After rebuilding my mileage post-injury, I’ve gradually added workouts and races. I run six days a week, and while I’m not a high mileage runner, adding intensity on the track and in tempo runs often leaves my legs feeling beat up.
A few weeks ago, I received the Mizuno Wave Sky shoes, which have been perfect for my easy days, recovery runs, and long runs. The Wave Sky is a neutral, premium trainer with the most plush, soft, and smooth ride of the Mizuno lineup.
The Wave Sky is my first Mizuno shoe in a few years, but here’s my history with the brand.
Mizuno Wave Inspire – These were my first “real” running shoes back in 2010. I trained for an ran my first half marathon in these shoes. I didn’t need the stability, but they felt good and had a lot of arch support. This was so long ago that I don’t even remember the version of shoe I had… maybe 6 or 7.
Mizuno Wave Rider – When I participated in a marathon in 2013 (I hesitate to say I “trained” for it, since I didn’t respect the distance or take it seriously), I often ran my long runs in the Wave Rider. It’s Mizuno’s signature neutral shoe and lightweight and responsive.
Mizuno Wave Precision – Now discontinued, these were my favorite Mizuno shoes. They’re a performance neutral shoe and I ran the marathon wearing them. I also ran several half marathons and 5Ks in them.
Mizuno Wave Hitogami – I’ve had two pairs of Hitogami’s, which are as close to a racing flat as I’ll get. They’re great for track workouts or short races. I raced the 2015 Cooper River Bridge Run in these shoes, which probably wasn’t a smart idea with the bridge’s hard surface. Perhaps that’s why I was sore, achy, and treading the line of injury.
The Wave Sky replaces the Wave Enigma. I haven’t worn those shoes, but based on the specs, the Wave Sky is a bit lighter.
As soon as I opened the box, I loved the Wave Sky shoe colors. The teal is bright and fun, but not over the top bright. I’m not the most fashion conscious runner out there, but I was happy they matched a few of my shorts and shirts without being too flashy.
When I slipped the Wave Sky on, I immediately knew they were quite different than the other Mizuno shoes I’ve worn. Typically, Mizuno’s shoes are firm but the Wave Sky has a softer, cushioned, premium ride.
My first run in the shoes was an easy 7 mile run from my home. As someone who usually runs in performance neutral shoes (Brooks Launch, New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, Saucony Kinvara), I noticed the extra weight for about the first mile, but my legs got used to the shoes as the run continued. The Wave Sky had a smooth heel-to-toe ride, and instead of feeling the bike path and sidewalks, I felt like I was running on clouds.
Along with my easy days, I wore the Wave Sky on my 10 mile long run later that week. My long run included part of the Cooper River Bridge, and if you run that bridge- or any bridge- you know just how unforgiving the terrain is. The bridge is the only “hill” we run in Charleston, but since the bridge is asphalt, repeats beat your legs up worse than a hill on a road.
The day after my long run, my legs felt fine. I wasn’t sore or stiff from the bridge and went for an 8 mile easy run downtown wearing the Mizuno Wave Sky. At first I thought the heavier shoe may also slow my paces down, but so far that hasn’t been the case. Of course, I’m wearing these shoes for easy and recovery days, so my goals for those runs aren’t based on my speed anyway.
I now have 60+ miles on the Mizuno Wave Sky, and they feel smoother with each run. They only feel heavier when I pick them up with my hands, not when I run. I wear other shoes for workouts (tempo runs, intervals), but thanks to the Wave Sky’s cushioning, my legs feel more recovered for those workouts.
The only con to these shoes is that they seem to run smaller than other brands. I would recommend trying on a pair for size. I wear a size 6 in every brand of running shoes, including these, but I do wear thinner running socks with the Wave Sky. You may need to go up 1/2 size, depending on how they feel.
The Wave Sky seems like the Cadillac of Mizuno Running’s lineup. If you wear neutral shoes and are looking for a good everyday shoe, I would recommend trying the Wave Sky.
Every runner and workout has different goals, so what works for me may or may not work for you.
I’m a lightweight, efficient, runner with a neutral gait. I primarily train for 5K-half marathons and run 40-50 mpw. I wear an orthotic insert/heel wedge in my left shoe to take the pressure off my peroneal tendon. The insert worked fine in the Mizuno Wave Sky.
My #1 running goal is to make it to the start line of the races I’m signed up for, so I’m focusing on staying healthy and keeping my easy days easy rather than a specific time.
I highly recommend getting fitted for running shoes at a local shop to make sure these are the right shoes for you. Here in Charleston, you can visit Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant or Fleet Feet Summerville– both stores carry the Wave Sky and you can try them on.
Name: Mizuno Wave Sky
Weight: 11.5 oz. (Men’s), 9.3 oz. (Women’s)
Sizes: 7-15 (Men’s), 6-11 (Women’s)
Drop: 10 mm (Men and Women)
Suggested MSRP: $150