Verdict from 5 experts and 33 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Midsole: Most testers appreciate the innovative Enerzy foam that offers soft and bouncy cushioning.
  • Comfort: Several runners find the Mizuno Wave Sky Neo very comfortable because of its knit upper and soft cushioning. 
  • Fit: A few notice that the upper holds the feet so well and fits comfortably even without wearing socks.
  • Durability: Some expert reviewers mention that the shoe has a sturdy design from top to bottom.
  • Traction: According to some reviews, the concentric circles on the outsole deliver the needed traction for paved surfaces.
  • Flexibility: Many runners notice that the Wave Sky Neo is very flexible compared to other highly-cushioned shoes from Mizuno and other brands.
  • Looks: Several user reviews mention that they received positive compliments about the shoe's good-looking design. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Price: Some expert reviewers find the Wave Sky Neo expensive.
  • Weight: Weighing 335 grams in men's version, most users mention that the shoe is quite heavy.

Bottom line

Despite being heavy, users find several good things about the shoe - it has a nice-looking design, feels comfortable and durable. The Enerzy midsole offers a soft and bouncy underfoot feel while the rubber outsole delivers durability and traction on various paved surfaces. 

The Wave Sky Neo will satisfy runners who are looking for superb cushioning and high energy return. Those who need a more stable and supportive daily trainer may consider other models like the original Mizuno Wave Sky and Hoka One One Bondi. These running shoes are highly-cushioned and focus more on stability and support. 

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Mizuno Wave Sky Neo: Softer feel, higher energy return

The Wave Sky Neo features Mizuno's latest innovation - the Enerzy foam. It is said to be 293% softer and provides 56% more return energy than other Mizuno midsole foams. It offers a floating feeling and dynamic underfoot cushioning in every step.

Who is it for? This Mizuno road running shoe is suitable for runners who are looking for a bouncy, highly-cushioned daily trainer. With a soft underfoot cushioning, the shoe won't disappoint on long-distance, easy runs. 

Key features of the Wave Sky Neo

  • Ultra-soft cushioning - The Mizuno Wave Sky Neo features an ultra-plush midsole, which is at the same time responsive and flexible. 
  • Maximum comfort - The upper and midsole make the shoe extremely comfortable. The breathable knit upper gives a soft, glove-like foot wrap while the Enerzy foam delivers a soft underfoot cushioning for long-distance runs. 
  • Sock-like fit - The one-piece upper of the Mizuno Wave Sky Neo is stretchable and conforms to the shape of the foot, delivering a nice glove-like fit. 


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