Arch support
Daily running
M: 337g | W: 266g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 32mm | W: 32mm
Forefoot height
M: 20mm | W: 20mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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.

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.


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.


We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Several testers noted that the upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 6 felt like a glove that’s responsive and flexible.

  • Based on several reviews, this shoe’s façade was visually endearing.

  • A runner detailed that the upper was roomy enough to let the foot relax.

  • Many consumers have used the word ‘comfortable’ to describe their running sessions while wearing this shoe.

  • It was satisfactorily lightweight, stated a number of runners.

  • The underfoot platform felt nicely cushioned, according to an expert reviewer.

  • A commenter described the mid-sole unit of this model as outstanding.

  • A person was able to test this shoe on the trails, and they wrote that even though it wasn’t technically a shoe for the trails, it was able to support their feet throughout the experience.

7 reasons not to buy

  • The color schemes of the Wave Enigma 6 weren’t too eye-catching, a runner commented.

  • Several testers felt that the price of this model was expensive.

  • The cushioning system’s heel section wasn’t very efficient for a consumer; for them, it felt lacking.

  • An expert reviewer reported that the Wave plate in the sole unit felt stiff.

  • The platform’s heel elevation seemed to bother a tester because he felt that it caused some discomfort to his knees.

  • The toe box seemed to be narrower than the previous model, a purchaser reported.

  • Those with wider foot-dimensions lamented the lack of different width options.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 6 aptly provided comfort and support to a majority of those who have tried it. They said that it was a solid option for neutral runners who want to have a durable and efficient running companion on the roads. For them, it didn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable. On the other hand, it didn’t turn out to be the go-to shoe for several consumers because they felt that it was too expensive and that some of its mid-sole components weren’t up to the task.

World wide, Wave Enigma 6 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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76 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 80
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    Despite the fact that the Enigma has the thickest and least flexible sole of any shoe in this guide, wear-testers really responded to its ride. They gave it higher scores for cushioning and comfort than the previous version.
  • 79
    Jeremy KrallLevel 4 expert
    by Running Northwest
    I can’t say the shoe blew my mind with all these new features or design changes, it was simply a really solid run. Yes they were comfortable, my feet were happy, and I never noticed a lot of major problems.
  • 82
    HollieLevel 3 expert
    by Fueled by LOLz
    The ride is soft, light weight and cushioned.  I prefer the extra cushion in the front of the shoe and there is significantly more cushion in the forefront.
  • 82
    Running Product ReviewsLevel 3 expert
    by Running Product Reviews
    Enigma fans can rest assured that this is still their shoe. And those unfamiliar with it but looking for a plush road cruiser should give the Enigma 6 a tryout.
  • 50
    Jim CoulsonLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    For a shoe that comes with a $150 price I think that I would want a shoe to deliver on what is expected. While the Enigma is not a bad shoe it is just not the shoe that runners are expecting which could potentially leave many disappointed.
  • 80
    Best 10 For EverythingLevel 2 expert
    by Best 10 For Everything
    The Wave Enigma 6 is perfect for a neutral runner looking for a very soft premium and responsive ride.
  • 84
    Olivia WatsonLevel 1 expert
    by Marathon Sports
    The Mizuno Wave Enigma 6 combines the high-cushioned shoe that you need and the lightweight shoe you want. It provides a nice stable frame for underfoot, as well as a soft, form-fitting upper. This shoe faces some tough competition in the stacked neutral high-cushion category, but it stacks up extremely well against shoes like the Asics Gel-Nimbus, Brooks Glycerin, and Saucony Triumph.
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Updates to Wave Enigma 6

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 6 is a running shoe that’s made for the roads. It features a set of proprietary features and technologies, which deliver comfortable and well-supported running experiences. The components and materials that were used for this model have sturdy and long-lasting qualities. It’s built to last.

The upper segment of this shoe features fabrics that adapt to the wearer’s foot. The breathable nature of this section ensures proper airflow, which makes the interior environment cool and dry at all times. Stitched overlays add more oomph to the way the upper unit wraps around the foot. Also, the façade of this model is colorful and visually endearing.

The full-length foam unit that’s utilized in the Enigma 6 is able to deliver responsive cushioning and impact attenuation. The elastic Mizuno Wave unit heightens the underfoot protection and comfort. Basically, the mid-sole unit of this shoe places more emphasis on shock absorption and responsible underfoot cushioning, making sure that the runner is well-supported throughout the running session.

X-10 is a high quality rubber material that’s durable. It covers the mid-sole foam and protects it from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It also delivers enhanced surface grip. Flex grooves make the platform more adherent to the natural movements of the foot.

Wave Enigma 6 size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 6 has a standard running shoe length. The sizing schemes follow the regular preferences of men and women. The available width is medium. It allows those with medium sized feet to acclimate well to it. The semi-curved shape adheres to the natural curve of the human foot.


X-10 is the material used for the outsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 6. Made from durable carbon rubber, it is capable of delivering long-lasting protection from wear and tear. It is also responsible for surface traction.

Flex grooves make the platform more flexible. This added pliability helps the foot in its capability to move more naturally.


The U4ic is a mid-sole foam unit that’s durable and resilient. It delivers precise underfoot cushioning that’s steadfast and efficient. It also handles landing impact well.

Placed in the heel and forefoot sections of the Wave Enigma 6 is a lighter version of the U4ic called the U4icX. Its responsive nature makes each step more comfortable and energized. It even delivers a soft underfoot experience.

The Mizuno Wave is a thermal plastic unit that runs from the heel to the mid-foot area of the platform. This elastic component absorbs impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle.

The Extended Wave Plate delivers torsional rigidity, which actually helps in achieving a smoother and more efficient heel-to-toe transition.

The Ortholite Sock Liner provides antimicrobial protection. It also staves off moisture. Essentially, it makes the shoe’s interior environment clean and dry.


Open mesh accommodates air into the foot-chamber of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 6, basically providing ventilation to the runner when they’re wearing the shoe.

The Dynamotion Fit is composed of stretchable materials that adapt to the shape and motion of the foot when taking each step. These materials do not rub irritatingly against the skin. Rather, they follow the foot as it goes through the gait cycle, accommodating the slight changes in its shape, while also maintaining a snug and secure fit.

Synthetic overlays maintain the structure of the shoe’s upper unit. They also make the fit more customizable because they react accordingly when the shoelaces are tied or loosened.


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