Mizuno Wave Elevation

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Editor’s Conclusion
Although it's a good shoe, it's not the greatest. Maybe in it's time it was up to par, but now all it really offers is a decent run, with a cool look. With the plethora of updated shoes on the market, the best reason to go with this model is it's visual appeal. I think it looks good, so if it fits your taste and you can find it available, by all means help yourself.
Mizuno Wave Elevation Review Facts

The Mizuno Wave Elevation is an ideal choice for beginner and recreational runners.  They deliver comfortable strides with long-lasting characteristics.  These pair of shoes are economical and provide a generic sense of style that can fit into just about any wardrobe.  Though they are not the flashiest of shoes by any means, they are capable of protecting your feet for the long haul which makes them a popular choice among novice runners.  Let’s get into what else these pair shoes have to offer.

 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Good amount of cushioning
  • Good supportive shoe
Cons
  • Not the greatest traction
  • A bit stiff
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Mizuno Wave Elevation is embodied by the X-10 carbon rubber which gives this shoe its durable features. The specialized rubber component also provides a small amount of traction and added cushioning for a more comfortable ride. More importantly, the outsole delivers a great amount of flexibility, especially for a training shoe. Horizontal and vertical flex grooves will ensure that each stride is responsive and can adjust with the corresponding terrain.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Embedded within the midsole is Mizuno's patented EL8 compression molded EVA foam. It is lightweight in nature and brings that extra layer of durability that beginner runners will appreciate. The midsole also promotes beneficial takeoff and landing techniques. Also found in the midsole is Mizuno's Wave technology, which is located on the heel of the shoe to aid in shock impact throughout transitions.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Athletes will enjoy a very breathable ride thanks to the seamless mesh upper on the Mizuno Wave Elevation. Multiple overlays and the Mizuno logo is printed on the upper to provide additional structure and support. The upper also contains protective features near the toe as well as a comfortable tongue that prevents irritation. Mizuno has implemented a removable insock for a snug fit and added comfortability.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Mizuno Wave Elevation weigh in at 10.4 ounces for men and 8.5 ounces for women. This hits the scale at just above average when it comparing the weight of other training shoes on the market. If you are looking for a speedy shoe to aid in faster runs, you will be better off looking elsewhere. On the other hand, if you are looking for a reliable performance and an affordable price, these shoes are a great option.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The breathable features are made possible from the seamless mesh upper on this shoe. Runners will notice a well-ventilated ride right from their first step and will never have to look back. The upper toe of the shoe has several holes which promote air flow near the front of the foot. Mizuno also made sure to include a specialized stitching on the upper for maximum breathability during all types of runs.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

If you are beginning runner, you really should be looking at shoes that offer maximum comfortability above all else. The Mizuno Wave Elevation offers just that for those looking to get active with their feet. A plush tongue and collar create a comfy feel on the top side of your foot while the outsole and midsole provide padded cushioning for a smooth ride.
Style
Style

Style

Many runners enjoy the style of the Mizuno Wave Elevation running shoes. The company offers several different color schemes for those looking to match other running gear items. Their style represents their performance. Straightforward and to the point. They won't turn any heads in public but are sure to support your feet with a great amount of comfortability.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Another bonus feature to these shoes is the impressive amount of durability they have to offer. From the moment you first lace them up, you will notice a sturdy and supportive feel. Mizuno's strong materials on the outsole have truly made these shoes long-lasting. With proper care, you won't have to worry about looking into a new pair of shoes for a while which is a great advantage to have as a beginning runner.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Mizuno Wave Elevation features a protective perforated toe which will take on the brunt of your runs. Don't worry about abrasions either, as the X-10 carbon rubber will defend the shoe especially in high wear and tear areas. The honeycomb tongue will also deliver extra protection and fend off that annoying road debris from entering the shoe. All in all this shoe has a solid amount of protection for your feet.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Mizuno Wave Elevation's midsole features a compression-molded EVA foam that gives the shoe somewhat responsive features. The EL8 foam is more so designed for cushioning and comfortability but will offer a decent amount of response through the gait cycle. This line has more strengths as a comfortable and durable shoe, rather than a responsive one.
Support
Support

Support

Runners can definitely be confident in the supportive features of the Mizuno Wave Elevation running shoes. Starting with the upper, the seamless mesh overlay and imprinted logo will give off a secure fit for the top side of your foot. Additionally, the heel portion of the shoe adapts well to each runner's stride with a single patch overlay that connects to the back of the shoe. The removable sock liner will also give off an added supportive feel.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Mizuno Wave Elevation are a generic road terrain shoe. Most buyers of this product will have little running experience which is fine, but make sure to stay away from dangerous and more advanced trails especially when using this shoe. Although they will protect your feet with durable features, they are best suited for common running grounds such as tracks, sidewalks, and streets.
Price
Price

Price

Those looking for a new pair of running shoes will be happy to notice the affordable price of the Mizuno Wave Elevation shoes. Especially for novice runners, it really isn't necessary to spend $100 or more on your first shoes. Purchasing those higher end shoes will give some added features, but in the long run, sticking to a quality pair of kicks is the right way to go. Especially if you are just getting into running for exercise.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Users have noted that the traction can be a little iffy on very wet surfaces which is somewhat understandable. Other than that type of condition, the grip of these shoes definitely gets the shoe job done. The X-10 carbon rubber outsole provides a good amount of grip. Additionally, the horizontal and vertical grooves give this shoe its flexible characteristics which are key for all runners.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Mizuno Wave Elevation has a solid amount of flexibility thanks to a number of different reasons. First, Mizuno was able to engineer the midsole to be 10% lighter than previous models for an enhanced lightweight feel. This correlates to the flexible outsole which features multiple flex grooves that also aid in grip on a variety of surfaces. Your feet will not feel constricted in these shoes so you can focus on getting through your workout in the most comfortable fashion.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Mizuno Wave Elevation is sure to offer a stable ride. These shoes will deliver a good amount of protection and support in an effort to keep your feet stable during all parts of your workout. Beginning runners can appreciate this factor as it is important to practice proper form in the first stages of your running experience.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of the Mizuno Wave Elevation is measured at 10 millimeters for both men and women's version. They provide a spacious fit throughout the entire foot and are a good choice for runners with wide feet.
Key Features of the Mizuno Wave Elevation
Key Features of the Mizuno Wave Elevation

Key Features of the Mizuno Wave Elevation

• Full lace-up front
• X-10 Carbon Rubber outsole
• EVA foam midsole
• Breathable and support mesh upper
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Mizuno Wave Elevation is a solid pair of running shoes for those looking to improve their running form with maximum comfortability. They provide a sufficient amount of cushioning for a snug ride and will last you a very long time. Mizuno uses strong durable materials to deliver a shoe that will perform at a reliable level. These are very economical shoes and are ideal for beginning and novice runners.