Arch support
Daily running
M: 290g | W: 255g
Heel to toe drop
M: 9mm | W: 9mm
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 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Runners appreciated the reliable traction capabilities of the Mizuno Wave Kien 3 because it was able to hold onto the trails with sureness.

  • The comfortable upper was welcomed by testers.

  • According to a reviewer, the upper fabrics in this iteration were much more breathable than the previous version’s.

  • The overlay system and padded collar gained some approval because they kept the heel in place and prevented accidental shoe removals.

  • There was a runner who commented that this shoe felt adequately lightweight.

  • The X10 outsole was appreciated by some reviewers because it dutifully protected the rest of the sole unit from impact and abrasion.

  • A reviewer lauded the versatility of the Wave Kien 3 because it functioned well as a running companion for both the roads and the trails.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners stated that the tongue of this shoe tended to move a lot, thus irritating the top part of the foot.

  • A few runners observed that this version is arguably less responsive than its previous iterations.

  • According to a runner, the upper cover system wasn’t very secure because small pebbles tended to enter the shoe through the tongue and the collar.

Bottom line

Those who have tried the Mizuno Wave Kien 3 appreciated its performance and service. For them, it was able to function well on both the roads and the trails. Many even thought that the overall quality of this shoe allowed them the confidence to use it for many types of activities. It was also observed that some of its components had marked improvements over the previous version. Neutral runners quickly treated this iteration as a solid running companion.

World wide, Wave Kien 3 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

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Updates to Wave Kien 3

A durable construction is part of the outstanding qualities of a trail running shoe. The Kien 3 from Mizuno was created to remain strong amidst different types of terrain. The upper unit uses a breathable material that doesn’t easily tear apart or get loose. Stitched-on and fused overlays deliver a secure fit that’s tuned to the preferences of the wearer.

The mid-sole unit of this running shoe makes use of a lightweight compound that is still able to provide exceptional cushioning throughout the running session. Its rebound capability also keeps the foot engaged and enabled to take each step. The Mizuno Wave Technology© causes the foot-landings to become smoother and less taxing to the runner because it absorbs impact shock.

Durable protection against wear and tear is a hallmark of a dependable outsole unit. The Mizuno Wave Kien 3 features a carbon rubber material that covers the entire surface area of the external sole unit. It keeps the platform safe from abrasion and the potentially deteriorating effects of continued use. The rubber is also responsible for surface traction, which is largely important when traversing the off-road paths.

Wave Kien 3 size and fit

Standard measurements were used for the sizing scheme of the Mizuno Wave Kien 3. Men and women are treated to a correct fit when they try this model out. The available width is medium. Those with medium sized feet are the ones who are going to acclimate well to this shoe. Its semi-curved shape follows the curvature of the human foot.


The X10 is a durable carbon rubber material that’s responsible for the protection of the rest of the sole unit. Wear and tear might damage the material, so it’s the X10’s job to stave off such concerns. It’s also capable of delivering sure traction on many types of surfaces. It doesn’t have very prominent gripping lugs, therefore allowing the Kien 3 to transition well between smooth and uneven ground.


The Mizuno Wave Kien 3 has the EL8 mid-sole, a compound that has a lightweight nature. It is able to deliver reliable cushioning at all times. It even has a rebound capability that returns energy to the foot of the runner in order to make each step more energized.

The Mizuno Wave Technology© features a unit in the rear of the mid-sole that’s meant to handle the impact shock during the foot-strike. This results in a more cushioned and comfortable feeling every time the foot lands on the ground.

A removable insole adds a bit more cushioning to the underfoot. It doesn’t have a stiff nature, so it won’t restrict the movement of the foot.


The AIRmesh is a breathable material that allows air to easily enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. Though it has an open construction, it doesn’t tear off easily.

The Dynamotion Fit system uses a stretchable material as part of the upper unit. It allows the foot to move more naturally without feeling restricted by the upper.

Stitched-on and fused overlays help the upper fabrics of the Kien 3 when it comes to securing the foot and keeping the coverage as customizable as possible. Connected to the lacing system, they adapt to the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces.


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