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  • Terrain
    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $110
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 6.4oz
    Women: 5.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • This shoe has a lightweight build.
  • Some runners valued the sufficient ground feel without giving away too much protection.
  • A few experts consider this a great transition shoe for those looking towards a more minimalist kind of running.
  • The same experts believe that the shoe is a great option for all distances up to marathons.
  • The sock-like fit was loved by most runners.
  • Durability of the Mizuno Levitas 2 got high marks.
  • The price of this shoe is affordable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The sizing is a bit larger than usual.
  • Runners who prefer more cushioning may be disappointed by this shoe.

Bottom line

The Wave EVO Levitas 2 is another superb line in Mizuno’s collection of shoes. Runners with moderate to high arches are best suited for a shoe that barely offers any kind of arch support. It is an unbelievable option for those looking for minimalist features in a shoe without compromising critical underfoot protection and comfort.

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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas 2

  • Like its beefier cousin, the Cursoris, the Mizuno EVO Levitas 2.0 now features a new one-piece upper that allows a more comfortable and personalized fit. The update promises to be a major point for experienced minimalist runners as they can fully maximize their natural running stride.
  • With the new one-piece upper, most of the overlays have been removed. There’s only one major overlay that provides a bit of structure and support. It is another feature that will surely delight minimalist runners.
  • The holes in the mesh are not as large, but they are countless in this shoe. This material is more durable and still effectively makes the shoe as breathable as ever.
  • The plastic-like toe protection is replaced by a sturdier and lighter rubber. Mizuno wanted a bit more protection in the shoe as there were past issues regarding this area in the past model.
  • Mizuno added its newest midsole compound in the 2nd edition of the EVO Levitas. It now features the U4ic midsole, which has the same properties as the reliable AP+, but at least 30% lighter.

Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas 2 size and fit

Fit and sizing resembles that of the original EVO Levitas. It has a standard measurement with a nice toe room due to the oblique design of the forefoot. Runners with medium-sized measurements should be able to find their sweet spots in this shoe. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The unfailing X10 rubber is fitted in high-wear areas. Mizuno uses this tough carbon rubber in almost all of the shoes in their line because of its incredible durability. Minimalist runners will love the Deep and Multi-Directional Flex Grooves as they give the shoe excellent flexibility while transitions are made smoother as well.


Midsole

The midsole is a perfect match of the new U4ic compound and the proven AP+ midsole foam. Both of them have practically the same kind of responsive cushioning and durability. The U4ic is included as it is 30% lighter and adds another level to the said features without putting on more weight. Mizuno’s iconic Wave EVO is located in this area as well. The Wave is a mechanical device placed in the forefoot of this shoe for more powerful take offs.


Upper

As the EVO Levitas 2.0 is designed for seasoned minimalist runners, the less is more principle is applied here. The one-piece upper is composed of breathable AirMesh and only one major overlay. Mizuno incorporates the Gore-Tex XCR for some protection against water. Although it is not a full-blown waterproofing membrane, it does keep the shoe adequately dry during drizzles. An asymmetrical lacing works in tandem with the ultra-flexible mesh for a very personalized fit.