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I love that these shoes are not only supportive, but light weight! They give the runner stability and confidence when running on trails. I never feel like I'm about to fall. Great traction from the bottom of the shoe, plus they're gorgeous! I love the blue/yellow color combo.

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 8.0oz., 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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Nice shoe, didn't hold up. :(
I typically wear the Inspire but added the Kazan right when they came out, to my rotation. I love Mizuno. �The shoes have always held up until the Kazan. �They are quality shoes for the money. �The product is reliable and nice looking to boot! �I have had good experience using them over long distance and quick jaunts. �Being a mom to 6 young kids, money is tight so I have to buy shoes that I can get the miles out of and will last. �Shoes are an investment for me and have not let me down until now. I loved the Kazan from the start but it is tight in the toe box. The toe box does get better after you break them in, however that is where my 2 stars comes from, once I got them broken in, they were worn out.
My huge down fall about these shoes, is that I burned through them in 2 months. I was running 25 miles a week and these shoes are done. The fabric broke down and wore thin/through where the shoes bends across the toe on the outside corner. I enjoined these shoes but at over $100 every two months it just is not feasible. Mizuno, I love you and want to love these shoes more.....can you make a more stable trail shoe that can hold up a little longer?
October 14, 2014
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I received these shoes as part of a campaign and I can honestly say they are the best trail shoes I've ever worn. They were lighter than anything else and still maintained the same feel that the other Mizuno shoes have. I loved the snug heel cup (I suffer from Plantar Fasciitis if I have the wrong shoes) and the toebox had plenty of room for the feet to expand when they swell. As someone who doesn't often wear trail shoes very often, the flat bottom was very noticeable but I didn't feel like they lacked support. I usually wear the Mizuno wave Inspire and these are a great addition to my shoe rotation.
August 5, 2014
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I didn't think I could love another Mizuno the way I already loved my Wave Ascend 5's, but I love this even more so (shhh, don't tell my Ascends). These make my feet so happy, thank you!
July 17, 2014
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Great Trail Shoe!
Primarily a distance runner, I'm a huge Mizuno fan and wear this brand alone when training for marathons. I'm newer to trail running, but I had no doubt that I would love the Wave Kazan's (and I was right)! These shoes do not disappoint and are perfect for hitting the trails!
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I ran in the Wave Ascend before, but really enjoy this new model. I love how the upper and fit on the Wave Kazan feels more similar to the road running Mizunos I currently wear (think Wave Sayonara & Wave Rider). However, it provides great grip and traction for the trail making it a rock star addition to the Mizuno line.
July 3, 2014
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I like a good trail mix :)
I have to admit I am far more of a road girl than a trail runner, but when i do get out and run on trails, there are a few key things I want from my shoe: good traction and stability without being rigid. The Kazan is excellent for both. Since I am just recovering from knee surgery, I didn't get to fully test it's limits on navigating hilly trails or very technical surfaces (didn't seem smart for my knee, regardless of a great shoe). I did take it over plenty of roots and sandy passes on the trail, and they worked great. I would say the Kazan is definitely more of a trail specific shoe than a road to trail transition shoe. I ran a couple miles of road to and from the trail I was going to, and it felt a bit cumbersome for getting up on my toes going uphill on the road. But, the rubber has a great grippiness to it, even on slick pavement, and the lugs are good for aggressive traction on sand or loose dirt trail. I run in the Wave Inspires for everyday training, and with trail shoes I am always a bit cautious about having enough support because most trail shoes tend to be built on a neutral last, but I did not have any stability issues or pain running in the Kazans. Overall it was a great run and I would recommend it for a trail runner for sure.
June 22, 2014
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Handles the trails like a champ
I had forgotten what a difference a trail specific shoe makes on the trails. Took my new Mizuno Wave Kazan's out today and was really happy with the results. They held up to the rough and hilly terrain and muddy spots. The traction was just what I needed for the trail. Today was the first time I ran in them and they did not seem to need any "break in" time. An added bonus, the design and colors are awesome. I look forward to logging more trail miles in these. A true trail shoe; if you run soft surface this shoe should be in your collection.
June 20, 2014
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Perfect Light Weight Trail Shoe!
I love that these shoes are not only supportive, but light weight! They give the runner stability and confidence when running on trails. I never feel like I'm about to fall. Great traction from the bottom of the shoe, plus they're gorgeous! I love the blue/yellow color combo. Full review on
July 24, 2014
Fantastic Shoe!
Easily one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever slipped into, its heel stabilizing Wave Technology has done wonders for my daily trek at noon (I cannot believe it is a mere 8 ounces!)

My running does take me on varied terrain and the Wave Kazans managed to adapt to each due to their decoupled X-groove midsole and X-lugh outsole.

The superior design and all-embracing versatility of the Kazan makes it clear how commited Mizuno is to aiding trail runners to their personal bests no matter the terrain. Train running requires lightweight shoes that will still provide adequate protection for our feet and I was thrilled that the Kazan provides both!
July 21, 2014
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Lots of extra stability!
During my first run in the Wave Kazan�s I was immediately able to notice the additional stability that they provide. They have a good amount of extra cushion but don't make your feet feel like they are weighed down. They make for a super-smooth ride over rocky dirt paths.
July 19, 2014
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I am Mizuno Trail Shoes lover. I wear Cabrakan for all my ultra trail run. Now I cannot get this Cabrakan anywhere. If for the person who thinks this Cabrakan is the best trail shoes, which shoes do you recommend ( hayate or kazan) and why??
miekomama on Jan 14, 2015
How good is the arch support?
pegster on Nov 30, 2014
I have been wearing the wave cabrakan for years and now cannot seem to find that style in stoock anywhere. Is this shoe (the kazan) the replacement for the cabrakan? Has Mizuno stopped making the cabrakan?
AZtrailrunner on Sep 15, 2014
I loved my Mizuno Wave Ascend 8 for trail runs but have used them up, sadly. I have some overpronation and need some stability. Which Mizuno trail shoe will be the most like the Wave Ascend 8 (since it is gone forever, I assume)?
runcynrun on Aug 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazaan's replaced the Ascends, so they would be the best option for overpronation.
How long should these shoes last? I run or hike in the mountains 4 days/week I have bought 3 pairs of Kazan's since January, and all three fall apart in the same location. The material tears and I get holes in the crease between the laces and toe box.
Colleen on Oct 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: He same thing is happening to my shoes. The material on top is getting very thin. The shoes are so comfortable, but the material on the tis box doesn't hold up.
when will these be back in stock?
Carol K on Nov 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately we will not be restocking this shoe. The Wave Kazan has been discontinued. We will be releasing a trail shoe in February, called the Wave Daichi 2. The Wave Daichi 2 is not a replacement for the Wave Kazan but is a brand new trail shoe.
I typically wear 1 full size larger for my running shoes. Does the same apply for trail shoes?? Should I back it down to 1/2 size larger?
Jill B on Aug 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Trail and running shoe sizing is similar, however, we would strongly recommend visiting one of our Mizuno Authorized Retailers to go through a full fitting to determine which size is best 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.
I wear the Mizuno Wave Sayonara road shoe, but need something for the trails. Which model of trail shoes will be the closest?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2016
Women's Wave Kazan
Women's Wave Kazan
Women's Wave Hayate 2
Women's Wave Hayate 2
BEST ANSWER: We would most likely recommend the Wave Hayate 2 since that shoe is more of a racing trail shoe.
I usually bought mizuno men running shoes 26.5 in Japanese scale. I have wide feet and high arches. What size do you suggest for my feet for women shoe size since I always wear guy's shoes.
lee94 on Nov 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you wear a Japanese men's size 26.5, that would be a US men's size 8.5. Your US women's size would be a size 10.
Best running shoe for cross country racing? (spikes are too minimalist, but not too cushioning, natural foot motion, traction)
Gracie2 on May 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We no longer offer specific shoes for track/field/cross country training. To find out which running shoe will work best with your foot type, please use our online fit finder, or visit a local specialty store for a fitting. This will ensure you get a shoe that is most comfortable and efficient for your needs.
I get pain in my heels, from ground to footbed, how tall are the heels on this shoe?
Tiger1 on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Kazan has a 12 mm ramp, 25mm in the heel and 13 mm in the forefoot.
Do you have these shoes with waterproof technology, e.g. gore-tex? If not this, maybe some other model?
faun on Feb 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Our trail shoes are made with a more durable upper material than our standard road shoes, however none of our shoes are considered """"waterproof.""""
Im looking for a lightweight trail shoe that can handle both jagged and slippery terrain. I live in Phoenix and hike mountainous terrain with steep and uneven ascents/descents and require a shoe with excellent grip. Suggestions?
hikern on Oct 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Mizuno offers the Wave Hayate and Wave Kazan trail shoes. We would recommend visiting a local specialty retailer in your area to determine which model best fits your foot type. Please visit the link below to find a retailer near you.
are these shoes waterproof?
charman on Sep 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazan is not water proof.
I am looking for a shoe with aggressive arch support. I have worn out my Enigmas and need to replace them with a shoe that has equal or more arch support. Are you able to give me some direction?
Gail on Sep 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We still offer the Wave Enigma. Currently, we would recommend our newest model the Wave Enigma 4.
Are any of the trail shoes water resistant? I love my Cabrakan but it's definitely time for an update.
Adomels on Sep 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: None of our trail shoes are water resistant.
What is the difference between the two trail options, kazan and hayate?
slcrun on Aug 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Hayate will be a lighter option with a 9mm drop. The Wave Kazan will have a little extra cushioning and features a 12mm drop.
Which model of the trail shoes will be most similar to the Wave Rider sneaker?
rpepper on Jul 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Our trail shoes will offer a different ride compared to the Wave Rider. The Wave Kazan will be most similar when it comes to the heel to toe drop.
how many mm drop of these shoes?
padadora on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazan has a 12mm drop.
I currently have a Wave Rider 16 in 10.5 W for my regular running shoe. I'm not seeing an option for wide width here. Do the trail running shoes come in wide widths?
Teri G on Jun 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The W on the tongue of the shoe means women. We do not offer wide in trail shoes at this time.
How much stability does it provide? Eg compared to the Inspire10?
Farah on Jun 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Wave Kazan contains our Wave technology which will offer stability. However, this will be a different kind of stability since your gait changes when running on trails.
which trail shoe is most similar to the wave sayonara?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2016
I need a trail shoe that does well in snow. Which one would be best for non slippage on snow/ice?
bshawgo1 on Mar 18, 2015
I do quite a bit of trail running/hiking but also use a treadmill from time to time. I was hoping to find one shoe that would be ideal for both. Do you recommend the Wave Kazan.
maggie on Feb 14, 2015
I have both the Wave Kazans and Inspires. LOVE the Kazans. Is there a road shoe that is closer to them? The ridge above the top inside shoelace eyelet rubs my ankle bone to the point of bruising on the Inspire. Other than that they have been great!
AudreyHill on Dec 1, 2014