Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris Review


Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate,

The dinosaur stampede in the most recent version of King Cong; what’s so terrifying isn’t the lumbering big dinos, it’s the smaller FASTER, MORE VICIOUS little guys who show up around the 1:40 second mark of the video:

Those are Eudibamus Cursoris, I think. Some dinosaur nerd will likely correct me. But it looks like this, right?


Why am I telling you about Dinosaurs in a shoe review? That’s where this minimalist zero ramp shoe offering from Mizuno gets its name. That small, but efficient and most importantly, fast, dinosaur.

I had a chance to try the shoe out recently.

Here’s how Mizunousa.com describes the shoe:

Product Features

    • Named after one of the oldest known bipedal creatures, the Eudibamus Cursoris.
    • Designed to provide a more stable platform and cushioning for someone transforming to a midfoot strike.
    • ZERO RAMP offset between the heel and forefoot provides a natural plane tailored to a midfoot strike.
    • WAVE TECHNOLOGY in the forefoot for maximum protection, comfort and a smooth ride.
    • Flat-bottomed forefoot design coupled with a wider platform provides stability and assurance from foot strike to toe-off.
    • 12mm/12mm heel-forefoot design offers a more protective ride.

The first thing that struck me about the shoe was it’s weight. The Evo Cursoris comes in at around 7.5 ounces. That’s light. And light means fast. Part of what makes the shoe so light is the mesh construction of the uppers. You can see right though the shoe.

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The Wave Evo Cursoris is built on a unique platform with far more traction in the mid and forefoot than in the heel. This is another advancement in forefoot landing technology.

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The Zero Ramp feature of the shoe describes the amount of “ramp” or “slope” from the heel to the toe. Normal running shoes are built with a higher heel than toe. Minimalist shoes like the Evo Cursoris eliminate the ramp to create a more natural running form. The heel:

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My recommendation is to start with very low mileage in this shoe if you’re just getting started with zero ramp / drop running form. I generally advise people to start with 5 minutes in this type of shoe, then change into your normal shoe. Ease into the distance little by little. You’ll feel your calves and supporting/neglected muscles starting to strengthen. But take care to take it slow. Low miles. Work your way up. It’s worth being patient once you’ve made the transition.

The Wave Evo Cursoris is also constructed with a wide toe box to allow for forefoot spread – meaning it allows your toes to spread out as your foot lands – a more natural feeling than having your toes crammed into a narrow shoe. Be advised though, the wide construction and supple material in the upper requires some finesse to create a snug fit.

Final verdict: I’m a big fan of this shoe. It’s super light. And fast – like those terrifying little dinosaurs in the stampede. That’s me! The scary fast little guy blowing through the field on the way to the finish line.

I love you,

– Daddy

For more on this shoe visit Mizuno’s site HERE

* I was given this shoe for purposes of this review; however, my opinions are my own and I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.