BOOTS REVIEW: MIZUNO WAVE IGNITUS II

While the power boot market is traditionally dominated by certain brands from Germany and America, it's worth remembering that some of the other leading manufacturers produce excellent football boots of their own, like the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II.

Footy-Boots.com reviews the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II football boots in Danube Blue / White

Mizuno’s latest technical offering in the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II, and Footy-Boots .com was fortunate enough to receive a pair in the new Danube/White/Dress Blue colourway ” that's blue and another blue with a white Mizuno branding to us ” to put through its paces.

Comfort/Fit – 10/10

The first thing that you realise when you put on a pair of Mizuno Wave Ignitus II is just how stunningly comfortable they are; this is very much a classic boot with modern technology.

Beautifully-soft K-leather is used as the base for the boot, complemented by the Mukaiten panel and a Pebax heel counter that provides support and a degree of flexibility.

Mizuno will tell you it's all because of the ˜Dynamotion Fit„which fuses the Ignitus technology into the upper of the boot. Whatever it is, they are right: it works brilliantly.

Feel/Touch – 9/10

Footy-Boots.com reviews the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II football boots, as worn by Keisuke Honda

Players who are fans of classic/heritage boots who like to feel the ball but also want the power element of a modern boot will love these ” they fit like a glove.

Whilst the forefoot of some ‘power’ football boots can feel stiff or crease in awkward places, the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II‘s forefoot stitching works with the bones in the foot to crease and bend in all the right places.

The result is a superior feel and touch, which gives you a great sense of control on the ball no matter which part of the foot you’re using.

Performance – 9/10

Footy-Boots.com reviews the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II football boots, as worn by Santa Cruz & Keisuke Honda

We tested out the Wave Ignitus II MD configuration, and they provided great stability on autumn pitches in the UK, even if they are probably intended for harder surfaces. This arrangement will also be especially appreciated by players who regularly use their sole to ˜feel„the ball, something a traditional stud arrangement makes harder.

Much has been made of the Mukaiten panel ” there are plenty of videos floating about on YouTube of people trying to work out how to best strike the ball (˜with the instep, not the laces„appears to be the message) ” and it shows that the market has gone full circle.

When power boots arrived in the 90’s, everything was about imparting extra spin and velocity via the added fins on football boots; with Mukaiten, everything is about reducing the spin of the ball.


How easy is it? Once you get past a temptation to put your foot through the ball by connecting with the laces ” or going to the other extreme and attempting to open up your instep too far ” you experience real pleasure when striking via the medial panel for which these football boots are renowned.

Inevitably you will over hit and underhit in varying measure while you adjust, but once you have got used to what the boot can offer you'll soon get into your stride.

Looks 7/10

Footy-Boots.com reviews the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II football boots in Danube Blue/ White/ Dress Blue.

These are clearly a power boot with the accompanying enhancements you would expect, but the soft leather forefoot area gives the boot a nice, snug shape. Anyone wearing this colourway needs a good first touch and confidence anyway ” but the boot is in keeping design-wise with its rivals in the marketplace.

Unlike the previous Yellow/Black colourway – which highlighted all the spin zones in black on a striking yellow, leading some Footy-Boots staffers to nickname them the ‘Angry Wasps’ – the Blue-on-blue look is both subtle and unique, but ultimately they won’t be for everyone.

Maintenance – 8/10

Footy-Boots.com reviews the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II football boots

Overall, a very surprisingly rugged and easily looked after boot from Mizuno.

All the smooth areas of the boot are easily looked after, with just a cloth the smooth leather is restored to a respectable condition. However, the myriad panels and grip zones are harder to clean, requiring a little effort with a toothbrush or something similar to convince dirt or rubber crumb to come loose.

Value – 9/10

It shows how much the world has changed that a boot retailing at £120 can be considered among the cheapest in its category, but the Mizuno Wave Ignitus IIe will be a sound investment for anyone wanting ' a power boot that places comfort as high on its list as it does technical advancements.

Overall – 9/10

Footy-Boots.com reviews the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II football boots in Danube Blue

Not a drastic overhaul of it’s predecessor, the Mizuno Wave Ignitus II takes everything the original does, and tweaks and refines it for the better.

Whilst some my argue that it’s not as ‘game-changing’ as the Wave Ignitus, the little things go into making these football boots better – a little like Modern Warefare 3 vs. 2 in the gaming world.

If you’re after a dynamite all-around boot, and aren’t opposed to such a ‘tech-heavy’ overall look – these are the boots for you.


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21 Comments

  • by the sole being good for feeling the ball – do you mean in the sense of doing drags like in this video with riquelme?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkhLQd2fsWQ

    or am i misunderstanding

    also do you guys plan on doing a puma v1.11SL review soon? I’d love to know what the sole of that boots are like for dragging the ball i had to massively convert my mizuno supersonic wave II so i could get the grip I like

    http://s131.photobucket.com/albums/p315/sionaldinho/?action=view&current=mizuno.jpg

    execept since this photo was taken I have had 2 extra studs added to the middle…

  • thanks for this guys. been waiting for a review of these for a while now. i was very tempted anyway but youve convinced me, the white/gold versions will be on my xmas list. 

    • Hi Sion_E – sorry about that, sometimes our spam-checker catches comments with too many links in them, it’s the only way we can stop those awful automated spam posts you see selling ‘OMG CHEAP AIR JORDAN NIKE $$’!

      To answer your questions, first here’s a link to a picture of the sole:

      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150382551117495&set=a.10150382547112495.403482.34769347494

      As you can see, it has a very unusual bladed config, that has plenty of different shaped blades all across the forefoot, giving a very satisfying feel on the ball when you’re rolling or dragging it under your foot.

      We’re talking to Puma at the moment about the SL’s, we’ll keep you posted if anything comes in!

      • thanks alot kyle… sounds good… I got converted mizuno supersonic waves atm… and I wear morelias for 3G turf… thinking of getting SL for 11’s aswell then maybe a pair of pantofola d’oro piceno vitello for 3G coz these mizunos are almost wrecked.

        • Good man! Sounds like quite the collection you have!

          I know what you mean, Morelia’s are a wonderful boot, but the leather really doesn’t like harsh 3G friction – and do you also find that the rubber crumbs can get inbetween the upper and the soleplate? I hate that!

          • YUP! absoloutely wrecked my morelias…. like you said the rubber crumb has caused the soleplate to split because it gets inbetween and rubs away… which is why I was tempted to get a synthetic like the new adizero II but when I had adizeros before I had various problems including but not limited toa- the traxion studs are terrible for dragging the ball and rolling the ball around (no grip on the ball if wet or dry)
            b- the traxion studs came out of mine and adidas sent me a replacement pair after complaining to the uk ceo (the studs came out again)
            c- my touch feels off in synthetics – if you did a review and recommmended them I might consider it but look at my 11 a side bootshttp://s131.photobucket.com/albums/p315/sionaldinho/?action=view&current=mizuno.jpg

            and i have had two studs added to the centre…. which is why im so touchy about grip!  you should see the vapors I had converted…. overkill on the studs ;)http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p315/sionaldinho/photo.jpg

          • morelias…. like you said the rubber crumb has caused the soleplate to split because it gets inbetween and rubs away… which is why I was tempted to get a synthetic like the new adizero II but when I had adizeros before I had various problems including but not limited toa- the traxion studs are terrible for dragging the ball and rolling the ball around (no grip on the ball if wet or dry)
            b- the traxion studs came out of mine and adidas sent me a replacement pair after complaining to the uk ceo (the studs came out again)
            c- my touch feels off in synthetics – if you did a review and recommmended them I might consider it but look at my 11 a side boots in the link in my original boots and i have had two studs added to the centre…. which is why im so touchy about grip!  you should see the vapors I had converted…. overkill on the studs 😉
            http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p315/sionaldinho/photo.jpg

    • Probably more similar to the adiPower in the sense they have a wide forefoot, and are plenty roomy around the toes.

      If you don’t have wide feet, it’s well worth considering half a size down.

  • Would these fit similar to a Nike Tiempo? I wear those in a 9.5US. I would like to change to Mizuno but you can’t find these in our local shops here…

  • as an owner of the first Wave Ignitus, I was wondering what the differences specifically between the two were but I loved your comparison to Modern Warfare at the end 😀

  • bought these a few days ago. 1st game in them at the weekend. absolutely superb boots. fitted near perfect straight out of the box. touch was superb. very lightweight but still durable as i got stood on but didnt really notice it till i got in the shower. passing was easy, shooting was a very accurate as i bagged 2 (and i rarely score any). top, top boots. got home, nothing clogged in the studs. maintenance looks very very easy. hellishly happy

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