Mizuno Wave Bolt Mens Volleyball Shoes Design
I like the design of the shoe, but I’m not necessarily blown away by it. The Mizuno Men’s Wave Bolt 2 has that standard, stereotypical high quality “volleyball shoe” look. It strikes a healthy balance between the two extremes of stringent minimalist and over-the-top funky. One of my complaints is the tongue sticks out more than I’d prefer, especially given the lower profile of this shoe. It doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the shoe. But that’s a relatively minor detail.
Fit of the Wave Bolt 2 Shoes
The men’s Wave Bolt 2 is not a super comfortable fit right from the moment of slipping it on. I can feel a few grooves and spaces that will take some time for my foot to mold into before I feel at home. But my sense is that won’t take long.
The thinness of the mesh sections bodes well for flexibility and breathability, but it’s literally so thin I’m concerned about durability. There’s a bounciness to the sole that I really like, and I feel tall in the shoes, especially at the heel. It automatically prompts me into a ready position on my toes.
What About The Traction?
I’m satisfied with the traction at the front half of the Mizuno Wave Bolt 2. There are no individual features that stand out to me, but it’s a high-quality rubber that projects to be durable and have that “sticky” feel for quite some time. T
he back half of the shoe, while not as important as the front half, concerns me. There are four small “pads” that extrude out a bit further from the rest of the base, and they will provide good traction in the short term. However, they cover a small area.
The material used for the remainder of this area has a feel almost as that of a rigid Styrofoam. It’s notched into grooves, but the edges of the grooves that would touch the court are flattened out and super slick. I don’t really get the thinking behind that.
Available Color(s): White/Black
Weight: 10.5 oz
Standard Price: $100