By Ian Ennis – This is my first pair of Mizuno cleats to review. Although I had seen them on the feet of professional players around the world, I had never gotten a chance to try them. After doing some research, I found that Mizuno takes pride in their cleats made for speed and agility. Just by looking at the cleats in the box, I knew they wouldn’t fall short of the mark in that department
While the flashy colors and huge yellow Mizuno logo were the first things I noticed, there were a lot of facets of the cleats that immediately peaked my interest. Just by looking at the cleats, I could tell they were narrow, light, and built for speed.
The kangaroo leather was added for extra touch and precision passing. The pattern of the stitching was not like anything I had seen previously and I appreciated the different look.
The big positive about these cleats was not the studs or the look, but the heel/inside of the cleat. The ankle was cut really low with a high backing (think older generation of Adidas Predators), which was not only comfortable, but let my ankle turn in more natural positions to pass and shoot, which would have been hindered by other cleats.
The inside of the cleat was made with a suede-like material that kept my heel in place to prevent unnecessary blisters. The boot itself was pretty narrow and thin, so I would recommend them for a winger or striker that has an eye for a goal.
The studs were designed for traction and quick bursts, which I found to be true. The placement of the studs made acceleration extremely easy and sharp. The cleats weigh 6.8 ounces.
They performed well when I ran them through their paces. I didn’t find any problems with striking, touch, or comfort. The cleats are built with a combination of classic touch (see Umbro Speciali 4 Pro review) and look with a more modern twist. The cleats did not break in all the way in their first trial, but definitely loosened up a bit to fit even better to my foot. I suspect only a few more sessions will have them game ready.
The Morelia’s were just as durable as any other cleat. Even after a training session or 2, there was no sign of splitting or ripping anywhere on the boot. Mizuno is slowly establishing its reputation in America and the Morelia’s are at the forefront of their efforts. After finally getting my hands on a pair of them, I would take a look at Mizuno’s next line when I need a new pair of cleats in the future.
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