The New Wave Universe 4 Spotlights Mizuno In Minimalist Running
by Bob "Wish" Wischnia on July 3, 2011
The growing trend toward minimalist/natural running shoes has thrust the Mizuno Wave Universe directly into the spotlight. For years, Mizuno has pioneered this lightweight category and the Wave Universe 4 at 3.8 ounces is the lightest road-racing shoe on the market—even lighter than the so-called barefoot shoes. In fact, our Wave Universe model has been the lightest shoe on the market for the past five years.
With an extremely low midsole profile, the Wave Universe is built close to the ground with only a 5 mm heel to toe differential. But unlike some of the barefoot or minimalist shoes, the Wave Universe has just enough cushioning to protect the foot from the harsh realities of the road.
The Universe 4 has a new, eye-catching lightweight mesh upper with added printed overlays to give a hint of support without adding any bulk to this ultralight beauty. A new outsole design provides better traction and acceleration no matter the distance.
If you want to fly and don’t want your shoe to slow you down, the Wave Universe 4 is the go-to shoe for you.