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
    $230
  • Weight
    Men: 10.9oz
    Women: 9.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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: 32mm
    Women: 32mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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  • First look / Unboxing | Mizuno Europe

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- The Mizuno WaveKnit S1 is a running shoe that is made for those who have neutral pronation. The lightweight construction of this shoe contributes to speedy and flexible performances. The façade bolsters this accommodating construction as it uses a knitted fabric, a material that is making strides in the running shoe industry.

- Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of multiple elements, including two foam layers and a thermoplastic ‘Wave’ that steadies the heel and assists the smoothness of the heel-to-toe transitions. Carbon rubber protects the midsole technologies from the abrasive nature of the surfaces while deep flex grooves encourage the flexibility of the foot.

The WaveKnit S1 was constructed to be true to size. Runners can use their usual sizing expectations when they’re eyeing for a pair. Widthwise, the available options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men.

A medium profile graces this Mizuno running shoe, thus is caters to those who have regular or low volume foot dimensions. The semi-curved shape of the lasting board and the sock-like structure of the upper mimic the inherent curve of the human foot.

The outsole unit of the Mizuno WaveKnit S1 is comprised of X10, a carbon rubber-based layer that protects the midsole from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It has been touted as a highly durable compound that confidently staves off wear-and-tear while also doling out adherence over the ground.

Deep flex grooves grace the forefoot section of the external pad, as well as the transition rail of the lateral section. These trenches are designed to make the platform as flexible as possible, thus allowing the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle.

The decoupled heel isolates the impact shock of the foot-strike and smoothens the transitions through the gait cycle.

The midsole unit of the Mizuno WaveKnit S1 uses two layers of foam. The first one is the U4ic, a topsole that carries the foot and keeps it free from impact shock and movement deviation. It is flexible yet slightly firm, giving the foot a platform that isn’t wobbly or unwieldy.

The second foam that graces the midsole is the U4icX, a bottom layer that is responsible for receiving the brunt of the foot-strike and the weight of the foot. This feature is fundamentally a softer version of the U4ic. A full-length implementation is applied to the WaveKnit S1, unlike some series like the Wave Rider and the Wave Inspire which implements a wedge version.

The Mizuno Wave is a thermoplastic piece that is sandwiched between the two primary cushioning technologies. This midfoot-to-heel accoutrement is tasked with steadying the position of the foot, keeping it from buckling or accidentally shifting its stance.

A Premium Insock is placed on top of the lasting board of this product. It offers an extra oomph to the underfoot experience. It can be removed or replaced with a custom insert if the wearer chooses to do so.

The upper unit of the Mizuno WaveKnit S1 uses a knitted fabric, an element that exhibits a wrap that is similar to wearing a sock. The smooth configuration of the fibers prevents the skin from getting irritated. Breathing pores that widen as the material stretches and follows the shape of the foot are tasked with accommodating the flow of air into the interior compartment.

The sides of the façade have tightly woven portions to act as reinforcements and accents that boost the upright structure of the upper unit. They double as striped highlights that aim to make an impact on the visual aspect.

The Mizuno logo has been printed onto the sides of the silhouette as a determinant for brand recognition. These prints also double as overlays that help with the security of the foot.

The padded tongue and collar are made to cushion the upper portion of the foot, including the Achilles tendon, the ankles, and the instep. In-shoe wobbling and unintentional shoe removals are also incidences that are to be prevented by these parts of the façade.

The traditional lacing system is composed of discreet eyelets and a set of semi-flat laces. The mix of these elements results in an arrangement whereby the fit is adjusted through the manipulation of the tightness or looseness of the crisscrossing strands.

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