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 does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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
$150
Weight
Men: 11oz
Women: 9oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • According to some runners, the Mizuno Wave Sky has the right amount of cushioning needed for long-distance running.
  • Several runners admired the comfortable feel of the shoe.
  • Some wearers noticed that the shoe required no break-in period.
  • A good number of users admired the versatility of the Mizuno Wave Sky; they said that it’s also good for walking, gym training, and as a casual shoe.
  • A couple of testers lauded the good-looking design and the available colorways.
  • Most of the runners admired the responsive feel of the Wave Sky.
  • Based on some user reviews, the shoe was able to provide a great amount of support.
  • It runs true to size, based on some comments.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Mizuno Wave Sky is slightly expensive, based on a few reviews.
  • The shoe has a narrow toe-box, said some users; it apparently didn’t give enough space for natural toe-spread.

Bottom line

Most of those who tried the Mizuno Wave Sky admired the shoe’s high level of cushioning, as well as the plush and flexible ride. It has the right amount of underfoot protection for short and long-distance runs. This road shoe is packed with reliable technologies that deliver a good combination of comfort, stability, and performance.


Rankings


Ratings

4.9 / 5 based on 14 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    In weartesting and in Runner's World Shoe Lab, we found that both the heel and the forefoot are very soft.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Both the heel and forefoot are heavily padded, thanks to two layers of foam that run the length of the shoe—the bottom layer is segmented, so each individual pod can crush independently upon landing for a smooth, soft stride.

  • 83 / 100 by RunRepeat • Lester Daniels • Level 3 expert

    Heel strike is smooth – push off on the forefoot is well padded. Landing feels like a cascading softness that rolls through the length of your foot as the mid-sole pods and outer sole lugs make contact through the transition.

  • 88 / 100 by Through Heather's Looking Glass • Heather Montgomery • Level 1 expert

    This is a neutral shoe, but it has plenty of cushioning, and as someone who prefers a wider toe box, I am happy to say my toes have not gone numb like that have in other shoes. I also really like the new thicker premium sock liner for a better, more comfortable fit.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Sky

  • Mizuno introduces the Wave Sky to replace the Mizuno Wave Enigma as the brand’s top-tier cushioned shoe. The shoe is packed with newer materials and enhanced technologies for a better running experience.
  • The upper of the Mizuno Wave Sky features the new DynamotionFit technology. It is designed to deliver a seamless foot-environment and enhanced sock-like feel. It also provides a light and breathable upper coverage.
  • The shoe also features the new Cloudwave technology. It is strategically placed in the platform to encompass the midfoot and the heel area for a well-cushioned ride and a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
  • A full-length and improved U4icX foam is also placed in the midsole for a more durable and softer underfoot feel. It is also designed to offer a more responsive ride.

Mizuno Wave Sky size and fit

Mizuno offers the shoe in the medium width for both the men and women’s version. The presence of the DynamotionFit technology in the upper enhances the overall fit of the shoe. It has a nice, comfortable fit for runners with a medium foot-shape. The Mizuno Wave Sky is available in standard running shoe length.

Outsole

The Wave Sky uses the reliable X10 carbon rubber outsole material. It provides durability in high-wear areas and it also provides a good amount of traction while running on the road.

Midsole

The midsole of the Mizuno Wave Sky utilizes the new Cloudwave technology. It is an elastic, thermal plastic wave extended from the midfoot to the heel. This technology is engineered to deliver a well-cushioned ride. It provides added cushioning for heel impact and better guidance for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

Along with the Cloudwave technology is the full-length U4icX midsole. This improved iteration is lighter and more cushioned than the older version of the Mizuno U4ic foam. It provides a softer underfoot feel and a more responsive ride.

Upper

On the upper of the Wave Sky is the Mizuno DynamotionFit technology. It is a 3-panel upper construction that is designed for a sock-like feel. It follows the natural movement of the foot while delivering a more secure fit.

The shoe also has the U4icX Strobel lining. It is integrated into the upper for added comfort. The presence of the new and thicker anatomical sock liner provides added layer of underfoot cushioning for enhanced fit and comfort.

Lastly, the Mizuno Wave Sky has a traditional lacing system that secures the foot comfortably. The padded heel collar and tongue also provide added comfort.