Mizuno Wave Elixir 7
Mizunousa.com | 9.3 oz | $120
Fit | Snug from the heel through the arch/mid-foot area, the Elixir 7 has a fairly roomy toe box, at least compared to most traditionally designed road shoes. This updated Elixir has slightly less interior volume, and the lacing system cinches the extra-wide tongue.
Feel | For a high-mileage trainer, this shoe is exquisitely light, something our testers marveled about in unison. Most thought it created a great foot-to-shoe connection, which was aided in part by the integrated lightweight upper and lacing system, and the deep, secure heel cup. The step-in feel is supple and comfortable, but not mushy or overly plush.
Ride | One tester summed up the shoe’s ride: “The lightweight feeling of this shoe makes it feel as if I’m running faster.” It can be run with a mid-foot gait for fast-paced runs, but it can also be a slow cruiser when your stride relies on easy heel-toe mechanics. One tester said, “I would highly recommend this shoe as an everyday trainer.”