MIZUNO MORELIA NEO II “MADE IN JAPAN” – TEST AND REVIEW

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Earlier this year, I had the chance to test the Mizuno Morelia Neo II ® football boots. This time, I had the immense privilege of testing the same model in a “Made In Japan” version.

As the name suggests, it is a hand-sewn garment produced by highly skilled people in Japan. The Rolls Royce of football boots? The answer in this test article!

Mizuno Morelia Neo II football boots are one of the flagship models of the Japanese brand Mizuno. A pair of quality, versatile crampons, and very popular with players looking above all for comfort and touch on the ball.

For this shoe test, I sifted through the following criteria: aesthetics, comfort, grip, the touch of the ball, durability to have a complete opinion on these Mizuno Morelia Neo II.

The Mizuno Morelia Neo II model has a dual-density Pebax outsole, which makes the shoe both stable and light.

The 13 conical molded studs are distributed classically on the outsole (these are in polyurethane). They reduce the pressure on the underside of the foot, however after a few hours of play displayed on the meter, I felt some pain on the front of the foot.

Once again, I would like to thank Mizuno Europe for continuing to trust us to test their football product.

Mizuno Morelia Neo II “Made In Japan” football boots review

To be honest, I couldn’t wait to put on those crampons. The “Made in Japan ” series is a guarantee of quality, it’s a bit like the holy grail for a footballer. The shoes are designed by hand, where each of them is subjected to a very intense quality control.

The Mizuno brand uses only noble materials that have the highest possible level of quality. This once again guarantees to play with the best of what is currently being done. During each step of the manufacturing process, each shoe is examined to make sure it can pass ultimate quality control.

This is a very complicated process that requires a high level of expertise and an excellent quality of the materials used.

This shoe test aims to give you my opinion on this pair. So, is the Morelia Neo 2 MIJ comfortable? what about the quality of the natural leather used?

To answer all these questions, I performed several tests during training sessions and during official matches. I would like to point out that the sessions were carried out on new-generation synthetic turf pitches.

GREAT FEATURE

Mizuno Morelia Neo 2

  • Increased flexibility and grip thanks to differentiated density insole
  • Classic multi-cleat outsole
  • Excellent comfort and stability in dry fields.
  • Soft fabric lining
  • Barefoot Feeling

Aesthetic

The pair I received comes from the Tokyo nights pack, we find a black upper accented by touches of turquoise blue that recall the many neon signs present in the Japanese capital (日本).

We find the blue color is visible on the Mizuno logo, on the heel, and at the level of the crampons molded on the outsole.

The design is no-frills, both classy and efficient. For my part it is flawless!

Comfort

Comfort is one strength of the model and especially of this Made in Japan version.

The Morelia Neo II is light, flexible, and gives you the feeling of being barefoot. Without going so far, I would say that the shoe has an excellent fit, comfortable and which supports the foot well.

This feeling is accentuated by the wave fit lace system. A specially designed zig-zag system is used at the holes in the laces, allowing your foot to have perfect support. Everything on the top of the foot is well maintained, stability is there, especially on sharp and rapid changes of direction.

If you have never had Mizuno shoes, I invite you to consult our size guide.

Exceptional leather quality

The kangaroo leather upper used on this model is of very, very good quality. This is the major asset of the pair. The leather is soft and fine at the same time and therefore very pleasant to play; the feeling of the ball touch is improved.

The little extra that makes the difference is a perforated tongue to allow the foot to breathe better.

Ball touch

Playing with the Mizuno Morelia Neo II is a real treat. The vertical and horizontal seams on the front of the shoes allow the leather to move in all directions. This provides great freedom of movement for the foot. You can feel the ball on the front of the foot.

With a premium kangaroo leather upper and a weight of 180 grams, the Mizuno Morelia Neo offers a brilliant touch of the ball with a feeling of playing while light.

Adhesion

This is due to the thinness of the insole. I noticed that the stiffness of the shoe varied: the front is very flexible while the middle of the sole is more rigid to provide better stability. I solved this slight problem by adding a slightly thicker comfort sole.

Other than that, no complaints. The stud configuration is classic, and the multi taper studs get the job done. No worries to play on new generation synthetic pitches.

Durability

I tested this high-end model for several weeks. The shoes are almost new, despite being used during training and, of course, during matches. Over time, the shoes have tightened on my feet, and the feeling of playing barefoot is not far 😉

The leather has softened slightly. Note that they provide a leather care product in the shoe box. This is a nice little extra given the high price of the shoes.

My opinion on Mizuno Morelia Neo 2 “Made In Japan” football boots

Today I’ll be frank with you, the Mizuno Morelia Neo II “Made In Japan” soccer shoes have no equivalent on the market.

It is the most successful pair of crampons in terms of comfort, grip, and, of course, the touch of the ball, thanks to an excellent quality of natural leather.

GREAT FEATURE

Mizuno Morelia Neo 2

  • Increased flexibility and grip thanks to differentiated density insole
  • Classic multi-cleat outsole
  • Excellent comfort and stability in dry fields.
  • Soft fabric lining
  • Barefoot Feeling

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