DiscontinuedUpdate: Mizuno Wave Ultima 9
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.
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WeightMen: 11.1ozWomen: 9.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 33mmWomen: 33mm
Forefoot heightMen: 21mmWomen: 21mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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.
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.
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.
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.