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An ultralight road racing shoe ideal for 5k to 10k racing, the Mizuno Wave Universe 5 offers minimal cushioning and a firm ride.



The Mizuno Wave Universe 5 is a featherweight racer designed for one thing: performance. This shoe features an innovative U4ic midsole for a light and responsive ride, while a thin mesh upper provides a secure lock down. Lace up the Universe 5 for your next road race and hunt down that PR.

Model Number:

Weight: 2.8 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (13mm), Forefoot (11mm)

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 to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toebox Height: Medium to low
  • Arch Structure: Medium to low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Universe 5 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for racing.


  • 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.
  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • Standard Sockliner provides underfoot comfort.
  • G3 Sole is a lightweight rubber dot pattern in the forefoot for increased grip and flexibility.

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: I have never ran in Mizuno's before and tried these shoes out and loved them. I run alot and decided to try something new. I had the chance to buy these interesting looking shoes and had found that, they felt and ran great! I noticed personally while running a Ragnar that they didn't have that much grip and traction going up gravel roads, but found it was excellent on the roads! I love the style of this light weight shoe, its unique with the numbers! To cut to the chase, I plan on wearing them on my upcoming Ragnar in August, because they are awesome! (I don't think that they will last real long because of the thin soul, but if your looking for a quick shoe for a PR race, get them because they are light and quick!)
From: Christian, Blanding, UT, USA. July 30th 2014

Comments: I love the 5. Been wearing the MWU's for full marathons since the 3's. I just ran the Boston Marathon 2014 in the 5's. Wouldn't run without them.
From: Roy. June 10th 2014

Comments: I ran in one 10k in these and the upper tore where the sole meets the upper. I could have had a bad pair but I would not recommend these if you plan on running in them more than once.
From: Michael, New York

Comments: I've been running in the Universe since the 2 and this is by far the best of them all. For as lightweight as it is, it provides ample support and tremendous shock absorption while remaining ultra flexible. Grip is similar to the 4, which is far better than one would believe by only looking at the tread design. I've used the 5 on both roads and trails and it has performed masterfully. It has also worked well on hot road conditions, with my longest run in them being 16 miles. Pavement heat effect is pretty similar to the 4. Sizing runs pretty true to former Universe models. This is a very exciting shoe!
From: George, Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA