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A Review of Mizuno Wave Universe 4 (Unisex) Running Shoes

March 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 217

Mizuno's principal contribution to the minimalist movement is the Mizuno Wave Universe. The words "minimalist movement" refer to those shoes developed in response to the rising awareness of the benefits of running barefoot. Those benefits include ground feel (the body's awareness of its position relative its surroundings due to the sense of feel.), light weight and a low heel (encouraging a forefoot landing.)

I have looked at several of Mizuno's running shoes.

  • Mizuno Wave Musha - The Wave Musha is lightweight, 7.8 ounces, incorporates a decidedly minimal heel to toe drop, and light support against over pronation. At what time I acquired these shoes, years back, I wasn't mindful of the adverse impacts of running utilizing a heel strike. I discovered that the Wave Musha worked remarkably well after I began utilizing a forefoot landing. Although Mizuno's Wave Musha isn't marketed as a minimalist shoe, it is far more minimalistic than a lot of shoes made by other businesses that are.
  • Mizuno Wave Ronin - Next I tried Mizuno's Wave Ronin. Weighing in at 7 oz., the Wave Ronin is like the Wave Musha but with no anti-pronation control. Since the anti-pronation control in the Wave Musha is so minor, I could scarcely notice the difference between the two shoes.Both of these shoes are extremely well constructed. The uppers still seemed brand-new once the soles finally wore out. Once I had decided to try minimalist running shoes, I went with Mizuno Wave Universe, since I like my other Mizuno Shoes so much.
  • Mizuno Wave Universe - If the Wave Musha and the Wave Ronin are minimalistic, then the Wave Universe is another category entirely. They weigh just 3.8 ounces, and their soles are thin and extremely flexible. Running in these shoes is similar to running in your bedroom slippers. They provide protection from the ground you'd like to have while wearing minimalist running shoes and remarkably little else.

You have ground feel in these shoes since the soles are remarkably thin. Unlike the Wave Musha and the Wave Ronin, the Wave Universe doesn't have a heel. The out-sole merely extends over the heel, so it does not have any heel to toe drop. Their most in-demand color is red. That is because red is the only color offered.

If you want a truly minimalist alternative to running barefoot, I don't believe you will go wrong with Mizuno Wave Universe. I believe that running in these shoes are about as close to running barefoot as possible while still wearing shoes.

Dennis Robeson is an avid runner and race walker. He began race-walking due to a debilitating knee injury that prevented running. Now that he has discovered the "barefoot style" of running and minimalist running shoes, he is able to run again without exacerbating his injury. For more information about minimalist running shoes or Mizuno's Wave Universe please visit

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