Mizuno Nexus 3

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The Wave Nexus has undergone a number of subtle changes, typical of Mizuno’s approach to updating shoes. The upper is a more open airmesh, with overlays reduced in the number of synthetic leather, replaced by HF welds. The Alpha Polymer midsole has minor adjustment in the molding, and the Wave plate has minor tweaks through the shank, but the ride and performance have not been altered to unfamiliarity. The outersole has a significant chunk of lateral blown rubber which may account for a cushier feel, but the X-10 heel maintains the durability necessary for high mileage. The improvements show how careful thought  can be executed, and the value in the Nexus 3 is the tangible result.

Price: $80


Sizes: M 7–13,14,15; W 6–11  

Weight: 12.4 oz. (M’s size 11); 10.0 oz. (W’s size 8)

For: medium- to high-arched feet with mild to moderate overpronation