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Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

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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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at bmetzler@competitorgroup.com.

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