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Offering plenty of protection from the road, the Mizuno Wave Enigma features maximum cushioning and a semi-soft ride.



The Mizuno Wave Enigmas has it all: comfort, resilience, and style. The full-length wave plate gives you spring in every step, while additional plush cushioning provides excellent shock absorption, keeping your feet comfortable and worry-free on the road. With gender-specific construction for a superb fit, this high mileage shoe will keep you going mile after mile.

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Weight: 12.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (31mm), Forefoot (19mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Fits small; purchase 1/2 size larger than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Enigma is a maximum feature, moderate neutral shoe designed for daily training and high mileage.


  • Mizuno Wave consists of an elastic, thermal plastic wave running from the heel to the midfoot, creating an incredibly springy and well-cushioned ride. 
  • VS-1 cushioning material in the heel provides additional shock absorption.
  • 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.
  • Extended Wave Plate in the midfoot is an extension of the Mizuno Wave for increased torsional rigidity between the heel and forefoot.
  • AP+ is Mizuno's top of the line full length copolymer midsole for a lighter, more resilient ride.
  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • OrthoLite Sockliner is anti-microbial and moisture wicking for a healthy foot environment.
  • Dynamotion Fit creates optimal fit with stretch material in the forefoot and a collar construction that prevents the heel collar from buckling under load.
  • X10 located in the heel and forefoot is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

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

Heel-Toe Offset (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
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Bought these on liquidation and heeded 1/2 size larger warning. First time out I used too short a sock and rubbed a blister on my heel but switched to a slightly higher sock and no problem. Use them for thrice weekly 4 mile walk. Black color tends to heat up my feet in this East coast summer and most annoying is that the U shaped heel tends to pick up and hold larger stones about 10% of the time so I have to stop and remove them. Never had that problem before.
From: Jay, Villanova, PA

Comments: OK Believe these comments about ordering a half size up.  I should have.  I have other Mizuno styles (Wave Rider 15, Inspire 8) of 9.5 and there was plenty of toe box.  This pair was too snug.  It's going back and going for a 10.  BTW, I'm a lady runner and the Mizuno men's style, med width have worked best and lasted the longest.  My favorite distance on the weekend is 8 - 10 and half's for races.  These are cozy shoes for an average fitness runner.
From: AJ, Illinois

Comments: I first bought these trainers simply because they were on closeout but they have quickly grown into one of my favorite pairs of shoes that I have EVER run in. I am a light and efficient runner who enjoys a shoe that is responsive and provides a soft ride - the Engima has been perfect for me. Over the past decade, I have run in multiple versions of the Creation, Rider and Precision - of the neutral shoes from Mizuno, this has become my go-to pair. The shoe does run rather narrow and you'll definitely want to order a half-size up, but these babies are incredible. Derry's comments are right on - this shoe feels like the Creation of old (7 series and earlier). Highly recommend!
From: G, Sacramento, CA, USA

Comments: These are my first pair of Mizuno shoes. I purchased them because they were cheap and initially thought I'd use them to walk around in - especially at work. After I received them I decided to take these out on a run to see how they feel. I normally run in Kinvara or NB 890 (both neutral shoes with not much in terms of support). I was surprised with how they fit. No blisters or raw heels from rubbing - which is common for me from shoes with a lot of support. They are on the heavy side but they make up for that in price. I do not need a light shoe for training purposes. I would not wear these on race day; they are a great shoe for training - especially for the price. I have run in Asics Nimbus before. And I prefer these Mizuno much more. Plus one would save about $70. Defiantly worth it. They are a deal. Just order a half size larger.
From: Kurt, Yukon, OK, USA

Comments: Enigma indeed. I had a conundrum after my first run in these.. either they'd be one of my favorite trainers of all time.. or they'd be one of the worst. I know that sounds bizarre. An enigma even. What was weird for me: The forefoot was spacious, fantastic! I have a wider forefoot and this was a fantastic feel. I have a bit of a duck foot, a narrower heel, so the reported fit of these seemed perfect. Okay.. the heel and midfoot on these are extremely tight. Surprised the heck out of me. I felt it for the entire half of my first run until heat sort of pressed things out. However...the start of EVERY run felt that way. These are really tight from midfoot on back..and this coming from someone who has always had a narrow heel. I'm surprised so many love the fit of these, but completely understand those who find them too tight. I bought the Enigma in a half size bigger than my Brooks and Nike size (for reference).. and I think that was the right size in the Enigma. Ample room in toes and forefoot. But, really, strikingly tight in heel and mid. Cushioning was so-so, as I expected.. these are not old Vomeros or the like. Full wave plate is great, but these are not cush. On long runs, they were fine, transition great, sole great, materials great.. these are well-made and expensive feeling. If they had just the slightest bit more heel and mid room, they'd probably be the best trainer I had hoped for....instead they turned out to be the opposite, and ones I could use no longer. Sold my pair at a horrible loss (next guy's gain) and kept looking. I had a Wave Rider years ago, can't remember which..maybe the 12? I still think that's the best, for me, Mizuno has produced. the Enigma most definitely has the research and technology oozing from every pore, from the wave plate to the nice stretch upper. Darn.
From: Stu, MT

Comments: I am very pleased with this shoe; a great fit and wonderful feel. I do have narrow feet so perhaps it would be a bit tight for larger feet. 
From: Ed, Westfield, IN

Comments: just pick up this pair for $30 Bucks!
From: Scott, Orlando fl

Comments: Appears to be very nice shoe. I didn't buy half size larger, as was suggested in the description. Therefore, I'm stuck with a nice pair of shoes that are just too small. Make sure you buy them a half size larger.
From: Burt, Bennettsville, SC, USA

Comments: I used to run in Wave Nirvana shoes, but found the lateral edge of my forefoot hurting after long runs (5+ miles).  I switched to the Enigma, and so far so good. The heel cup fits great, the cushioning is good, and no pain in the forefoot.  They do fit tight, so I had to go 
a half size up.
From: Brian, Rowlett, TX, USA

Comments: I like Mizuno but this shoe needs some updating. It felt great when I first put it on, then I went for a six mile run. I had never had any patella tendon issues but the day after I ran in them I was having some sharp pains in the patella tendon. It feels too clunky to me. It is not near as smooth of a ride as some of the other shoes in mizuno's line. They are now work shoe instead of a running shoe.
From: Jordan, Kentucky, USA

Comments: big mizuno fan,these shoes hurt my knees and feet.ran 7 miles in them and ouch!!!!lets hope they fix the rider
From: rob, wisconsin, usa

Comments: This is the shoe I have been looking for from Mizuno. It is like the early Creations up through the 7 before they went with the funky rear foot wave plate which I find somewhat uncomfortable. I am a 190 pound midfoot striker with 31 years of running experience and wear an orthotic in my left shoe only. I wore a size 9 in Rider 13 but wear a 9.5 in the Rider 14 and Enigma. The upper is super soft and flexible with no pressure points and very breathable. Cushioning is softer than either the Creation or Rider. The arch support is a little less than the Rider or at least seems it to me. Only have a couple of runs on them but seem like they should be good for the long haul both in terms of mileage and distance runs. Transition is excellent which you would expect from a neutral Mizuno trainer. I think it is an excellent addition to their line and I for one hope they dont mess with it.... 
From: Derry, Potsdam, NY, US