Mizuno Wave Elixir 8, $120
8.8 oz. (men’s); 7.4 oz. (women’s)
12mm heel-toe offset
FIT: Snug in the heel, the new seamless upper of the Elixir 8 is very conforming to the foot while still allowing it to move without restriction. A wide toe box provides room where it’s needed without feeling too generous.
FEEL: Lightweight, low to the ground and flexible, the Elixir feels like a fast shoe from the second you step into it. But unlike some lithe racers and up-tempo trainers, this model offers moderate support and stability through the arch and is well cushioned in both the heel and forefoot.
Ride: The updated Elixir is firm and fast enough to be a solid option for tempo runs or longer races, but still substantial enough to use as an everyday stability trainer for runners with neutral mechanics or those who are mild overpronators.
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