Who should buy the Mizuno Wave Universe 5

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 is a solid fit for you if:

  • You want a fast and durable competition shoe
  • Excellent barefoot-style shoes perfect for serious minimalist runners
  • You want a great ground feel with superior traction
  • You prefer snuggly fit shoes that are lightweight and flexible

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Updates to the Mizuno Wave Universe 5

  • Lowered stack height in the heel and forefoot to increase speed in running
  • Enhanced flexibility with sock-like feel upper 
  • Padded insole for cushioning and enhanced fit
  • New U4ic midsole for softness and protection after the rubber outsole
  • Removed drainage holes

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 green side profile

Extra traction in the Wave Universe 5

Mizuno uses its proprietary G3 outsole or the configuration of dots in the forefoot for added traction. The nubs on the outsole are fairly regular, which gives the shoe more than enough bite on the road, gravel, or light trail. 

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 green outsole

Added flexibility upon impact

Mizuno cuts a concave near the midfoot for a little flexibility upon impact. It is a feature that makes the run a bit softer to protect the foot and the legs from the almost there outsole and midsole.

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 midfoot

Wave technology in the midsole

This flexible, thermoplastic material lends cushioning and shock-absorbing features. Additionally, it is patterned after the waves in nature that returns back some of the energy for a more dynamic run. 

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 wavetech midsole

Mizuno’s U4ic midsole foam

To compensate for the skeletal structure of the sole, this midsole foam makes the ride a bit softer and acts as a second level of protection after the rubber in the outsole. It is a very resilient and responsive foam that is lighter than most of the foams in Mizuno’s fold.

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 back

SmoothRide technology

 Located in the midsole of the shoe is the SmoothRide technology. It is the series of grooves in the midsole that enables shoe flexibility and smooth transitions.

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 flex grooves

AirMesh in Wave Universe 5

The upper is superbly breathable and flexible courtesy of the AirMesh. A sockliner adds step-in comfort and fit.

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 green upper

This is an upper that is barely there and lends little or no support to the arches for a truly minimalist style of running.

Mizuno Wave Universe 5 sockliner

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 79g / Women 62g
Drop: 2mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 11mm
Heel height: 13mm
Collection: Mizuno Wave

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