We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The color schemes available for this model were welcomed by consumers, and they wrote that they made the shoe appealing to look at.
  • The breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics of the upper were well-received by runners.
  • A runner reported that the toe-box was spacious enough to accommodate the natural splaying of the toes.
  • Several testers commented that the Mizuno Wave Ultima 8 was able to deliver reliable underfoot cushioning.
  • A number of consumers described this running shoe as ‘comfortable’.
  • The grooved exterior of this shoe’s sole unit was appreciated because it allowed the foot to flex naturally.
  • A purchaser gave props to Mizuno for the quality of this version; for them, this product was reliable and consistent.
  • An expert reviewer wrote that the mid-sole technologies in this shoe were responsive and agreeable.
  • According to testers, the grip capability of the outsole rubber didn’t disappoint.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The tongue of this shoe tended to twist after a while, which annoyed a reviewer.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Ultima 8 was able to deliver solid performances to those who have taken it for a spin. There were various comments about its components and functionality, most of them very positive. It’s gained the favor of those who have considered it as a reliable road running shoe for those with neutral gaits.



A top rated Road running shoe
It has never been more popular than this June
Better rated than the previous version Mizuno Wave Ultima 6
  • The 8th version of the Mizuno Wave Ultima brings comfort to the runner. The upper unit uses an open construction, therefore allowing environmental air to maintain a cool and dry environment for the foot. Stitched overlays don’t just add a visual flair to the upper, they also make the fit more customizable. Natural foot motion is afforded more freedom thanks to the Dynamotion Fit system.
  • The proprietary wave-shaped unit in the mid-sole is used in this running shoe. It adds some springiness to each step, while also attenuating the impact forces brought about by the foot strike. Full-length cushioning is afforded by the U4ic. A lighter version of this material called the U4icX lets the runner feel a pillow-like softness to the platform.
  • Additional shock absorption is given by the SR Touch, a small section in the rear of the Mizuno Wave Ultima 8’s mid-sole. It also sets the foot up for a smoother rebound. The platform even has a ventilation system made up of pathways or ports, which allow air to enter the interior foot chamber. This system helps in keeping the foot cool and dry at all times.
  • Durable rubber technologies in the outsole protect the platform from the potentially deteriorating effects of surface exposure, friction and continued use. Because they make the entire sole unit more flexible, there are flex grooves that facilitate better movements through the gait cycle. They help the runner in toeing off more efficiently.

Regular measurement schemes were used when making the Mizuno Wave Ultima 8. Men and women are able to get a relaxed fit because the size options are spot-on. The available width for both genders is medium, so it is able to welcome those with medium sized feet. The natural shape of the human foot is accommodated by its semi-curved shape.

X10, which is also used in the Wave Ultima 9, is a compound made from durable carbon rubber. It protects the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It also gives enhanced surface traction, which is important for any running activity.

Blown rubber is a more responsive rubber compound that is able to add a bit more cushioning to the foot. It also has a springy nature, which allows the runner to toe-off more speedily. And that is the reason why it is placed in the forefoot section.

Flex grooves in the Mizuno Wave Ultima 8’s forefoot make the platform more adherent to the movements of the wearer.

The Mizuno Wave Ultima 8 features the U4ic, a full-length foam material that’s responsible for providing reliable cushioning and shock absorption to the runner. It has a lightweight nature, so it won’t feel bulky or unwieldy.

The U4icX is a lighter version of the main mid-sole material. It improves the responsiveness of the platform, while also allowing the runner to feel a pillow-like softness to the underside of their feet.

The Mizuno Wave makes use of a thermal plastic unit in the rear section of the mid-sole. It’s elastic, so it adapts to the weight and motion of the foot. It cushions the heel strikes and assists the foot in transitioning smoothly towards the toe-off.

The Intercool ventilation system basically adds ports to the mid-sole, which allow air to enter the shoe in order to heighten its breathable function.

The heel area of the Ultima 8 also benefits from the SR Touch, a compound that is able to absorb impact shock during the landing phase.

The Ortholite Sock Liner adds a bit more cushioning to the foot. Its antimicrobial and anti-moisture properties allow the interior of the Mizuno Wave Ultima 8 to remain clean, healthy and odor-free.

The upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Ultima 8 uses the AIRmesh, a lightweight fabric that is able to maintain ventilation through visible pores in its façade. It’s durable, so it won’t tear apart easily.

The Dynamotion Fit system uses a stretchable material in order to maintain a fit that follows the natural motion of the wearer. Through this, skin irritation is prevented.

Stitched-on overlays add structure to the upper. They also improve the overall durability of the Ultima 8. Connected to the lacing system, they basically make the coverage feel more secure because they adapt to the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.