Notable elements of the Mizuno Wave Polaris

- 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.

Size and fit

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.


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