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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • It is a versatile shoe on trails and on all types of terrains, as commented by testers.
  • The strategic pattern in the outsole provides excellent traction and grip.
  • It is designed with ultra-aggressive outsole for trail running.
  • There is flexibility as well, as noticed and felt by a few testers.
  • It is great for fast trail running because of its light weight, according to runners.
  • It is a rugged shoe that offers protection, comfort, and support.
  • It is a shoe that has everything for trail running, as commented by some runners.
  • The materials are of high quality and durable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It has a poor traction on wet condition, as complained by some runners.
  • The toe box and mid-foot area are wider, which caused the foot to slip when running uphill or downhill, as commented by some runners.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Kazan is an all-around shoe for a wide range of trails. Its patterned outsole can dig into tough trails while keeping the shoe of great responsiveness. Comfort-wise and protection, it has the best design, but it missed the necessary grip and traction on wet and slippery trails.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 215 ratings

5 star
63%
4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by Runner's World • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    Testers had a lot of positive comments about the Kazan, noting its fit, comfortable upper materials, protective feel, stability and performance on a range of surfaces.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    This shoe is for you if … you want a versatile, softly cushioned shoe for running on mild to semi-technical trails.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Mizuno killed off its hybrid shoe, the Wave Ascend, replacing it with the Wave Kazan and the Wave Hayate ($110; not shown), which has a lower profile for a performance feel.

  • 60 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    The Mizuno wave Kazan is a comfortable durable trail shoe that works very well on dry non technical terrain.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Jenny • Level 3 expert

    If you’re looking for a trail shoe that runs more like a road shoe, the Kazan is worth giving a try.

  • 85 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Stein • Level 3 expert

    I tend to get caught up in the stiffness of a shoe marketed with built-in “stability” or “support” – but these shoes never tried to control my gait.

  • 67 / 100 by Gear Institute • Jacob Waltz • Level 3 expert

    The discomfort created by the overlays was pretty much a deal breaker.

  • 82 / 100 by Hungry Runner • Katie • Level 1 expert

    They are a pretty narrow shoe, so for runners with particularly wide feet, they may not be the best option.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Kazan

  • The Mizuno Wave Kazan features a striking upper design inspired by topography and Japanese rock gardens and it utilized the notable Mizuno midsole technologies that improve overall running experience.
  • The shoe also features a concave wave and “X” grooves that allow the heel and forefoot to move independently even on uneven terrain.
  • For maximum flexibility and reliable grip, the Wave Kazan comes with ultra-aggressive x-studded outsole design.

Mizuno Wave Kazan size and fit

The Wave Kazan has a standard running shoe length. It delivers comfortable fit from the heel to the forefoot area. The semi-curved shape accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot, thus making the fit more agreeable. This shoe is not best for wide-footed runners.


Outsole

For enhanced traction, the outer sole of the Mizuno Wave Kazan features the X10, which is located both in the heel and forefoot. This feature is made of carbon rubber compound, which promotes high durability of this shoe.

It also has the Active X Outsole that includes X-shaped lugs, which provide multi-directional traction, allowing runners to run on varied terrain. It works perfectly with the bi-directional trail specific outsole that delivers reliable grip even on wet surfaces.


Midsole

The midsole of the Mizuno Wave Kazan features the Mizuno Wave technology. It has a thermal and elastic plastic wave that runs from the heel to the mid-foot, creating a well-cushioned and springy ride. It also has the U4ic technology that attenuates shock and promotes a more resilient ride.

Another feature that provides a smooth transition is the Concave Wave, which helps stabilize and supports the heel during landing.


Upper

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Kazan is covered with AIRmesh that delivers exceptional breathability for a comfortable ride. The welded overlays in the medial and lateral side gives added support and stability. The shoe comes with a padded tongue that delivers added comfort and security.