• 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

    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.

  • Weight
    Men: 10.8oz
    Women: 8.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
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- The Mizuno Wave Polaris is a running shoe that is marketed towards beginners. The design presents a simple yet modern appearance. It is accompanied by several of Mizuno’s reliable shoe technologies that promise an efficient running performance.

- Despite its basic features, the Wave Polaris offers the functionality that runners are looking for to provide an exceptional, streamlined running experience. These benefits are sufficiently provided by the structural components of the shoe, such as the trusty AIRmesh upper that keeps the foot fresh and dry, the U4icX midsole that delivers optimally-cushioned rides, and the X10 outsole that enables effortless long runs because of its durability.

The Wave Polaris is designed for neutral pronators; thus, it should be expected that the shoe is constructed in consideration of high arches. In addition, the shoe displays an anatomical foot shape with a bit of narrowness in the forefoot area. Such a structure is most suitable for wearers with low to medium foot volumes. The Mizuno Wave Polaris is available in D - Medium for men and B - Medium for women.

The X10 outsole is made from carbon rubber. From the get-go, it is easy to determine that this material is designed to bring a durable ride, as well as adequate protection for the shoe against abrasive surfaces. Aside from sturdiness, the X10 is also known to provide traction and resilience in the outsole’s high-wear areas. The material’s reliability has paved the way for its usage in the majority of Mizuno’s running shoes, including the Wave Inspire 15.

Cushioning, smooth transitions, and reduced impacts are the main benefits of the U4icX midsole from Mizuno. In the Wave Polaris, the U4icX helps in producing more energy during footstrike and channel it towards a higher rebound. The result is a high level of efficiency in the runner’s gait cycle.

The U4icX foam is accompanied by the Mizuno Wave technology, which helps with sustaining the midsole to be soft and stable. It comes in the form of a fan-shaped unit that supplies the right amount of cushioning by adequately padding the heel, especially during footstrike, therefore reducing shock.

A Premium Insock sockliner is also included in the Wave Polaris. Made with premium materials, this element offers an extra layer of cushioning and comfort to the runner. It is removable and could be replaced by custom orthotics.

The Mizuno Wave Polaris employs AIRmesh in its upper. The material supplies the foot with sufficient coverage and superb breathability. Despite its light and airy appearance, the AIRmesh is also durable and could effectively withstand wears and tears.