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Mizuno Wave Musha 5 Product Review

Short Take

Mizuno’s Wave Musha 5 is a supportive yet trimmed down shoe that delivers whether in racing, speedwork, or everyday use.

Big Updates

  • Toned-Down Look: Gone are the shiny overlays of previous versions – the replacement overlays are made of a suede material.
  • Reduced Weight: According to our measurements, the Men’s size 9 drops over an ounce in this update, while the Women’s size 8 loses about half an ounce.

Road Test

Sitting between a true racing flat and a traditional trainer, the Mizuno Wave Musha 5 is a slimmed down performance shoe that retains a cushioned platform suitable for high mileage use. We liked this shoe for its full ground contact, which made for a smooth midfoot landing and seamless transition.

The fit of the latest Musha sits between spacious and snug – an average fit that will be a comfortable place for a wide range of runners without feeling too loose or tight. A supple mesh and limited stitching make for a comfortable interior environment, and testers were able to run in the Musha 5 without any drama.

For the runner needing a bit of support in a trimmed-down shoe, the Musha 5 is a versatile option that will deliver when it comes to daily training, speedwork, and racing up to the marathon distance.

Runners Say


“I wasn’t a huge fan of the arch structure of the shoe, which seemed to span across the width of the midfoot and caused a little discomfort.”


“This is a rare Mizuno featuring continuous ground contact from heel to toe, which makes for a smooth ride, especially for a midfoot striker.”


“The Musha 5 definitely carries a fair amount of cushioning, good for marathon racing or as a trimmed-down daily trainer.”