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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WeightMen: 10.8ozWomen: 8.4oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 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.
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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95 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
A high-mileage trainer for intermediate runners.
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!
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
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. This material can also be seen in the Enigma 6 and Rider 22 running shoe.
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.
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.