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Update: Mizuno Wave Legend 4
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 10.9oz | Women: 9.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Brand: Mizuno
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $100
Colorways: Pink, Blue, Black, White
Size
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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.

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