Verdict from 18 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The breathable upper mesh were noted in some reviews since it offers high levels of ventilation for the foot.
  • The Ortholite sock liner prevents moisture and maintains a bacteria-free inner environment.
  • It uses the Mizuno U4ic technology for maximum shock attenuation and a responsive ride.
  • The mid-sole unit features mechanisms that give extra underfoot support for better performance.
  • A gender-specific Smooth Ride technology makes each step more fluid and agreeable.
  • A few runners took note of the shoe’s reliable traction while running on the road.
  • Available in several color options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is expensive.
  • According to some reviews, the sole unit wears off quickly.
  • Some runners noticed that the shoe runs small.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 was designed for high mileage runners. It is a neutral running shoe that gives plenty of cushioning for longer and more efficient performance. Many runners liked the shoe because of its durability and responsiveness, but a few also were disappointed because it runs small and a bit expensive. In summary, the Enigma is a shoe worth recommending to peers.

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Good to know

  • The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 features an improved midsole. This version offers maximum cushioning for a more responsive yet soft underfoot feel. It also features maximum shock attenuation for a more lively and resilient ride.
  • The 5th version of the Wave Enigma also comes with a new forefoot outsole pattern that has deep flex grooves for maximum blend of flexibility and propulsion during toe-offs.

The sizing of the Enigma 5 is the same with the previous version. It comes in a regular running shoe length. This shoe gives an impressive and comfortable fit to those with regular foot shapes and measurements. Mizuno is offering the shoe under the standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s.

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 uses the brand’s X10 outsole technology. It is a reliable carbon rubber that gives added durability for longevity in high wear areas. This also delivers traction during heel strike. The X10 material is also present in the Inspire 15 and Enigma 6 running shoe.

The U4icX, an improved version of the Mizuno’s U4ic Technology, was strategically placed in the forefoot and heel area for additional cushioning to achieve a responsive, pillow-like underfoot feel. It matches well to the old U4ic technology that provides durability, maximum shock absorption and resilient ride. The Enigma 5 uses the SmoothRide Engineering of Mizuno that encourages foot natural movement for a comfortable rocking-chair motion. It increases flexibility and delivers a more powerful toe-off. The Mizuno Wave technology distributes impact forces to a larger area for a more efficient and responsive ride. Its performance was improved through the extended wave plate in the shoe’s midfoot for improved torsional firmness between the forefoot and the heel.

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 uses an open mesh material to provide maximum comfort and breathability. This works perfectly with brand’s DynaMotion Fit that gives an impressive comfortable fit to runners. As the foot moves, the upper moves together with the foot, freely and comfortably. The flexible material reduces the risk of blisters.


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