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Since lighter weight equals faster running times, then the Wave Universe 3 might be considered an unfair advantage. If your are a serious road racer then you must ask yourself if you are serious enough to don the high performance Wave Universe 3.

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Weight: 3.6 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (18mm), Forefoot (16mm); non-removable insole

Sizing is based on the men's scale. Women should subtract 1 and a half sizes from their women's shoe size. Example Women's 8.5 equals size 7.0 for this shoe

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium
  • Arch structure: Medium-low height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: July 2009
  • Model discontinued: June 2011
  • Model update: July 2011, Wave Universe 4
  • Heritage: Wave Universe 2


The Wave Universe 3 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for racing. It is built with a curved shape.


  • Mizuno Wave extends from the heel to the midfoot and is composed of an elastic thermal plastic material shaped in a parallel wave pattern. This corrugated design allows for vertical deformation during heel strike to absorb impact.
  • AP is a full length midsole copolymer material that provides lightweight, responsive, yet durable cushioning.
  • Smooth Ride is located at the lateral heel and across the entire forefoot and is a gender specific network of grooves to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition to create a smooth ride.
  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • Printed Overlays are located at both the medial and lateral sides and function to help hold the foot in place.
  • Standard Sockliner
  • G3 Sole is primarily located at the forefoot and is a rubber dot pattern that provides increased grip and flexibility while maintaining a low weight profile.

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