Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris, $120

weights: 6.8 oz. (men’s); 5.0 oz. (women’s)

heights: 15mm (heel), 15mm (forefoot)

Fit: A modern racing flat that takes cues from minimalist design, this shoe wraps a foot snugly in the heel and midfoot but remains fairly roomy in the toebox.

Feel: The Evo Cursoris is a curious and surprising shoe, one that combines an innovative design (the EVA midsole/outsole undercarriage wraps up along the medial side of the foot and the heel) with a low-to-the-ground feeling of a minimalist shoe and the flex and energy of a racing flat. The lightweight construction, wrap-like fit and airy mesh upper give this shoe a featherweight sensation, especially at faster paces.

Ride: Despite the unique feel, the ride is ultra-smooth and hitch-free. It rolls from heel-to-toe very well at slower speeds and is equally effective with a forefoot strike at higher speeds (during intervals or tempo-paced runs).  Even though the shoe has a zero-drop (flat profile), there is enough foam in the combined midsole/outsole to provide cushioning and protection.

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