The Mizuno Wave Enigma 6 is the max cushioning option from Mizuno. I’ve tried the Wave Rider before but honestly, it’s not enough cushion for me. Working at a Run Specialty store, you get to see a lot of different brands and have the luxury of trying on different shoes and I’ve tried on almost every shoe out there. I can usually tell if the shoe works for me or won’t. To be honest, for a while, I gave Mizuno the cold shoulder. I had tried the Wave Rider previously, and like I mentioned, it wasn’t enough cushion for me personally. With any running shoe, it works for some people and doesn’t for others. I’m not sponsored by Mizuno and they aren’t paying me to talk about their shoes.
The fit of the Wave Enigma is similar to the Wave Rider as well as the brand in general. Mizuno is a narrow brand. I normally wear a size 10 for women but chose to wear a size 9 for men (roughly 10-10.5 wide for women). Honestly, it fits me perfectly, and I wouldn’t have chosen a different size. These shoes are a men’s size 9. Color doesn’t matter to me, but I can appreciate that most colors in the Wave Enigma are a neutral color.
The Wave Enigma is much softer than the Wave Rider. To be honest, I was shocked that a Mizuno shoe could even feel that soft. I had made a preemptive judgment (based on the Wave Rider) that Mizuno would never be a brand I could run in. The ride is soft, light weight and cushioned. I prefer the extra cushion in the front of the shoe and there is significantly more cushion in the forefront.
Call me old fashion and traditional but one thing I do appreciate is that Mizuno still has a 12mm drop. As someone who runs on their toes, I feel like the 12mm matches my gait better.
I like the softness of the Enigma. It’s definitely very different than the Wave Rider. I like the feel of the Enigma, and I plan to run through the entire duration of the shoe. They are a great maximum cushion option from Mizuno and I’m glad I gave them a fair opportunity in my running shoe rotation.
Question for you:
Have you ever run in Mizunos?
Do you prefer a lower or higher drop?