Mizuno first introduced its Wave technology all the way back in 1997. In nature, the wave is able to spread and dissipate energy very efficiently, which inspired Mizuno’s engineers to apply the wave concept to running footwear. The technology they developed has a three-dimensional, rigid structure that is designed to move impact forces away from the foot and into the shoe. The wave design also allows the shoe to spread the overall impact more evenly across the length of the foot to smooth out the ride.
There are a number of Wave Plates designed for specific purposes:
Pronation support also can be added to the Wave design by changing the geometry on the underfoot plate. In this approach, the swell of the wave on the medial side is made larger and more structured than the lateral side. This slows the rate of overpronation without giving the runner the distinct feeling of having a bulky post underneath the foot.
Though the core principle of using the wave shape to dissipate impact force is a key design element of Mizuno shoes, we expect Wave technology to continue to evolve in the coming years as the company remains on its quest to offer lighter weight, highly runnable footwear.