Mizuno Wave Ghost Review

If you’re a regular reader of Footy Boots then you’ll know that Mizuno football boots generally do well in our wear test reviews. The Wave Ghost continues that trend.' 

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Many of the lighter football boots on the market, aimed at increasing the speed, have had a bad rap recently for not offering much in the way of comfort. But after the improvements that Nike made to the Vapor line, the v1.10 being one the finest fitting boots PUMA have ever made and now Mizuno having put forward the Wave Ghost I think it’s time that stereotype is put to pasture.

The Wave Ghost is an excellent fitting football boot; the soleplate has a slight bend to it that caters to the natural curve of the foot, and Mizuno’s always excellent Wave system makes the heel very solid and light at the same time.

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One feature that isn’t as impressive straight out of the box is the upper of the boot. For the synthetic leather upper Mizuno have teamed up with Tokyo-based material producers Kuraray. Whilst this specially-engineered upper is soft to the touch, it all bends as a unit, rather than creasing like natural leather on the first couple of wears. Thankfully, after a couple of games (especially in the wet) the upper soon finds some give and becomes all the better for it.

Another interesting feature of the Wave Ghost is the interchangeable sole-linings; one for ‘Performance’ and one for ‘Cushioning’. I didn’t find there was too much difference between them; as the football boots were pretty comfortable to begin with. But I imagine that if I were playing on harder ground or artificial grass I’d probably appreciate the extra padding that the ‘Cushion’ sole affords!

Again, I had the opportunity to try the football boots in 2 different sizes, 9.5 and 10. Once again, the 9.5 was a great fit for my normally size 10 feet. Due to the boot needing a little bit of breaking in, the smaller fit seemed to mould nicely to my feet and thus bend in all the right places, meaning they took less time to get to that ‘nicely worn’ phase.

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Leading on nicely from my last point, if there’s one thing the Ghost’s Kuraray Leather upper is, it’s tough as old boots (despite the obvious disadvantage of being reasonably new boots). Impact, scratching and moisture are nothing to this material; it can really take a beating!

Playing in the wet recently I’ve been really impressed by the waterproofing on the boot. In addition to this I was also pleasantly surprised by the streamlined shape and frictionless upper of the football boot somehow seem to stop as much mud sticking to the soleplate and upper. Whether this is a deliberate perk of the boot or just a pleasant side-effect, I’m not sure, but it’s certainly been useful these past few weeks!

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As mentioned before, the Wave Ghost’s upper is one that definitely gets better over time. Wearing them for the first time, you might find the upper near the toes a little unforgiving, especially when making contact with the ball at speed. Once worn in though, the football boots begin to crease across the top of the toes, bend in all the right areas, and generally start behaving like real leather.

The one feature that really caught my attention is the F50-esque velcro lace cover. As this is one part of the boot that doesn’t really bend, the synthetic leather that comprises the lace cover doesn’t really break in, but surprisingly this isn’t a bad thing; as this firm section of leather is covering the laces it is firm enough to cover the laces with no lumps or bumps, giving you a big smooth area (not entirely dissimilar to the F50.9 or, taken to the extreme, the Concave PT-1) that’s really nice for putting through the ball.

On the other hand, this area isn’t completely in line with the rest of the football boot, so rather than getting a nice, sock-like fit across the front and side of the ankle, it does lump up a little bit – so if you’re not fully concentrating you can end up not making the contact you desired when snapping in a cross with a defender on your heels!

Interestingly, maybe because it’s a smaller piece of material, the instep of the boot is an absolute joy to distribute passes from. As mentioned before, the football boot has a slight curve that follows the natural slope of the foot and a stiff-rubber Mizuno Logo (similar to the CTR360’s pass pad)'  so taking the sting off a pass and sliding it along the 18 yard box to your centre mid feels almost as gratifying as it does in Nike’s Maestri.

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The Mizuno Wave Ghost is a football boot that takes a lot of influence from those who have gone before. Standing it next to the Mercurial Vapor IV or the adidas F50.9 the inspiration is clear. However, rather than be seen as a copycat or wannabe brand, Mizuno have put a lot of thought into which innovations to put onto the flashiest football boot in their line-up.

The Wave system has proven to be a big success for Mizuno across a variety of products. It’s great to see that it’s not just restricted to the Wave Shinken line for the sake of exclusivity to one of its products; it’s a really exciting prospect to see some systems making the leap from one product to another (can you imagine if adidas offered an upper for the F50i that had a Predator’s Powerspine?).

Whilst the upper isn’t a complete success, (I’d maybe liked to have seen that awesome thin K-leather from the Wave Shinken II!) it does wear in well for a synthetic upper, and competes with the uppers of the older F50’s and the v1.10’s new synthetic leather upper, but with more grip thanks to really doing it’s best to imitate leather.

All in all, the Mizuno Wave Ghost is a tremendous football boot for anyone that wants something aside from the usual suspects. It’s remarkably tough for a ‘speed’ model, has a great striking area and is superb for passing. The upper is strong and durable, and will give you more grip and a better feel than the more ‘laminated’ speed boot uppers. If you’ve got a little bit of time to give the boots a run out across a couple of training sessions before a full 90 in them, these football boots have got a lot to give in return.

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  1. says: Mo

    I’ve never considered Mizuno when buying my boots as i though they were a cheapo brand. one of my teamates have a pair of these and has said they are good, I might just try them out next time around.

  2. says: ben

    first comment!!! good review. were the boots supplied by mizuno or a dealer? i think mizuno cuz they always get too good of reviews.

  3. says: Editor

    Hi ben – the boots were supplied by Mizuno but there are no preconditions attached whatsoever.

    We are completely at liberty to give an honest account of how we rate any boot we test.

    I’d suggest that Mizuno’s good reviews are a result of them making good boots.

  4. says: SpeckledJim

    Good review as usual, although I would question the value of a review so long after the release of the boots. I was looking into buying these soon after they came out, this would have served me well at that time.

  5. says: Aussie Lad

    Great review, with these lower scale brands, it is hard to not only find them, but to try them on and feel how good they are for yourself. These reviews help immensely. I always rated this boot, this review reaffirms my belief in it.

  6. says: Kyle

    SpeckledJim – I agree with you 100%, in an ideal world we’d have every boot a couple of weeks before launch so that we can give them a full test before the release – like we did with the Nike’s last two boots!

    As it stands, manfacturers provide boots to websites like us at a time when they are confident in the product and can spare a pair to send our way, which we greatly appreciate!

    As for the value, we hope to have an extensive library of reviews of boots new and old, so that even when buying a pair in an end of season sale, all the boots fans out there will have a huge resource to check if the boot is worth the money!

    Thanks for the comment and in the future, we’ll do our best to bring you a review as close to launch as possible!

    ben – Thanks for taking the time to drop a line! As our Editor said, we really do aim to offer unbias reviews – Mizuno haven’t always got perfect reviews from us (Check out some of the Comments on my Wave Shinken II review, we even had some response from Mizuno on that one!).

    The last two pairs have been great boots, but there are still a couple of flaws that I picked up on in the review, such as the Wave Ghost’s stiffness on the first few wears and the lump where the lace cover meets the ‘body’ of the boot.

    I hope you keep reading and look forward to your comments in the future!

  7. says: MisterBroom12

    Great review, correct me if I’m wrong though, but would the Predator Powerspine be on the outsole of the shoe, rather than the upper?

  8. says: Connor Wallace

    ive been looking for a review on these babies for almost a year im glad to finally have word on these. ive been crushing on these boots ever since i got wind of their release forever ago, however living in the states there is no mizuno football cleats available so if i spring for these itll be in pounds sterling. my mizuno baseball cleats fit like a dream but they seem to run a little small…
    Kyle i have a pair of size 10 (uk 10s) v1.08 that fits me tight as possible, i think you reviewed both the boots how does the size 9.5 ghost compare to the size 10 v1.08?

  9. says: josh

    It looks as though the Footy Boots Groundskeeper has been on holiday for a while! The good news is that we now know that these boots work equally well in the jungle ; )

  10. says: Mati

    one thing i like about the mizunp boots, specifically the love of my life, my trusty morelias, is that they never ge old. there’s always that new colourway of nike vapors, some new technology on the adidas predators, or another gimmicky aspect to some puma’s…but mizuno’s, old or new, it just doesn’t matter. i’d love a pair of the old ghost’s if i can find any

  11. says: Kyle

    Mugen – as the saying goes, ‘Ask and Ye Shall Recieve’!
    http://yfrog.com/jtinstepqj We’ve only got so much room for pictures, but there’s always more.

    Misterbroom12 – You’re exactly right, that was a bad call on my part – but I wonder if adidas were to do such a thing, would they put it on the insole that you screw the studs into or onto the outsole of the customisable upper, perhaps we will never know!

    AussieLad – always a pleasure to hear from you sir! Thanks!

    Josh! That’s harsh amigo, Ol’ Murphy the Footy-Boots groundskeeper ain’t what he used to be, but he’s still got feelings!!

    Just kidding, it was the only part of the pitch that wasn’t ankle deep in mud!

    Connor Wallace – definitely the 9.5’s for my money, buddy! I think you’ll find that they’re a little roomier in size 10’s than you might expect, which isn’t good for a speed boot!

  12. says: keven

    I love the way they look. Always wanted to give these a run. Fortunately im from the states. So I haven’t had the chance to purchase them. But now that I have this information im willing to order these nd give my 360’s a break..=)

    Good review footy boots…
    As always im very impressed with the detail.

  13. says: beryy

    I purchased the wave ghost in size ten and length wise, they are good, but theres a lil bit of room width size for me in the toe area, should I get half a size down? My main concern is I don’t know if kurukay stretches or not.

  14. says: Brian

    I’ve been wanting a pair of Wave Ghosts for goodness knows how long but because I’m in Australia we can’t buy/try these retail – must get them online.

    I currently have a pair of Size 9 (UK) Speciali’s which were tight to begin with but stretched out rather well – super comfy now.

    What size Wave Ghosts would you recommend me purchase?

  15. says: Kyle

    Hi Brian – As your Speciali’s were tight to begin with, I’d recommend going with a Size 9 again – Kururay doesn’t stretch as much as K-Leather, but Mizunos have a little bit more room than your average boot so the two should balance out!

  16. says: Pete

    Hi Kyle, great review!! just a question, i have been fooled around alot with sizing when buying football boots, i had a pair of vapor IV’s in US9 which was perfect and i bought vapors V’s online in US9 which for some reason were half a size too big for me. I also own the adidas predator x in US9 which fits good.
    I am thinking of getting these and before i do which size do u think i should get?

  17. says: Kevin

    Hey Kyle. I always wanted a pair of mizunos but i was not sure. Great review!
    I have a quick question. I have a wide foot with wide midfoot and wide balls of feet. i read somewhere that mizunos are made to accompany that. is this true?

  18. says: Peter

    Kyle – I’m thinking of buying some new boots, and these are among my options.

    You mentioned in the review that “if you’re not fully concentrating you can end up not making the contact you desired when snapping in a cross with a defender on your heels!”

    How big a problem is this? Do they often prevent you from getting good contact?

    1. says: kyle

      It is at the start as the material’s quite firm – but the more I’ve played in them, the more worn in that area gets. It’s made of the same material as the upper, so after a while it gives and you end up with a nice soft area for making contact – hope that helps!

  19. says: Jerram

    just bought a pair of these awesome boots online. Bought a 9.5 for my usual 10. They arrived today an i absolutely love them. only thing is that I should have actually gone for the size 10

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