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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Mizunos’ EVO Cursoris 2 is also very flexible.
  • Many of the runners were elated by how efficient their run was while using this shoe.
  • The responsive features were quite evident, according to several runners.
  • A comfortable underfoot platform is another great aspect in this shoe.
  • A few runners noted that the shoe helped promote a natural running form by virtue of the moderate stack height and 4mm heel offset.
  • The snug fit was welcomed by several runners.
  • Ground feedback is superb with enough underfoot protection serves as a shared point by several users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A bit expensive.
  • Some runners feel that the cushioning was too soft and ineffective for a racing shoe.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave EVO Cursoris 2 stands out in so many ways. It is a race-day shoe that has loads of comfort and smooth transitions. Runners who don’t need much arch support and who love to pick up speed can certainly find a great partner in this shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 71 ratings

5 star
62%
4 star
18%
3 star
7%
2 star
3%
1 star
10%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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88 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    I’m glad that I did as I would rank it among the best shoes I have run in this year! Simply stated, the fit of the Mizuno Cursoris is near perfect on my average width foot.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Times • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    The shoes were said to fit about a half size too big — perhaps due to the oversize toe box — and the asymmetric lacing pursed up in the forefoot material when pulled snugly, enough to counter that fit issue.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    A sound option for runners wanting to move to minimal footwear or barefoot running.

  • 97 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Zachary Rodasti • Level 3 expert

    The Mizuno Wave Cursoris is a great all purpose trainer for those seeking a neutral platform. The platform on the forefoot is wide enough to accommodate a natural foot splay, and the midsole carries enough cushioning for comfort over middle to long distances.

  • 92 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Running Warehouse • Level 3 expert

    As a midfoot runner, I haven’t been able to take full advantage of Mizuno’s Wave technology up until now. With the Cursoris, I’ve been impressed by the padded underfoot feel.

  • 87 / 100 by The Running Shoe Review • The Running Shoe Review • Level 3 expert

    With a 12mm cushion throughout the full length AP midsole, and a superbly designed outsole offering maximum traction on road, you can be sure that you'll be comfortable and sure footed throughout your run.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Brian O'Connor • Level 3 expert

    An excellent foray into the minimalist market for Mizuno that would be improved through minor improvements.

  • 94 / 100 by Accelerate Store • Chris Hough • Level 2 expert

    I'd honestly like them to 'slippers with tread', and didn't feel any loss of traction while running through parks and roadside pavements.

  • 93 / 100 by Tri Gear • Tri Gear • Level 1 expert

    We really enjoyed running in the shoes for the first 5K, so decided to do another loop. Stride felt very relaxed with an efficient midfoot strike.

  • 89 / 100 by The Ale Runner • The Ale Runner • Level 1 expert

    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.

  • 87 / 100 by Minimally Shoddy • Anthony Kardis • Level 1 expert

    I find myself going to this shoe almost exclusively for pavement training runs (my rotation in the last month has been these and barefoot).

  • 86 / 100 by Newbodi • Bryan Falchuk • Level 1 expert

    I really notice how they are just primed to respond when I need to really kick it into high gear.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris 2

  • Even a quick glance will show that Mizuno did an extreme makeover in the 2nd installment of the Cursoris. Right away, runners will notice the new one piece upper that should really fit like a second skin. Gone are the several overlays found in the original model. There is now only one substantial overlay. This overlay is supported by a spandex-like material. Together, they provide midfoot security and structure to a very flexible and adjustable upper.
  • Mizuno also enhanced the toe box protection in the Cursoris 2 with a more significant overlay. It is the company’s way of directly responding to claims by runners of more forefoot protection against the elements on the road.
  • A more stable and confident run is in the offing as Mizuno offers a slightly wider platform in this shoe. The slightly wider platform also means an even more comfortable fit.
  • Mizuno introduces for the first time in this series the U4ic midsole technology. It retains the characteristic durability, cushioning, and responsiveness of another Mizuno-exclusive technology, the AP+ midsole, but at least 30% lighter.

Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris 2 size and fit

The fit of the 2nd edition of the Mizuno Cursoris 2 varies slightly from the original. This time around, the fit is snug without being restrictive or cramped. There is really enough space in the heel, the midfoot, and the forefoot. The fit is standard and should greatly benefit most runners with medium measurements. Sizing is a bit off in this shoe, like the past model. It is half a size longer and should be noted well by runners. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

Mizuno technology, the X10 carbon rubber, is placed in high-impact areas to fight off wear and tear. There are numerous deep and multi-directional flex grooves for added flexibility and smoother heel to forefoot movements.


Midsole

The midsole is where the most important technologies from Mizuno are found. In place is the new U4ic midsole, which is made of a new type of foam that is much lighter than the other top of the line midsole from Mizuno. Despite being very light, it remains responsive, durable, and resilient. The Wave EVO is also located in this area. Mizuno uses this spring technology to provide cushioning and pop for runners. While midsole foam or other types of cushioning fade over time, the mechanical spring does not. For this reason, the Wave technology keeps turning the same performance even when the rubber and other foams fail.


Upper

An extremely light AirMesh covers the entire one-piece upper for superior breathability. Supporting this really light upper is a spandex-like substance and one very substantial overlay. The collar and tongue are moderately padded while a sockliner greets the runners’ feet in comfort and added fit. An asymmetrical lacing system cinches support and comfort.