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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 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.

    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: 12.3oz
    Women: 10.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Most reviews focused on the extremely comfortable ride of the Prophecy 4.
  • It is a highly-cushioned shoe that still feels close to the ground and stable, according to some comments.
  • It has very good arch support for a neutral trainer as observed by quite a number of runners.
  • The new upper is very breathable.
  • A handful of runners valued the responsive ride despite the cushioning.
  • The interior is plush and very soft for a luxurious feel.
  • Dynamotion Fit greatly helps with the heel and midfoot security.
  • Almost no break-in time needed for a shoe with lots of rubber and cushioning, noted several runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The 4th edition of the Prophecy is very expensive.
  • It is quite heavy.
  • The traction suffers in wet conditions.

Bottom line

One of Mizuno’s flagship line continues to deliver a very fine performance where cushioning, arch support, and smoothness of the ride goes. If the runner can get past the wallet-thinning price, then he gets to enjoy a nicely-cushioned shoe that has noticeable responsiveness and ultra-comfortable ride.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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 4 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 | Running Shoes And Advice

    For those disappointed in the Wave Prohpecy 3 (myself included), the Mizuno Wave Prohpecy 4 makes up for it and more. The Wave Prophecy 4 really feels much closer to an upgraded version of the Wave Prophecy 2.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    The Wave Prophecy 4 is the pinnacle of Mizuno Wave plate engineering. The shoe brings the hallmark Mizuno firm ride to another level that nearly pushes the Wave Prophecy 4 from the neutral category into stability.

  • 76 / 100 | Gear Institute

    The Wave Prophecy 4 is Mizuno’s premium cushioned trainer found to be the heaviest and most expensive shoe in this class. Testers found the shoe successful in cushioning and durability however it presented an extremely firm ride and steep price.

  • 60 / 100 | Holabird Sports

    Many Mizuno newbies found the previous model, the Wave Prophecy 3, to be a winner. However, a few long-term Mizuno loyalists felt the shoe had some minor shortcomings compared to the original and second versions of the shoe.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Prophecy 4

  • Mizuno’s 4th iteration of the Prophecy is treated with several significant changes. Gone are the welded overlays as Mizuno goes back to synthetic versions that are mostly stitched on. This includes the Runbird logo, which is now directly attached to the eyelet row on both sides of the foot. The very effective midfoot lockdown is also because of underlays that are directly connected to the eyelet rows from the midsole.
  • A very fine mesh covers the honeycomb pattern of the upper. While breathability is enhanced, the fine mesh also helps keep dirt off.
  • In this version, Mizuno makes the tongue material very soft as an answer to past issues of irritation caused by the poor material quality in this part. Runners can do whatever lacing technique they want without fear of hot spots because of this enhancement. Of worthy note is the more plush interior for enhanced comfort.
  • The full-length Infinity Wave is also improved. It runs farther in the forefoot than the previous model. This creates better compression for a softer cushioning in the forefoot and better flexibility.
  • Lastly, the heel has a new patch signifying the Infinity Wave. It also provides the shoe with the reflective material needed for low-light conditions.

Mizuno Wave Prophecy 4 size and fit

The upper fit is greatly improved in this version. Enhancements make midfoot security excellent while the heel remains comfortably snug. Fans of this line should still be able to have plenty of room for toe splay. Runners with inflexible or flat feet will have no trouble squeezing into the shoe. Medium is the available width of the shoe. The shoe’s length is standard.


Outsole

The outsole is fairly ordinary for a very expensive shoe. There isn’t much action going underfoot except for the trademark X-10 carbon rubber in the segmented crash pad for durability and a little more traction. The forefoot is covered with softer blown rubber. Mizuno uses flex grooves in the medial and lateral side of the forefoot to help with the cushioning and flexibility of the shoe.


Midsole

The Infinity Wave stretches from the heel to the toes. Mizuno uses two plates that are separated by rubber. As the runner lands or gathers before take-off, the plates compress on the rubbers to attenuate shock and to give that sense of responsiveness. Providing main cushioning duties is the full-length U4ic midsole that Mizuno markets as 30% lighter than their previous foam called the AP+. It is very light without compromising durability. Adding some shock dispersal features is a small segment of foam in the heel.


Upper

Mizuno revamped the upper by putting a very fine scree on top of the woven pattern. As such, this is a very breathable upper that ensures a cool and sweat-free run. There are now synthetic overlays that are stitched in different places. Because of the firm ride, Mizuno places a plush insole on top of the EVA strobel. A semi-flat lace clinches the fit while a patch in the heel features reflective materials.