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18 users: 4.4 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.9oz / Women 9.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 12mm / Women 12mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 6.9 hours of research from the internet

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.

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  • 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 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.


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. The grip and sturdiness of the shoe can also be experienced in the Wave Legend 4 running shoe and Mizuno Prophecy 8.


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.


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.

Size and fit

True to size based on 10 user votes
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True to size (90%)
Large (0%)
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Same sizing as Mizuno Wave Legend 4.

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How Wave Legend 2 compares

This shoe: 76
All shoes average: 86
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This shoe: $100
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 10.9oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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