Established in 1906 by the Mizuno Brothers, this Osaka-based company is one of the oldest sportswear equipment and apparel brands in Japan. Through the 70s and 80s, the company was notable for their sponsorship of top American athletes like Joe Montana and Carl Lewis, predating large American companies in the era of athlete-brand partnerships. Today, Mizuno has re-asserted itself in North American sports with their collection of running shoes, shirts, and pants, creating specific designs for track training, the trail, and pavement. Their Wave shoe collection has spawned wide-fitting models for men with larger feet. Stable and neutral cushioned shoes for both men and women are the company’s strength, with a series of trail running shoes gaining notoriety on the pro circuit.