The past two iterations of the Wave Sky featured Mizuno’s Waveknit upper. The new edition shakes things up with Mizuno’s new Smooth Stretch Woven mesh. It just might be your foot’s new security blanket.
As the name implies, the weave is smoother to the touch than either Mizuno’s Waveknit upper or their traditional mesh upper. It features a tighter weave with added holes for ventilation. The material is also made from recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which means it’s a more eco-friendly product than the past. The Smooth Stretch Woven mesh upper also has more eyelets than the knit, which offers more lacing adjustability than before.
Our testers found that the woven mesh has a distinctly different feel from the knit upper of the past. They praised the seamless construction and the gusseted tongue, but also noted that the fit is more snug than past iterations.
“The woven upper has less give than last year’s knit upper,” one reviewer says. “It feels more secure, and it creates a snugger fit for my foot.”
Overall, reviewers suggest trying on the Wave Sky 5, since the new upper creates a different feel from last year’s shoe. None of our testers had trouble with their typical size, but did note that the sensation is different. The Wave Sky 5 is available in wide sizes (2E for men, D for women).