Who should buy the Wave Shadow 2

The Wave Shadow 2 from Mizuno prides itself on being a neutral running shoe with reliable responsiveness and durability. This might be a good choice for you if:

  • You prefer a vegan shoe for running long distances and marathons
  • You do speed trainings and need a shoe that can properly support moderate to high arches

Mizuno Wave Shadow 2 wave

Updates to the Mizuno Wave Shadow 2

  • A plastic wave unit is placed in the rear section for impact attenuation and overall foot steadiness
  • X10 serves as the rubber compound outsole, which is meant to deliver traction over the surfaces
  • Two variations of mesh are used for the upper: an open-weave material on the forefoot section that’s meant to accommodate airflow, and one with a secure construction for a snug yet airy coverage

Mizuno Wave Shadow 2 shadow 2 print

Efficient traction with the X10 rubber

The external pad of the Wave Shadow 2 is composed of the X10 solid rubber, which is a sturdy compound that’s designed to stave off abrasion while also doling out surface grip. It fundamentally preserves the midsole, keeping it from being damaged by being always in contact with the ground.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 2 x10 outsole

There are tiny rubber bits, patterns, and grooves that work together to heighten surface grip. These elements also allow the foot to move gracefully through the gait cycle.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 2 surface grip

Flexible cushioning from U4ic

U4ic is a full-length foam that’s designed to cushion each step and prevent the foot from getting hurt during the striking phase. It is flexible and responsive.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 2 midsole

The Cloudwave is a thermoplastic layer in the back portion of the platform. It aims to receive the brunt of the landing strike, dispersing the impact forces and steadying the foot as it transitions toward the toe-off.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 2 cloudwave

The anatomical sockliner is created to provide underfoot cushioning and extra support to the contours of the foot that don’t usually get any attention.

The Wave Shadow 2's breathable coverage

An open-weave mesh is used for the forefoot section of the Mizuno Wave Shadow 2’s upper. Its goal is to allow air into the interior chamber to the foot and keep it dry.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 2 open mesh

The midfoot and heel sections feature a tightly woven mesh that still has minute pores for ventilation. The job of this material is to hold the foot securely in place.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 2 smaller weave

The Dynamotion Fit system is comprised of thin midfoot panels that are created to embrace the foot. These overlays are connected to the lacing system; so whenever the shoelaces are adjusted, they go along with the act.

Mizuno Wave Shadow 2 dynamotion

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 265g / Women 215g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Mizuno Wave Shadow 3
Forefoot height: 16mm
Heel height: 24mm

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