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  • Terrain


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


    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 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.

    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.

  • Use

    Daily running

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


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
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We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit of the 2nd version of the Wave Kazan uses a breathable mesh material to keep the foot well-ventilated.
  • Stitched-on overlays add more structure to the upper while also helping the fabrics when it comes to wrapping around the foot snugly.
  • High-level comfort and cushioning is afforded by the lightweight mid-sole compound.
  • Many runners noted that this shoe didn’t need a ‘breaking’ period as it already allows the foot to naturally acclimate to it, even on the first try.
  • Flexibility is appreciated by the runners because this shoe has been tuned to adapt well to the natural movement of the foot, as well as the ground beneath.
  • Multi-surface traction is given by the durable and trail-specific outsole unit.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Many of the testers noted that it was ½ size larger than what they were used to, so this shoe’s sizing scheme might be a bit confusing to the uninitiated.
  • A few runners thought that the platform needed some stability mechanics in order to keep the foot balanced and free from positional discomfort when running.

Bottom line

The 2nd version of the Mizuno Wave Kazan is an update to a popular trail shoe that’s meant to encourage natural movement over the trails. Now, this model delivers greater freedom of movement through its adaptive sole unit, trail-optimized external underside, and smooth upper fabrics. It’s a solid choice for those running sessions in the great outdoors.


Updates to Mizuno Wave Kazan 2

  • The Mizuno Wave Kazan 2 has been upgraded from its predecessor in many ways. Now featuring a modern design that employs stitched-on overlays for reinforcement, the façade of this version is striking and appealing. High quality materials have been put to use in this shoe and they’re sure to deliver protection and comfort to the wearer when tackling the various terrains.
  • The upper unit has been constructed with a very breathable fabric that makes the interior foot-chamber well-ventilated. It’s helpful when it comes to long-term running sessions and extended adventures as it won’t let the foot feel sweaty or hot. Adequate padding in the inner sleeve cushions the dimensions of the foot well during the trail running sessions.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Mizuno Wave Kazan 2 makes use of a foam material that is able cushion the foot well, while also making sure that a springy nature would propel the runner forward. The Mizuno Wave Technology redirects impact forces from the foot, keeping it free from any discomfort during the foot striking phase.
  • In terms of its outsole, this shoe employs the services of trail-specific technologies in order to lead the runner responsibly through the outdoor paths with sureness and ease. Durable rubber shields the rest of the sole unit from wear and abrasion, while gripping lugs that face two directions improve traction over dry and wet surfaces.

Mizuno Wave Kazan 2 size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Kazan 2 runs a bit larger than the usual measurements, so runners are advised to choose ½ a size smaller in order to get the right fit. The available width is medium, so those who have medium sized feet are the ones who are going to enjoy it. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot.


The X10 is an outsole technology that’s made from durable carbon rubber. It is able resist wear and damage, especially in areas that are highly susceptible to impact and friction. Traction is also afforded by this material.

The X Lugs are these X-shaped indentations on the outsole that are meant to provide multi-directional traction. Uphill climbs and downhill descents are better and less taxing because of these highly efficient units.

The XtaRide is a trail-optimization concept in the sole unit that allows the shoe to adapt to the environment and to the biomechanics of the wearer’s foot. The Xta groove and the X lugs on the outsole work together to deliver surface control and natural movement, while also keeping the runner stable and secure.


The AP+ is a mid-sole foam unit that’s light in weight but heavy in terms of its performance. It’s durable and it lasts long, making the platform as efficient even after many uses. It also has a bouncy nature, so each step gets the responsiveness that it needs for a better stride.

The Mizuno Wave Technology adds a bit more cushioning, particularly when it comes to the heel strike. It’s stable, so it won’t allow the rear section of the platform to feel wobbly or uneven. It also absorbs the landing impact forces during each step, keeping the runner as comfortable as possible.


The upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Kazan 2 utilizes the AIRmesh, a very comfortable material that also has an open construction. It allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe in order to keep the foot well-ventilated.

Stitched-on overlays add more structure to the upper unit. They also help the upper fabrics when it comes to wrapping around the foot, as they follow the adjustments made to the lacing system.