Facts

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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$110
Weight
Men: 9oz
Women: 7.6oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

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.

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

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners appreciated the lightweight nature of the Mizuno Wave Shadow.
  • One runner expressed that he forgot that he had the shoe on because they felt natural and comfortable.
  • A majority of testers appreciated the color combinations on the shoe. All of them said that the overall design of the shoe was made for a runner to stand out from a crowd.
  • A few testers agreed that the shoe was ideal for uptempo
  • One user with overpronation said the shoe was fast enough, but could still provide a bit of support.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A majority of runners mentioned that the midsection was tight.
  • Most reviewers said that they went a half-a-size or one size
  • One tester said that the sole unit felt too stiff. He mentioned that it needed to be broken in.
  • A reviewer noted that small rocks and sticks easily got stuck in the outsole.
  • A lot of users felt that the shoe did not have enough cushioning.

Bottom line

Mizuno’s Wave Shadow is a neutral running road shoe with a reasonable price. Donning this lightweight and colorful shoe allows runners to experience a softer landing with a more propelled toe-off while standing out from a crowd. It’s for runners who are looking for a stylish yet nimble companion for tempo runs, general workouts or short road races.


Rankings


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 6 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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84 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 by RunRepeat • Joseph Arellano • Level 4 expert

    The Mizuno Wave Shadow delivers on its promise of a soft, but tight and snappy ride. It’s a comfortable, stable shoe that will serve as a reliable daily trainer for most and should double as a half-marathon to marathon shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Erinc Atilla • Level 2 expert

    Wave plate provides enough stability and guidance for me during middle distance training, and cushioning was very satisfactory.

  • 83 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    The Wave Shadow falls right there with the Kinvara 8, the Luanch, other shoes; they call it up-tempo.

  • 82 / 100 by Fleet Feet Syracuse • Fleet Feet Syracuse • Level 1 expert

    It's a great shoe for high school runners or somebody looking for their next Boston qualifier, or if you're just trying to shave a few seconds off your five gait time.

  • 97 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Shadow is more than adequate in the cushioning if you department if you like a firmer more responsive ride with the bonus of great stability.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    If your daily trainer is the Wave Rider, the Shadow will be a solid choice for speedwork.

  • 83 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 expert

    I really liked the forefoot of the shoe, the plate made the heel feel separate from the rest of the shoe.

  • 82 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 4 expert

    This is a durable shoe that you can get lots and lots of miles in.

  • 60 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    The Mizuno Wave Shadow is the first in a new line of shoes designed to be lightweight daily trainers. It performs well, but has a few quirks that keep it from being a great shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by Run Oregon Blog • Matt Rasmussen • Level 3 expert

    If you are new to the brand, this may indeed be a very solid lightweight, daily trainer to break into it with. RECOMMENDED

  • 87 / 100 by Running Mama Bu(tters) • Nikki • Level 1 expert

    If you don’t usually wear Mizuno’s, but you are looking for a fast, lightweight, neutral shoe with a “soft, but light and snappy ride”, give these shoes a try!

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Shadow

  • The outsole of the shoe is made up of a highly durable rubber which Mizuno calls X10. It’s specifically designed to cover areas that are prone to wear and tear. Aside from its protective characteristics, the X10’s rubber pattern on the forefoot area on the outsole aids in a more effective toe-off.
  • Another major feature of the Mizuno Wave Shadow is the U4ixC midsole which is mainly responsible for the amount of cushioning and the level of response. The midfoot design aids in creating a comfortable yet springy experience for the runner.
  • On the upper is the Dynamotion Fit which optimizes the snugness of the shoe using separated panels combined with stretchable mesh material on the forefoot. As the name suggests, this material moves with the runner’s foot at every phase of the running gate, ensuring a more secure and comfortable fit.

Mizuno Wave Shadow size and fit

Mizuno’s Wave Shadow comes in standard shoe measurements. It comes in the usual sizes for runners so those interested can make use of their usual size preferences. The same can be said with the shoe’s width. B-medium is available for females while D-medium is available for males.

Outsole

Mizuno’s X10 rubber makes up the outsole. It’s a highly durable carbon rubber material that protects the bottom of the shoe from deteriorating at a faster rate. Because of its anti-abrasive qualities, it is placed on areas underneath the shoe that receive a higher impact upon landing, thereby prolonging its optimal state.

This rubber material’s pattern was designed with lines and zigzag indentions, strategically separated into sections. These specific segments allow the bottom of the shoe to move together with the runner’s every stride. As the foot bends and expands, so does the entire shoe, thanks to this specific tread pattern.

On top of that, the indented lines and zigzags supply the shoe with the right amount of grip and traction, especially during toe-off. Runners don’t have to worry about slipping and sliding on common surfaces that runners tread on.

Midsole

Mizuno has different variations of Wave units that provide different benefits. On the Wave Shadow is a parallel wave plate which can be observed on the lateral side of the shoe’s midsole. This specific plate was designed to give enough cushioning and energy dispersion. It also permits the foot to move more naturally.

Most of the midsole is made of a foam called U4icX. Mizuno designed this material to be lightweight and able to deliver plenty of energy return. This complements the wave plate very well, augmenting the benefits both features strive to deliver.

Upper

The upper sports different shoe features that permit a custom fit. Starting with the Isofit, this system is composed of two key properties of the shoe – the sock-like construction combined with the unique lacing system.

The sock-like construction that’s made of stretchable mesh hugs the foot in all the right places. Because it has elastic characteristics, it molds to the shape and size of the foot with ease. This material aims to provide comfort with its soft feel and non-restrictive coverage. In addition to the mentioned benefits, this material is also made to provide ventilation. Because it is made up of mesh, air can easily pass through the network of wires, allowing the heat to escape and the foot to breathe.

The second component of the Isofit system is the lacing which is connected to bands that extend from the eye-stay of the shoe. Tightening the lacing will also tighten the bands. This produces a more secure fit on the middle part of the foot.

To lightly support the structure of the shoe on the midfoot, Flex Film Overlays were added. These overlays are not just for aesthetic purpose. They slightly enhance the security and snugness delivered on the midfoot without compromising flexibility. The films are also reflective, allowing better visualization when running in low lighted conditions.

The collar lining of the shoe helps with absorbing moisture. Saucony lined it with Rundry, a lining material that has superior wicking properties. Aside from that, runners are given the chance to benefit from the plushness of the material.