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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 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.

    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
    $160
  • Weight
    Men: 11.3oz
    Women: 9.9oz
  • 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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Feb 2017
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Summary

We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The stability mechanics present in the Mizuno Wave Horizon received praise from a number of reviewers.
  • The cushioning capability of the mid-sole unit impressed most of those who have tried it.
  • Landing impact was attenuated by the foam platform, according to purchasers.
  • This model felt lightweight for a stability shoe, a reviewer observed.
  • Several consumers liked that the outsole was durable enough to resist wear and tear, even after many uses.
  • A runner was able to appreciate the flexible forefoot section of the platform, stating that it allowed him to move more naturally through the gait cycle.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The heel cup was apparently too narrow that it cut into the heel of a tester.
  • The base of the shoelaces felt a bit too snug for a tester.
  • A runner observed that though the cushion is soft, it had a tendency to compress at the end of long runs.

Bottom line

The reception given to the Mizuno Wave Horizon was generally positive. Runners welcomed the stability mechanics of this road shoe, as well as its lightweight construction and the generally responsive foam platform. There were a few complaints about it, including a bit of tightness in some sections of the upper.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 | Kayla Rose

    150 Miles Later: Mizuno Wave Horizon

    I began running in these shoes at the beginning of August and so far, I have logged over 150 miles in them. I must say that they have been a surprising favorite and  have been a part of some great running memories for me. 

    I was running in these shoes this month when I achieved a long term personal goal of running a sub 1:50:00 half marathon time. Running under my goal time also led me to achieve a new personal record for my fastest half marathon time to date.

    Of course, shoes are just one of the many factors involved in achieving faster times, however running is much easier and enjoyable when you have great shoes like these on your feet.

     

    Cushion

    One of my favorite things about these shoes is the cushion they provide. This year I have run in five different shoes in search of the perfect amount of cushion, and up until now none of the brands that I have tried have met my expectations.

    neutral running shoe. The lightweight fit and cushion provide runners with optimal support and speed.

    There are a variety of color options to choose from and they are stylish in design. Lastly, after 150 miles they have proven to be durable, and are a great investment for runners looking for a lasting running shoe.

    I would encourage any neutral runner to give these shoes a try and plan to run in mine as long as I can.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 83 / 100 | Lennysunday

    Definitely a heavy shoe but something that overpronators should check out, maybe with a support insole.

  • 80 / 100 | Sportitude

    Feedback we've had from our customers in the store, so far with this shoe, it's a slightly softer feel than what they have experienced previously with Mizuno shoes.

  • 87 / 100 | Runner's World

    The plate has also been tweaked to have a convex shape, so it deforms under pressure, then pops back into shape as you move through your stride.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Horizon

  • The Mizuno Wave Horizon is a premium road running shoe for those who need exceptional support during their running sessions. It is made using high-quality materials that work together in order to keep the foot secure and comfortable throughout. In terms of the look, it is reminiscent of many classic offerings from Mizuno, with reflective stitched overlays and a colorful external platform.
  • The mid-sole unit makes use of several technologies in order to provide the foot with a comfortable experience throughout the activity. The full-length foam unit serves as the main cushioning system, and it’s joined by the Cloudwave unit that has a Fan Shaped geometry, which actually corrects the rate of pronation.
  • The outsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Horizon is actually generous when it comes to rubber. It’s placed in the forefoot and heel sections and its use is liberal. The presence of durable rubber extends the lifespan of the shoe, particularly its mid-sole unit. Traction is also given by this section.

Mizuno Wave Horizon size and fit

This shoe is ½ size larger than the usual, so it is recommended for runners to actually purchase ½ size smaller in order to get a more relaxed fit. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium. It accommodates those who have medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of its façade and platform follows the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

X10 is the compound that’s used for the outsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Horizon. Made from durable carbon rubber, it responsibly shields the mid-sole foam from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It also provides traction, which is important for every run.

Flex grooves make the platform more flexible, thus allowing it to be more adherent to the natural movement of the foot.

A decoupled heel helps in isolating impact generated from rearfoot striking, basically keeping the impact energy centered in the back part of the shoe.


Midsole

The U4ic Top Midsole is a responsive, flexible foam that’s meant to provide a comfortable underfoot experience for the runner. It’s been updated to be more long-lasting.

The U4icX is a lighter version of the U4ic, yet it offers more cushioning. It’s placed in the heel section and its purpose is to provide additional shock absorption.

The Cloudwave is an elastic thermal plastic unit that’s placed in the platform of the Mizuno Wave Horizon. It goes from the heel to the mid-foot section. Its purpose is to deliver additional cushioning and springiness with each step.

The Fan Shaped geometry of the sole unit helps in correcting over-pronation. It holds the arch and prevents it from collapsing inwardly.

The OrthoLite Sock Liner adds a bit more cushioning to the underfoot. It also has anti-moisture and anti-microbial properties, which make the interior shoe-environment clean and healthy.


Upper

The upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Horizon features the Triple Zone Mesh, which is has been engineered to provide a breathable, durable and secure coverage to the foot of the wearer.

The Dynamotion Fit offers a snug yet accommodating fit by utilizing a stretchy material in the front section of the upper. The collar is also enhanced to stay robust and intact, even after many uses.

Stitched overlays make the façade look more appealing. They also help in keeping the fit as secure as possible.

A thin heel cup is fused to the rear of the upper. It holds the foot in place and prevents it from accidentally exiting shoe.