Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris Review

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If you are in the market for a neutral, breathable, lightweight shoe, you might want to take a moment and take a closer look at Mizuno’s Wave Evo Cursoris. Mizuno did a fantastic job at creating yet another top notch shoe.

With the natural running style sweeping the nation I had to take a look at my own running form. I have been transitioning into minimalist running for a few years now. I still consider myself transitioning even though it has been quite some time since I find myself heel striking more often than I would like to admit. Practice makes perfect right? Therefore, I tend to gravitate more towards zero drop shoes with a little arch support and cushion to help me when I stray. I believe the Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris is a great shoe for someone who is transforming their form to a fore/midfoot strike. As I stated previously, the Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris is a zero drop shoe so practice and patience is a must when trying to retrain your running form.

Initial Impressions

My first impression out of the box was that this shoe is very bright, attractive and light! The Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris is feather light and seems more like a sprinting or performance shoe than an everyday trainer. My second impression was, is this shoe going to last for miles and miles of running? My third impression was the ventilation on the toe box seemed like it would keep my feet cool on those 90 degree days and I was eager to lace up and test the Wave Evo Cursoris right away.

Performance of the Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris

After my first few runs I was extremely pleased with the performance of the Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris. Even though the shoe is lightweight it offers the right amount of cushioning in all the right places on the forefoot and heel. The rubber on the sole almost offers a little bit of bounce or extra spring in your step. The rubber design on the forefoot of the sole looks like toes for that extra grip as you come off your forefoot. I was a little leery of the durability of the rubber. After about 50 miles I did start to notice some of the rubber
peeling away on my forefoot, however the rest of the sole stood up with minimal signs of wear.


The inside of the shoe offers a little bit of arch support. I have a rather high arch and find it hard to find a shoe that fits my arches. The only downside of the Evo Cursoris for me was that the arch in the shoe did not fit my arch perfectly. The extra cushion on the arch was a little more towards the front of the shoe which placed extra cushion at the front of my arch about 2 inches below my big toe, but offered no cushion throughout my whole arch. Everyone’s’ foot anatomy is different and mine just didn’t fit the Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris as I hoped it would. Even though the arch wasn’t up to par for me, the toe box made up
for it. The Evo Cursoris has a wider than normal toe box which is perfect if you have wide feet.

The extra room and breathability of the toe box kept my feet cool and comfortable on those hot sunny days. The ventilation system on the toe box is my favorite aspect of the Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris. Evenly distributed wide holes make up the front of the shoe. In shoes with that much fibrous mesh, I typically end up tearing a hole in the mesh with my big toe. The mesh is very strong and durable and I am pleased with the overall toughness the toe box holds.

Overall, after testing the Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris on asphalt and crushed rock/limestone trails throughout the beautiful Black Hills, I am pleased with the overall performance, functionality, breathability and durability the shoe holds. If you are a Mizuno lover, or not, the Wave Evo Cursoris is a great zero drop minimalist shoe that will help with any speed workout and/or endurance training. Please visit www.mizunousa.com for more information on fun colors and sizes.
MSRP $119.99

Shannon: Shannon, our fabulous female tester, takes gear testing to a new level for women. When not at work or school, she is most likely training for a marathon, climbing one of Colorado’s tallest peaks, riding her road bike, or skiing down a mountain slope. Like many women, Shannon gets cold easily, therefore, we try to test the best all weather gear to help her stay warm and dry during all day outdoor pursuits. In the warmer months, Shannon enjoys exploring the Colorado backcountry with her friends and dogs and attempts to escape for as many trail runs as her schedule allows. Shannon is a great women’s tester because she gives readers true insight into how a product may perform for an active woman.
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