Regardless of your preferred training surface—road, track, trail, grass or sand—constantly pounding on the ground beats up your soles. Reason enough to protect them and try to avoid injury. Enter Mizuno’s latest creation, part of its neutral running shoe collection, the Wave Enigma.
Cushioned shoes are most suitable for runners who need minimal arch support, as well as for forefoot strikers and those who have a more neutral gait and don’t overpronate [i.e., roll their feet inward]. The Wave Enigma protects such runners with its pillow-like ride. Combined with Mizuno’s traditional performance features, the shoe creates a plush sandwich around the foot. Mizuno believes that too-soft shoes are inefficient, because they cause the foot to propel up and down instead of forward. The Wave Enigma’s sandwich-like fit allows the foot to move forward as efficiently as possible.
The shoe’s upper portion is made of synthetic suede, a soft material that provides a cushy sensation. The forefoot is constructed of stretch mesh, which allows the shoe to move in unison with the foot, expanding and contracting to maintain the best fit possible. The midsole contains Mizuno’s AP+ foam, which gives the shoe a bouncy, rebound-like feel during motion.
The Wave Enigma also features SmoothRide Engineering, a technology that aids accelerating and decelerating for smooth and easy transitions. The upper portion includes Dynamotion Fit, a material that shrinks and expands in harmony with the foot, helping to eliminate bunching or stress points so you can run comfortably.
The Mizuno Wave Enigma, available online, retails for $130.
Source: mizunousa.com, runnersworld.com