The Contender was originally released in 1995. It was introduced at the same time as Mizuno’s Mondo Control which features design ideas from Mizuno’s founder, Rhiachi Mizuno. The Contender took design queues from the Mondo series and is designed for neutral runners who wanted a lightweight and well-cushioned shoe to run in. 2021 Sees Mizuno reintroduce the running style via some well executed in-house projects and collaborative ventures. Here we have Japanese stalwarts of the scene Mita teaming up 24 Karats for a mutual celebration of Dollar bills and the iconic beef and broccoli colourway.