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Mizuno Zero Drop – Wave Evo Levitas and Evo Cursoris

July 12th, 2012

Many of the big running shoe brands have a more “minimal” shoe line – think Nike Free, New Balance Minimus and Adidas Adipure. So does that mean Mizuno is late to the game with the new Evo collection you see here, coming January 2013? We don’t think so at all.

Mizuno spent their product development time wisely. They crafted two different shoes that maintain key elements of the Mizuno brand identity while also offering a more stripped-down experience focused on midfoot striking and connection with the ground. We think zero drop with a bit more protection and increased comfort is set to be a big story in 2013.

The model you see above is the new Wave Evo Levitas, with more info and pics below. Further down are some pics and product info on the new Wave Evo Cursoris.

Wave Evo Levitas

Wave Evo Levitas Outsole View and Women's Model

What to Watch For

  • Zero drop (15mm stack height as measured by Running Warehouse)
  • 6.5 oz (Men’s) 5.2 oz (Women’s)
  • Wide forefoot with narrower midfoot to maintain low weight
  • Forefoot Wave technology to provide added spring on toe-off

MSRP
$110.00

Men’s Colors
Grape/Blue/Orange Wave Evo Levitas (January 2013)
Black/Yellow/Green Wave Evo Levitas (March 2013)

Women’s Colors
Blue/Yellow/Pink Wave Evo Levitas (January 2013)
Black/Lime/Blue Wave Evo Levitas (March 2013)

Wave Evo Cursoris

Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris Men's and Women's Running Shoes

What to Watch For

  • Zero drop (18mm stack height as measured by Running Warehouse)
  • 7.5 oz (Men’s) 6.2 oz (Women’s)
  • Wider forefoot base to accommodate toe splay
  • Forefoot Wave technology to provide added spring on toe-off

MSRP
$120.00

Men’s Colors
Orange/Silver/Black Wave Evo Cursoris (January 2013)
Green/Blue/Black Wave Evo Cursoris (March 2013)

Women’s Colors
Pink/Yellow/Black Wave Evo Cursoris (January 2013)
Light Blue/Lime/Purple Evo Cursoris (March 2013)

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  • Sky

    I very much like these shoes. I very much dislike the price tag :(

  • http://www.runningonthewhiteline.com Kyle Kranz

    Curious that they are 18mm tall. Maybe I’ll just buy a pair of Hokas…

  • Matt

    Great comment, Kyle. For the record, the Evo Cursoris slots in more with a Brooks PureConnect/Nike Free type shoe (and products like the upcoming PureDrift and Saucony Virrata) than a near-barefoot shoe with a stack height under 10mm.

  • Blaze

    Let me guess; only up to size 13?

  • seth

    The cool thing about this line from Mizuno, is that they didnt stray from what they believe in… both shoes still have WAVE technology, just in the midfoot/forefoot vs. the heel.

    Not a “minimal shoe” per se… just an efficient shoe designed for MIDFOOT runners!

  • BJ

    @Kyle Kranz
    Most Hoka’s have a stack height of at least 30mm. One of the more popular “minimal” shoes, the Saucony Kinvara, has a forefoot stack height of 19mm in the forefoot, 23mm in the heel; the Cursoris at its thickest is less than that. Not sure what you’re talking about.

  • Steven

    Very much looking forward to these.

  • Matt

    Hi Blaze, we’ll be stocking up to a size 14 in the Evo shoes, and our information is that a size 15 also will be produced though we do not plan to carry it.

  • Matt

    Thanks for the comment BJ. I think Kyle was being sarcastic in comparing the new Evo line to Hokas. The new Mizuno shoes really aren’t comparable in any way to Hoka products.

  • Blaze

    @Matt
    Awesome. I wear a 14, but all of Mizuno’s racing shoes only go to 13 :( I’ll be happy to give these a try.

  • Toni

    I’ve been seeing photos of these orange Evo Cursoris online and was so excited to try them, they are super cute and I am 100% loyal to Mizuno but you’re telling me the orange shoe is a men’s style? Boo, I don’t need another pair of pink shoes.

  • http://runningmoose50.blogspot.com/ Erik

    Toni! I bet you can find a men’s Evo to fit well! If not, head to your local paint store :)

  • Jay

    @Matt
    Hey Matt. Just curious, since it’s closer to the release date, have you guys measured the forefoot width? Is it as wide as the Mizuno Universe 4? The 4′s are great but I’m looking forward to the Cursoris since they have that extra 4mm in the forefoot. For me, the 4′s are perfect up to a half. Hopefully with the added cushion, I’ll be able to make the Cursoris my go to marathon shoe – that is, if they’re wide up front.

  • Steven

    @BJ
    Kyle Kranz works for Skora as their “social media coordinator”. I guess he’s just dissing their competition.

  • Matt

    Thanks for the question, Jay. The Universe 4 is about 3.75 inches at its widest point in the forefoot (by the first lace). The Cursoris is just about 1/8th of an inch wider, and has a bit more width in the toebox due to its more rounded shape. We haven’t tried the shoes on side by side but we’d expect if you’re comfortable with the width in the Universe, you should be good to go in the Cursoris.

  • Pablo

    I really like the Levitas but want a shoe with a little bit more protection for longer runs. Which would you recommend? I’d like to stay with a zero drop shoe.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Matt

    Thanks for the question. A couple zero drop options with additional underfoot cushioning are the Saucony Virrata and the Altra Torin.

  • Pablo

    What about Altra the one. Would that be more protective than levitas?

    @Matt

  • Matt

    Good question. The One from Altra has a 13mm stack height, compared to 15mm in the Levitas and 20mm in the Altra Torin. It will feel about the same as the Levitas, while the Torin will provide a bit more underfoot protection.

  • Pablo

    Could you explain the difference in how Altra measures their stack height? Why is it that according to them the The One has higher stack height than how you guys measure it? Also, about the The One, it is described as being a shoe able to handle all the way up to the marathon, while the Levitas is described as a much more minimal shoe. Is there something in the materials used o The One that makes it more cushioned o protective despite the stack height being relatively low? Thanks gain.

  • Matt

    Our understanding is that Altra measures stack heights with the insole in the shoe, which adds about 4-8mm to our numbers. For consistency, we pull out the insole for all shoes with a removable insole. Both the One and the Levitas could be used for the marathon distance for an experienced racer, but the difference is that the One is designed to be a lightweight racing flat while the Levitas is focused more on “natural” running/forefoot striking/foot strengthening. If you feel that the Torin may offer more cushioning than you want, another option to consider is the Altra Instinct 1.5 (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/searchresults.html?search=products&type=men&searchtext=instinct+1.5) and of course there is also the Mizuno Evo Cursoris (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/searchresults.html?search=products&type=men&searchtext=evo+cursoris).

  • pablo

    Interesting. If the insoles are that high and significant, I’d want to see that info posted also. That way I can compare total height vs total height. most people run with insoles. Guessing the insoles of The One are higher than the Levitas ones?@Matt

  • Matt

    The insoles in the One and the Levitas are both 5mm in the heel and forefoot. Insoles readily compress under weight, more so than the rest of the shoe’s platform, which is the reason why we believe the stack heights without insoles are more reliable for comparison purposes.

  • Pablo

    Thanks for clarifying. Very helpful.

  • Pablo

    Another question. I’m between the Torin and the Instinct 1.5. Torin seems higher, yet lighter, than the Instinct 1.5. Is the Torin also more flexible than the 1.5? If so, I think I’ll try the Torin despite the ugly colors and higher stack height. Appreciate your thoughts and any additional info you may provide. If you have any other recommendations of a shoe with a roomy toe box, zero or up to 3 or 4mm drop, but with some reasonable protection underfoot for long runs, I’d love to hear it. Thanks again.

  • Matt

    We’d say the Instinct 1.5 is a bit more flexible than the Torin. The Torin has more cushioning underfoot, and the added material certainly doesn’t make the shoe stiff but it does naturally decrease the flexibility slightly. It really comes down to what type of experience you want. The Torin has a softer feel compared to the Instinct 1.5, which we rate as having a firm ride. For a shoe with a roomy forefoot and zero drop, you’re really looking at both these Altra’s, the Mizuno Evo Cursoris, and the Merrell Road Glove 2 (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpageMRS-MRGL2M1.html). If you’re willing to go up to a 4mm drop, the New Balance MR10 (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpageMRS-NR102M1.html) and Brooks PureConnect 2 (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpageMRS-BPCO2M1.html) also offer a good amount of forefoot width.

  • jamie

    I tried on the Cursoris and loved them!!! But I just found the Levitas for a cheaper price. Is there a significant difference between the two? I loved the feel of the Cursoris but I want to make sure they are similar before placing my order. I’ve read the info above and compared them on line visually.. I just need some input on the fit!

  • Matt

    We’ve found that the extra 3mm of material in the platform of the Cursoris provides a noticeable increase in impact protection and ride comfort. The Levitas definitely feels firmer/harder underfoot. In terms of fit, both those are almost identical, with a wider forefoot to accommodate toe splay but medium fit otherwise.