We give our verdict on the Mizuno Enigma 2 Running Shoes.

Mizuno Enigma 2 ShoesMizuno Enigma 2 Shoes

Designed for neutral runners looking for a light-weight, well-padded, high-mileage shoe, the Enigma reminds us of what great shoes used to be like, unfussy, practical and instantly pleasing to run in. There’s no need for a break-in period here, the shoes feel like old favourites from the first stride. This is down to the light weight – Mizuno opted for lighter synthetic suede to work with the well-vented mesh panels to give structure and stability.

The Mizuno Wave technology, which provides the core of the shoes’ midsole technology, delivers its usual sublime performance with the plastic waves gently deforming to cushion before returning to their original shape giving you a spring in your step. Everything is controlled wonderfully. For a shoe with such a definite and capable rear-foot technology, the shoe likes it when you pick up the speed and run with a lighter mid-foot style thanks to tuned flexibility from the deeply grooved AP+ foam midsole and the grooved, blown carbon rubber outsole. It’s not quite firm enough for full beans, but it is a cushioning shoe and for a shoe with a ride this plush you’ll be pleased with its willingness to please. We were initially concerned that the upper in the forefoot would be a bit too unstructured but it turns out the soft suede effect and mesh can cope OK. There is a lot mesh up front so it’s possibly not ideal for cold, wet runs but on the plus side, it’ll dry quickly.


Sumptuous comfort and surprising speed from this stripped-back trainer.

Performance 4/5
Value 4/5
Overall 4/5