 / 100 by Heavy • Kate Halse • Level 4 expert

    The result? A very comfortable and pleasant ride, whether you’re running longer distances or just want a well-rounded shoe to facilitate shorter runs.

  • 85 / 100 by Competitor Running • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    The traditional high heel-toe offset felt awkwardly old-school.

  • 84 / 100 by Run Haven • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    The neutral Enigma 5 is cushy without feeling sloppy and it features an improved upper fit to limit the amount of lateral stress and outsole material. 

  • 80 / 100 by Endurance Magazine • Mwangi Gitahi • Level 3 expert

    The Wave Enigma 5 is designed for high mileage runners or runners who simply desire extra cushioning.

  • 75 / 100 by Outside Online • Outside Online • Level 3 expert

    While it’s by no means a slow shoe, you’ll want something else for sprint days. 

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kelly Shelton • Level 3 expert

    The Wave Enigma 5 is a highly cushioned, neutral trainer, designed for high mileage and daily training. On first glance, these were already ranking higher than the last ones, purely on looks alone.

  • 65 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas/Meaghan • Level 3 expert

    Two words I would not associate with the Enigma 5 are light and soft, so you can understand my disappointment when they arrived shortly after a box of feathers and a pillow.

  • 82 / 100 by Suzlyfe • Suzlyfe • Level 2 expert

    But if you are looking for a neutral footbed, a sturdy shoe that is somewhat firm but medium cushion, an accommodating but not overly roomy footbed, and a shoe that can take as many or few miles as you wish to throw at it, I say to give the Enigmas a go and discover how the Miles Change you. 

  • 82 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Australia • The Athlete's Foot Australia • Level 2 expert

    Mizuno’s premium neutral training shoe has undergone some big changes this season, making it the smoothest and most luxurious Enigma yet!

  • 80 / 100 by Active • Active • Level 2 expert

    We recommend this shoe for every feet, as the box isn't quite as wide as we would have preffered.

  • 90 / 100 by Run Haven • Laura • Level 1 expert

    They provide just the right amount of cushioning without making you feel like you’re sinking into the ground every time you plant your feet.

  • 86 / 100 by Kiss the Runner • KyannaSimone • Level 1 expert

    Overall these sneakers are pretty much perfect for anything. 

  • 85 / 100 by The Pundits • Will von Fronemhein • Level 1 expert

    These shoes emphasize essential running gear, engineered to provide the user with as much comfort and stability as running technology can provide.

  • 83 / 100 by Flowers Croon • Jindy • Level 1 expert

    I absolutely recommend these shoes for any neutral runner or walker and anyone looking for a comfortable shoe to take them through their busy day at work. 

  • 80 / 100 by The Daily Caller • Jack Kocsis • Level 1 expert

    Many reviews comment on how well-built the Enigma is, with its new midsole cushioning and premium sock liner as well as maximum shock attenuation.

  • 78 / 100 by Run.Stuff. • Choy • Level 1 expert

    They felt sloppy and flopped at the faster paces, but felt right at home at my long run pace (8:00 /mile).

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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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.