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Arch support
Daily running
M: 306g | W: 264g
Heel to toe drop
M: 13mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 30mm | W: 30mm
Forefoot height
M: 17mm | W: 18mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Narrow - 2A, 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:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many applauded the new design and construction of the Mizuno Wave Legend 3.

  • Most runners think that this shoe provides excellent motion control.

  • The 3rd version of the Wave Legend comes with an enhanced and thicker forefoot cushioning pad.

  • Available in several color options.

  • It is an affordable shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners complained that they felt that the shoe does not have enough ventilation to keep the foot cool and dry.

  • Not as durable as expected, as mentioned in some reviews.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Legend 3 provides runners a smooth ride, impressive cushioning and excellent motion control. This road running shoe is great for performance training and everyday running.

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

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80 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

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    Run with Me TorontoLevel 1 expert
    by Run with Me Toronto
    Regardless of stiffness and cushioning the Legend lived up to Mizuno’s usual light-weight technology giving a smooth stride.
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Updates to Wave Legend 3

A new upper construction that allows some flexibility while maintaining its high standards of holding the foot in place is the main modification of the Legend 3. Mizuno strategically placed the overlays with one larger overlay stretching all around the heel to connect the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. It effectively supports the shoe, locks in the midfoot, and cradles the heel.

In the 3rd round of the Wave Legend series, Mizuno completely removed the contentious Bio-Lock lacing system and replaced it with a more traditional one. The update is seen as a unifying point and caters to most runners when it comes to getting the right fit.

Mizuno is also going for little cushioning in the forefoot by making it a bit thicker. As this is already a stiff stability shoe, the addition of the forefoot cushioning is compensated by making bigger and deeper flex grooves in the forefoot. The result is added comfort and pop in the forefoot with just enough flexibility.

Wave Legend 3 size and fit

The fit and sizing of the current version fairly follows the footsteps of the past version. Runners will still be able to enjoy the adequate rooms in the heel and forefoot while the midfoot is exceptionally snug in a good way. The toe box gets a lot of attention as before as it can accommodate those with slightly wider feet or with more volume. Available widths are medium, wide, and extra wide. Sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Nothing less than Mizuno’s reliable carbon rubber in the X10 mans the outsole for a long-lasting protection against wear and tear. With the moderate rubber configuration, runners are assured of a solid ground contact and more than average grip on the road and track.


A mechanical midsole is the main feature of the Wave Legend 3. Mizuno’s iconic Wave technology is designed to replicate the way waves effectively disperse forces. As it is made of TPU, it gives the midsole a longer lifespan where shock-absorbing duties are concerned. Besides dispersing and absorbing shock, it helps with the smooth transitions as mainly provided by the Smooth Ride. Another midsole foam that is utilized by Mizuno for its lightweight durability and responsiveness is the AP+ midsole. The third element of cushioning is provided by the SR Touch. It is yet again another EVA foam with proprietary Mizuno technologies to enhance responsive cushioning and midsole durability.


A more durable and breathable as ever AirMesh covers a good portion of the upper in the Mizuno Legend 3. The overlays have been systematically transferred to ideal locations to offer a nice blend of adaptability and superior support and structure. In all, the overall structure of the upper that moves well with the foot in comfort while the support is still spectacular is called the Dynamotion Fit in Mizuno’s terms. The return of the traditional laces replaces the so-so performance of the Bio-Lock system. Mizuno reverts to the tried and tested method of getting an excellent cinch.


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