Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas

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Mizuno’s latest offering, the Levitas, derives its name from the Latin word for “light.” Designed with this idea in mind, it gives you a superb lightweight experience that would prove to be crucial for a competitive runner who’s looking to race. It’s got a narrower forefoot platform, which means that it’s lighter and faster than any of the EVO shoes that have come before it. It’s got a low profile, is low to the ground, and it comes in bold colors to help you stand out. It’s got midfoot strike Wave Technology to help ensure comfort, and its experience of being close to the ground will help ensure a smooth ride every time. Mizuno is a company that has been around for well over 100 hundred years, and they’ve built their company as one that consistently innovates and tries new things. The Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is no exception.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Very lightweight
  • Good ground feel
  • Minimalist running
  • Good distance runner
  • Sock-like fit
  • Durable
  • Very affordable
Cons
  • Large sizing
  • Needs more cushioning
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is considered to be one of Mizuno's barefoot marathon shoes, and as such it is built with a great deal of durability to let you run long distances on even the toughest of paved surfaces. A road runner that's got a great degree of ground feel, there's no stopping you from running marathons in the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas. The overall thinness of the outsole offers plenty of sensory input for your feet, and this will make for better running on your forefoot. Since the outsole is so thin, it is by extension very dynamic and flexible, giving you a contour that fits to the shape of your foot.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas utilizes a U4ic compound in order to give you plenty of comfort as you run. When you couple this with the AP+ midsole foam, you have a great deal of durability as well as cushioning.This U4ic is quite a bit lighter than what's normally used in midsoles, so it further helps to trim the fat on the shoe and allow you to get a better, more efficient gait cycle. The well-known Wave EVO that Mizuno tends to utilize is here as well, contributing to the cushioning that the shoe has to offer. It's located in the forefoot of the shoe, which means you're going to get some serious take offs.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is made in a way where you'll hardly even notice it, contributing to the ultra-minimalist nature of the shoe. With that being said, it's still quite comfortable and will allow the top of your foot to be well secured. It doesn't have a heel post and instead utilizes a mesh construction that's built in a unibody fashion. It's got a detached tongue as well as laces that lay flat, so this upper is just right for those who aren't concerned with an excessive amount of cushioning.
Weight
Weight

Weight

One of the biggest draws of the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is the absolutely incredible lightweight nature of the shoe. It weighs in at a paltry 6.4 oz. for the men's version and only 5.1 oz. for the women's version. The minimalism of this shoe really pays off, as this is simply one of the lightest running shoes out there at the moment. As such, this shoe is absolutely perfect for those who are looking to shave off every bit of weight they can in the hopes of improving their marathon time. This extends to casual runners as well, and everyone will notice a positive change.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

As you can imagine, the breathability on the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is simply incredible. It's to the point where you can actually see through the mesh upper and into the shoe itself. The mesh nature of it allows the shoe to be plenty breathable, making it so that your feet remain cool and dry as you run. With this breathability, however, comes its downsides. As you might imagine, an upper that can let in light from the outside world is also prone to letting in rain, so you might not want to take this shoe out in bad weather. With that being said, the breathability of the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is amazing.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is surprisingly comfortable for a shoe of its minimalistic nature. The upper is barely there, but what is there is comfortable and well-designed. The midsole, arguably the most important part of the shoe when it comes to comfort, uses advanced technology to increase the comfort level without simultaneously increasing the weight. Where this all suffers, however, is the amount of cushioning. Several reviewers noted that they wished the cushioning was a little better on this shoe. But when you consider just how lightweight the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas has been designed to be, it does make sense that the cushioning would leave a bit to be desired.
Style
Style

Style

This high-performing shoe likewise does well in the style department. The shoe just looks good, period. It's got a very minimalistic, low profile design that keeps it low to the ground, while also taking advantage of bombastic, loud colors. In this way, this running shoe can appeal to those who want a simple, minimalistic running shoe as well as those who appreciate a bold and noticeable shoe. Whatever your reasons for buying this shoe, the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas will guarantee that you'll be collecting plenty of stares and questions.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsole on the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas might be relatively thin, but that doesn't mean it suffers any when it comes to remaining durable. The shoe has been built for high performance, and this extends to the longest runs possible--marathons. Some shoes are better suited for short distance sprints, as they tend to give out in the long haul, but the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is not one of those shoes. It performs, and it stands the test of time, too. You can count on having this shoe for a while, as it won't just simply give out on you after a short period of time.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Just as the shoe's outsole provides surprising durability, so too does it offer a level of protection that you simply won't find in many other shoes. In fact, you can count on the shoe's outsole to perform at a high level of reliability, shielding your foot from the punishing ground below. This is especially helpful, as running on paved surfaces can put a lot of stress on your feet as well as even your knees and back. The outsole on the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas might be thin, but looks can definitely be deceiving.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The responsiveness of the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas relies primarily on the midsole. To this end, it utilizes U4ic technology to give you plenty of durability and cushioning without the added weight. It follows this up with AP+ midsole foam that provides a responsive ride while at the same time giving you enough cushioning to support your foot on a longer run. The Wave EVO completes the picture, giving you the kind of take off you need to succeed on each and every run. Take this shoe out to the next half marathon or marathon that you run and you'll immediately notice the difference.
Support
Support

Support

The support on the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas comes primarily from the upper and the midsole. Thanks to the proprietary technologies that we've touched on when it comes to both aspects of the shoe, you're going to get an experience where your foot is always supported for the run ahead. The shoe even has what some reviewers called a sock-like fit, making it that much more conducive to a successful run. It's hard to go wrong with the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas, whether that's in terms of the durability, the weight, or even the support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

As we've seen with quite a lot of the running shoes that we've reviewed in the past, the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is built exclusively to run on roads. As such, it incorporates elements of the outsole that are conducive to traction on roads without having to cater to the needs of a technical trail running shoe. This running shoe passes with flying colors when it comes to running on roads, but you should definitely avoid running while it's raining, as your feet are likely to get wet. And as any seasoned runner can tell you, having soggy feet during a run is one of the worst things that can happen to you.
Price
Price

Price

The Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is relatively affordable when you consider just how many advanced features it's packing underneath the hood. As of this writing, you can expect to pay anywhere between $85-$100 on a pair of these shoes when you shop with Amazon. Amazon usually has the best prices on running shoes, even better than running shoe online shops themselves, so you're best off going with them. When you consider the comfort, stability, durability, and lightweight nature of the shoe, the price point it's going for seems more than reasonable.
Traction
Traction

Traction

For a shoe with an outsole as thin as what the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas features, there's plenty of traction to be enjoyed with this shoe. This is especially useful when you consider that road running requires a great amount of traction in order to stick the road. The traction should be sufficient to keep you on the road even in a storm, but the relatively open nature of the breathable mesh upper suggests that you'd be better off avoiding running on a rainy day if you can help it. Being a road runner, the traction on the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is different than what you'd expect to find on a technical trail runner, but it does the job well.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

One of the downsides to having a thick and durable outsole is that the shoe's flexibility tends to suffer as a result. The Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas, however, gets the best of both worlds by being tough and durable while still remaining thin enough to ensure a flexible run. This is perfect for road running, as your foot will still get plenty of flexion even running on a hard paved surface. Flexibility isn't the only feature you should be looking out for, but it definitely does help.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The interesting thing about the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is that it's a very flexible shoe while still remaining flat and grounded enough to keep your feet nice and stable. This means that you can get a nice gait cycle going without having to worry about your stride being uneven. Mizuno seems to have you covered in just about every aspect of what makes for a good running shoe, and the stability on the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is no exception.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Simply put, you can't possibly get a better heel to toe drop than what the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas offers. That's because the heel to toe drop on both the men's and women's versions of the shoe is 0.0mm. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, considering how low to the ground and low profile the shoe is, but it nevertheless adds one more reason to the litany of reasons why the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is a great choice when it comes to buying a new running shoe.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Lightweight build
- Good ground feel
- Good minimalist runner
- Good for long distances
- Sock-like fit
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas is a comprehensive option for those runners who truly want to have it all. It's got a barely-there upper that provides cushioning while also allowing for unprecedented breathability, a midsole that conforms to the shape of the individual's foot, and a thin outsole that provides a high degree of durability while still remaining flexible and maintaining good traction. This minimalistic shoe is incredibly lightweight, and its attractive stylings would impress just about anyone. Offered at the affordable price point it's offered at, you can't get much better than the Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas.