Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Photo: Scott Draper | Competitor

Mizuno Wave Hitogami, $100

8.0 oz. (men’s), 6.2 oz. (women’s)

23mm (heel), 14mm (forefoot)

Fit: Like many of Mizuno’s lightweight performance training flats, the Hitogami has a narrow shape that fits snug throughout, with just a little wiggle room in the toe box created by the stretchy seamless upper in the toe box.

Feel: Sleekly designed, with a semi-firm feel built into its low-to-the-ground profile, the Hitogmia is a lightweight, high-performance neutral trainer that offers considerable impact protection and a go-fast vibe.

Ride: It’s a neutral shoe with little structure and almost no support, a model best for strong, agile runners. For those runners, the ride is energetic and almost completely uninhibited. The semi-firm feeling under foot makes this shoe very conducive to running faster workouts or short-distance races.

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