Comments: The Wave Evo's are nice and light, with good ground feel, moderate cushioning, but the ride is a little stiff and there is bit of arch support built in. Because of the arch, I'd call them more of a transitional shoe than a true minimalist shoe, which is ideal for where I am now, as I only began running minimalist about 6 months ago. The Wave Evo's are in my 3-shoe rotation along with Altra Torins and Merrell Bare Access 2's. They have nearly the same stack height as the Merrells (18mm for the Mizu's vs 17.5 for the Merrells), but the cushioning is firmer and they are stiffer, so the ride is somewhere in between the Torins and the BA2's. I ordered my usual size 10, and it fits fine in terms of length and width, but the toe box, while wide, is a little short in terms of height, and as a result the big bunions I have on my great toe joints (the result of years of wearing normal shoes!) were constricted. I solved this by simply removing the insole, which is mostly cosmetic anyway. My feet feel good after a run in these shoes, so they're doing the job. So far I only have about 30 miles on them but (surprisingly) there is no evidence of wear so far. The forefoot is really mesh (you can see your socks through the holes), so I wouldn't recommend them for winter running.
From: Brian, Hayward, CA, USA. December 9th 2014
Comments: I like what Mizuno has been doing lately my only quibble being some of the stack heights and drops...So I was excited to try these and scooped them up on a deal but sad to say, not liking them out of the box, do not feel flat to me, too much stuff in heel both elevation and support wise, I feel something similar to what I did not like in heel of Sayonara's. These shoes do look good, like the roomy toe box and rest of the foot bed felt good but the heel is bugging me. I have been on an epic shoe buying binge and have to make some tough decisions so these are going right back...they very well could be okay to run in and I know I am not giving them a fair chance but I have to adopt a zero tolerance policy right now, already have a few iffy experimental shoes laying around..sorry Mizuno
From: Bill, GA, USA. September 30th 2014
Comments: I put these shoes on and instantly loved the feel of them. Heel fits great and the forefoot is loose without being sloppy. I took them out on a quick run and decided to run my marathon in them that next weekend. Ran the marathon in them, very light and fast, sufficient padding. I have only run two times in this shoe for a total of 35 miles. Very impressed with them so far.
From: Curt, Des Moines, IA, USA. September 29th 2014
Comments: I've been running in Saucony Cortana 2s. The Cortana 3s are so much narrower though that I couldn't wear them. After reading the reviews here and on runblogger, seeing that Mizuno really made these a fore/mid-foot shoe by moving the wave plate up and not emphasizing the rubber under the heel (I always think it's half-hearted when someone makes a supposed fore/mid-foot shoe but it still has a heel and the hard rubber there), and the low price made me give these a shot. When I tried them on the first thing I noticed was the shoe pressing on the inside of my foot below my ankle on my right foot. I adjusted the insole, but it was still there. I haven't noticed it though when I run in them. I tried them with and without the insole. The insole adds a lot to the cushioning. Yay! I have room for my pinky toes. They are very comfortable without being sloppy. I take a size 10 in the Cursoris compared to a 10.5 in Cortanas. So I thought I would get these for easy recovery runs, and I got another pair of Cortana 2s for my longer and faster runs. I find myself though enjoying the Cursoris so much that I'm using them much more. The new Cortanas need to be broken in, but the Cursoris have been good out of the box. I did catch my toe two or three times on the first run, probably because I was so used to a rockered toe, but I quickly adjusted. The Cursoris have a nice cushioned feel without being mushy. They don't have the pop of a racer, but they don't suck the energy away either - they're sort of neutral in that respect. It may be because they're so light that I like to run fast in them anyway, and flats are not near as comfortable. I've run easy recovery runs, a 10 miler, a 5 mile tempo, and a mile repeats workout in these. I'm really enjoying them. I wish they put one more piece of harder rubber on the bottom under the ball of the foot. That one unprotected piece is showing some wear. Maybe I'll glue a little piece of rubber on there. Other than that I'm happy as pie with these.
From: Glen, Moorestown, NJ, USA. August 19th 2014
Comments: This is a fantastic shoe, the only complaint is that I should have ordered a 1/2 size smaller. I bought these to help improve toe-running and they feel great. For toe-running this is a big improvement over my Saucony Kinvara. I will never purchase a traditional running shoe and heel-strike again. Zero-drop is the only way to run, you have to try it. I can't imagine heel-striking again, but do build the calf muscles first: lots of calf raises, jump-rope, stair climbs, etc.
From: Rusty, SC, USA. April 25th 2014
Comments: This is the shoe I have been hunting for, for the last 3 years! Looking for the right zero-ish drop shoe that fit my running. The Brooks Pure Connect was close, but had hot spots, and too much arch, the Pure Drift was too firm a ride, the Newton Gravity was heavy and ran too warm. The EVO Cursoris was just right! So surprised at how well this shoe has worked for me.
From: Chip, Roseville, CA, USA
Comments: Excellent shoe. Like others I went down a half size. Also like others I had some problems with the lacing. I solved it by skipping the bottom hole and a hole on the opposite side of the shoe which allowed the top of the shoe to lay flat taking the pressure off the top of my foot near my toes. The cushioning is about ideal and the stiffer, by minimalist shoe standards, ride works much better for me. I also really appreciate that the toes aren't sprung since my toes aren't sprung, either. The sole material doesn't appear to be very durable which is ok since I accept Shoe Goo as an alternative. 5'10", 185, 40 mpw, other favored shoes NB Minimus MR10, Saucony Fastwitch.
Comments: This might be just about the perfect shoe: 1. Low heel, i.e. totally flat, a.k.a. "zero-drop"---I've been running in 4mm drop Saucony Kinvaras and Mirages for the past year, and it amazes me what a difference taking away a mere 4mm in the heel makes! My footplant is much smoother, feels more natural, easier to put directly under my body, and easier to sustain a higher cadence. 2. Light light weight---at 7oz, it's only 1oz lighter than the Kinvara and 2oz lighter than the Mirage...but it really feels like NOTHING on my feet! In other words, my feet feel like they've just grown wings! 3. Roomy forefoot---as per the ShoeFitr calculator, I went down 1/2 a size from my usual 10 and it worked perfectly. My toes are comfortable and can splay easily as if I were barefoot or in Vibram Five Fingers! 4. Surprisingly warm---I saw and felt the meshy upper and thought to myself, ugh this is going to be a long winter. But just ran in them in 40 degree weather and my feet were perfectly warm in my UnderArmor socks. 5. Nice balance of firm/responsive cushioning not soft or squishy...the latter is how I remember the Saucony Viratta, which I had to return because it felt way too spongy. Don't know if it's Mizuno's famous "wave plate" or what, but I did feel a very nice bit of energy return with these. 6. Excellent grip/traction...turns and evasions. In my city there are tons of pedestrians and cyclists you have to watch out for, along with cars, so this is an essential safety advantage. 7. Great ground feedback, but not TOO MUCH of it...if you get sloppy and start to space out and consequently land on the wrong part of your foot, these shoes will let you know...but gently, rather than bashing you upside your head about it. 8. Quiet and smooth: another element of the ground feedback advantage...the shoes are wonderfully silent whenever the runner has relaxed and found his optimal form, and each step feels like churning butter. My only small gripe is aesthetic. Took these for a fast 7 miler right out of the box, felt great during and after. It's a cliche but true: these shoes make you both WANT to go faster, and it makes you FEEL AS IF you are really going faster! One caveat: if you do not regularly run in zero drop shoes already, go easy when you first start out in these. By the time I finished mile 6, my calves and Achilles were feeling just about wiped out. I think I will reserve these shoes mainly for speed and hill workouts at present, and go back to my Saucony Mirage for long runs. The nice thing about these shoes is that they feel great at any speed: at high speed you feel like an antelope, blowing by everyone and everything so effortlessly and gracefully, and at low speed you feel very relaxed and pleasant, as if hypnotizing yourself one step at a time.
From: Eddie, Somerville, MA
Comments: After running in Saucony Virrata....I like the forefoot cushioning of Cursoris....and most will enjoy the width of forefoot...Warning dont try sockless ...these will leave irratation at base of laces.....I went with shoefit recommendation of going down half size....but if I try the Mizuno evo Levitas I will go with size 10 instead of 9and half...I like a little extra room up front....I use size 11 in Saucony Virrata...crazy it seems but it is what works for me....comparing the evo line to Saucony Virrata zero drop...i am able to go longer in Cursoris due to having cushioning up front.Saucony Virrata is good uptempo but I do most of runs on slower pace..I use these Cursoris and trusty Altra instincts....
From: shoutscout, Northern Cali
Comments: So I ordered both the cusoris and levitas after reading a review on runblogger. I was most excited by the levitas being a huge fan of the New balance MR00. I have been running in "minimal" stuff since Nike Free V2(2006) and average between 1000-1800 miles(probably most commonly run 30-40 mpw but have done 80 or so before) a year. I was particularly excited since a pair of Wave Universe 3's were one of my favorite minimal shoes that really allowed me to perfect my midfoot striking( also ran a 28:xx 8k in them) and I still have them with over 1000 miles on them. I got the cusoris and levitas Thursday night and did a mile in each pair and was elated with my purchases (followed the half size smaller advice got 10.5s). Surprisingly I loved the cusoris the most and thought it has had the best out of box feel of any minimal shoe I have owned as well as allowing a smooth midfoot strike. Yet, there is a major catch....The next day I went out for a easy 4 mile run and the first two miles were gold but starting after mile two the threads where the mesh meets the shoelaces began seriously scrapping/sticking my feet on both sides to the point of causing me to walk and my feet to bleed on top. I was shocked since I have run sockless for over 3 years and have never had something like this (I had ankle rub on altra instincts but this was another level). So today I adorned my wife's yoga socks and did a 7 miler in the cusoris and everything was peachy so I will keep them since I still loved the feel and the socks resolved the issue(guess I will have to invest in some socks). However, I must say not being able to go sockless is a major drawback for me and I hope Mizuno will address this in an update(or do a sockless version with seamless knitting) for those of us who don't like to wear socks( I noticed runner warehouse blog mentioned the same issue). Regardless, the feel of the shoe was so good that I still think the cusoris is a great purchase...I imagine this would be an ideal intro shoe to anyone hoping to become a midfoot striker(my levitas review will be forthcoming).
From: Kevin, Nashville, TN
Comments: These have quickly become my favorite running shoes. Completed my second half marathon with them in total comfort.
From: Randy, Albuquerque, NM
Comments: I didn't know what to expect as I haven't worn Mizunos in a while. I was running in Merrell Barefoot Road Gloves and Saucony Virratas mainly, but am now running almost all my runs with these Evo's. Good balance of cushion while respecting the weight. Was a little odd at first when trying them on (don't be surprised if you don't like the initial feel), but running with them is great. No slip on wet surfaces, and grip well on tight turns, which was a nice surprise. Also really like not having any "lugs" pushing up into my forefoot like other shoes. Have nearly 100 miles on my first pair and ready to get a second pair to alternate with.
From: Ken, Chicago, IL, USA
Comments: After just 30 miles total in the Cursoris, I stated having hip pains. After examining the shoes, I found the right side shoe had rolled over (collapsed) on the medial side, rendering then unusable for running. Switched out to different shoes (Wave Universe) and the pains went away. I still use the Cursoris for walking around and they seem to be fine for that purpose. I don't regret buying these but I won't be getting any more pairs.
From: Jeff, Scottsdale, AZ
Comments: I echo Eric's comments below--probably one of the best fitting minimal offerings out there. Felt a bit odd walking in them at first but running yields a very natural foot plant. I find the forefoot very stable, responsive, and springy. I think it's a great first offering by Mizuno.
From: Darren, Colorado, USA
Comments: I found the heel fit perfect. It did not slip, unlike the Altra Instinct 1.5 with its wide heel not "cupping" properly the region of my Achilles tendon. The shoe has remarkable cushioning for its light weight (7.5 oz - 212 g, size USA 10.5) which would tend to suggest otherwise. I guess the Mizuno Wave worked one more time for me. I use this shoe for races and I hope Mizuno will produce a trainer version weighing some 8 to 9 oz at size USA 9 for men.
From: Eric Clarke, Ivy, St. Michael, Barbados
Comments: Not for me. First, this shoe runs big, by at least one half size based on a typical Mizuno fit. This is most likely due to the larger toebox, and the mesh on the upper. I was a tester for Mizuno, logging more than 600 miles in my pair of evos, and I can tell you...I won't be running another mile in them. I am a big believer in Mizuno, but I think they've strayed from their core too far with this kick. I will stick to my trusted Musha's for now. For what it's worth...
From: Brooks, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Comments: I just ran a rugged 50 mile trail race in these shoes. They are light and responsive with good protection. I love the room in the toe box. Granted, I beat the heck out of them but the mountain didn't beat me up. If they had a rock stop and a little more traction on the heel they would be perfect for a trail 100 miler. These shoes are especially awesome on the road.
From: Dan, Los Gatos, CA, USA
Comments: Just got these shoes and threw in a bullet 8 miler and they felt awesome. Lots of room in the toes (I typically wear 4E and yet there was enough room in these shoes for my large forefoot). These shoes are super light. Lighter than my Nike LunaRacers (I have a scale). Very flexible. The best thing I liked was they seem to rebound well off the foot strike and while some could interpret that as bouncy, I like that feeling. Cushioning is ok, I used an old Dr. Scholls pad which I always do anyway and that combo provided plenty of cush. Just moved my Nike Montreal's to a backup role for Boston in 10 weeks. Mizuno Cursoris moved to the front of the Boston line. Uppers are really comfy and airy but won't be good in the rain!
From: Ken, Prescott, AZ, USA
Comments: I love these shoes. They are well-ventilated with plenty of room in the toe box. There is plenty of protection to allow me to go on longer runs without all the extra weight. Definite must buy.
From: Tim, Birmingham, AL, USA
Comments: Best runnning shoes I have worn! Mizuno hit the mark with these for minimalist/barefoot design. I could go on and on, buy a pair, AWESOME!!!
From: Michael, New Orleans, LA USA