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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: 10.8oz
Women: 8.4oz
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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 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • That the Mizuno Enigma 4 is a superbly comfortable shoe is a common denominator in many reviews.
  • The 4th version of the enigma runs lighter than its weight indicates, according to several comments.
  • The cushioning is plush.
  • There is a very nice rolling motion through the gait cycle, noted a few runners.
  • Mizuno’s Dynamotion Fit helps hold the foot in place without hindering the runner’s natural movement.
  • A breathable mesh ensures a cool and sweat-free run.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The price point is too much for quite a number of runners.
  • It is a bit stiff for some.
  • The 12mm heel offset lessens the stability of the shoe as observed by a handful.

Bottom line

The Wave Enigma 4 is Mizuno’s answer to a relatively lightweight trainer that can slog through miles of daily running. It has more than enough arch support for long runs with a very smooth transition from landing to take off.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 40 ratings

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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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95 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    A high-mileage trainer for intermediate runners.

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

    To be perfectly frank, I’m having a hard time remaining professional in my description of the Wave Enigma, because I am in love with this shoe!

  • 96 / 100 by Running Village • Running Village • Level 3 expert

    It combines top-notch technology in cushion, durability and flexibility, which supports the natural flow of foot movements and combats forceful impacts, thus, creating a comfortable and safe experience for all types of runners.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Enigma 4

  • Mizuno introduces only a few changes in the 4th edition of the Enigma. The most noticeable change is the removal of the other overlays, relying instead on the Runbird logo to help secure the midfoot.
  • The ankle collar has been lowered just a tad to secure the heel in a very comfortable way. Mizuno made the flex grooves a little bigger and deeper in this version to enhance flexibility.

Mizuno Wave Enigma 4 size and fit

The Enigma 4 has a fit that is clearly very similar to the previous model. It has a nice wraparound feel in the heel and the midfoot while the forefoot has decent room for the toes to splay. Runners with medium to slightly wider feet should be very comfortable with this kind of fit. Medium to extra wide in the women’s and men’s models are available. The sizing is standard in this shoe


Outsole

The outsole is a trademark of Mizuno road shoes. Runners should be very familiar with the horseshoe segmented heel that is covered by X10 rubber compound for added traction and durability. Most of the midfoot and forefoot are a blend of a softer rubber and the X10. There are flex grooves in the outsole for better flexibility.


Midsole

The iconic Wave, which is made of thermoplastic material, continues to be a major factor in the midsole construction of the Enigma’s 4th version. It is located in the heel and the forefoot. On top of the Wave plates is the U4ic midsole, which is about 30% lighter than Mizuno’s own AP+ foam. The U4ic foam gives the shoe a firm ride and works with the Wave technology to deliver that smooth movement from the heel to the forefoot. Added cushioning in the heel is provided by the SR Touch foam. The breathability of the shoe is excellent because there are ventilation ports in different parts of the sole.


Upper

The simplified upper consists of a breathable mesh that guarantees a cool run while the Mizuno logo serves as the main overlay that helps with the midfoot security. The ankle collar has been lowered a bit to hold the heel in place and remains to be very well-padded like the tongue. This upper construction is called the Dynamotion Fit and helps provide an almost sock-like feel.