Mizuno Evo Cursoris and Evo Levitas Review
Nice shoes, shame about the mud!
I’ve been running in my new Evos now for a couple of weeks, mostly using the gorgeously pink Evo Cursoris; with a thicker 12mm midsole, I find these more comfortable. I am still not at all sure this minimalist running is all that it’s cracked up to be; I definitely need more time before I rave too much about it…perhaps after this weekend when I’ve raced in them in the Tunbridge Wells Half - if you’re racing too, I’ll be giving out 5 copies of Go Faster Food as spot prizes, so look out for me at the finish line!
I love being barefoot. As a kid, I would throw off my shoes at the start of the summer holidays and that was it for 6 weeks; I’d walk/run everywhere in my bare feet. My parents were both teachers and we’d disappear off to Wales camping for the whole 6 week holiday. Hmmm, Wales in the summertime…this wasn’t the-lovely-feeling-of-hot-sand-between-the-toes kind of barefoot, we’re talking the-squelching-mud-between-the-toes kind of barefoot, with the odd dreamy day running across warmish sand when the weather decided to perk up. I still love to go barefoot, but nowadays limit this to dry days in the garden and holidays in hot countries!
So ‘minimalist’ seems to me to be the natural step up from this. As a runner who naturally propels herself forward, my running style is apparently suited to these minimalist shoes. This is what I have to say so far:
Both the Evo Cursoris and the Levitas certainly slip on easily, fit well, and I’ve enjoyed wearing them on my runs. They are extremely lightweight, really, really comfortable, more like splippers than running shoes (have I mentioned this before?) and I’m surprised by the amount of cushioning they have, especially the Cursoris.
The jury is out on this. There is plenty of space for your toes, although after a while I feel very aware of this, almost as though each toe has become splayed out into its own special compartment. This is apparently to give you extra grip and control. I’m not particularly keen on this feeling when I’m running but I’m willing to keep persevering in the vain hope that I’ll become accustomed to this.
Choose your shoes to suit the terrain you run on!
My main problem with the #Evos is where I am choosing to run in them, rather than their construction per se. These shoes feel fab when I’m running on dry, flat road, but I naïvely joined the super UK Mizuno testing team without really appreciating how much of my running is off-road. So really I’m using the wrong shoes for my type of running. As soon as the road surface becomes wet, the shoes feel less grippy, and as soon as I’m off into the fields and woods, which I’m afraid to say is the majority of the time, I’m sliding all over the place. Perhaps if the off-road were a nice dry, South of France or Lanzarote type terrain then they would be OK. I, however, have been testing these shoes in the rainy month of February in Bristol (mud-city) and the Devon coastal path (rocky, muddy and boggy).
Having said that, the weather is clearing up now, I’m running the Tunbridge Wells Half on Sunday in the #Levitas, the forecast is good so hopefully the running surface will be dry!
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