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.
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