• 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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.8oz
    Women: 9.1oz
  • 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
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  • The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 GTX is a road running shoe that is intended for runners who have neutral foot motion. The updated Dual Zone engineered mesh that is placed in the forefoot aims to respond to the foot's natural movements.
  • The midsole utilizes the Cloudwave material. It consists of a thermal plastic wave that runs through the heel to the midfoot area.
  • This reliable waterproof running shoe also uses the new Premium Anatomical Sockliner. This material aims to deliver a softer underfoot feel.

The waterproof version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 follows the standard shoe measurements when it comes to sizing. The shoe is ideal for those who want to excel in extended road running activities. The engineered mesh, adapts to the natural shape of the foot and offers a distraction-free fit. The available widths are D - Medium for the men's version and B - Medium for the women's version.

The X10 is used in the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 GTX. This durable material is made up of carbon rubber. It is strategically placed in the rear section to shield the platform from wear and tear. It also provides added traction on different paved surfaces.

In the forefoot section lies the blown rubber. It provides additional cushioning and responsiveness. Because of its flexibility, it will not make the platform stiff as well.

Flex Controllers are also incorporated in the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 GTX. These materials aim to provide added flexibility. Along with the SmoothRide system, a smoother transition throughout the gait cycle is also delivered.

Running from the heel to the midfoot area is the Cloudwave. This material consists of redesigned thermal and elastic-plastic wave that aims to provide a more bouncy and well-cushioned ride.

A gender-specific network of grooves called the Smooth Ride is utilized in the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 GTX. It allows the foot to minimize its rapid deceleration and acceleration. As a result, a smoother heel-to-toe transition is experienced by the runner.

A resilient ride is offered by the U4ic. It is a foam unit that runs through the entire length of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 GTX. This lightweight midsole material improves durability. It provides additional comfort and cushioning as well as optimal shock absorption.

The U4icX Heel Wedge is described as a more cushioned and lighter version of U4ic. This component of the shoe delivers a softer underfoot feel throughout the activity.

U4icX Strobel Lasting board is integrated into the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 GTX. This material offers a more cushioned and comfortable underfoot feel.

A soft underfoot comfort is encouraged by the Premium Anatomical Sockliner. It also helps in providing a natural fit.

Creating an upper that can withstand a wide variety of weather conditions is delivered by the GORE-TEX lining. This waterproof material is breathable and lightweight in structure.

The Dynamotion Fit technology is also featured in the shoe. It uses a stretchable material in the forefoot area to allow the upper to follow the foot's natural shape and motion. The collar construction is reinforced as well. As a result, the heel collar is prevented from buckling over time.

Better responsiveness to the foot movements is encouraged by the Dual Zone engineered mesh. This updated material in the forefoot area aims to provide a distraction-free fit.