I'm still on the quest for a new pair of zero drop, slightly cushioned road shoes. So far with no luck:Brooks Pure Drift
: ditched for discomfort when worn without insoles; with insoles it's not zero drop anymoreMerrell Bare Access 2
: ditched for pronounced rigid structure below the arch. Furthermore, not a secure fit around the heel which is partly due to the arch structure.
Now I'm throwing in a pair of Mizuno's Evo Cursoris
: snug fit around the toes without being restrictive. This reminds me very much of my pair of K-Swiss Blade Foot Run (zero drop). Sweet! Unfortunately the lower leather part where the laces are secured feels slightly restrictive. Even when laces are kept very loose. This is no shoe for high volume feet.Outsole/Midsole
: not very flexible. Actually quite rigid. For me this creates a problem. The shoe is completely flat without any toe spring. As a forefoot runner my toes shoe upward when the foot strikes ground. Simply take a look at those pictures here to see what I mean: http://barefootrunning.fas.harvard.edu/3RunningBeforeTheModernShoe.html
Since the Mizunos are quite rigid I have to work against the uppers. Even though the uppers are very flexible they do not make up for the missing toe spring and inflexible mid/outsole. It feels uncomfortable. The K-Swiss Blade Foot Run makes a better job here.Outsole
: Laterally two black rubber pods can be found. However, these are positioned quite centrally. Looking at the wear of my shoes I would need a third pod in front of the two. There is a pod but only one made of this soft midsole material (?). Not many forefoot runners must have wear tested this shoe. Mizuno should have looked at New Balance for durable rubber placement.
Given the steep price tag here in Europe (€ 120 = $ 160) I can't justify to keep these shoes. And with their organge colour my wife would notice immediately that there is a new pair of running shoes in the house. Can't take that risk for a shoe that does not fit 100%.