In April 2006, Mizuno celebrated its 100th anniversary. From their humble beginnings as a small shop in Osaka, Japan, they are now one of the leaders in men's running shoes, women's running shoes, and running apparel. Mizuno has always made use of cutting edge technology. In 1997 they introduced their patented Mizuno Wave technology, which uses a wave plate to provide cushioning and support. The result is the lightest technologically advanced performance sports shoes on the market. Many of the Mizuno Wave running shoes have won prestigious and coveted awards, including recognition from publications such as Runner's World. Mizuno running clothes are some of the most comfortable and functional items on the market. Whether you need to stay warm or cool, Mizuno's high tech apparel is sure to please.