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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
$100
Weight
Men: 10.9oz
Women: 9.2oz
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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 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Comfort is a valuable asset in the Legend 2, according to most reviews.
  • It is an excellent value for the money shoe.
  • A good number liked the stable and cushioned ride.
  • The outsole durability is as good as any with the X-10 compound.
  • A removable insock enhances fit and comfort.
  • Some runners appreciated the responsiveness of the ride.
  • The new mesh offers enhanced breathability.
  • The Legend 2’s 12mm offset is good for heel strikers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful wished for lower numbers on the scale.
  • It is fairly limited to short distance runs as the weight plays a factor, noted a few.

Bottom line

The Wave Legend 2 is a highly-cushioned trainer with adequate arch support and a bit of flexibility. While it is not the lightest of trainers, it does have a smooth transition and decent responsiveness despite the tons of cushioning. For heavy runners, this can last the distance and very well worth the price.


Rankings


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 7 ratings

5 star
43%
4 star
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3 star
14%
2 star
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1 star
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My Rating


Updates to Mizuno Wave Legend 2

  • The upper gets most of the updates in the 2nd edition of the Legend. Most noticeable is a two-part mesh that features bigger and rounder holes from the forefoot to the midfoot. From the midfoot, it becomes more refined and structured to secure the heel from unwanted movements.
  • Another change that is common in most of Mizuno shoes these days is the removal of extra overlays. This shoe offers a simplified upper with the Runbird logo providing more than enough midfoot hold.
  • The interior gets a slight makeover as well. A more luxurious and softer insock greets runners upon step-in. It significantly increases the comfort and fit of the Legend 2.

Mizuno Wave Legend 2 size and fit

Mizuno retained the fit of the original model in this new version. The shoe has a very comfortable wrap in the heel and midfoot before it accommodates runners with slightly wider feet in the forefoot. As always, this favor those with medium to flat-footed runners. The shoe runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole is covered by some blown rubber in the forefoot while the heel and some parts of the midfoot are enhanced by the X-10 carbon rubber for durability and traction. Mizuno carves the underfoot with deep flex grooves to provide flexibility in a heavily-cushioned shoe.


Midsole

The midsole is a perfect mix of softness and firmness. To get this formula right, Mizuno uses the AP+ midsole, which is quite soft, on top of the ever-reliable Wave Plate. The midsole foam covers the entire shoe while the Wave Plate is found both in the heel and forefoot. With a setup like this, the runner lands first on the soft foam before shock dispersal happens courtesy of the Wave Plate. As the runner lands, there is a section of SR Touch foam in the heel to further absorb shock.


Upper

The minimal upper is covered in two types of mesh. For better breathability the forefoot and the midfoot have bigger and rounder holes before the mesh tightens a bit going towards the heel. The more structured heel helps with the stability in this area. The tongue and collar have decent padding for comfort. Mizuno softens the removable insock for better fit and comfort.