Who should buy the Wave Shadow 3

The Wave Shadow 3 is a road running shoe that is meant for daily speed training sessions and urban adventures. This shoe is ideal for you if:

  • You have a moderate to high arch and prefer a versatile running shoe that can be used for walking and jogging
  • You want a breathable shoe that is best used for road running
  • You prefer a lightweight running shoe that works with any type of footstrike pattern

Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 logo

Updates to the Mizuno Wave Shadow 3

  • There are minor and visual alterations to the facade are actually meant to open up the silhouette for enhanced airflow
  • Gone are the stitched-on overlays are replaced by two textiles that are responsible for security and comfort
  • Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of a cushioning system that offers targeted support to the forefoot and the heel

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Decoupled design for targeted impact absorption

The external pad of the Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 is made of X10, a layer that is derived from carbon rubber. The material protects the base of the midsole from the abrasive nature of the ground. It has a durable construction to allow it to last long. Also, it is responsible for doling out traction, which is highly essential for the efficacy of the performance.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 x10

The heel and forefoot sections are decoupled to responsibly isolate the impact shock generated by the striking phase. When the foot lands on the heel, the force dissipates exclusively on that part, leaving the other areas to smoothly complete the step.

Shallow flex grooves make the platform a bit flexible. These trenches fundamentally sanction the natural bending capacity of the foot as it gears itself for the toe-off phase.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 shallow

Energized rides with U4ic midsole

U4ic is a Mizuno technology that offers reactive cushioning in a lightweight yet durable package. This full-length piece is designed to support the foot and keep it energized as it takes each step. Additionally, it attenuates impact during the landing phase. U4ic is a staple in many modern Mizuno shoe series, gracing long-running rosters like the Wave Creation and the Wave Prophecy.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 midsole

The Mizuno Wave is a thermoplastic piece that is wedged in the heel part of the platform. This layer is designed to bolster the structural integrity of the platform while also maintaining in-shoe steadiness. Moreover, it assists the foam part of the midsole when it comes to receiving the impact shock.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 thermoplastic

The Premium Sockliner is a layer of soft cushioning that is placed right above the primary midsole system. It is thin yet soft and flexible. It provides a smooth surface for the foot to enjoy while inside the Mizuno Wave Shadow 3. It can be removed or replaced with a new insert.

SmoothRide is a slightly convex platform construction which is helpful when it comes to leading the foot through the step smoothly and efficiently.

The Mizuno Intercool is made up of a ventilation system within the midsole unit. Small holes permit air to enter and exit the shoe, staving off the feeling of stuffiness.

Second-skin feel with the Wave Shadow 3

Running from the front to the midfoot part of the Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 is a cloth-like mesh. This element aims to deliver smooth and non-irritating coverage. It has a stretchy construction to mimic the shape and motion of the foot. Also, it has breathing holes to further encourage a cool and dry in-shoe experience.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 mesh

The heel part features a ribbed textile which helps with the security of the heel.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 ribbed

The padded tongue and collar are designed to cushion the topmost portions of the foot, namely the Achilles tendon, the ankles, and the instep. The foam within these parts also aims to avert in-shoe wobbling and accidental shoe removals.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 3 tongue collar

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 7.4oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 16mm
Heel height: 24mm
Collection: Mizuno Wave

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