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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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 does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

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
$220
Weight
Men: 12.6oz
Women: 10.4oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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. This shoe is best for performance training and for short and long distance road running.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 656 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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75 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Wear testers report that the shoe is a bit heavy and stiff, but gave it high marks for the supportive ride it offered to larger runners, particularly women.

  • 77 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Wear testers report that the shoe is a bit heavy and stiff, but gave it high marks for the supportive ride it offered to larger runners, particularly women.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Jonathan Beverly • Level 4 expert

    Though a bit heavy and stiff, the Prophecy 5 offers a supportive ride.

  • 77 / 100 by Runner's World • Jonathan Beverly • Level 4 expert

    Though a bit heavy and stiff, the Prophecy 5 offers a supportive ride.

  • 50 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Michael Mason-D'Croz • Level 4 expert

    It is very pricey, and although the fit was superb, it did not deliver on the cushioning that was expected.

  • 82 / 100 by Run Oregon Blog • Matt Rasmussen • Level 3 expert

    In addition to being a seeming well-supported shoe for those of us who don't fit the typical runner's body frame, they also seem solid for those new to running who want something neutral and cushioned, as well as for those who plan on logging a lot of miles.

  • 80 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Fix My Walk • Level 3 expert

    The appearance might not be the flashiest, but they’ll deliver a solid performance and will keep your feet comfortable throughout your run. 

  • 72 / 100 by Peter Miller • Peter Miller • Level 1 expert

    The main story as far as differences in Infinity Wave design goes is the revised toe spring, combined with an overall lower profile.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5

  • Mizuno’s top of the line trainer 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.

Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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. There are flex grooves as well to make room for flexibility.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.