Verdict from 5 experts and 10 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Stability: Mild overpronators agreed that Wave Horizon 5 has an excellent stability feature, describing it as "subtle and effective."
  • Comfort: Many road runners mentioned that the shoe is very comfortable right out of the box.
  • Cushioning: Most reviewers described the experience as "soft, plush, and responsive."
  • Foothold: According to several user comments, the shoe has a supportive upper and stiff heel cup that gives the foot a "more secure and supported" lockdown.
  • Durability: Expert reviewers reported that the Wave Horizon 5 is durable, with no significant wear after putting 100 miles.
  • Traction: A few runners said that they feel confident running even on wet and slippery surfaces.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Not for narrow feet: Several narrow-footed runners find the upper "too spacious" for their foot shape.
  • Warm coverage: A few noticed that the upper is "very thick" and "can run a little warm."

Bottom line

With a modified midsole, the Mizuno Wave Horizon 5 now offers a perfect balance of responsiveness and stability. Giving runners the needed bounce and cushioned run without being overly corrective as a stability shoe

The Wave Horizon 5 is best for easy, long-distance, and recovery runs and not meant for quick-paced training. If you want maximum comfort and subtle stability, this shoe is for you. But for a more versatile option that can handle fast runs, consider the Mizuno Inspire model.

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Mizuno Wave Horizon 5:  Subtle stability mile after mile

Featuring an innovative midsole design, the Mizuno Wave Horizon 5 offers a combination of controlled responsiveness and full-length stability. It helps runners experience a smooth, well-cushioned, and supported ride on the road.

This stability shoe from Mizuno is best-suited for:

  • daily training
  • easy, long-distance runs
  • recovery runs

What's new with the Wave Horizon 5?

  • Midsole foam: The shoe features the new Mizuno Enerzy, which delivers more bounce and a softer feel than the traditional EVA foam.
  • Upper design: The upper has been updated to provide a more comfortable and secure lockdown, from the forefoot to the heel section.


How Mizuno Wave Horizon 5 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 48% road running shoes
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Bottom 43% Mizuno running shoes
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Bottom 28% stability running shoes
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