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 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.

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
$100
Weight
Men: 7.8oz
Women: 6.7oz
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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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority were very happy with the excellent cushioning of the Mizuno Wave Sonic.
  • The purchasers appreciated the reasonable price of the shoe.
  • The customers found out that the shoe was very durable since it remained in a good condition, even after many miles of running.
  • Many runners thought that this shoe was ‘well ventilated’ since it kept their feet dry and cool, even on longer runs.
  • A number of testers appreciated the remarkable traction that they experienced when tackling unpredictable terrains, such as steep slopes and rugged paths.
  • A few people mentioned that the look of the Mizuno Wave Sonic was very fashionable.
  • For one individual, this running shoe was able to reduce a year-old pain in the shin.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A runner thought that the Mizuno Wave Sonic was not as fast as other running shoes on the market.
  • Another user mentioned how the lack of cushioning and arch support made it difficult to run for longer periods of time.

Bottom line

According to a majority of those who have tried it, the Mizuno Wave Sonic is a neutral pair of trail running shoes that have all-around qualities, as well as a decent price. Its lightweight nature, the breathable construction, the firm grip inside and outside the shoe, and the optimal comfortability make it a wise choice for most runners who are looking for a sturdy running shoe to try on the asphalt.


Rankings


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 12 ratings

5 star
58%
4 star
17%
3 star
8%
2 star
0%
1 star
17%

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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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84 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 by RunRepeat • Joseph Arellano • Level 4 expert

    Wave Sonic can and will provide those of fleet feet with fast times. But it does not deliver a sense of warp speed. And for some, perception is reality.

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Erinc Atilla • Level 3 expert

    During the run, it feels close to your feet and reacts like a part of your own body. I believe that for fast races and trainings this is a very big advantage.

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Shriram Nagarajan • Level 3 expert

    Runners would appreciate the firmness and responsiveness of the shoes and at short runs, the cushioning and responsiveness feels almost magical.

  • 80 / 100 by RunRepeat • Carlos Munoz-Hernando • Level 1 expert

    The grip is quite good on asphalt and running tracks. For those who will run in abrasive conditions, it doesn't have enough cushion for long runs, but plenty of responsiveness.

  • 88 / 100 by Accelerate Lifestyle Limited • Chris Hough • Level 2 expert

    For the majority of runners, I'd suggest that Wave Sonic's niche will be between 10K and Full Marathon, with tempo runs and drills also making great use of its strength and structure.

  • 86 / 100 by Run Oregon • Jenny Velocitas • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I would say that these shoes are exactly as advertised – firm and low to give you that fast speed over short distances.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Sonic

  • The Mizuno Wave Sonic is a neutral running shoe that’s created to perform on the roads. Unlike most of the brand’s line of footwear, this model doesn’t have a lot of overlays or bells and whistles that make the façade pop. Its simple design allows it to cater to those who have the taste for an all-around shoe that’s simple in form, yet efficient in performance.
  • The underfoot platform is also straightforward in its design and construction. There aren’t a lot of extra components, save for the bouncy wave unit in the midfoot section. The full-length platform isn’t very substantial in size, as well. The external side of the platform has a durable rubber to shield it from wear and tear.

Mizuno Wave Sonic size and fit

The neutral trail running shoe has the standard running length. It accommodates the regular preferences of consumers when it comes to sizing. It comes in the standard medium width of D for men and B for women, respectively. It caters to those who have medium to narrow foot dimensions.

Outsole

The shoe’s outsole features the very stylish zigzag-patterned blown rubber. It’s created to hold onto the asphalt with ease and sureness. Also, the strategic placement of the material allows for smooth transitioning of the foot from the toe-off to the landing position.

Midsole

The midsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Sonic has the U4icX Wave construction, which is responsible for the popular ‘bouncy’ feel, as well as the cushioned underfoot environment. The material is also lightweight, so it’s able to encourage the runners to put extra miles on the shoe on the promise of a fairly inconsequential weight profile.

The U4icX is a full-length foam that carries the foot responsibly throughout the run. It’s designed to have a responsive and springy nature, so it allows the foot to take more energized steps.

Upper

The one-piece knit upper of the Mizuno Wave Sonic provides a sleek, glove-like coverage to allow for a more natural running gait for the user. Also, the material was designed to deliver a soft and seamless feel against the skin.

The seamless overlays are added to the upper to reinforce the overall structure. These overlays are of minimal weight, so they do not put any unnecessary bulk or heft to the façade of the shoe.

The lace-up closure helps in securing the foot in place. It also prevents any wobbling of the foot inside the shoe.