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Best Mizuno Running Shoes

Best Mizuno Running Shoes

Mizuno Corporation is a Japanese company founded in 1906. Mizuno started with sportswear, baseball shoes, and baseball gloves before making their first Track and Field focused shoes in 1928. In 1997, Mizuno launched the original Wave Rider. The Wave technology still plays a large part in Mizuno’s running shoes to this day. You’ll likely see it appear below in our ever-updating list of the best Mizuno Running Shoes.

This list does not include all of our Mizuno running shoe reviews – just the best ones. If you want to see more, you can check out all our running shoe reviews here or all of our Mizuno running shoe reviews here.

All the shoes mentioned in our Best Mizuno Running Shoes list are at the top of their respective category within the brand. We tried to make it easy to find the categories that are most important to you. Just click the category you want to read in the table of contents, and you’ll quickly see what we have to say about the best shoe from that category.

Updated: 11.14.2022

Best All Around Mizuno Running Shoes

Mizuno Wave Rider 26

Mizuno Wave Rider 26

The Mizuno Wave Rider 26 delivers the feel of Mizuno Wave technology but improves both the comfort and ride over previous editions. The simple engineered mesh upper molds nicely to the foot, the Enerzy foam can handle 8-10 miles at a time, and the shoe rolls nicely from heel to forefoot. While the outsole wears quicker than most Mizuno models, there’s still plenty of rubber to maintain great traction for a long time. Could it use a little more cushion to really fit in with today’s higher-stack competition? Sure. But the cushion it does have performs well and provides long-lasting on-foot comfort. Read the full review. 

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 12mm, Price: $140

7/10
Total Score
Buy Men's Mizuno Wave Rider 26 Buy Women's Mizuno Wave Rider 26
Mizuno Wave Neo Ultra

Mizuno Wave Neo Ultra

The Mizuno Wave Neo Ultra is a sustainability-focused, well-rounded daily running shoe that’s priced a little too high. It’s a little heavy with a collar height that isn’t for everyone, but the comfortable knit upper tops a buffet of Mizuno’s best foams. It’s Mizuno’s plushest shoe but can still pick up the pace when needed. It’s definitely worth grabbing if you can find a good sale. Read the full review. 

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $250

7.5/10
Total Score
Buy Men's Mizuno Wave Neo Ultra Buy Women's Mizuno Wave Neo Ultra

Best Stability Mizuno Running Shoes

Mizuno Wave Inspire 18 Featured

Mizuno Wave Inspire 18

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 18 is an extremely versatile, moderately priced stability shoe. The stability features aren’t overwhelming so they do the job without feeling oppressive. And while the laces are ridiculously long, that’s our only (minor) gripe. The ground feel is great while still delivering a solid amount of cushion. And the lockdown was near perfect. Think of the Wave Inspire 18 as a great daily trainer with extra stability thrown in for good measure. Read the full review.

Fit: True to size, Drop: 12mm, Price: $140

9/10
Total Score
Buy Men's Mizuno Wave Inspire 18 Buy Women's Mizuno Wave Inspire 18

Best Marathon Mizuno Running Shoes – Coming Soon

Spoiler alert: It’s called the Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro, and it’s awesome. More details coming before its January 2023 release date.


Best Mizuno Running Shoes – Honorable Mention

Mizuno Wave Sky 6

Mizuno Wave Sky 6

The Mizuno Wave Sky 6 looks awesome and packs a nicely accommodating and comfortable stretch woven upper. It’s also a well-cushioned and super-durable shoe. That said, it’s heavy, too expensive, and can have a slightly clunky ride for some people. If you can find the Wave Sky 6 on sale, and the weight doesn’t bother you, you’ll have found a long-lasting, super comfortable daily running shoe. Read the full review.

Fits: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $170

7.5/10
Total Score
Buy Men's Mizuno Wave Sky 6 Buy Women's Mizuno Wave Sky 6

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