The Project Zero Edition of the Waveknit R2 is Here

A woman holding a pair of Mizuno running shoes

A Review

The brand new Project Zero Special Edition of the Mizuno Waveknit R2 was made exclusively for Fleet Feet as part of a nationwide initiative to raise money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). With every pair you buy, Mizuno donates $10 to BCRF as part of the company's goal to end breast cancer. And this year’s Project Zero shoe is even bolder and better.

A man wearing a pair of blue Mizuno running shoes


Heel-to-toe drop: 12 mm

Weight: 8.7 oz. (women’s size 7); 10 oz. (men’s size 9)

Use: everyday trainer

Surface: road and track

MSRP: $130


The shoe has the classic Mizuno fit--snug and comfortable--but its stretchy, breathable Waveknit upper accommodates a wider range of foot shapes than its predecessor. In fact, Fleet Feet testers lauded the shoe’s overall breathability as a significant fit improvement over previous models.

A person holding a pair of pink Mizuno running shoes


Mizuno’s firm, responsive cushioning (Cloudwave) feels durable for long runs on the road and responsive enough for uptempo training. Like its predecessors, the wave plate helps guide the foot forward with each step.


The Mizuno BCRF Waveknit R2 is an everyday trainer ideal for runners looking for a dependable, daily training shoe with firm, responsive cushioning. According to Olympic softball player, Jennie Finch, who regularly trains in the shoe: “I love the balance of lightweight feel, support and cushion the shoe offers. Plus, this year the upper was constructed with a new, even more comfortable material [Waveknit], and I love it. It's stretchy, and it expands to create a perfect fit.” She also adds that, in her opinion, the darker pink is “better” and “more fierce” than last year's model. We agree.


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