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With a zero-drop platform to encourage an efficient stride, the lightweight Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas features minimal cushioning and an extra-firm ride.

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Lightweight and low to the ground, the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas captures the essence of natural running. A zero drop platform and low toe spring encourage a mid-to-forefoot landing, and Wave technology in the midfoot provides a touch of impact protection and added spring during toe-off for a responsive ride. A wide forefoot allows your toes to splay, while the use of few overlays in the upper keeps it flexible to move effortlessly with your foot.

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Weight: 6.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (15mm), Forefoot (15mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: fits large, purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to wide
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium to low
  • Arch Structure: Medium to high
  • Shoe Shape: Curved

INTRODUCTION

The Wave Evo Levitas is a minimum featured, minimum neutral shoe designed for daily training or racing.

CUSHIONING

  • Mizuno Wave consists of an elastic, thermal plastic wave running from the midfoot to forefoot, creating an incredibly springy and well-cushioned ride. 

MIDSOLE

  • AP+ is Mizuno's top of the line full-length copolymer midsole for a lighter, more resilient ride.

UPPER

  • AIRmesh covers the entire upper and provides breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • Oblique Toe Shape allows for natural toe splay during toe-off.
  • Standard Sockliner provides underfoot comfort.
  • Flat Forefoot Shape provides a flat platform to allow for an even toe-off along the width of the foot.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.

OUTSOLE

  • X10 located in the forefoot is made of durable carbon rubber for enhanced traction.

Comments: I came across the Evo Levitas while looking for a replacement for my beloved Brooks Green Silence. Pros: solid cushioning (way more than I would have expected), securely locked-in heel, roomy toe box. Cons: upper material is very coarse - especially where the tongue meets the upper. No way for me to run sockless in them. Other observations: doesn't feel like a true zero-drop even though it reportedly is (not a bad thing in my book). Can easily do longer runs (10+ miles) without any issues (no hot spots, pain etc). Longevity remains to be seen - the sole does have lot of exposed foam and reportedly wears quickly (but then again - so does the Green Silence...and I'm hoping I can take one of my pairs to at least 800 miles). Another (very minor) issue: the leading edge / front sometimes "catches" the pavement when I'm bringing the foot forward - this has never happened to me in any shoe before. I'm sure I'll get used to it. Overall, a great shoe... and just plain fun to run in.
From: Bernie, Round Rock, TX 

Comments: These are great shoes! Nicely cushioned and enough room in the toe box to not feel cramped. I wear an 11 or 11.5 in most running shoes for different brands (Adidas, New Balanace, Nike), but finally settled on a size 10 for these. They fit great - just took a couple of tries to find the right size. My only complaint is the sole under the balls of your feet. The orange material there is wearing out way too fast. The darker purple color around it shows little wear. They should have put more of that material under the ball of the feet.
From: Mike, Colorado

Comments: I still love these shoes the only issue I have is after 120 miles it's showing lot of wear. At best another 60miles.

From: I.A., Skokie, IL

Comments: I really wanted to like this shoe. I usually run in vibram see-yas or vibram spyridons, but because I gained some weight I decided that I need something with a little more padding. I'm 6'2" and started the year at 246 lbs (now down to 229.5). I tried the New Balance MR00's in 2E width (didn't like the rigid arch), the Mizuno Cursoris (didn't like the arch), the Saucony Virrata (too narrow where the forefoot and midfoot meet), and the Levitas (seemed to be perfect). Based on shoefitr I went with a 12.5 instead of a 13 and the fit seems to be great. Something that I really struggled with was the really soft heel area and with there being no hard rubber on the outside edge of the forefoot. When standing I get the sensation of sinking into the Levitas while not in motion. My ankles also started to bother me for the first time after a few runs. I just think that this shoe isn't for me. I typically land on my forefoot and kind of roll back to the heel to push off for forward propulsion. It almost feels like my heel goes lower than the forefoot when doing this.
From: Rich, Dover, DE

Comments: These are great shoes! Nicely cushioned and enough room in the toe box to not feel cramped. I wear an 11 or 11.5 in most running shoes for different brands (Adidas, New Balanace, Nike), but finally settled on a size 10 for these. They fit great - just took a couple of tries to find the right size. My only complaint is the sole under the balls of your feet. The orange material there is wearing out way too fast. The darker purple color around it shows little wear. They should have put more of that material under the ball of the feet.
From: Mike, Colorado

Comments: Love these shoes. They are so light and flexible.
From: Suresh, Skokie, IL

Comments: Simply the most comfortable zero drop shoes I've ever worn. Tried on the Cursoris and was not as impressed, felt a ridge along the end of the toe box, heel feels more built, and laces are far too long. Levitas superior in every way. The only concern is durability of the upper. Super thin so stay off the technical trails. Go a half size smaller as others have recommended.
From: Sam, North Carolina

Comments: I bought these shoes after purchasing (and loving) the cursoris. I also went a 1/2 size smaller as I tend to prefer a more snug fit for speed work and short tempo runs and that is why I purchased these shoes. I absolutely love these shoes. I run almost exclusively in "elemental" type running shoes, and I find these to have more than enough protection for longer runs. These are one of the most impressive shoes I have run in and have become my go-to running shoe. They are light, flexible, and the breathable mesh upper is fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend these or the cursoris to anyone, they are both fantastic offerings.
From: Tim, Birmingham, AL, USA

Comments: I bought these after trying them on at a LRS. I went with a 1/2 size smaller because of the volume of the upper in the forefoot. On the road, they are the BEST shoe I have ever run in. The midsole is extremely responsive and flexible, with excellent traction. The upper is light, with well-ventilated mesh. I think most will have to adjust the lacing to get the fit just right, as I did. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
From: Bill, Tenessee



Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+