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Product Review: Mizuno Enigma 5

First things first, let’s get some legalese out of the way:

Runner’s World connected me with Mizuno, who provided me with a pair of Mizuno Enigma 5 shoes to test free of charge. I also received additional compensation in exchange for testing, talking about and reviewing the shoes. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Ok, now onto the good stuff:

Mizuno Enigma 5

Nine years ago, I ran my first marathon in a pair of Mizuno Wave Riders.  I didn’t know much about shoes at the time.  I just remember trying on my first pair of “real” running shoes at a local running shop and being amazed by how good they felt compared to the cheap department store shoes I had been running in up to that point.  My shoes were so light that it felt like I was running on air.  I loved my Wave Riders so much that when they wore out a couple months later, I bought another pair…. and then another…. and then another…. until I realized that the mileage I was racking up at the time was causing me to burn through my Wave Riders at an alarming rate.

I loved my shoes, but I couldn’t afford to replace them every 8 weeks.

Over the years, I tried a number of other brands and some of them felt better than others but I never really found any that I liked as much as my original Mizunos.  So when Runner’s World and Mizuno contacted me and asked if I would be interested in testing a pair of Enigma 5’s, I jumped at the chance.  I figured that even if I wore them out quickly, I would still come out ahead.

Mizuno Enigma

This was my first time wearing any Mizuno shoes in years and they’re just as comfortable as I remember them.  The Enigma 5’s have plenty of cushioning but still feel light on my feet.  They also have just the right amount of room in the toe box while still feeling secure at the same time.

My Enigma 5’s seem to be a lot more durable than some of the older Mizuno models that I used to wear too.  I’ve been running in them for just under a month and during that time I’ve logged close to 150 miles.  I’ve also run in a variety of different conditions:

  • On roads
  • On trails
  • In the rain (my feet never felt like they were slipping even when the shoes were wet)
  • In the sun and humidity (these shoes breathe really well)
  • At high altitudes
  • At sea level
  • Through dirt and puddles
  • Multiple times in the same day
  • I’ve also completed four races in my Enigmas: three 5Ks and a half marathon.

Missoula Half - Mizuno Enigma 5

Even after all that, my Enigma 5’s are barely showing any signs of wear, and my feet still feel great after I finish running in them.

These shoes also look awesome. Blue and white with yellow highlights is a great color scheme and I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on them from other runners.

Bottom line, not only do these shoes look great and feel great to run in, but it seems like Mizuno has addressed all of my earlier concerns about their durability.  When I’m finished with these, I’ll gladly replace them with another pair and if you run in neutral shoes, I’d recommend giving them a try.

I’m looking forward to wearing Mizunos again after all these years.  It feels like reconnecting with an old friend.

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