• Terrain


    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.

  • Arch support
    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.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 11.5oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 31mm
    Women: 31mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Running on tough terrain remains to be comfortable when using the Mujin 3 GTX, according to several comments.
  • For some, the protection against sharp objects and the elements is excellent.
  • The GTX effectively keeps the foot dry without compromising breathability, based on the experience of a handful of users.
  • The traction is amazing, as noted by more than a few.
  • Durability is quite good, remarked a moderate number of runners.
  • The cushioning absorbs shock very well, stated a few.
  • Several reviewers praised the high-quality of the 3rd edition of the Mujin GTX.
  • More than a handful appreciated the simple, yet attractive looks of this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Wave Mujin 3 GTX is too expensive for many.
  • It is a bit heavy for a handful.
  • The shoe needs a significant break-in period for a good number of runners.

Bottom line

Mizuno’s Mujin 3 GTX is a strongly-built trail monster that is designed to see the runner through the most challenging terrains. Running on tough conditions is made comfortable by the very plush interior, the amazing grip, and inherent stability of this beast. The shoe is ideally used for middle distance runs at average speeds to get the most out of its impressive features.


Updates to Mizuno Wave Mujin 3 GTX

  • Not contented with having a water-repellant upper in the regular version of the Mujin, Mizuno introduces a Goretex brother for the first time in the Mujin 3. As with GTX shoes, short of wading ankle deep into a water, runners should enjoy a dry run in the most adverse conditions in this shoe.
  • Another first in this line is Mizuno’s partnership with giant tire manufacturer, Michelin, when it comes to the outsole. The outsole features a new rubber compound that increases the grip and durability of the shoe.
  • An AirMesh upper in combination with synthetic overlays offer a breathable and highly-supportive ride. The mesh upper keeps the ventilation optimal despite the waterproofing membrane while the overlays secure the foot on uneven and rugged trails.

Mizuno Wave Mujin 3 GTX size and fit

The fit of the Mujin 3 GTX is classic for a trainer designed for comfortable runs on challenging trail. It has good hold on the heel and midfoot that is not overly restrictive and offers extra width in the forefoot for the toes to splay. Runners with medium to slightly wider, inflexible, or flat feet are tailor-made for this shoe. The sizing is accurate in the shoe as well.


The outsole of the Mujin 3 GTX is inspired by mountain bike tires from Michelin. It is designed to enhance durability and grip as the runners take on the rugged outdoors. Part of what makes the outsole very durable is Mizuno’s X-10 rubber, which is located in the heel, the entire perimeter of the shoe, and parts of the forefoot. The middle section of the shoe uses blown rubber for more traction. There are numerous multi-directional lugs in the middle of the forefoot and parts of the heel. Mizuno calls this new configuration of lugs as the XtaticRide.


While the outsole is packed with new technologies, the midsole is typical of a Mizuno shoe. It uses the bouncy AP+ midsole for responsive cushioning and midsole durability. The Wave Plate, which is made of elastic TPU, is used in the heel for shock attenuation and added cushioning. Between the midsole and outsole is Rock Plate that enhances protection against sharp rocks and objects on the trails.


The technology that separates the shoe from the regular version is the waterproofing membrane. With this feature, the Mujin 3 GTX completely keeps off water. Keeping the shoe adequately breathable is the AirMesh that covers a large part of the upper. A system of stitched and welded overlays secures the foot from unnecessary movement and stabilizes the upper. As all the elements in the upper work together with the foot, Mizuno terms this the DynamotionFit technology. For added cushioning and better fit, an Ortholite Sockliner is used. It is also included as it has anti-microbial and moisture-wicking features.