Mizuno has had a strong connection to road racing via its well-designed racing shoes available at multiple performance and price levels. The Ekiden is named for one of Japan’s historically iconic events, a road racing relay of Super Bowl proportions.
This shoe enters Mizuno’s line with a combination of new features and some borrowed from its racing heritage. The upper is a minimesh weave with soft synthetic suede overlays that are cut out to minimize the weight while still providing support. The midsole has a soft foam layer on top of a stiffer foam that’s closer to the ground, and this combination provides a responsive, yet protected ride, along with a low profile and a 4mm heel- to-toe drop. The outersole is toughened EVA over the low-wear portions and polyester backed polyurethane in the high-wear areas, and provides both traction and durability. Bottom line? The Ekiden is a lightweight, protective racing shoe that delivers performance.
Sizes men 5.5–12,13 (unisex)
Weight 5.4 oz. (men’s 11)
Fit snug heel, roomier forefoot
For medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics
Range efficient runners: up to 30K or beyond; heavy strikers: up to 10K