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Following on from the recent rerelease of the iconic Wave Cup Legend, Mizuno have given the people what they want. Yes, the Morelia, Morelia Neo, and the Rebula, have all been decked out in colour schemes inspired by the classic blue and white boot worn by Rivaldo at the 2002 World Cup. Scroll down to check out three of the classiest football boots released this year.

Let’s start with the Morelia II Japan, which, unsurprisingly given its similarities with the Wave Cup Legend, features a design very much like the 2002 boot. Its premium K-leather upper is equally pristine in white, while the Runbird and tongue boast the same Wave Cup Blue/Cyber Yellow combination that went down so well all those years ago. This is just a cosmetic update, so no new tech to speak of, but remember that the “Made in Japan” edition of the Morelia II is left on the last for 24 hours – far longer than your average boot – so you get that unrivalled fit and feel. If you’ve never worn a Made in Japan boot, you’re most definitely missing out.

The Morelia Neo II Japan features the same White/Wave Cup Blue/Cyber Yellow colour scheme, but, as always with the Neo, the design’s dominated by the soleplate. Here it’s blue with yellow accents, contrasting with the white upper to give a sharp, clean-cut look. The Neo’s about combining speed with technique, hence its lightweight construction – 35 grams lighter than the classic Morelia II – and the extra stability of the soleplate around the heel area. It’s a great boot for players who love the feel of K-leather, but also want to enjoy some of the benefits of modern tech.

Finally, the mighty Rebula 2 V1 Japan. We just love this boot – if the Morelia Neo is a halfway house between classic and modern, the Rebula is the K-leather boot of the future. It’s supremely comfortable, of course, and the quality of first touch afforded by the CT Frame in the forefoot is next-level. The Wave Cup Pack version features a slightly more futuristic colourway too, switching things up with different shades of blue and yellow – Mazzarine Blue and Safety Yellow, to be precise. Same style though, just a bit more blue on the tongue and rearfoot section of the upper.

Nice work here from Mizuno, making the most of a classic colourway and giving a whole new generation the chance to emulate one of Brazil’s greatest ever forwards in their boot of choice. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to practise overhead kicks.

The Made in Japan-edition Mizuno Morelia II, Morelia Neo II and Rebula 2 V1 football boots, with FG and SG options to choose from, are available to buy now at


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