Men's Wave Universe 5

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These are great shoes. I've ran with Mizuno for years. These shoes weigh as if they aren't even there. I met someone who has ran entire marathons in these multiple times and they held up fine. I will only be using them for sprint training. They have a really nice race look to them. I've read some comments on here with a few people complaining about the way they look but those people probably want some old boring air jordan look or something... Keep up the Great work Mizuno. And Thank you for being so informative with the pronation and weights in the description unlike other shoe companies who just have pictures...

Wave Universe 5: Welcome to fast.

For runners looking to shatter PRs and go fast on race day, the Wave Universe 5 is the obvious choice. At 2.8 oz, the Wave Universe 5 is airy light on the foot yet still provides a brilliant running experience.

Key Features

  • The lightest shoe in the universe removes the barriers between you and a brilliant performance.
  • U4ic midsole provides resiliency and a smooth ride at a fraction of the weight of traditional midsoles. 
  • G3 SOLE has lightweight, superior traction, creating a pure connection to the ground.




Optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride.
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Great Shoes - even for long distances

Quick History on Me:
* I am 46 and have been running since the age of 8
* From 8 to 40, I ran in Asics but could not get past 8 miles with IT Band Issues
* I sweat heavily when I run and live in the Dallas, TX area which is warm and humid
* Running is my passion-I am now running about 60 miles per week ... what changed?

What Changed?
* After my last IT Band Injury, I had lots of time to research shoes and running styles
* Minimalist Running really stood out and made sense
* Looking at the Vibrams and other barefoot shoes was not appealing
* I found the Wave Universe 3's.
* I ordered and ran in them and was able to increase my distances to 13 miles
* I ordered a replacement pair and no issues - distance to 18 miles
* I ordered two pairs of Wave Universe 4's and increased my distance to 23 miles

Mistake and Regrets...
* Ist step in to a forefront strike - Newtons - two pairs over 8 months
* Problem: uncomfortable strike over time and very low mileage - max of 320 miles
* I then tried Altra Zero Drop Shoes
* Fit was good but I started getting blisters and the straps created pressure points
* I then tried Vibram Bikala's, very comfortable but I also got blisters in these
* During a run, I stepped on a rock under my second toe metatarsal - fractured
* After almost 5 months of downtime, I made the best choice to go back to Mizuno

March of 2013
* I opened my unused pair of Wave Universe 4's and started my way back
* March through August I was able to slowly increase my mileage to 16 miles
* I ordered my Wave Universe 5's and started wearing them on September 1st
* Wow!!!!

Weight? Put Running Socks in one hand and the shoes in the other... Can you tell the difference? I cannot.

Upper: Very thin and lightweight mesh - I can only compare it to spider silk and so far, it is just as strong and very breathable.

Lower: A thinner, slightly spongier version of the sole on the 4's. With 245 miles in, they are holding up pretty well.

Fit: Like the 3's and 4's, they fit a glove. These shoes almost feel like a sock which makes them even more comfortable.

Durability: My original concern was the strength of the upper; however, my only concern now is the sole. These have held up well over the first 31 days and 245 miles and I am hoping to get over 500 miles out of these like I did the 3's and 4's.

Look: Some people don't care for it; however, I've had 20 to 1 compliments to complaints ratio.

Smell: After about 2 weeks of intense running in very warm and humid conditions, the shoes will become ripe. Why: As breathable as they are, they do absorb a bit of odor.

Washability: YES!!! I wash mine about every two weeks along with my running belt. I wash them in a regular cycle and dry them in the dryer. I do place them in a mesh garment bag to keep the laces from getting wound around other items.

* Primary Issue: The tongue can slip down making it a bit uncomfortable.
Temp Solution: I used a very small zip tie and strapped it to the laces
* Minor Request: It would be nice to get velcro sides to and bypass laces
October 1, 2013
Second Review - Final in this pair!
UPDATE TO MY EARLIER REVIEW - Hopefully the engineers take note!
OCTOBER 18, 2013 - 395 Miles Completed!

Longest Run - 31 miles
Average Run - 16 miles
Total Miles � 395

* Durable for normal distance running - not sure about how they would hold up with lots of turns
* Very Breathable and hold up well wet and dry - no holes or rips

* Solid Construction
* New Heel never rubs or slips

* Take a beating
* Handle hot ground better than the 3's and 4's


* As lightweight as these are, they needs to dry a bit faster
* Better lace control. When tight, they can press against the top of the foot and feel a bit loose near the toes
* Velcro would be a plus

* A better cushioning control or cups in the heel - stepping on a small rock can hurt and/or bruise the heel
* Maybe a thin gel suspension system to allow the impact to evenly spread throughout the shoes

* An extra millimeter deep sole would give an extra 100 miles and bring the distance to the level of the 4's
* A bit harder compound at the base to spread the impact through the mids

I Love these shoes and do recommend them as they are. My hope is the engineers at Mizuno continue to make improvements to these shoes, especially as it pertains to dispersing energy throughout the soles and midsection. �

The 4's definitely last longer but the 5's feel better (almost non-existent) and, when the laces are perfectly adjusted, fit like a glove. I've purchased my second pair already and will probably have to get another pair in December.
October 18, 2013
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Elite Runner
I switched to minimalist running several years ago and have been running in the Wave Universe since version 1. I ran in college and am now trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the marathon. I am a big fan of the Wave Universe, it is the shoe I use for all of my training and racing. I've run over 100 miles per week in previous Wave Universe versions but I'm not sure if I will be able to do that in these. The first thing I look for in a shoe is the weight so the Wave Universe 5 has been ideal for that. However, the sole is a little too thin when compared to the Wave Universe 4 and doesn't last nearly as long. The upper on the 5 is also a little too tight compared to the 4. I really like that they have lowered the heel drop on the 5's but they are just a little too thin. I hope the next version of the Wave Universe has the same heel drop as the 5's with the same forefoot cushioning of the 4's and the upper of the 3's. That would be the ideal shoe. Other than that there is really not a good alternative to this shoe right now.
July 7, 2014
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Excellent shoes. GREAT LOOK
These are great shoes. I've ran with Mizuno for years. These shoes weigh as if they aren't even there. I met someone who has ran entire marathons in these multiple times and they held up fine. I will only be using them for sprint training. They have a really nice race look to them. I've read some comments on here with a few people complaining about the way they look but those people probably want some old boring air jordan look or something... Keep up the Great work Mizuno. And Thank you for being so informative with the pronation and weights in the description unlike other shoe companies who just have pictures...
November 24, 2013
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I'm a marathon runner with wide feet who prefers a "barely there" shoe. I am very particular about my shoes and have cycled through countless brands and models. As soon as I put the Wave Universe 5 on my feet, I knew I found a winner. I quickly laced up the shoes and headed out the door for a three mile test run. Before I even caught my breath after breezing through my run, I ordered three more pairs for marathon training season.

While the Wave Universe 5 is technically a racing flat for mid-distances, I have logged a couple of long runs in the shoes and have had nothing but positive results. Once you begin running, you forget the shoes are on your feet as they are so light and comfortable with ample underfoot protection.

Do yourself a favor and try the Wave Universe 5.
April 28, 2015
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Barely there
I have socks that outweigh these remarkable shoes. Minimalist runners will love these shoes - pure flexibility, nearly no heel-to-toe drop and a great feel on the road. I even think they look good.
August 3, 2014
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The lightest running shoe on the planet
The lightest running shoe on the planet is also the greatest running shoe on the planet. This is an extremely comfortable running shoe. It feels much like you would be wearing a moccasin. The durability is excellent for such a lightweight shoe. I have a sprinter running background, so I naturally run much on my toes. This causes the sole on all of my previous lightweight running shoes to wear through under the big toe so that it eventually becomes a hole and then you of course have to toss the pair and buy a new one. On this particular shoe there is almost no visible wear on the sole after almost a full year of use. The extreme light weight is great, because it saves weight in your carry on luggage, when you travel around the world. Another obvious benefit is that the lighter the running shoe is, the better it is to run in it. Not even track spikes are as light as this running shoe.
June 19, 2015
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Great shoe
I'm a 45 year old male. I trained and ran the shamrock marathon in this shoe. Amazingly durable and comfortable. If you are a minimalist this is as good as it gets. I can't believe how well they held up I only went through 2 pair preps and race. Work on the color can't we just get a plain neutral color
September 26, 2014
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Runs Large
I recently received this shoe in the mail. I ordered a 10 because the size chart said it fit pretty much the same as my New Balance MR00 and MT110, but when I tried them on they were about half a size too large. This is probably because the upper is so much thinner than either of those shoes. I have returned them and am waiting for the replacements in the correct size.

Aside form that, these shoes seem pretty great if you want something minimal. I'll update this after I actually put some miles on them.
December 25, 2014
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These shoes represent the closest ideal fit for my feet while still maintaining an adequate amount of comfort and support.
March 24, 2015
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What is the longest race that can be recommended for these?
Jackierobinson27 on Feb 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This really depends on the runner and their experience level. While these may be designed for short distances you can use them for as long a distance as your body is trained to handle. If you're experienced in running longer distances in minimalist shoes then you can run long distances. If you are inexperienced but want to run long distances in this type of shoe then you will need to ease into it slowly and pay close attention to an warnings your body may be telling you. Definitely not a beginner long distance shoe.
What size should I get? I normally wear a 9 1/2 on my running shoes should I go up to 10 down to 9 or stay with a 9 1/2
Harvey on Jul 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You should be fine with a 9.5.
What are your two best minimalist shoes for road and trail running?
curran on Mar 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: and where is the wave evo Ferus? i cannot see it on your websiteI have a pair and think that by the end of the summe rit will need replacement. not on your website, is a new model replacing it?
Is the weight listed on the Mizuno 5 universe for the pair or for each individual shoe? Thanks
Matthew K on Oct 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The weight listed is going to be each individual shoe.
How does it compare with one of those finger toe shoes AKA almost barefoot shoe. I'm looking for a shoe that's close to an barefoot running.
Rocketo0 on Aug 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: For further assistance please contact us at 1-800-966-1211.
How does the wave universe compare to Merrell Trail Glove 3?
JSteh on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Universe is a minimalist racing flat. There is little support in the upper and very little cushioning. This shoe is not designed for trail running.
I've been very happy in my pair of Wave Evo Levitas, but those apparently got discontinued. Would these be seen as the shoe to move to? Or is there a different pair of Mizuno's to try?
Nathaniel Q on Mar 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Universe is a minimalist racing flat with very little cushioning and support in the upper. Please visit a local specialty retailer for a fitting to find a shoe that provides the heel-to-toe drop and support/cushioning you are looking for in a running shoe.
Hi, could you please help me out with choosing the right size? I wear women's size 11M in brands like Nike or Adidas and my foot is 11 inches long. Cheers
PatKat on Feb 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Our running shoes typically do fit true to size. With that said, we would recommend going through a fitting to ensure that you're getting the proper size for you.
I'm currently running in a pair of men's size 10.5 wave inspire 10 and these fit snuggly in the toe box and over the midfoot. How does the universe fit compare to the inspire fit?
jothebro on Feb 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The universe is a narrow shoe made for lean runners looking to increase speed. If you are looking for a sock like fit, the Universe will be perfect. The Inspire is a cushioned shoe that also comes in a wide. We recommending trying a wider cut.
I see Wave Universe advertised as both women's and men's shoes on Amazon, but aren't they unisex (i.e. men's) sized? Don't want to end up with the wrong size!
garyd on Jan 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Ekiden is a unisex show, but the Wave Universe is not. The Wave Universe 5 is offered in both men's and women's sizes.
When you say there is a new color coming out in "1/5/14" do you mean "1/5/15"? And is that January 5th or May 1st?
HCarleton on Dec 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Universe 5 will be released in a new color on January 5, 2015.
I wear SuperFeet insoles in my current running shoes. Can I use an insole like this in this shoe?
Simpson48 on Nov 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We do not recommend using SuperFeet insoles with the Wave Universe 5. If you would require insoles in this shoe, we would recommend trying one of our other more cushioned racing flats.
I wear a size 14 shoe. do you sell this size?
sborisuk on Nov 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The largest size offered in the men's Wave Universe 5 is a size 13.
Can you use these for cross country? Cause in Ca our courses is mostly made up of dirt trail and cement. so in other ways canbwe use it for those types of things?
kaib on Nov 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We typically do not recommend using running shoes on trail surfaces as it will cause the outsole's and upper's of your shoes to break down much more quickly. Please contact our Running Consumer Support Team directly at 1-800-966-1211 for further assistance with your inquiry.
Would you recommend these shoes for dry cross country?
Eddieagr on Aug 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We do not recommend the Wave Universe for Cross Country.
Is it comfortable or recommended to used these racing flats on a course that would be known to have rocks, or are these flats meant for more of a flat terrain?
Roody on Jul 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Universe 5 is designed for paved surfaces only. We would not recommend this shoe for mixed terrain courses.
I bought 3 pairs of the Ronin 3 when you made them, and I am on my last pair. I want a similar minimal shoe, lightweight, with a neutral balance. Run about 4 or 5 miles 3 times a week. What would be your recommendation? Thanks, -D
DBG6 on Jun 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Hitogami is the replacement for the Wave Ronin.
I'm unable to run so instead I do speed walking or race walking. What shoe would you recommend for this type of activity?
Jason A on May 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Hitogami, Wave Sayonara, and Wave Ekiden are excellent light weight shoes that would be great for speedwalking.
Is the stated weight per shoe, or per pair?
Backpacker on Apr 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The weight is per shoe.
I'm looking for a minimalist shoe (size 10-1/2) with a wide toebox (4E) similar to the "Trail Glove Wide Width" that Merrell used to sell. Do any of your shoes fit this description?
EAKIII on Mar 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The wave universe 5 is much more minimal than the Merrel Trail Glove, although the toe box is not quite as big. One reason the toe box can't be as big is that It's basically a sock attached to an out-sole, so if the toe box was bigger the shoe would feel floppy. If you're looking for arch support this is not the shoe for you, if you're looking for a good minimalist road shoe this probably the best you're going to find.
Has anyone used these for crossfit?
Mike1234 on Feb 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We do not recommend the Wave Universe for Crossfit.
Is there a significant feeling difference when running in these wave universe 5's than within the wave evo levitas (that I already own and appreciate) ?
Peter31 on Feb 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: There will be significant differences between the Wave Universe and EVO Levitas. The drop on the Wave Universe is 3mm, compared to 0mm on the EVO Levitas. The OVO Levitas will also have additional cushioning. Mileage wise, the Wave Universe are only expected to last around 120 miles since they are designed as a racing flat for shorter distance races.
How many miles can these shoes last?
TBecks4 on Dec 2, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Universe 5 has a life expectancy of 120 miles.
What type of running surface would you suggest running on with these?
Mistborn_Kenny on Nov 6, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Universe 5 is designed for use on paved surfaces.
What is the heel-drop on these shoes?
Ryno82 on Sep 15, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Our Wave Universe 5 offers a 3 mm ramp from heel to toe.
Are there any plans to discontinue these shoes and/or replace them with a new model? I just want to make sure I can stock up first if there are. That happened to me with the last model I had(not mizuno).
HCarleton on Dec 19, 2014
Are there any stores in the atlanta area that carry these shoes?
BaileyG on Nov 28, 2014