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  • 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
    $140
  • Weight
    Men: 11.1oz
    Women: 9.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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: 33mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Updates to Mizuno Wave Ultima 6

  • Mizuno sticks the changes in the upper of the Wave Ultima 6. Right out of the box, fans of the line will notice that the number of plastic overlays has been eliminated. The shoe now uses very minimal overlays that are printed and heat-sealed. This helps reduce the weight a little bit and gives the upper a more relaxed feel for enhanced comfort during training sessions.
  • Another very visible change is the new Airmesh that is covered by a very fine scree. The scree adds a bit of structure while the entire upper is ultra-breathable.

Mizuno Wave Ultima 6 size and fit

The 6th instalment of the Ultima brings a lot of the fit of the prior model, but a tad more forgiving. It still holds the heel and the midfoot with decent snugness while the forefoot is as roomy as ever. Most runners with average to medium feet should have no trouble finding their sweet spots in this shoe. Medium and wide are the available widths while sizing runs true in the men’s and women’s models.


Outsole

The outsole is basically a mirror image of a lot of Mizuno shoes. It has the horseshoe-shaped heel that is segmented for shock absorption. Mizuno, again, covers this area with very durable carbon rubber. Going farther up, the midfoot to the forefoot are blanketed with softer blown rubber for traction. This outsole element is placed in the Mizuno Ultima 9.


Midsole

Unlike most Mizuno shoes that are quite firm nowadays, the Ultima still has that feel of softness despite the Wave Plate. Runners will observe the softness because of the compression molded AP+ and the SR Touch in the heel. The AP+ runs the entire length and greatly helps with the smooth transition. Located beneath the main midsole cushioning is the Wave Plate in the heel for shock attenuation and stability. The breathability of the mesh continues to the midsole because of several ventilation ports that Mizuno calls the Intercool.


Upper

A very plain AirMesh covers the Ultima 6 with a fine scree mesh on top of it. The scree helps a little with the structure while the printed and welded overlays do a decent enough job of locking the midfoot. A firm heel counter inside the heel section helps hold the foot in place. Inside is a very soft lining that makes the shoe very comfortable. Fit, feel, and antimicrobial properties are superbly provided by a plush Ortholite sockliner.


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