Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 6.9oz | Women: 5.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 23mm | Women: 23mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Brand: Mizuno
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Multi
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88 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | Runblogger | | 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 | Runner's World | | 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 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

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

  • 97 / 100 | Active Gear Review | | 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 | 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 | 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.

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  • 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.

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.

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. This outsole element is also present in other popular Mizuno running shoes like the Wave Creation 20 and Wave Inspire 15.

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.

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.