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I've been running for well over 20 years now, and when it came to the trails I was always torn between using a "Road" shoe for the flexibility and response, and a "Trail" shoe for the protection and extra grip. Now with the Wave Kazan I have the best of both worlds. Not only have I found that this shoe has all the grip and protection I need, but it is also very light weight, flexible and responsive when I really want to get going. An extra plus to this shoe is that it also feels good on the road when I'm running from the house to the trails, and you can't really say that about all performance trail shoes.

Wave Kazan: Take the Mizuno Running Experience Off-Road in our Most Versatile and Technically Advanced Trail Shoe Ever.

The Wave Kazan derives its name from the Samurai battle standard of “Furin Kazan” meaning “move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as the forest, attack as fierce as fire, and be as undefeatable as the mountain”. The striking upper design was patterned after topography and Japanese rock gardens.

Key Features

  • Our most versatile, all-terrain trail shoe lets you glide smoothly over any type of terrain.
  • A Concave Wave cradles the heel against excessive movement, while a midfoot “X” groove allows the heel and forefoot to move independently and adapt to uneven terrain.
  • The ultra-aggressive x-studded outsole pattern is strategically patterned to provide optimal grip and traction while still allowing for optimal flexibility where needed.
  • And at just 9.5oz., the Wave Kazan is light enough for a fast day on the trails, yet rugged and protected enough for an epic, 100 mile ultra.
  • Ramp: 12mm




Optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride.
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Everything I always wanted in a trail shoe.
I've been running for well over 20 years now, and when it came to the trails I was always torn between using a "Road" shoe for the flexibility and response, and a "Trail" shoe for the protection and extra grip. Now with the Wave Kazan I have the best of both worlds. Not only have I found that this shoe has all the grip and protection I need, but it is also very light weight, flexible and responsive when I really want to get going. An extra plus to this shoe is that it also feels good on the road when I'm running from the house to the trails, and you can't really say that about all performance trail shoes.
June 10, 2014
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pretty good design, poor construction
I've been a Mizumo fan for years but these shoes were areal disappointment.
Very light and comfortable, yes, but...
Uppers started to show small tears in several places )same in both right and left) within a couple of months of light use (both in my pair as well as my teenage daughter's). The mesh is just not strong enough.
In my pair the black outer sole came unglued from the yellow rubber at the heel of one shoe.
Grip was poor on wet surfaces.
Don't understand why there is no flap over big toe to protect from breaking through the uppers.
January 31, 2016
Response from Mizuno
We are certainly sorry to hear that you have experienced durability issues with our Wave Kazan's. We do have a one year warranty on all of our running shoes. Please contact our consumer desk at 1-800-966-1211, and we will gladly assist you with setting up a claim.
February 5, 2016
Mathew KStaff
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Happy Trails
To all it may concern,
I am an avid trail runner and ultra marathoner.. I have accepted the Mizuno philosophy and agree with what is offered in the shoes provided through the entire range .. The design and more importantly materials and construct is always consistent with what is stated in their marketing .... The new trail shoes are a nice addition which I have decided to start my 100k next month in the Hampshire 100.. I have approx 70 miles on them now.. I needed about 25 miles to sufficiently loosen the mid foot up .. I expected this due to the tougher sole and rugged tread.. The foot box has plenty of room and are true to size..the shoes provide a nice supple ride while providing enough protection in the sole tread and toe cap for anything that I've encountered from small boulders to pea stone, gravel and plenty of traction in loose soil and sand .. I am happy with the weight .... I did change the laces to bungee style for easy on and off and foot swell.. I recommend Mizuno offer these as an option in the box..thanks for reading.. Happy Trails
July 24, 2014
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The best trail runner I've ever owned. Period
Mizuno not only raised the bar with this one... they set it miles out of everyone else's reach! Designed by trail runners for trail runners - stylish, rugged, durable, and incredibly adaptable. The upper part of the shoe is incredibly lightweight and breathable yet rugged enough to handle any terrain. The selling point of the shoe for me, though, is the "XtaticRide" x-groove midfoot. This allows your foot to adjust not only on a front-back axis, but on a left-right axis as well. PERFECT for uneven terrain which most trails offer. I also loved the X-studded sole - crazy grip in dirt, sand, mud, gravel, rocks and everything else I've taken them through. Had them for about 5 months now and will never go back. Thank you, Mizuno!
July 21, 2014
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Loved 'em!
I ran in the shoes for about a month before sitting down to offer you my opinion. I found that the shoes were versatile and adapted easily to the terrain (these are clearly must-haves for trail running). The Kazans are the best of both worlds, a lightweight shoe with the protection and stability required for the ultimate trail running experience.
July 30, 2014
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Style and Comfort
I just entered the world of trail running, and there couldn't be a better shoe than the Wave Kazan to be introduced to this world in. With an amazing style and a great comfort, these shoes are fantastic for making the transition over from the pavement to the trails. They're lightweight yet extremely durable, which I wouldn't have expected in a trail shoe. I've been a huge fan of Mizuno's running shoes, and their move to expand to the world of trail running doesn't disappoint. These are definitely worth checking out if you're going to be breaking free from the pavement.
July 29, 2014
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True trail mezamashii!
After years of the Wave Ascend being my go-to trail shoe, the Kazan somehow outdid it! From run #1, I could tell the protective nature of the forefoot foam is improved; the traction of the outsole is superior; the ability to flex around obstacles (a necessity in Rocky Mountain trail running!) is drastically improved. The upper is like a sock holding snug, but friction-free around my foot (it's seamless). I can go on and on about the Kazan, but I'd rather go take them for a run now. Just one caveat, I sized a half size smaller than I had on Wave Ascends (Ascend was 10, Kazan is 9.5).
July 7, 2014
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A Though-out Trail Shoe
I put some enjoyable miles in the Wave Kazan out in the Arizona Sonora Desert. For a great trail shoe I look for lightness, impact protection from the jagged rocks that riddle the desert and a low profile that makes my feet feel it�s connecting to the ground on each push-off. I felt the Wave Kazan cover all these particulars. I was also pleasantly surprise how ventilating the upper of the shoe was and that helped while running in the hot temps.
June 28, 2014
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Great All Around Trail-Running Shoes
I am a Mizuno wearer - have the Musha 4, Hitogami, Inspire 8 before getting the Paradox, and the Kazan is a fantastic trail shoe.

Although it's a 12mm drop the stack heights of both the heel and forefoot aren't overly high. I use the Kazan in rotation with my La Sportiva Helios - which have a 4mm drop. The Kazan fits in perfectly as I needed something with a little more of a softer ride with a higher drop for recover runs.

I was surprised that I had to size down to size 11, which fit me perfect whereas I normally wear a size 11.5 in Muzinos. The design and materials used are top notch. Not that I run sock less but the seamless upper and thick tongue would totally allow for sock less running.

Can't speak to using them in wet conditions but the traction on hard packed dry surfaces here in SoCal has been great, and the shoe is extremely flexible and is comfortable on both trails - from fire roads and single track with roots and rocks to paved roads.

Definitely an underrated shoe that I am glad I looked at and bought.
March 3, 2015
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Comfort, Support, Performance, Durability
The last few pairs of trail shoes I've had always lacked in one of the four areas that are important to me: comfort, support, performance, durability. The Kazan is the first trail shoe that has met all of my criteria. I couldn't be more please with this shoe. When I hit the trails, I know that my feet will be happy!
July 29, 2014
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I'm a flatfooted pronator and use stability shoes on the road - like the Mizuno Wave Inspire. Would the Kazan be about the equivalent for a trail shoe?
Frank54 on Mar 21, 2015
I used to run in the Wave Ascend as my goto trail shoe, which I thoroughly abused through creeks, thick bush, hillside, in addition to my large frame. Will your new trail shoes (Kazan) have a 2E width available in the future?
MarkKtrail on Oct 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: At this time, we are not going to offer a trail shoe in a wide width.
What is the drop for this running shoes please? Thanks Ian Galea
Iangalea on Jun 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Kazan has a 12mm ramp.
I see the Kazan 2 is available in other countries why not the U.S.?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: At this time, we are not planning on releasing a Kazan 2 here at Mizuno USA.
It can be recommended for overpronator runners? or model would be the most recommended for trail overpronator runners?
sandi82 on Aug 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This will have a concave wave so it protects against pronation and supination (cradles the heel instead of preventing rolling) and a midfoot x-groove that's all about adaptability.
What is the heel to toe drop? I'm in Hoka's right now. I like the fact they have cushioning. as a 61 YO ultra runner I feel its important. How is the cushioning in the Kazan?
Brass on Jun 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazan offers a 12 mm drop. They will have a different ride from the HOKA's, while offering excellent cushioning. Mike Aish, who has finished 3rd at Leadville 100 and recently completed Western States 100, wears the Wave Kazan for his training and racing needs!
Which trail shoe is most similar to the Wave Rider?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazan would be more comparable to the Wave Rider 19. Our other trail shoe, the Wave Hayate 2, would be less supportive and less cushioned than the Wave Rider 19. We would recommend visiting one of our Mizuno Authorized Retailers to go through a full fitting to determine if the Wave Kazan is the best trail shoe for you. Please visit the link provided below to find the nearest retailer to you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-966-1211.
Men's Wave Hayate 2
Men's Wave Hayate 2
Men's Wave Rider 19
Men's Wave Rider 19
hi, i am usually 12 or 12.5. my foot size is 11.5 inches or 29cm. whats my shoe's size? 12 or 12.5 or 13? thanks
duque2film on Feb 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We always like to recommend getting a half size bigger in our running shoes to make sure you have enough room in the toebox area. So if you normally wear a 12 or 12.5, you would mostly likely need a 12.5 or 13.
is the chinese red-dude blue ever going to be back in stock? because if not ill just buy a different color, but i really want that one.
A shopper on Jan 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: At this time, we will not be getting any more Men's Kazan's in Chinese Red-Dude Blue in stock.
I run pavement with wave inspire 11 and recently got the 12, is this shoe a similar fit as far as support and fit? I'm looking for a trail shoe only.
ColemanTKO on Oct 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Inspire 12 is going to be a very similar fit but if you are looking for a trail shoe only then I would suggest the Hayate or the Kazan.
I strictly have run with Wave Elixir and looking for a trail shoe that is similar. Kazan or Hayate?
daceman23 on Oct 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you normally run in a performance neutral shoe, we would recommend the Hayate 2 for trail shoes.
Can I get these in Canada? Or can I order directly from Mizuno USA Because very few shoes I see on your site are available to me here and if they are, there is limited choice of colour (for example Prophecy 4's but the red version isn't available).
Hotscott on Aug 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: To purchase our Wave Kazan in Canada, please visit the following link.
do you offer a 2E option for your trail shoes or a wide toe box?
Stinkydog888 on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Our trail options are not offered in 2E width. Please visit a local specialty retailer for a fitting in our Kazan and Hayate to see if the toe box provides your desired amount of room.
Currently trail running in the Ascend 8 and am disappointed it was discontinued. Looking for a replacement. 50K-50M distances. Can you advise on the pros/cons of the two new trail shoes from Mizuno. Seems like the Ascend 8 was the best of both worlds?
GrantEdwards on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Hayate replaced the Wave Ascend 8 and is our lighter """"speed"""" trail shoe. The Wave Kazan is a more cushioned trail shoe that would be more comparable to the cushioning and fit of a Rider or Inspire. We recommend a fitting in both shoes to see which is the better fit for your foot type.
Are the true to size? I'm looking to switch from Brooks to Mizuno.I wear an 8.5 in Brooks what would I wear in Mizuno?
Wutangbran on Apr 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Please use our Show Me How This Fits link to see what size we recommend based on your past shoes. This online tool is only a suggestion. To ensure you find the best fit for your foot, we recommend visiting a specialty store for a fitting in our running shoes.  
I am wearing Mizuno Wave Creation in size 10.5. Should I buy Kazan in size 10? Unfortunately, I can't try them on on retail store. Thx.
Ievgen on Mar 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Please use the Shoe Fitter Application on the right side of our website to get a recommendation on what size to order.
Are your trail shoes such as the Kazan a good option for mud/obstacle runs??? I have been using the Wave Precisions and have been fairly happy with them (mostly because of their weight and the fact they don't turn into bricks when wet/muddy)
Erichatespavement on Mar 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazan is our maximum cushioned, heavier trail shoe option. For a more lightweight fit and feel, we recommend trying the Wave Hayate. To ensure you find the best shoe for your needs, please visit a local specialty store for a fitting in both shoes.
I'm have difficulty of what color should I buy, Which color is the best seller?
Miejay on Feb 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: All of the colors in our Wave Kazan are very popular, but the Dress Blue/ Silver/ Spectra Yellow and the Turbulence/ Vibrant Orange/ Classic Green are our 2 newest colors.
I am currently running in Wave Ascend 7s but need to retire them and I was wondering how the Kazan compares to them in fit, support and cushioning?
PBC2 on Feb 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you have been running in the Wave Ascend, we would recommend trying the Wave Hayate. The Wave Kazan will be a maximum cushion trail shoe that will be bulkier. The Wave Hayate will be a lighter, faster shoe that is lower to the ground.
How is the cushioning effect of wave kazan compared to the wave prophecy 2?
LJ12 on Dec 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Prophecy 2 is a maximum cushioned neutral shoe. The Kazan is a maximum cushioned trail shoe with extra stability support provided by the X-grooves in the outsole. While they are both maximum cushioned shoes, we recommend visiting a local specialty retailer for a fitting in the Kazan to make sure it will provide the cushioning you are looking for in a trail shoe.
Does anyone know if these are water repellent like the Mizuno Mujin? An online shop in here is advertising them as water resistant. Is that correct? Thanks.
Jaby on Oct 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazan is a water-resistant shoe. Please feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-966-1211 with any further questions you may have.
I am 15 and pretty new to running, I do a daily jog of only around 8km on a medium terrain trail. Should I go for the Hayate or the Kazan?? Oh and I will also wear them to school on P.E days
Jonathan on Sep 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: For further assistance with your inquiry please contact our running consumer support team at 1-800-966-1211.
I'm wearing 9.5 in the Wave Inspire 9 , one reviewer stated they went from Wave Ascends (Ascend was 10, Kazan is 9.5). Would you recommend going down a half size from the Inspire 9.........thanks
brodie1 on Jul 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Depending on how you like your trail shoes to fit, we recommend the same size as the Wave Inspire 9. You can try them on at a local retailer to get the perfect fit.
Hello, How does sizing compare to Ascend 8's? If I wear a 12.5 in Ascend 8 is the sizing the same for this model? Thanks
majala on Jul 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The sizing will be similar for these compared to the new trail shoes. However, some people have been going down a 1/2 size to get a snug fit. We recommend trying them on at a local retailer for best results.
I'm running in Elixer 7s and love them...How do these compare to them? Are these neutral? how does fit compare?
ryangregohara on Jun 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazan will be a completely different shoe. Although considered neutral, we use a Conclave Wave Plate in the heel which will provide support.
is the Wave Kazan trail shoe considered a neutral shoe?
jmcgerr on Jun 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazan is categorized as a neutral shoe.
Is the Kazan true to size when it comes to fit? if i wear a 10.5 in the mizuno wave Hitogami what size should i order with the kazan? Also is there an arch in the shoe? I almost have flat feet so shoes with defined arches are uncomfortable when running.
TAWeldon on Jun 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The arch will be similar as the Wave Hitogami. The size will also run similar to the Wave Hitogami.
Wondering why I can find the Wave Kazan 2 Black and Orange in the USA. I can only find it in Europe. Will this model be coming to the United States. I like the stronger toe box and reenforcement on the sides of the European model .
Scotty P on Aug 18, 2015
What type of sole do these shoes have? Is it Vibram? Thanks
dhpc on Jul 30, 2015
are any of mizuno's trail shoes waterproof?
jpg6573 on Jul 5, 2015