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You’d better believe it, Mizuno have delved back into the history books to bring back the iconic Wave Cup. If you remember the 2002 World Cup, you’ll remember these and a certain Brazilian wearing them at the tournament. If not, here you’ll understand, firstly, how integral the Wave Cup is to Mizuno’s history, and secondly, how the Wave Cup helped the development of Mizuno football boots going forward.
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In the build-up to the ’02 World Cup, the Japanese brand really only had the Morelia as their main boot on the market. Constructed with a K-leather upper and featuring a predominantly black colourway with a small hint of red and white, the design of the boots was very much of that era, traditional, but that would soon change.

In ’01, the brand introduced the Wave Cup, the first boot in Mizuno’s history to feature Wave technology. Located in the heel of the boot, the Wave system delivered significant cushioning to help reduce risk from impact injuries to the major bones in the foot.

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Just a year later, Mizuno dropped an updated, lighter version of the Wave Cup ahead of the World Cup, with Brazilian superstar Rivaldo the obvious choice to solely wear them at the finals in Korea and Japan having already been a longstanding wearer of Mizuno boots.

Like the previous generation, they included Wave technology and a high quality K-leather upper, which was waterproof to maintain the softness of the leather, while the white colourway with blue and yellow detailing around the tongue and Runbird logo perfectly complemented both Brazil’s home and away kit.

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We’re not sure if that was a planned move, but it was one of the best kit/boot combos ever seen and how we haven’t seen that colourway on more Mizuno silos is a mystery to us. Any chance, guys?

The performances of the highly skilful Brazilian at the ’02 World Cup were nothing short of spectacular. With five goals, one assist, three Man of the Match performances (the most by any player at the tournament) and a place in the World Cup all-star team, Rivaldo’s presence was key to Brazil’s triumph, but more importantly his performances in the Wave Cup helped form the foundations for Mizuno going forward – showing expert craftsmanship and technology can work together

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Some of Mizuno’s most popular boots past and present owe it to the success of the Wave Cup, like the Wave Blade, Wave Ignitus, Basara and the extremely popular Rebula, which all blend high quality leather craftsmanship with innovative technology to offer next-level performance.

Rebuilt for today’s game, this Mizuno Wave Cup Legend remake features the same colour palette, soft K-leather upper and soleplate design from Rivaldo’s signature shoe, while on the foldover tongue there are five stars embroidered into the leather, highlighting the Selecao’s fifth title achievement from ’02 and rounding off this iconic remake.

This year we’ve definitely been spoilt for quality remakes, but for us this has the potential to be the best we’ve seen yet. Extremely limited, only 3,000 pairs globally will be made available and you can get your hands on a pair at prodirectsoccer.com from 1 November.
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