Manchester Thunder – Powered by Mizuno, Delivered by Netball UK

On the 18 May, Manchester Thunder won their third Netball Superleague title, beating Wasps Netball in a pulsating grand final. Both teams have apparel deals with Mizuno but did the Thunder player’s footwear contribute to their success?

Seven out of the eight Thunder players that took to the court that day wore Mizuno netball trainers. Since launching netball as a category three years ago, Mizuno has passionately backed their belief that the grip, support and stability in their shoes helps control movement on court and improve performance.

There are five shoes in their current senior range, plus a junior shoe to ensure that whatever your budget, whatever your age, position or style of player you are, Mizuno has a solution.

Whether you’re a tall, powerful player seeking maximum stability and cushioning, or a small, agile player that requires dynamic movement, there is a shoe in the range to suit you.

Five shoes may sound a lot for a netball range but when you consider that Mizuno’s women’s running range has 15 shoes, it begins to make a lot of sense to provide for the huge differences in players’ sizes, requirements and style of play.

Here at Netball UK, we stock the whole range.

The Wave Stealth V is our best-selling shoe and also the most popular among the Thunder athletes, closely followed by the Wave Phantom 2 – both lightweight, stable shoes.

Since that final, Mizuno has launched three new models:

  • The Wave Mirage 3 – a very aggressive shoe for mid court competition and the first ever to feature a stabilising external heel brace when changing direction.
  • The Wave Momentum, a highly cushioned, higher cut ‘basketball style’ shoe with an adjustable lacing system to enhance fit and improve support.
  • Plus the superb value Ghost Shadow with its lightweight comfort.