Writings about Running and Life…
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Mizuno Elixir 6 Shoe Review


Hello World, this will be my first official product review for the new blog! What better product to review than the shoes I am currently running in. There is a very satisfying and blossoming relationship developing between myself and the Elixir 6. They have been very good to me so far; no injuries or major issues to side-line me from what I love to do.

The Mizuno Wave Elixir is a great light-stability, light-weight road shoe that offers a variety of bennies. I’m currently enjoying this shoe on anything from 20 mile runs in the mushy snow of Bend, OR to short fast interval workouts on the local track.

The Elixir 6 offers a light, snappy feel at only 9.5 ounces for men and 7.9 ounces for the ladies. It’s light enough to feel fast in it but not so light to second guess using as a day-to-day trainer. With colors like ‘surf the web’ and ‘lime punch’ —what’s not to love!

I will admit that the first thing I noticed when I tried the shoe on was the firm heel. You definitely feel the support of the dual wave plate in the heel of this shoe. Mizuno uses a patented wave plate technology in the midsole, inspired by nature; it really helps to dampen the shock of each footfall. It guides your foot through the foot strike in the most efficient motion possible.

For those who love the super smooth effortless transition from heel to forefoot, the neutral Mizuno Wave Rider may be a better option, but for those who don’t mind sacrificing some of that natural roll for a more stable supportive ride; you can surf the web with your lime punch in hand any day of the week!

The Mizuno Elixir also dons their custom Dynamotion Fit. This encompasses a variety of technologies involved in the construction of the upper (definition of upper: every part of the shoe above the sole–heel counter, toe box, tongue, and laces) to create an effortless and seamless foot roll. It does a great job forming to your foot with no bunch points or hot spots noticeable to me.


The new upper of the Elixir 6 is perhaps the biggest change with this version. We see this in its new independent lateral panels, flex eyelet shoestring system, and strategically placed hold areas for an improved fit. I have always thought that the Mizuno upper is the best upper in the business and the Elixir 6 does not disappoint. It is so form fitting that you hardly feel it on your foot. Big time plus for Mizuno!

Points of interest jargon: lightweight, form-fitting upper, slightly roomy forefoot, firmer heel, low-profile heel wrap, 22mm heel to 10 mm forefoot equals a 12mm “delta” drop.

Side Note: From my experience Mizuno shoes run very true to size. I’m a 12 in most brands, 11.5 in both Asics and New Balance, but a 12 for all the other major players including Mizuno.

I’m 212 miles deep into my pair (shown above) and they are holding up swimmingly. I love the latest movement away from white running shoes by Mizuno. Colored shoes shouldn’t just be for the trails, especially if you live in a climate where your bright white shoes can get dirty quickly. The Mizuno colors keep your feet looking flashy for more than just your first few jaunts.

Read more about pricing and product info for the Mizuno Wave Elixir 6 Running Shoe

It may be time to make the split from your old trainers and start something new with the Mizuno Elixir 6!



1 david { 03.23.11 at 3:19 pm }

Great post. I bought a pair yesturday, and after switching from the Mizuno Nirvana, the lightweight upper is what sold me. The heel-toe yes isnt as smooth, but its a great trade for the light weight of them. Plus they look amazing and run like a dream. I went for a short 3 miler yesterday and its like I floated the whole time.

2 Chase { 03.23.11 at 4:01 pm }

Hey David, sounds like you made a good purchase. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in all the technical pieces of running shoes, but if you are feeling “like a dream” or that you “floated the whole time,” those are great signs! Those are the intangibles that can’t be measured. I’m still running in mine. I like to run in my Elixirs on the roads when I feel like I need a little bit of support. Like if I ran the day before on an unstable trail or in a very lightweight neutral shoe, I like switching it up into something more secure, something that I feel like my feet/tendons/muscles aren’t getting jarred so much.

Maybe I should have changed the title to: Mizuno Elixir 6: The Dreamy Float!

3 Ricky { 07.07.11 at 3:02 pm }

How many miles roughly should a pair of Elixir 6′s get?

4 Chase { 07.07.11 at 5:50 pm }

Safely, i’d say 350-450. I felt like the wave plate support helped to maintain the cushioning pretty well. Really depends also on what kind of runner you are. If you are heavier or a big heel striker, i’d probably swap them out after 350. Also, if you have issues with injuries or have a big race coming up, i’d swap them out earlier than later too. Overall, great shoe…if it fits your foot, pronation, and build. Let me know if you end up going with it!

5 Greg { 07.18.11 at 7:33 am }

Hi. I have been using these shoes (Size 12.5) for the last 4 months and think they are great. However, I had to have special inserts made to correct a few minor issues and now notice that the front of my foot feels tight. Not necessarily against the tip of the shoe but at the sides. Do you think moving to a size 13 would alleviate this?

6 Mizuno Elixir sale (take $10 off mention this add) | Ken Combs Running Store { 10.01.11 at 7:19 am }

[...] mention this add) Posted on October 1, 2011 by Ken Combs Running Store Review Curtesy (IRUNTILIDIE.COM) The Mizuno Wave Elixir is a great light-stability, light-weight road shoe that offers a variety of [...]

7 Rod Staples { 11.17.11 at 8:42 pm }

Yes, After running in the Wave Nirvana I will never go back to a heavy shoe again. I have been running in the Elixr’s now for 3 years and usually get high mileage out of them 500 miles is not to many on this shoe, they have been the most reliable shoe I have had. For Half’s or shorter races I use the Mizuno Musha’s another winner!

8 Phuc { 02.25.12 at 5:53 pm }

Hi Chase,
A question. I’m more of a neutral runner, left foot supinating a bit more than the right one. So far, I’ve run in Rider 12, 13, and Ronin 3. I’m looking for something in the between of Rider and Ronin, in particular more cushioning than Ronin. Do you think Elixir is good for me? Thanks.

9 Ravi { 03.01.12 at 12:19 pm }

Its been a year since you wrote this post. What has been your experience with this show so far? I went ahead and ordered one today. I usually run with Saucony, but decided to switch to this Mizuno model after reading reviews from you and others. Do you still use this model?

10 Phuc { 03.03.12 at 8:32 am }

A note for those who just stumble on this post. I ordered a pair of Mizuno WE 6. Here are my first impressions. Size-wise, they are similar to Ronin 3, roomy in the toebox, and snuggly fit the rest of the foot. Use the ‘shoe fit’ tool on runningwarehouse website if you need help. The upper material is very similar to Wave Rider 12, very supple and comfortable, much better than that of WR13, which is too stiff IMO.
I’ll update it later once I take them for a run. Hope this helps.

11 Chase { 03.04.12 at 8:33 am }

Hey Ravi, I actually just ended up running through the one pair I had. I unfortunately started building up a callous in an area that I had never experienced before so I knew that it was being caused by the Elixir. At the time I was running every other day in the Asics DS Trainer and the Elixir and the DS Trainer won the battle. Since then, I’ve gone through about 10 pairs of DS Trainers….for me, just a better shoe!

12 Chase { 03.04.12 at 8:37 am }

Thanks Phuc, your comments are appreciated….espcially the shoe fit tool…never seen that before. I’m working on a new shoe gear review for the Montrail Bajada….LOVE that shoe. Definitely a trail specific shoe but so so perfect….for me. :)

13 Ravi { 03.05.12 at 9:36 am }

Hi Phuc – I just ordered a Mizuno WE6. Did you get a chance to try them? What are your impressions? Thanks.

14 Phuc { 03.05.12 at 10:32 pm }

Hi Ravi,
Not yet. Hopefully in the next few days. I plan to test it out on the treadmill a few times before going outside. Although Theo on the runningshoeguru website advises me against the WE6 because I’m more an underpronated runner rather than over-. What’s your pronation type? Update me if you have a chance. Thanks.

Leave a Comment