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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 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.

    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
    $105
  • 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: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Unknown
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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 midsole 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.


Outsole

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. This durable outsole material has been used in Mizuno running shoes like the Wave Creation 20 and Wave Inspire 15.

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.


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