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The Mizuno Wave Hitogami is a performance uptempo running shoe and racing flat ideal for 5K to half marathon distances.



Attack the roads with the high performance Mizuno Wave Hitogami. Featuring a design inspired by the Japanese Kabuki Theater, this neutral shoe’s thin mesh upper locks your foot in for a secure fit. An innovative U4ic midsole for lightweight and responsive cushioning, while a Wave plate in the heel provides impact protection, making this shoe ideal for long distance racing and fast training.

Model Number:

Weight: 8.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: 23mm (Heel), 14mm (Forefoot)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Fits large, purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium 
  • Mid-foot: Medium to low
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium to low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi- Curved


  • Mizuno Wave consists of an elastic, thermal plastic wave running from the heel to the midfoot, creating an incredibly springy and well-cushioned ride.
  • U4ic is a lightweight midsole that provides optimal shock absorption, durability and a resilient ride.
  • Smooth Ride is a gender specific network of grooves that minimizes the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot to create a smooth heel to toe ride.


  • X10 located in the heel and forefoot is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.
  • G3 Sole is a lightweight rubber dot pattern in the forefoot for increased grip and flexibility.


  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • Standard Sockliner provides underfoot comfort.
  • Dynamotion Fit creates optimal fit with stretch material in the forefoot and a collar construction that prevents the heel collar from buckling under load.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Everyday
  • Performance
  • Racing

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Customer Reviews

Comments: I purchased two pairs of these several months ago for marathon specific training (long runs, tempos, cruise intervals). They felt great right out of the box. About two miles into my first run with them, I had developed a pretty bad blister on top of the big-toe (rubbing from the shoe-lace overlay). I started wearing socks with them, hoping to build up a callous or break in the shoes. I typically do all of my running without socks. Well 150-200 miles into each pair and I still need the socks or risk another big-toe abrasion. I found the shoes to be neutral and padded enough, even for a supinator (see previous comment), but I cannot get over how bulky they feel for a race-shoe. I wore them in a rolling 30K progression (1:58) and just completed a MP half-marathon (1:17) during which I experienced very little foot-fatigue. But I'm not sure I'd want to race anything shorter than 30K in them. I'm 150lbs, 16/34/1:13/2:44
From: Patrick, Albany, NY. March 6th 2015

Comments: These shoes are great for running especially if you have a midfoot or forefoot strike and they're durable but if you're a supinator they are not forgiving.
From: CJ, Chicago, IL, USA. February 21st 2015

Comments: Hope I do not jinx anything but these are rapidly becoming my favorite shoe. I was worried at first feeling something minor in heel/arch area (maybe wave plate?) and cutting it close around the little toe area but simple fact is they are a joy to run in! I might notice it when walking in them but not at all when running. In fact I have stocked up on 6 pairs so that pretty much sums it all up! Only problem is I run trails 95% of the time...these are not made for that but I have been doing it, just keeping them to easier trail's, hard pack dirt etc and slowing down on the more technical spots and area with pointy things (You will get poked by gravel and rocks etc but the run is so smooth and happy its worth it). I have not done anything longer than 12 miles in them yet. I did take them out on cement and asphalt once and they really shined...just the right amount of cushion, fast, comfy and not one single ache or pain...again just a joy to run in, the kinda shoe you always end up running longer and faster than you had planned. Pretty much every other shoe company I have been going up to 10.5 but these are still a 10 for me, btw great upper, much better than Sayonara . Weird thing I have been on a epic shoe buying binge lately and most are bugging my little toes. Curious, I set the Hitogamis next to Kinvara to compare visually and the Kinvaras are obviously a taller and wider shoe yet they kill my little toes. No problem what so ever with that in the Hitogami
From: Bill, GA, USA. September 30th 2014

Comments: I am 6'2", 180 lbs, 3rd year running, 18:38 5K and 39:45 10k PR. I tried on about 15 pairs of lower profile shoes over the winter and spring in order to replace the Brooks Launch I used on the track and in 10K or less races. I like everything about this shoe. I am size 12.5 in most shoes except my adidas energy boost long distance trainers - wear 13. The Hitogami fit perfect in 12.5 and wear thin - medium sock. Great toe box space, athletic and snug heel cup. Laces are best of any shoe. Very light upper. I like that the wave plate only extends through half of the shoe - found the Wave Prophecy and Sayanora unwearable due to full plate. I feel close to ground but with some cushion. Only have used on track intervals and 3mi or less easy runs will use on 5k at end of month. Good shoe for someone who does not want to go down to an ultra-light flat. Color is boring but they still look good.
From: John. June 21st 2014

Comments: Bought these in black and wore them all day at work in anticipation of my run later in the day. So comfortable and light! I normally run in the wave rider and prior thought I was a stability shoe person....guess not. This shoe is great, I've put over 20 miles on them and will wear them for the half marathon in June. If it helps I'm 6'2" 200 lbs and not the typical runner, But enjoy running in these dope sneakers a lot.
From: Anonymous, Newport Beach, CA, USA. May 6th 2014

Comments: This is really a fantastic shoe. I have been using it for most of my runs(40-50mpw currently non marathon training). Feels good on easy runs, but definitely excels on tempo/faster pace runs. This may be my next Marathon Shoe. I would highly recommend this shoe if you are looking for a fast, light weight trainer or racer. The Hitogami's worked much better for me than the Sayonara's.
From: Andy, Houston, TX, USA. May 6th 2014