Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe

Men's Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5

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Men's Mizuno® Wave® Nirvana® 5 :: The #1 Stability running shoe from Mizuno® is back delivering maximum support and sublime cushioning. The men's Mizuno® Wave® Nirvana® 5 features a new gender-specific design that gives men a wider forefoot for greater stability. 12.9 ounces

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Get the guidance and support you need to keep you running strong and feeling stable mile after mile. If you have an average arch but like extra cushioning and support, Stability+ shoes are your perfect pick. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Double Fan Wave: Increased stability for controlling overpronation
  • SensorPoint: Suspension system which connects the Wave plate to the ground, providing remarkable traction and stability
  • AP midsole: Lightweight, responsive, yet durable cushioning copolymer
  • InterCool: Full-length ventilation in sole reduces heat and moisture build-up inside the shoe
  • X10 outsole: Provides extra durability in high impact areas
  • SmoothRide: Engineering approach to minimize the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transition, creating the smoothest ride possible.
  • VS-1 in heel and forefoot: Shock-absorbing cushioning found in the heel and forefoot
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5.0

Best since the original! ...

By Near Dark Track Club

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Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

Best since the original! 4 was too loose for my foot. Tighter fit and excellent rear foot stability make this my main shoe for 2009!

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5.0

A major disappointment. ...

By Bill

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Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

A major disappointment. I'm 6'2 and 190 lbs, had foot surgery in 2000, but am still fortunate enough to run some slow mid-distance. I went through 4 pair of Nirvana's and was impressed. These hurt right out of the box with no improvement. I can't imagine a product breaking down in quality so drastically, especially at such a high price. They are resigned to yard work.

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1.0

I tried these on today ...

By Will

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Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I tried these on today along with the Hurricane 11. Took two steps and was very disappointed. Sloppy fit, foot doesnt feel secured, and something was rubbing my outside foot. Needless to say, went with the Hurricane 11 as they fit like a glove and foot is secured very well

 
3.0

i am 6' 4" 205# and loved ...

By mark

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Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

i am 6' 4" 205# and loved the nirvana 4 and used a 12.5; needed a 12.0 in the n5. these are ok - ran 9miles 1st time out no problems. but for someone of my size, the solid transition from the heel to the toe was lacking. this shoe has nowhere near the tortional rigidity as its predecessor....it runs pretty much like an asics gel kayano.

 
3.0

I first pair of mizuno's ...

By Mark L

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I first pair of mizuno's were the best running shoes I have ever run on. I have only be cross training for the last 5 years, so I have been buying Costco Addidias running shoes. I have been wanting to put more time in running so I bought the NIrvava 5. They felt great when I put them on and walked around the house, but when I took them to the indoor running track they hit hard to the ground, and the sole hit flat also. After talking with some other runners at work I realized I have been buying neutral running shoes including the first pair of Mizunos I had owned. It was hard packing the shoes up and sending them back because they looked awesome and the construction of the shoe was impeckable not only that the price was so good. Now I am going to try the Wave Rider 13's and bring back the feeling I had I my first pair of Mizuno I loved so much.

 
1.0

The Nirvana 5's are a ...

By Eric

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

The Nirvana 5's are a very bad update, especially the newer version. The plastic protrudes through the sole giving me blisters and on the pair that didn't do that, my feet are shot from running a marathon in them. I have not had this much pain in my feet ever. The rubber is also collapsing on the pair I wore to my marathon.

 
3.0

I usually use the wave ...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I usually use the wave nirvana4 and wanted to try the latest version 5. these feel flat and stiff. It really does feel like I'm running on flat tires. I always had Mizuno brand shoes but really thinking about other brands that have better cushioning. my knee caps are always in pain after running in these shoes. I cant believe i paid $139 for this pair! I'm 5'11 and weight 205. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 
4.0

they work well for me, ...

By tc

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Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

they work well for me, have high arches and overpronate. Tried the Kayano 15 after running full marathon in the 14 and had to ditch them after one run. The Nirvana has much more cushioning than the Asics and are stable.

 
4.0

I used to have really bad ...

By Andy

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Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I used to have really bad leg pain. I ran myself into a tibial stress fracture. When my OTHER leg started hurting in the same way, I switched to these shoes. I have NO leg pain at all. The minimal cushioning took some getting used to, but I really like these shoes.

 
5.0

I finally found a shoe ...

By Corey

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I finally found a shoe that I love! I tried the Men's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 8, which liked until I ran a 1/2 in them. The ankle pocket hit me in a weird spot and really hurt my ankle. Next I tried the Zoot Ultra Tempo, for my Triathlons but not cushion at all,dumb move on my part. Finally with some advice I got these. You know when you found the one and these are it for me. I run about 6 miles 4 to 5 times a week and these are great! I don't have to think about them at all so I know they are perfect for me.

 
5.0

I have been running in ...

By Bret H

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I have been running in the Asics Kayano for the last 3 shoes and they totally messed up the new version so I was told to try the Mizuno Nirvana 5. I am so glad that I did. This shoe is better then the Kayano's in every way. After running on it for a month now my knees feel better and I can really tell that it lasts a long time. One of the associates at Road Runner told me all about the Wave Technology and how it dissipates the shock through out the entire shoe compared to the gel that is isolated in the heel. Thank you Road Runner guy for turning me into a Mizuno fan. I look forward to many miles pain free in my new found shoe.

 
2.0

Though the Nirvana 4 is ...

By Aaron

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

Though the Nirvana 4 is my favorite shoe, the 5 is totally weird and not in a good way. The transition is very uneven-feeling (and I might even say Nike-like) which is extra weird because that is what the Mizuno rep at the Austin marathon told me had been "improved." It hurts me to say it too, because I love the Nirvana 4, liked the Inspire a decent amount (like Nirvana but less cushioning and the fit was just average), and love the Alchemy. In fact, I recommend the current Alchemy as a replacement for Nirvana 4 wearers... I am aware it's supposedly a "motion control" shoe but it feels like a great stability shoe. I tried on literally 10 pairs of shoes and the Alchemy was the most Nirvana 4 like.
Male, 6'2", 183 lbs, moderate overpronator, heel striker.

 
5.0

This shoe is great! They ...

By sub 4

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

This shoe is great! They keep Improving it and making a shoe better when I did not even know it could be improved. This is definitely a shoe to try out for yourself.

 
3.0

I'm 5'9" 175lbs high arch ...

By Kirt

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I'm 5'9" 175lbs high arch and told that I pronate. These shoes seemed to have a high heel and put a lot of pressure on the ball of my foot. A painful run. Not a good fit for me.

 
4.0

Great cushioning. I like ...

By smoothdogg

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

Great cushioning. I like the room in the forefoot. Could be a little lighter in weight, but I guess extra materials were required for the cushioning. I am 5'-10", weight is 168 lbs. I average 10-15 miles a week. I have tried Mizuno's in the past and have always put 300+ miles on their shoes with little visible wear (midsole is another story). I am expecting the same with the Wave Nirvana 5's.

 
2.0

Horrible shoe that I have ...

By BeginnerRunner

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

Horrible shoe that I have worn, not much of cushioning and does not give me proper stride. Loved Inspire5, definitely going back to those.

 
5.0

Maybe its because I never ...

By LANSMAN

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

Maybe its because I never wore the 4's but I had trained 4 months and ran over 325 miles for a half marathon I was too injured to run becuase of over-pronation and shot kness. I was fitted in the Nirvana Wave 5's and after taking 3 weeks off (I could barely walk, no less run), I can honestly say that these shoes, although very uncomfortable to walk in casually since they push my right foot (which is the pronating foot) painflly, have still allowed me to run without pain to my previously destroyed knees. I am by no means a large nor heavy guy but if you have injury problems very pronating, these are absically like orthopedic shoes - they put your feet in the right direction. And I have foudn the cushioning to be great!!
On the other hand, if you do not have any pronating problems or injuries, and you are not a big person, you may want to stay away from these shoes since they are VERY stiff and may not be the most comfortable shoe in the market.

 
5.0

A++ Love These Shoes!! ...

By Stephen

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

A++ Love These Shoes!! They hold up well and provide excellent cushioning! Great for high milage training and pounding the pavement. Also a great shoe for heavier runners! Very comfortable. Light weight for the amount of support they provide!

 
3.0

Ok
I have been patient. ...

By sd19461

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

Ok
I have been patient. But after 400+ miles, I put my Nirvana 4s back on and they confirmed what my body has been telling me. Something went wrong with this new Nirvana. they look like they have all the right new enhancements. But the bottom line is that this shoe is not as cushioned, doesn't fit as well, and leaves me aching after 10+ mile runs. Looking for a different shoe unless the 6 is a better fix

 
2.0

Yep I'm reviewing a man's ...

By Laura

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

Yep I'm reviewing a man's shoe. I ran in the ladies and it's not wide enough. Switched to the Nirvana 4 men's edition and ran a marathon in them. Very nice ride. The 4 is past its prime so got the 5. HATE them! I just don't know what's wrong with them but about 40 miles out of the box and my knees hurt. I want my 4's back!

 
3.0

I haven't had these shoes ...

By jsl

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I haven't had these shoes for very long, but I did run in the 3 and 4, both of which I really enjoyed, and neither of which gave me any problems or injuries. In my short experience with the 5's, they seem to have less cushioning in the forefoot than the 4's or 3's. In my very first run in the 5's, I got a severe shooting pain in my left arch within the first mile of the run - which almost put the Kai-Bosch on the days training. After walking a bit, I resumed my run and the pain subsided and thankfully did not return. In a later(shorter) run, I wore my 4's and the new 5's together (right and left of each, respectively) to compare them. I didn't have that many miles on that particular pair of 4's, so I thought the experiment would be pretty unbiased. Sure enough, the cushioning in the forefoot of the 5's felt noticeably less, for me at least, making the 5's seem even less responsive than the 4's, and making every pebble seem like a boulder. I'm not sure if this will be a deal breaker for

 
5.0

Shoe fit and feel is ...

By Justin Lawson

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

Shoe fit and feel is obviously a very individual experience but I LOVE these shoes! Possibly the most comfortable, lightweight and supportive funning shoe I've ever owned. For the record I have low arches and moderate overpronation. Good shoes if you don't have perfect feet :)

 
2.0

These shoes look really ...

By D

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

These shoes look really cool...that's about it. One of my friend's raved about the Nirvana 4, which were sold out when I got around to needing new shoes. I was stoked when I saw the 5's were out, so I picked them up. I did one run in these and my legs were killing me. I have been in Kayano 14's for around 7 months and I love them, so I will continue running in those.

 
1.0

I was a big fan of the ...

By Japan

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I was a big fan of the Wave Nirvana 4s. I did the middle third of my preparations for the Tokyo marathon in the Nirvana 4s. I could only get the Wave Nirvana 5s when I re-ordered and live in Japan with a large foot size so I had no opportunity to try the Nirvana 5s on before I ordered. Unfortunately the Wave Nirvana 5s were changed drastically and are now slightly smaller in length and more narrow than the Nirvana 4s. Blisters popped up on my arches after the first long run in these shoes and keep coming back every since (oddly I did not get blisters until the shoes were worn in). Now with days to go before the marathon I'm scrambling for blister solutions and definitely running the race in my old shoes.
I can also attest to the firmer feel of the sole of the shoes. As mentioned above, too much changed from the 4s.

 
1.0

If you run hills ...

By Red

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

If you run hills regularly the plastic plate pushes out of the sole and into your foot.

 
2.0

I hate to bring bad ...

By Wimmer

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I hate to bring bad news... but. Mizuno has changed this shoe too much... they took out ALL of the cushion. I have Wave Nirvana 3 and Wave Nirvana 4. Even with 500+ miles on the Nirvana 3, they are still the "feel" that made me fall in love with this shoe. So I ran 3.5m in the Nirvana 3 yesterday just to see if it was me or the Nirvana 5 that has changed. I cannot believe how bad this new (5) shoe is... and probably why I am the only person who is saying anything. Thank you Road Runner Sport for taking them back without any hassle. You guys are great... but please tell Mizuno to find the contractor who built the Wave Nirvana 3 and dismiss the current manufacturer immediately. Thank you Elliot (at Kent Wa.) for bringing me back to the ASICS Gel-Kayano 15. Feels incredible after the Nirvana 5 experience.

 
5.0

6'1" 225 lbs. Different ...

By Carl

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

6'1" 225 lbs. Different feel than most other shoes I've worn, but once I got used to them they worked great.

 
1.0

These shoes are killers. ...

By ga56

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

These shoes are killers. I mean they will kill your feet. First off, they are NOT a stability + shoe. The cushioning is not sublime as stated, it is non-existent. The stability is completely over designed in this shoe - at the sake of comfort. I would compare running in this shoe to running barefoot on river rocks. It hurts!

 
2.0

These shoes are great for ...

By Lan

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

These shoes are great for walking around in all day, but running in them is painful. Where did the cushioning go? The stability is amazing but way too firm. Even my 180 lbs can't break them down and my knees protest. Too bad because this has always been a great shoe. My old Nirvana 4's have more cushioning left in them!

 
1.0

I've loved previous ...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mens Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 Running Shoe:

I've loved previous Nirvana's for cushioning and fit, but the 5's are like running on a flat tire - a major blow out.

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1.    LC rated this product 1 star
Thu, December 31,2009:
I'm 5'8 lbs, 150 lbs and a woman. I have wide feet and am a loyal man's Nirvana 4 wearer (8 pairs). This model is one of the worst pairs of running shoes I've ever had. I even called Mizuno and complained and they said the changes in this model are "millimeters" and I must have underlying injuries. Not true since I log 80 mpw in the old model with no issues. TICKED!! Shoes are crap and I'm looking for another brand. Why do they have to change a shoe that is working and selling?
2.    Will rated this product 1 star
Tue, December 29,2009:
I tried these on today along with the Hurricane 11. Took two steps and was very disappointed. Sloppy fit, foot doesnt feel secured, and something was rubbing my outside foot. Needless to say, went with the Hurricane 11 as they fit like a glove and foot is secured very well
3.    Bill rated this product 5 stars
Sun, December 27,2009:
A major disappointment. I'm 6'2 and 190 lbs, had foot surgery in 2000, but am still fortunate enough to run some slow mid-distance. I went through 4 pair of Nirvana's and was impressed. These hurt right out of the box with no improvement. I can't imagine a product breaking down in quality so drastically, especially at such a high price. They are resigned to yard work.
4.    Mark L rated this product 3 stars
Sat, December 19,2009:
I first pair of mizuno's were the best running shoes I have ever run on. I have only be cross training for the last 5 years, so I have been buying Costco Addidias running shoes. I have been wanting to put more time in running so I bought the NIrvava 5. They felt great when I put them on and walked around the house, but when I took them to the indoor running track they hit hard to the ground, and the sole hit flat also. After talking with some other runners at work I realized I have been buying neutral running shoes including the first pair of Mizunos I had owned. It was hard packing the shoes up and sending them back because they looked awesome and the construction of the shoe was impeckable not only that the price was so good. Now I am going to try the Wave Rider 13's and bring back the feeling I had I my first pair of Mizuno I loved so much.
5.    mark rated this product 3 stars
Mon, December 07,2009:
i am 6' 4" 205# and loved the nirvana 4 and used a 12.5; needed a 12.0 in the n5. these are ok - ran 9miles 1st time out no problems. but for someone of my size, the solid transition from the heel to the toe was lacking. this shoe has nowhere near the tortional rigidity as its predecessor....it runs pretty much like an asics gel kayano.
6.    Anonymous rated this product 3 stars
Wed, November 18,2009:
I usually use the wave nirvana4 and wanted to try the latest version 5. these feel flat and stiff. It really does feel like I'm running on flat tires. I always had Mizuno brand shoes but really thinking about other brands that have better cushioning. my knee caps are always in pain after running in these shoes. I cant believe i paid $139 for this pair! I'm 5'11 and weight 205. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
7.    tc rated this product 4 stars
Thu, October 15,2009:
they work well for me, have high arches and overpronate. Tried the Kayano 15 after running full marathon in the 14 and had to ditch them after one run. The Nirvana has much more cushioning than the Asics and are stable.
8.    Andy rated this product 4 stars
Tue, October 13,2009:
I used to have really bad leg pain. I ran myself into a tibial stress fracture. When my OTHER leg started hurting in the same way, I switched to these shoes. I have NO leg pain at all. The minimal cushioning took some getting used to, but I really like these shoes.
9.    Eric rated this product 1 star
Sat, October 10,2009:
The Nirvana 5's are a very bad update, especially the newer version. The plastic protrudes through the sole giving me blisters and on the pair that didn't do that, my feet are shot from running a marathon in them. I have not had this much pain in my feet ever. The rubber is also collapsing on the pair I wore to my marathon.
10.    jsl rated this product 3 stars
Sun, August 30,2009:
I haven't had these shoes for very long, but I did run in the 3 and 4, both of which I really enjoyed, and neither of which gave me any problems or injuries. In my short experience with the 5's, they seem to have less cushioning in the forefoot than the 4's or 3's. In my very first run in the 5's, I got a severe shooting pain in my left arch within the first mile of the run - which almost put the Kai-Bosch on the days training. After walking a bit, I resumed my run and the pain subsided and thankfully did not return. In a later(shorter) run, I wore my 4's and the new 5's together (right and left of each, respectively) to compare them. I didn't have that many miles on that particular pair of 4's, so I thought the experiment would be pretty unbiased. Sure enough, the cushioning in the forefoot of the 5's felt noticeably less, for me at least, making the 5's seem even less responsive than the 4's, and making every pebble seem like a boulder. I'm not sure if this will be a deal breaker for
11.    Tony rated this product 3 stars
Tue, July 14,2009:
These shoes fit great right out of the box, the problem is the qaulity. I paid $139 for these and the insoles are crap. They're paper thin and need replacement almost immediately. I've been a Mizuno fan for over ten years, but it looks like they're cutting too many corners on quality. They spend too much on looks and not enough on substance. Very sad!
12.    Bret H rated this product 5 stars
Mon, June 29,2009:
I have been running in the Asics Kayano for the last 3 shoes and they totally messed up the new version so I was told to try the Mizuno Nirvana 5. I am so glad that I did. This shoe is better then the Kayano's in every way. After running on it for a month now my knees feel better and I can really tell that it lasts a long time. One of the associates at Road Runner told me all about the Wave Technology and how it dissipates the shock through out the entire shoe compared to the gel that is isolated in the heel. Thank you Road Runner guy for turning me into a Mizuno fan. I look forward to many miles pain free in my new found shoe.
13.    sub 4 rated this product 5 stars
Mon, June 29,2009:
This shoe is great! They keep Improving it and making a shoe better when I did not even know it could be improved. This is definitely a shoe to try out for yourself.
14.    LANSMAN rated this product 5 stars
Fri, June 19,2009:
Maybe its because I never wore the 4's but I had trained 4 months and ran over 325 miles for a half marathon I was too injured to run becuase of over-pronation and shot kness. I was fitted in the Nirvana Wave 5's and after taking 3 weeks off (I could barely walk, no less run), I can honestly say that these shoes, although very uncomfortable to walk in casually since they push my right foot (which is the pronating foot) painflly, have still allowed me to run without pain to my previously destroyed knees. I am by no means a large nor heavy guy but if you have injury problems very pronating, these are absically like orthopedic shoes - they put your feet in the right direction. And I have foudn the cushioning to be great!! On the other hand, if you do not have any pronating problems or injuries, and you are not a big person, you may want to stay away from these shoes since they are VERY stiff and may not be the most comfortable shoe in the market.
15.    Kirt rated this product 3 stars
Sat, June 13,2009:
I'm 5'9" 175lbs high arch and told that I pronate. These shoes seemed to have a high heel and put a lot of pressure on the ball of my foot. A painful run. Not a good fit for me.
16.    BeginnerRunner rated this product 2 stars
Tue, June 09,2009:
Horrible shoe that I have worn, not much of cushioning and does not give me proper stride. Loved Inspire5, definitely going back to those.
17.    Corey rated this product 5 stars
Tue, May 12,2009:
I finally found a shoe that I love! I tried the Men's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 8, which liked until I ran a 1/2 in them. The ankle pocket hit me in a weird spot and really hurt my ankle. Next I tried the Zoot Ultra Tempo, for my Triathlons but not cushion at all,dumb move on my part. Finally with some advice I got these. You know when you found the one and these are it for me. I run about 6 miles 4 to 5 times a week and these are great! I don't have to think about them at all so I know they are perfect for me.
18.    Aaron rated this product 2 stars
Sat, May 09,2009:
Though the Nirvana 4 is my favorite shoe, the 5 is totally weird and not in a good way. The transition is very uneven-feeling (and I might even say Nike-like) which is extra weird because that is what the Mizuno rep at the Austin marathon told me had been "improved." It hurts me to say it too, because I love the Nirvana 4, liked the Inspire a decent amount (like Nirvana but less cushioning and the fit was just average), and love the Alchemy. In fact, I recommend the current Alchemy as a replacement for Nirvana 4 wearers... I am aware it's supposedly a "motion control" shoe but it feels like a great stability shoe. I tried on literally 10 pairs of shoes and the Alchemy was the most Nirvana 4 like. Male, 6'2", 183 lbs, moderate overpronator, heel striker.
19.    smoothdogg rated this product 4 stars
Fri, May 08,2009:
Great cushioning. I like the room in the forefoot. Could be a little lighter in weight, but I guess extra materials were required for the cushioning. I am 5'-10", weight is 168 lbs. I average 10-15 miles a week. I have tried Mizuno's in the past and have always put 300+ miles on their shoes with little visible wear (midsole is another story). I am expecting the same with the Wave Nirvana 5's.
20.    Laura rated this product 2 stars
Wed, April 29,2009:
Yep I'm reviewing a man's shoe. I ran in the ladies and it's not wide enough. Switched to the Nirvana 4 men's edition and ran a marathon in them. Very nice ride. The 4 is past its prime so got the 5. HATE them! I just don't know what's wrong with them but about 40 miles out of the box and my knees hurt. I want my 4's back!
21.    Stephen rated this product 5 stars
Tue, April 28,2009:
A++ Love These Shoes!! They hold up well and provide excellent cushioning! Great for high milage training and pounding the pavement. Also a great shoe for heavier runners! Very comfortable. Light weight for the amount of support they provide!
22.    sd19461 rated this product 3 stars
Fri, April 24,2009:
Ok I have been patient. But after 400+ miles, I put my Nirvana 4s back on and they confirmed what my body has been telling me. Something went wrong with this new Nirvana. they look like they have all the right new enhancements. But the bottom line is that this shoe is not as cushioned, doesn't fit as well, and leaves me aching after 10+ mile runs. Looking for a different shoe unless the 6 is a better fix
23.    Carl rated this product 5 stars
Thu, April 16,2009:
6'1" 225 lbs. Different feel than most other shoes I've worn, but once I got used to them they worked great.
24.    Lan rated this product 2 stars
Sun, April 12,2009:
These shoes are great for walking around in all day, but running in them is painful. Where did the cushioning go? The stability is amazing but way too firm. Even my 180 lbs can't break them down and my knees protest. Too bad because this has always been a great shoe. My old Nirvana 4's have more cushioning left in them!
25.    Anonymous rated this product 1 star
Thu, April 09,2009:
I've loved previous Nirvana's for cushioning and fit, but the 5's are like running on a flat tire - a major blow out.
26.    ga56 rated this product 1 star
Mon, March 30,2009:
These shoes are killers. I mean they will kill your feet. First off, they are NOT a stability + shoe. The cushioning is not sublime as stated, it is non-existent. The stability is completely over designed in this shoe - at the sake of comfort. I would compare running in this shoe to running barefoot on river rocks. It hurts!
27.    Chicago rated this product 4 stars
Sun, March 29,2009:
I have had the Nirvana's 2 and 3. The sole on the 2s fell apart quickly, but overall the shoe was great. The 3s were great again. I never tried the 4s, when it came time for new ones, 5s are what was available. I think the 3s are better than the 5s. The new overlays are too much in the heel, at first it was too tight, my laces were loose, and I had some arch pain, I have gotten use to that. Some forefoot overlays are positioned strangely. Overall the show is narrower and a tighter fit than the 3s. I think the 3s are better, but this is still a good stability+ shoe and I would not switch out of the Nirvana line b/c of it.
28.    Near Dark Track Club rated this product 5 stars
Sat, March 28,2009:
Best since the original! 4 was too loose for my foot. Tighter fit and excellent rear foot stability make this my main shoe for 2009!
29.    Bob rated this product 1 star
Fri, March 20,2009:
Please bring back the 4s.!!!!!
30.    Japan rated this product 1 star
Tue, March 17,2009:
I was a big fan of the Wave Nirvana 4s. I did the middle third of my preparations for the Tokyo marathon in the Nirvana 4s. I could only get the Wave Nirvana 5s when I re-ordered and live in Japan with a large foot size so I had no opportunity to try the Nirvana 5s on before I ordered. Unfortunately the Wave Nirvana 5s were changed drastically and are now slightly smaller in length and more narrow than the Nirvana 4s. Blisters popped up on my arches after the first long run in these shoes and keep coming back every since (oddly I did not get blisters until the shoes were worn in). Now with days to go before the marathon I'm scrambling for blister solutions and definitely running the race in my old shoes. I can also attest to the firmer feel of the sole of the shoes. As mentioned above, too much changed from the 4s.
31.    Red rated this product 1 star
Mon, March 16,2009:
If you run hills regularly the plastic plate pushes out of the sole and into your foot.
32.    Justin Lawson rated this product 5 stars
Tue, February 24,2009:
Shoe fit and feel is obviously a very individual experience but I LOVE these shoes! Possibly the most comfortable, lightweight and supportive funning shoe I've ever owned. For the record I have low arches and moderate overpronation. Good shoes if you don't have perfect feet :)
33.    D rated this product 2 stars
Sat, February 21,2009:
These shoes look really cool...that's about it. One of my friend's raved about the Nirvana 4, which were sold out when I got around to needing new shoes. I was stoked when I saw the 5's were out, so I picked them up. I did one run in these and my legs were killing me. I have been in Kayano 14's for around 7 months and I love them, so I will continue running in those.
34.    Wimmer rated this product 2 stars
Thu, February 19,2009:
I hate to bring bad news... but. Mizuno has changed this shoe too much... they took out ALL of the cushion. I have Wave Nirvana 3 and Wave Nirvana 4. Even with 500+ miles on the Nirvana 3, they are still the "feel" that made me fall in love with this shoe. So I ran 3.5m in the Nirvana 3 yesterday just to see if it was me or the Nirvana 5 that has changed. I cannot believe how bad this new (5) shoe is... and probably why I am the only person who is saying anything. Thank you Road Runner Sport for taking them back without any hassle. You guys are great... but please tell Mizuno to find the contractor who built the Wave Nirvana 3 and dismiss the current manufacturer immediately. Thank you Elliot (at Kent Wa.) for bringing me back to the ASICS Gel-Kayano 15. Feels incredible after the Nirvana 5 experience.

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