Verdict from 7 experts and +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Many runners applauded the Mizuno Intercool technology that keeps the foot dry and cool.
  • The upper has an air mesh that is breathable.
  • Some runners were impressed by how comfortable the Wave Prophecy 5 is.
  • It comes with a removable insock for added cushioning and comfort.
  • It has the Mizuno X10 technology that adds durability to high wear areas.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Mizuno Prophecy 5 is very expensive.
  • Some runners felt that this shoe is very heavy.
  • Others felt that this shoe is not well-cushioned as promised.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 is a neutral running shoe that offers excellent feel, flexibility, and comfort. Some users admired the shoe's performance but there are also a few who had a negative experience in this shoe. Overall, the Prophecy 5 is best for performance training and for short and long distance road running.

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Good to know

  • Mizuno’s top of the line runner gets a massive boost in its breathability by introducing the AirMesh in the 5th installment of the hugely popular Prophecy series. Simply put, the effect of such type of mesh really ventilates the shoe for a sweat-free and cool run.
  • Comprehensive upper modifications continue as Mizuno utilizes a large, plastic heel counter to truly hold the foot in place. Runners can see that this external heel counter is directly connected to the sole of the shoe. When the right fit is found, it simply means that the heel moves as one with the foot because of this substantial counter.
  • There are also additional stitched overlays in the upper of the Prophecy 5. These are strategically placed to deliver support right where the runner needs it and a little freedom of movement wherever it is supposed to happen. The new heel counter and prominent overlays make the shoe heavier than the last model, but has, the more durable support and enhanced midfoot hold.
  • Lastly, the new model offers a more padded collar and tongue to improve the already plush feel of this shoe.

The snug heel and midfoot of the Wave Prophecy 5 live up to the benchmark of the past iterations of this line. A roomy toe box allows most runners to have a really good fit in this shoe. The standard width of D for the men’s and B for the women’s is the offered width. Sizing is on the money in this shoe. Sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.

The sophisticated look of the outsole is largely due to the presence of the X10 blown rubber that enhances grip and cushioning in the shoe. This outsole blown rubber also gives sturdiness and traction to the new Mizuno Prophecy 8. There are flex grooves as well to make room for flexibility. 

The midsole is stuffed with many of Mizuno’s best technologies. Running across the heel to the forefoot is the U4iC foam, which greatly helps with the shock-absorbing features of the shoe and adds to the responsive cushioning. A network of gender-specific grooves in the midsole provides flexibility and greatly improves the movement from the rear to the forefoot. Mizuno calls this the Smooth Ride technology. Another series of ports are drilled in the midsole. Known as the Intercool system, these ports increase the shoe breathability by several degrees.

Lastly, there are the two Wave technologies. First is the thermoplastic Infinity Wave in the heel, which absorbs shock and returns the impact for more energy. Further up, near the forefoot is the Extended Wave that is of the same materials as the Infinity Wave and works as an energy-saver as well as a propulsive factor during takeoff.

The new AirMesh provides exceptional breathability. It works with the Intercool system or the ports in the midsole to ensure runners of a very cool and sweat-free run. Mizuno’s sophisticated Dynamotion Fit is used in the upper. With an upper that is engineered to work with the runner’s foot, the Dynamotion Fit wraps the foot in comfort and security. The additional stitched overlays improve upper durability and locks down the midfoot. An Ortholite Sockliner with anti-microbial properties allows a healthy interior and shields the foot from possible irritation.


How Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 ranks compared to all other shoes
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Bottom 38% neutral running shoes
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