Mizuno Wave EVO Levitas Shoes Review for Forefoot Running
Hi everyone it’s Bretta Riches from RunForefoot.com and today i’m going to be reviewing a minimalist shoe for forefoot running from Mizuno. I’m going to be reviewing the Mizuno EVO Levitas which is Mizuno’s barefoot marathon shoe, so the evo levitas are built well for long-distance running. It’s good to see Mizuno is hard at work to get more on board with the minimalist running movement. If you like the Mizuno Wave Universe series or if you like the Brooks Pure Drift, you will love the Mizuno Wave EVO Levitas and because of the outsole thinness the EVO Levitas streamlines sensory input at the feet which plays a central role in helping you build better forefoot running biomechanics, so if you are a heel strike runner who wants to switch to forefoot running, but doesn’t want to go barefoot, the Mizuno EVO Levitas lets you harness sensory input to use it as a strategic task to help you turn your heel strike into a forefoot strike landing, that is the principle behind Mizuno’s focus in designing the EVO Levitas because the 0- drop design of the shoe and the minimalistic nature of the shoe is really tailored and customized for forefoot runners. Let’s start with the outsole: the outsole is very dynamic, it’s thin, it’s about 8-mm thin and provides a slight smooth cushion feel. The outsole isn’t too thick where you can’t feel anything under your feet, the outsole is still thin enough to add good sensory dimensions at the feet which will improve your global mechanical engagement and the outsole is very contour-fitting, so collectively these traits reflect the barefoot experience, thereby helping you maintain good for forefoot strike landing focus when you run at the same time provides good durability for running longer distances like running in the marathon, but the added durability of the outsole of the mizuno EVO Levitas makes it slightly less flexible than many Vibram, or Vivobarefoot running shoes but still the EVO Levitas are much more flexible than any traditional running shoe. Flexibility is key because it is the leader when it comes to strengthening the feet. Most of the underfoot protection in the EVO Levitas is at the forefoot, adding more responsiveness to your step, making you feel more springing, which is always a good feeling. In terms of durability-feel, the Mizuno EVO Levitas are a more barefoot-like substitute for the new balance minimus. I must caution however that the outsole of the mizuno EVO Levitas are not the most grippy, so these shoes perform better in drier conditions on the road or smoother surfaces. As for the upper, the upper is very breathable and very porous. There’s practically no structure to the upper of the shoe which makes the shoe feel like you are just wearing a sock and this is why the shoe is so light-feeling because of the wide pores integrated into the mesh framework. However, due to the porous mesh upper EVO Levitas are certainly not the most water resistance. They don’t keep your feet dry in the rain or in damp weather conditions, so again these shoes will help you perform better in dryer, warmer conditions, but the perforations in the upper mesh reduces the weight of the shoe which is a bonus. The lightness factor will definitely make you feel faster and buoyant. The shoe weighs about 6 ounces. As for the toe-box, the toe box of the EVO Levitas are squarish which gives you tons of room for your toes to spread when you run which is a great advance, giving you more balanced security. If you have wide feet, the EVO Levitas are right up your alley because of its large toe box, that’s worth a lot because it really provides what a lot of runners are seeking which is better balance control and ankle stability. overall, 0-drop construction of the shoe will definitely strength your capacity to run forefooted by helping you forge better connections with the ground, making the connection with the ground more real, but there is a lot more the shoe does. The wide toe-box, lack of structure, the overall lightness and the sock-like fit of the EVO Levitas, helps bring promising developments in your foot/ankle strength, and with that, comes stronger arches which will help unleash and store more elastic energy, more easily than in the traditional running shoe. The EVO Levitas minimalistic design results in an environment that is conducive for sustaining adequate efficient forefoot strike running mechanics that will give you more demand reduction on your knees and on your hips and on your lower back. For more information on forefoot running vs heel strike running, please visit my blog RunForefoot.com and subscribe to my youtube channel to stay updated on my reviews and recommendations on barefoot-inspired footwear for forefoot running. Thanks so much for listening and watching. Have fun out there on the roads & trails. Bye for now!