Mizuno Monarcida Neo 2 Series Tech Breakdown

Mizuno updates one of its most popular series

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In the wider world, the Monarcida series has never really been available, much less have an impact. Inside of Japan however, the Monarcida series is one of the reasons the Runbird dominates the market. Every new release in this launch ensures that there is something for everyone, at almost every price. Normally I would rant about 6 models being released at once, but in this case, it’s more like variations of the same line. Here, we’ll have a short tech breakdown for each model.

Mornarcida Neo 2 Japan

The headline model of the series is handmade in Japan and has the same outsole they use on the Morelia Neo III Japan. Its also built on the same last as the Neo III Japan. The forefoot is made of a washable kangaroo leather and now has the same stitch pattern as its older brother. The midfoot has also been redesigned and has switched from an artificial leather to a microfibre in order to decrease the amount of moisture the upper picks up.

Its also now has a thinner 4mm shoelace and comes with the Zero Glide Cup insole which is 2.5 times grippier than normal insoles. The inside of the heel now has a brushed, soft microfibre for comfort and to help grip the socks. Lastly, they have also increased the rubberized coating on the toebox so that the boot is more durable, no matter the type of pitch its used on.

Monarcida Neo 2 Wide Japan

This boot is also made in Japan and uses the same micro taffeta lining that is used in Morelia 2 Japan. This material allows the leather to form to the foot without overstretching. The last on the Monarcida Neo 2 has also been updated in order to better fit the foot and like the regular Monarcida Neo 2 it uses the same washable kangaroo leather. It also has a microfibre midfoot and a brushed heel liner.

The boot also has the Zero Glide Cup insole and uses the same outsole as the regular Morelia 2 Japan. Again, the rubberized part of the toebox has been increased for more durability. If I remember correctly, the width is between a 2E to a 3E on these.

Monarcida Neo 2 Pro

This boot is quite interesting because in some ways it’s a synthetic Neo III. It uses the same last, has the same soleplate and similar lines in the upper. Its made of an artificial leather that is designed to somewhat mimic real leather and keeps the microfibre midfoot that other boots in this series have.

The Monarcida Neo 2 Pro also has a thinner tongue than the regular Neo and has a thinner brushed lining. The insoles are also slightly different as they are the “Lite” version of the Zero Glide Cup insole, which doesn’t have as much grip but will still get the job done.

Monarcida Neo 2 SW KL

A super wide (SW) model of this series, with a width that is about a 3E to 4E. Has the washable kangaroo leather upper and the microfibre suede lining. The outsole is quite interesting here because the studs are designed to sit closer to the outer part of the outsole in order to help support the foot. Considering how many issues people with wide feet have with “wide” models, this is a smart idea. This insole is the same Zero Glide Cup Lite insole that’s found on the Monarcida Neo 2 Pro.

Monarcida Neo 2 SW

Similar to above except with an artificial leather forefoot instead of the washable kangaroo leather. Still has that awesome soleplate though.

Monarcida Neo 2 Select

The entry-level model of this series. Has a soft microfibre upper and a basic soleplate. Should be noted that this model also fits slightly on the wider side as well.

That sums up the releases in this series, the Monarcida Neo 2 Japan and the Monarcida Neo 2 Pro in particular stand out to me. Considering how popular the Monarcida Neo Japan series has been in the past, I fully expect this to continue with these newest releases.

What do you think of the Monarcida series? Would you like to see Mizuno release more of these boots overseas? Please share this with your friends and make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook!



10 thoughts on “Mizuno Monarcida Neo 2 Series Tech Breakdown

  1. Hello!

    Thank you very much for your reviews, I have been looking for a 3e + wide soccer shoe for a very long time. I recently purchased a Mizuno Monarcida SW KL, to be shipped to Vancouver, Canada.

    Could you tell me about the shape of the studs on the SW KL? They look like a diamond shape, and this is something that makes me hesitate; I would prefer round/conical studs. Do you think the shape of these studs on the outsole is suitable for artificial grass?

    Also, could you compare the width of the Neo 2 Wide Japan with the SW KL? I understand the difference is 3E vs 4E, but I am wondering about the rubberized toe box; does the rubber on the toe box prevent the kangaroo leather from stretching? My feet are somewhere around 5E or 6E wide, so I usually need to have kangaroo Leather that can stretch in the toe box, and I am interested in choosing the Neo 2 Wide Japan over the SW KL because of the round studs on the Neo 2 Wide Japan, but I don’t know if the rubber on the leather toe box will be too restrictive.

    If I find that the diamond studs on the SW KL are too sharp or too dangerous for artificial grass, then I want to use sandpaper to make their shape rounder; do you know what material the outsole is made out of, and any tips on how or if I should make this modification?


    Alvin Zhao – Vancouver, Canada


    1. Hey!

      Thanks for reading and thanks for the support. I have a teammate who has a pair and he loves them. We play mostly on turf here, but he doesn’t seem to have any issues.

      As far as the rubberized toebox, its really there for durability and it doesn’t prevent stretching. You should still expect some stretching with the boot, which should be helpful for you.

      Normally, most brands use a type of thermalplastic for their studs. They do this because the material is normally a bit softer and absorbs stud pressure better. You should be able to round out the studs a bit if you need to. There’s an old trick that Jason from BOOTHYPE has used before where you use sandpaper to wear down the studs a bit so that they’re shorter for AG. You might want to double-check with him on Instagram just in case since I haven’t done it before. His handle is @nosajbootreviews. He’s a great guy. Should help you out.

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      1. Hi thanks for the reply!

        Do you know if the Monarcida SW KL is true size? I am normally a US 9, so should I order 27.0cm or 26.5cm? I am asking the sales rep of the company I have ordered from about this right now, and I am waiting for his feedback. I have worn Tiempo Legend IV at size 9.5 US ( I think it’s this exact model: https://www.prodirectsoccer.com/us/products/nike-soccer-shoes-nike-tiempo-legend-iv-fg-firm-ground-soccer-cleats-whitetreasure-bluemetallic-silver-32842.aspx), and Diadora Brasil OG at 8.5 US (they are a 1/2 size larger than all other brands- the US 9 OG Blackout version was too big for me).

        Do you know what size I should go for in the Monarcida SW KL? How did the sizing work for your teammate?


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  2. Hi!

    I received my order today (13 days shipping time from date of order from Japan to Vancouver), so I’d like to share my first impressions.

    I ordered the Monarcida SW KL in size 26.5cm (8.5 US), a half size down from my usual size 9 US. My exact foot length is about 26.5-26.6cm long, and about 11.2 cm wide at the widest portion of my foot (between the ball of my foot and midfoot).
    I measured my foot length by putting a piece of paper with the edge square to a wall, and putting my heel against the wall and marking at the longest point at the toes with a fine point pen, so the measurement is fairly precise (particularly because I remeasured several times).

    The length fit of the size 26.5cm is PERFECT for me; there is about 4mm of space between the front of my toes and the absolute limit of the toebox, and I feel a slight compression from the fit out of the box that will clearly mould into a perfect fit as the KL leather stretches and shapes over time.

    The toebox is slightly higher than most models, and although I have larger toes that sometimes don’t fit properly into other models of shoe (for example the Nike Premier 1, which I simply could not fit into because of the low toe height, even after trying for a long time), the shoe fits somewhat comfortably in this regard out of the box. I am certain that with time and wear the KL will stretch to the perfect fit. The toebox is not pointy, it is a bit wide and rounded, which suits me very well since I have Roman shape feet (big toe, second toe and third toe are all long and about the same length, with 4th and 5th toe decreasing in length), and so this shoe fits my toes very well.

    The width is quite good. I am around a 5e-6e wide foot, so I think I could actually use a little bit more width, but this is probably the only model of soccer shoes I’ve tried where I don’t have significant overspill on the soleplate. The width is close to perfect; I would prefer only perhaps 2-3mm more on each side for the perfect width fit on the sole plate for my particular feet.

    Thanks again for your article!



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    1. Yessssss. I’m so happy they worked out for you.
      I also appreciate the feedback on these since it’s not a model I’m likely to wear. I also prefer boots with a higher toebox since my big toe is quite large. I also have a Roman foot type and its not something people bring up often enough. Its hard for some people to understand why certain boots don’t fit them. But your foot type is such a massive factor.

      Really happy you got some boots that worked out! Enjoy!



  3. Hi again!

    Do you know whether I should use leather cream on this k-leather type? I have some Chelsea leather cream that I used on my Diadora Brasils, but I don’t know if I should use them on these Monarcida SW KL.




    1. Hi! How’s it going?

      Yeah, you should be fine. Once the leather is fully broken it will work well. I normally use leather cream on my Mizuno boots, though Mizuno does have a specific cream they make themselves here.


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