With plenty of protection from the road, the Mizuno Wave Enigma 2 features an accommodating upper that should fit a wide range of foot shapes.
Cushioning is the calling of the Enigma 2, and it shows in the impact protection that the shoe provides. The full length Wave plate does an excellent job of dissipating shock throughout ground contact. Our testers did find the cushioning to be firmer than we generally expect in the premium high mileage trainer category, making this a good match for runners who like a bit more responsiveness with their high-class ride.
After slipping the shoe on and walking around a bit, we thought the transition might be a little rough. There’s a bit of a bump in the platform forward of the heel and a perceivable drop in midsole material below the toes. But we were pleasantly surprised with a very smooth ride when running in the shoe.
The upper of the Enigma 2 features a new stretchy mesh material that adapts to the shape of the foot, accommodating many foot shapes. Overheating is not an issue with the new upper material; the mesh is highly breathable.
The Enigma 2 improves upon the original model with a more forgiving upper. Falling in between the Wave Rider and Wave Creation in Mizuno’s neutral lineup, the Enigma is an excellent choice for runners looking for more impact protection than a moderate-feature trainer such as the Wave Rider will provide. Compared to the Creation, it’s a good choice if you prefer Mizuno’s traditional Wave technology, versus the struts used in the heel of the Creation that disconnect the runner a bit more from the ground beneath.
The cushioning is not as soft as I would expect in this category of shoe. The Enigma is definitely firmer than, say, a Nimbus or a Vomero.
I personally felt the heel to be a bit too padded, but I think a runner with a narrower heel is going to love the fit of the heel.
The stretchy upper makes this shoe feel much more roomy. The original felt too tight in the forefoot to me; in version 2 my feet have more room to work.