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.
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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.
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WeightMen: 12.7ozWomen: 10.9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 30mmWomen: 30mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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- With the fifth edition the Mizuno Wave Mujin, runners are able to undertake running conditions a step tougher. This shoe intends to be the most protective and most stable version ever in the series. Designed for trail-runners, the Wave Mujin 5 excels in long distances and can easily handle being pushed beyond the limit.
- The AIRmesh upper that has been with the previous version continue its streak with the Wave Mujin 5, as it has proven its effectiveness in providing maximum airflow and breathability. Its open construction capably maintains foot dryness.
- The midsole’s XtaRide and Wave technology have been improved in this new release to provide a better adaptive fit on multiple surfaces, as well as added stability. Additionally, the Michelin rubber outsole has an updated design for more grip and protection, especially during long runs and tough trails.
The Mizuno Wave Mujin 5 has a structure that follows the natural curve of the human foot and a length that is according to the standard in running shoes. This shoe is available in medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions, and it is designed to fit wearers with low to moderate foot volumes.
The X10 rubber outsole of the Wave Mujin 5 is designed to provide traction on trail surfaces, as well as protect the rest of the sole unit from possible damages. Made from carbon rubber, the X10 is placed in the high-wear areas of the shoe as it is expected to be durable and, therefore, long-lasting. The X10 material is also found in the Mizuno Rider 22.
The durability of the shoe is further emphasized by the Michelin rubber that makes up the rest of the outsole. Its high abrasion-resistance quality ensures the shoe is guarded against damaging elements of the outdoors. The Michelin rubber also enhances the surface grip of the Wave Mujin 5.
For even more improved performance in the trails, the Wave Mujin 5 utilizes the XtaRide gripping lugs and flex grooves system. These materials have an adaptive quality that encourages the natural movement of the foot.
The AP+ is a full-length lightweight foam compound that offers a responsive ride. It ensures an exceptional ride while also providing cushioning, while also being resilient enough to prevent itself from wearing easily. Located just beneath the outsole, the AP+ houses an ESS rock plate, which shields the underfoot from sharp rocks and other trail hazards.
With the usage of the Mizuno Wave technology, the Wave Mujin 5 maintains a soft yet stable structure. This technology supplies the right amount of cushioning and stability needed by the body to perform optimally. The fan-shaped design of the wave in this shoe allows it to adequately pad the heel during the strike and reduce shock.
The Mizuno Wave Mujin 5 utilizes AIRmesh in its upper, which is a trusted material to bring breathable coverage to the entire foot. It has an open construction that enables air to circulate easily, keeping the foot cool and dry.
The Dynamotion Fit completes the upper construction by producing an adaptive fit, through the employment of stretchable materials. Such a design permits a comfortable coverage that reduces irritation. This technology also averts the heel collar from buckling under pressure.