Shoe Of The Week: Mizuno Wave Catalyst

A compelling 'tweener that makes a sparkling debut.

Fit-Feel-Ride: Sometimes a shoe falls between two traditional categories, and this one is definitely a compelling ’tweener. Mizuno serves up a nice mix of stability and lightweight performance in this versatile, new everyday trainer. It’s lighter and faster than most high-mileage trainers, but it’s also more durable and stable than most performance trainers. If you’re a runner who needs a little bit of stability to aid your gait, this one offers just a smidge without any hinderances. (For Mizuno fans, it’s somewhat of a blend of the brand’s Sayonara and Elixir shoes.) We liked this shoe enough to give it our Editor’s Choice—Best Debut award (tied with the Skechers Performance GoRun Forza) in our Spring 2016 wear-test review. (More new 2016 running shoes can be found here.)

The key element of this shoe is the plastic Wave plate in the midsole that is tuned to offer a little bit of structure between the heel the midfoot. It has a fairly low-to-the-ground design, but it’s still a well-balanced trainer with just enough cushioning and protection for long road runs. It has a firm, somewhat damp feeling and stable in the heel, but then it transitions into a more energetic, lively feeling as the foot rolls through the gait cycle to the toe-off phase. The bottom line is that it offers a touch of responsiveness with enough cushioning. “This is a great do-everything shoe,” said one wear-tester.

This is the shoe for you if … You’re looking for a versatile, low-to-the-ground everyday trainer that’s both stable and fast.

Price: $110
Weights: 9.4 oz. (men’s), 8.0 oz. (women’s)
Heel-to-Toe Offset: 10mm; 26mm (heel), 16mm (forefoot)

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