Disclosure: Runner’s World connected me with Mizuno, who provided me with a pair of Mizuno Enigma 5 shoes to test free of charge. I also received additional compensation in exchange for testing, talking about and reviewing the shoes. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
I have been sort of lost in the running shoe world lately. My beloved Mizuno Elixir were discontinued and I ran both pairs that I had into the ground. I asked many different people where I should go from there. I wanted a shoe that was comfortable and supportive for everyday mileage (whether I plan on running 3 miles or 12 miles) and that will hold up when I begin to train for a half marathon toward the end of the summer. I have been rotating old shoes until I find a replacement.
The folks at Runner’s World must have known I was in need of some running shoe guidance and sent me an email offering me an opportunity to review the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5. Impeccable timing, amiright?
First, the stats from the company:
I will start with the Wave Technology (because this is the foundation of every pair of Mizuno running shoes on the market). Inspired by nature (think tidal waves), the midsole is designed to dissipate impact forces away from the foot for a smoother, more cushioned feel on every step.
Next, my feelings:
My initial feeling was that it was a lot of shoe. They are about an ounce heavier than what I am used to. There is no doubt that when you put them on you can feel the cushion. They have a “walking on a cloud” type of feel.
I have been wearing them for a handful of weeks for now for every single workout. I wanted to give them a good test and see where they fit into the rotation. I put about 50 miles on them. Those miles included short runs, speed workouts, and long runs. I also wore them to the gym for strength workouts and wore them when I took Jennie for walks with the stroller.
I really like them. Even though I get the “a lot of shoe” feeling when I put them on, I never feel it when I am running. After about a week of wearing them, I found my stride easily and each step seamlessly rolled into the next. The comfort level is out of this world. I have wide feet and while the fit was “glove-like” the toe box did not feel too restrictive (but it definitely feels more narrow than the Sayonara or Wave Rider or Elixir). The laces are extra stretchy, not the typical material (I know it is a weird thing to notice) and never came undone, which is a problem I face quite frequently. The upper is mesh and breathable. My feet never felt suffocated or too sweaty while running in this darling 1000000% humidity (so. much. frizz). Another important feature for us vain folk is that the Enigma 5 is aesthetically pleasing when you need a break from neon. #winning
Result: I will definitely continue to wear them for easy running and longer distances. Although they were fine for speedwork, I feel more comfortable in a very light, flat shoe. For reference, I wear the Mizuno Wave Musha for speed and racing (unfortunately these were also discontinued but mine still have some life in them, thankfully).
Have you tried the Enigma 5?
What is important to you in a running shoe?
Note: The Enigma 5 retails for $149.99. Click the link to learn more!