Mizuno Wave Enigma 2 Review

Many running shoe manufactures have heard the cries of their customer base, and have taken themselves to task in revamping already existing shoe lines. One of the many lines that are being introduced via a revamp, are the Mizuno Wave Enigma 2. The previous model of the Mizuno Wave Enigma were said to be too heavy and clunky. Runners will be delighted to learn that the current model is lighter to wear. The shoe is sturdy, yet is also flexible.

Overview of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 2

Some runners might be concerned about the shoe's height off of the ground. The shoe does feature a thick tread on the soles and the heel does appear to be very thick. However, the manufacturers have created the Mizuno Wave Enigma 2 with plenty of cushioning in the heels. As a matter of fact, compared to many other running shoe brands, this brand and model offers a tremendous amount of heel cushioning. The shoe also features a tremendous amount of forefoot cushioning as well.

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Shoe Type

The Mizuno Wave Enigma 2 running shoe was definitely designed to be a neutral/cushioning shoe with plenty of stability features. For example, the Wave Enigma 2 features a plastic plate that runs from the length of the arch, to the heel. The plate serves to train the foot to maintain healthy positioning while running. However, a runner shouldn't be concerned that running in these shoes will feel too constrictive or painful. The designers of this shoe have created the shoes to offer runners a high-level of cushioning as well.

Runners will be glad to learn that these shoes sport a very decent amount of flexibility. The shoes are almost perfectly mid-range, regarding it's heaviness to lightweight levels. Not only this, but the fabric of the shoe features wide netting. This way, the runner's feet can breathe, receiving lots of air.

Pros and Cons of the Mizuno Wave Enigma 2

There are a few pros to consider, regarding the Mizuno Wave Enigma 2 brands of shoes:

  • They offer two features that runners are concerned with: They are flexible, while offering a high level of stability.
  • Cushioning is the primary asset to the Wave Enigma 2.
  • They allow lots of air to make contact with the feet. Although the shoes look very heavy, they offer lots of cooling ventilation.
  • The thick grooves in the soles offer lots of traction on the ground when needed.

However, there are a few cons to mention:

  • These shoes look very clunky. The heels are designed pretty high off the ground. While some runners might welcome this feature, this could be a turn-off for other runners
  • The plastic plate along the sides of the shoes feel too stiff for some runners


Some runners might find these shoes a bit too firm or restrictive. However, others might welcome this experience. Due to the firmness of the shoes, combined with the height of the shoe, I definitely recommend this to runners who are heavier. These are also great training shoes for those who need to correct slight overpronation issues and are looking for great cushioning.

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