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.

  • Use

    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
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Jul 2017
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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

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 | Joseph Arellano

    Running at Supersonic Speed (well, maybe) in the Mizuno Sonic Racing Flat

    The Mizuno Wave Hitogami 4 road racing flat is still with us. However, this will remain true for only a matter of months.

    Will its eventual replacement, the new Mizuno Wave Sonic racing flat, enable one to run at what feels like supersonic speeds?

    See the verdict below.

     

    The Wave Sonic in A Nutshell

    The new Mizuno Wave Sonic is said to be “a versatile road racing flat…” that delivers “a responsive ride ideal for 5K racing to longer uptempo workouts.” (Running Warehouse)

    The shoe has a U4icX Wave – a non-visible foam unit located in the midsole.  The Wave Sonic’s sole is blown rubber, with the exception of a hard rubber X10 segment at the heel.

     

     

    Wave Hitogami.

    At 7.7 ounces, the Wave Sonic is an ounce heavier than the Hitogami. (While that’s not substantive, those drawn to racing flats can be quite picky about weight.)

    The Wave Sonic’s fit is nice and snug (“a sleek, glove-like fit,” according to Mizuno), but one which never feels tight. There’s a decent amount of flex in the forefoot, which will please those with inflexible feet.

     

    Performance

    On city streets and sidewalks, it’s readily apparent that the Wave Sonic delivers a nice snappy ride.

    It is quite stable for a shoe without a medial post; in fact, the straight-ahead ride is comparable to that on the Asics GEL-DS Racer flat (a model that uses a medial post to reduce slight to moderate over-pronation).

    The cushioning is smoothly protective and like other new models from Mizuno, the ride is no longer ultra-firm.

    On a school track, there’s a good amount of ground feel. But an issue quickly raises its head on the oval. The Wave Sonic does not feel as fast as other flats.

    Specifically, it does not feel as fast as running in the Asics Gel-DS Racer or in the Brooks Hyperion. And, frankly, it does not feel as fast as running in the new Mizuno Wave Shadow trainer.

     

     

    Note: These are not your father’s Mizunos!

    The fact that the shoe does not impart a sense of running at supersonic speed is unlikely to affect the fast Cheetahs or Bobcats who almost naturally gravitate toward lightweight flats.

    But it may be discouraging to the mid-pack runner seeking a magical shoe that at least imparts the illusion of speed.

    I think the low heel drop is a major factor here. It keeps the feet anchored close to the ground.

    Those who like more minimalist shoes will be pleased by this, but natural high-steppers and heel strikers may find it to be problematic.

     

     

    The Wave Sonic provides an admirable amount of bounce back, but this seems to dissipate pretty quickly.

    There’s not a sense of forward motion momentum ramping up, as one can readily experience in the Wave Shadow.

    Another factor is that the heel surface on the Wave Sonic is soft and indistinct. It is quite difficult to feel heel plants and this leads to an inability to sense one’s pace in the shoe.

    Cushioning

    While the Wave Sonic provides a fine level of cushioning – comparable to that on the New Balance 1400 v5, it does not appear to be quite as protective.

    I experienced tenderness in my feet on the days after running in the Wave Sonic. Perhaps the Wave Sonic could use an additional half-ounce of foam in the midsole of each shoe.

     

    Durability

    The sole of the Wave Sonic appears to offer admirable levels of durability. However, the heel area looks to be vulnerable.

    It may be feasible at some point to add a patch of reinforcing, tough rubber over the existing X10 heel surface.

     

    Shoe Rotations

    Some runners like to use different shoes for different purposes, using three shoes in what’s called a rotation.

    For Mizuno loyalists, the Wave Sonic is a good choice for a speed training and race day shoe.

    The new Mizuno Wave Sky (11.1 ounces) can be used for recovery days, and the Wave Shadow (8.9 ounces) makes for a superb choice as a daily trainer.

    Non-brand loyalists might augment the Wave Sonic with the Reebok OSR Harmony Road (10.7 ounces) for recovery days, and the Jack of all trades Adidas PureBOOST DPR (9.2 ounces) as the daily trainer.

    Responsiveness – B+

    The Wave Shadow provides what I would term as light responsiveness.

    Stability – B+

    The Wave Shadow is far from lacking when it comes to stability.

    Cushioning – B- to B

    I’ve run in the Wave Hitogami which provides a high level of road feel; so much so that some runners were hesitant to run farther than a 5K in it.

    The Wave Shadow provides enough smooth cushioning to facilitate 10K and further runs.

    Speed – C- to C

    In practice, the 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.

    Overall Verdict

    The Wave Sonic is a stunning looking comfortable and well-built racer flat from Mizuno. Although it’s not the fastest feeling flat on the market, it’s very reasonably priced at $100.

    Most runners should be able to use the Wave Sonic on race day for 3.1 to 13.1 miles. Light, naturally gifted, runners may strap on a pair to quickly add 26.2 miles to the odometer.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 85 / 100 | Erinc Atilla

    Sonic Fast In All Occasion

    Mizuno’s new addition to its racing lineup makes me think about my childhood. Wave Sonic makes me remember the video game I used to play and the term I started to use to express things happening at very high speed; “sonic fast”.

    road shoe suitable for short distance races and uptempo trainings.

    The shoe is around 220gr in weight and heel-to-toe drop of 4mm.The pair that I have is in Black and it has a look similar to that of some crossfit shoes. I can easily say that I use the shoe for daily use with a jean and received positive comments from my friends.

     

    Fit

    Shoe size is similar to other Mizuno models I have used. It has a glove-like fit and I believe that thin and seamless upper part plays an important role in this.

    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 training this is a very big advantage.

    With a low drop, you can feel more freedom on your feet and this freedom can turn out to be a higher pace in your run.

     

    Outsole

    As the other new shoe Mizuno introduced (Wave Shadow), Wave Sonic also has Mizuno X10 carbon rubber as an outsole material. This material is very durable, which is something missing in most of the racing flats. 

    The traction I felt on an asphalt road is good and I believe patterns in the outsole is one of the reasons for this.

    Unfortunately, where I live is not known for perfect asphalt roads. Therefore, even if you run on asphalt, you should expect some foreign materials along the way.

     

     

    With its durability, X10 carbon rubber won’t have any problem with materials such as glass, stones, trash etc.

    More so, due to is low profile, I feel the ground and what’s on it, much more. For long runs, however, this can possibly create minor problems for the feet.

    Midsole

    The new midfoot wave construction with U4icX promise to deliver enough cushioning for long distance.  As a mild overpronator, what I felt on my runs is an elastic feel from the shoe. It's also very comfortable that the shoe has a 4mm drop.

    The same material used in Wave Shadow was used for Sonic giving that similar bouncy, elastic feel.

    I am certain that we will see more usage of U4icX in other Mizuno models especially for the race models as it sure creates some additional speed.

     

    Upper

    Upper unit of the shoe provides a very close feel and Mizuno already describes this as “sock-like construction”. It has a seamless mesh upper, which is also soft and comfortable.

    In general, Wave Sonic has the logo printed which was moved to save some weight.

    I believe that we are living in an era where anything is possible with the help of technology and people are seeking quicker and lighter shoes, therefore any kind of weight saving will be important during a selection process.

     

    User Experience

    Due to my overpronation, I took the shoe only for short runs (4-6km). I am not sure whether it is due to its midsole U4icX material or just because I run on short distances, I felt enough support from the shoe.

    Of course, my feet were much more free to move and when I look at that, while the shoe doesn’t support my overpronation, it was much better than my expectation from a racing shoe

    This is the first racing flat that I used, therefore cannot compare its speed on the road with other models. For me, however, it is a fast shoe and it's elasticity provides additional force during “pull/push” phase.

    As a negative note, in the toe box area, there are more rooms for it to be called“sock-like”. 

    Does it create any problem for me? My answer is no.

    However, I believe that since Mizuno puts emphasis on its specification being sock-like, it needs to be improved.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 85 / 100 | Shriram Nagarajan

    Mizuno Wave Sonic: The Unpretentious Racing Flat

    I was fortunate enough to test the new iteration of  RunRepeat and this is my introduction to Mizuno’s popular wave series of running shoes.

    In the review below, I’d like to go more into detail of the pros and some of its limitations.

    The Looks

    The shoe looks very minimalist with its approach. The shoe I was given was in flashy red with a fluorescent green sole. 

    I’ve seen the same color combination in some of the previous shoes I’ve owned – my NB 890 v2s. 

    The Mizuno logo has been moved from the side to further up front and is bigger and bolder, taking some cues from Nike’s design. It looks good though.

     

    ... And the Feels - Upper

    The upper is made from a material that’s reminiscent of the flyknit from Nike.

    The wave-live structure on the upper is quite pleasing to the eye. The upper is super breathable and there is good ventilation throughout.

    The construction is molded and there are no visible seams. This contributes towards bringing the overall weight of the shoes to just under 8 ounces (size 10) which are essential for racing shoes.

     

     

    The lace system is stretchable and held up really snug without losing the tension during my runs.

    I washed these shoes before this review and it dried within a few hours. The upper looks and feels solid.

    The toe box felt nice and roomy for someone like me who needs to be roomy due to my high arches. Overall, no complaints in the upper department. Mizuno has knocked this out of the park.

    Sizing was a tad smaller. Go half a size upper here with Mizuno. The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 6 that I’m testing right now also has the same issue.

    The toecap, something often forgotten is nicely glued to the upper and doesn’t feel like it’s going to come off anytime soon.

     

     

    The tongue is very flat with very minimal cushioning. Mind you, this is a racing flat and it’s paramount to keep the weight to an absolute minimum.

    I personally didn’t have any issues with the tongue and it helped the shoe cup my feet nice and snug without constricting too much.

    Midsole

    Moving on to the midsole, Mizuno’s famed “wave” technology plate is visibly absent. It’s merely a pattern on the EVA running all around the midsole.

    Mizuno’s newly engineered U4icX (pronounced Euphoric, got it?) midsole is firm and this contributes towards the WaveSonic being quite responsive to short sprints.

    Those who’re looking for a shoe that’s cushy and “pillowy” should look elsewhere.

    The 4mm heel to toe offset is perfect for acceleration during the runs and the transition from strike to toe-off is natural and effortless.

    Those who are midfoot to forefoot strikers will be in love this shoe. Once you hit the straps running, the cushioning of the shoe comes into play nicely.

    Those who are familiar with Nike Speed TR will appreciate the WaveSonic. I've put some 50ks into these shoes and loved the responsiveness under my feet as soon as I start my sprint.

    There isn't a lot of support for some of the overpronators, although the U4icX midsole isn't too forgiving here. The midsole is nice and flexible given its firmness. Mizuno has handled this balance exceptionally well.

     

     

    My issues with the Mizuno WaveSonic were apparent when I started pushing past 8kms.

    I was desperately looking for some cushioning and the firmness of the WaveSonic was telling. I was occasionally heel-striking and my knees started to hurt. This is where I felt if the WaveSonic was too firm for my liking.

    Outsole

    The outsole is rugged and has held very well so far. 

    As you can see from the picture, the outsole doesn’t appear to have taken all the pounding it had from asphalt and concrete – thanks to the X10 blown rubber used. It has small lugs that helped with traction on some muddy sections.

    It is uniform and there were segments along the outline of the outsole giving it the look of a trail-running shoe. It is for this reason that I took these out on a short trail run.

    The Mizuno Wave Sonic offered great traction during my run and I almost forgot that I was wearing a racing flat. Kudos to Mizuno here.

     

    Conclusion

    The Mizuno WaveSonic is a no-nonsense racing flat that’s great for short to medium runs under 15kms. 

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

    With a super light and breathable upper along with great snug fit, Mizuno’s first iteration of WaveSonic is a step in the right direction. At $100, Mizuno has got its pricing right.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 80 / 100 | Carlos Munoz-Hernando

    Pretty Fly: The Mizuno Wave Sonic Review

    I always wanted to test a Mizuno, they look fancy, fast and they have some oriental touch that I love.

    I like the old school style, like some vintage models of Asics of the former top runner Onitshuka Jayhawk that has been turned into a simple street sneaker (don't try to run with the actual ones please).

    Back to the point, I will exposé the brand new Mizuno Wave Sonic and why they are a quite good try.

     

     

    I would like to start saying that these shoes are, in my humble opinion, for 5k, 10k, Triathlon (Sprint and Olympic) and/or fartlek. They were not designed for half Marathon, daily running or long runs.

    As you could have read on my last review for the Reebok Zprint 3D, I and my people from swimbikewrite.com are oriented to triathlon. Therefore, we base our analysis on those parameters and state-of-mind.

    First Impressions

    First impressions were quite good, I like that minimalistic look. As a Spanish guy, wearing as well a fast shoe with your flag colors (red/yellow) at your feet look is quite impressive.

    The shoe's weight was 220gr and they have a heel-to-toe drop of 4mm. This model will replace, the Wave Hitogami 4 (drop 9mm and 210gr). 

    Generally, we like the look, the colors, and the tongue. Now let's get picky and go further.

     

    Outsole

    I like the zig-zag pattern though I have to say that I am sometimes a little skeptical about those "super flat" patterns and how the grip is going to be after a couple of kilometers or wet conditions.

    Most of the outsole is blown rubber and at the heel part, we could find the compound X10, increasing durability.

     

     

    In this case, the performance was better than expected and they behave well.

    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.

    In our test, after 10km at a “happy” pace, we started to feel those consequences. Generally, they are for what they are, fartlek, sprint till Olympic distance. So between its limitations, it performs quite good.

    Midsole & Upper

    This midsole is quite new in Mizuno as far as we know, the component U4ciX is responsible for that energy boost and responsiveness. It has good cushioning in the forefoot.

    The upper is the one part I really like as it was comfortable and has the lightweight feeling when you run without socks. The mesh is quite breathable so it makes the shoes quite useful on warm and hot days. 

     

    Size & Fit

    The shoe is built into a half-sock model, with the tongue attached to the midsole just on one side. That is sometimes good, on other occasions like in the Reebok Harmony Racer, it's just a mess.

    The tongue is perfectly cushioned to be worn without socks and the interior is comfy enough for that purpose.

    Sometimes, when one has big feet and the tongue is attached just to one side, you have problems with the shoelaces at the other side of the tongue. It starts being painful right after putting them on. This is not the case for Mizuno Wave Sonic. 

     

     

    The fit is a little bit smaller than it should be but that's normal for the Mizuno models. When I use socks I use the size 41 and 40.5 without them.

    As they look perfect for triathlons, I tried the non-socked version size and went for the 40.5. It fits just perfect but I have to say that a couple of mm more of free room would have been even better.

    We know that these type of shoes, the fast ones have to fit but in this case, we miss a little more of room inside.

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Looks good
    • Fast enough
    • Comfortable without socks
    • Durable

    Cons

    • The tongue may cause problems when you try to step in at the T2 due to that half-sock fit
    • The general size is smaller as you would think
    • If you turn to hit the ground with the heel, those buddies are not for you

    Verdict

    Is the Mizuno Wave Sonic for Triathlon?

    It is, that is for sprint distance or Olympic ones. For longer distances, we would not recommend it, as it isn't cushioned enough. We all know that during a half marathon we won’t keep the marvelous technique from the first 10K. 

    At the end of the day, it is your call.

     

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

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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.