Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.
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WeightMen: 9.5ozWomen: 8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
Forefoot heightMen: 17mmWomen: 17mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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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.
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.
The Mizuno wave Kazan is a comfortable durable trail shoe that works very well on dry non technical terrain.
If you’re looking for a trail shoe that runs more like a road shoe, the Kazan is worth giving a try.
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.
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. This outsole element is present in the Kazan 2 and other running shoes from Mizuno such as the Wave Rider 22 and Wave Prophecy 8.
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.
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.
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.