And now for something completely different…an actual running post!
This weekend I bought my first new pair of running shoes in, well, a while. I still have several different pair with plenty of mileage left on them. I’ve been running exclusively in low drop, minimal-type shoes for the better part of two years. I’ve got a couple pair of New Balance Minimus MT-10, New Balance MT-110, Brooks Pure Connect, and a pair of Saucony Kinvara 2′s, all of which have a heel-toe drop of around 4mm. I like each of these for various reasons, the New Balance being my primary trail shoes and the Brooks and Saucony’s for road runs.
I’ve been patiently waiting for Mizuno to come out with a minimal road shoe for a while now, and the Wave Evo Cursoris is their venture into that territory. Just by looking at the shoes and the specs, they seemed to have everything I want in a road shoe: lightweight, breathable, a bit of cushioning, minimal heel-toe drop and a wider toe box. The Wave Evo Cursoris weighs in at 6.8 oz for a men’s size 9, though my size 11.5′s are undoubtedly slightly heavier. These shoes feature zero drop from heel to toe, with the stack height being 18mm. So, there is theoretically some cushioning to these. When I tried them on, the first thing I noticed is that the wide toe box allowed my toes to splay, which is what I like in a shoe. Some shoes cram your toes in, and are a firm fit, which I don’t appreciate. They do run a bit large, so I had to size down to an 11.5 from my normal size 12 fit.
When walking in them, there is some obvious support in the arch, yet that was not at all noticeable when running. These definitely promote a mid-foot strike. The cushioning seems to be the right mix between protection and road feel. You can feel the road beneath your feet, but you don’t feel every rock and pebble that you step on. The mesh upper is super-breathable, which give me the indication that these will be fantastic summer running shoes. Some of the most breathable running shoes I’ve ever owned were a pair of Mizuno 4′s, and these seem to have a similar breathability to them.
So far, I’ve only had time for a couple of 5 mile runs in these, and they performed admirably. Since I’m used to a mid-foot strike, there hasn’t been any adjustment for the zero drop in these versus the 4mm drop I’m used to in all my other running shoes. Obviously someone who isn’t used to a mid-foot strike or who has run in shoes with a bigger heel-toe drop, may have an adjustment period. I’ll be curious to see how these perform on longer runs, and I’ll report back once I’m able to put these through the paces a bit more. But so far, I’m pleased with these. And I know my buddy Pat is pleased that I’m finally wearing some Mizuno shoes. :)