The Cursoris (I don’t have time to write out their full name, ok?) has fantastic flex, and a nicely cushioned 18mm sole that has no drop between the forefoot and heel. The lacing has a slight bias so that it follows the movement patterns of the metatarsals rather than cutting across them. Another good design move. The shoe came in a couple of bad colors (green and blue or orange and black), and has this weird lizard/leopard/flower pattern on a few parts. They discontinued these colors and moved to a white, black and blue scheme that’s really nice looking. I have the Halloween editions, and basically don’t mind if my running shoes are majorly fugly because that only adds to the power with which I shout out that I am a runner (silently shout, that is).
Another thing to note about them is that they run larger. I used the awesome Shoefitr system on Running Warehouse’s site to find my size since I couldn’t find a local shop that had them to know what size I needed. I put in my Gazelles in size 10 as the comparison point, as they fit me perfectly. Shoefitr said I needed 9.5s. They were spot on for fit. I’ve never worn other Mizunos, so I can’t say if they all run large or if it’s just the Cursoris, but you should either try them on or use Shoefitr. I’ve found Shoefitr to be a total life saver when ordering shoes online or even buying locally with a try-on as new shoes don’t always fit the same after a little break in (I should have listened to Shoefitr when I bought the Kinvaras – it said go with a 10, but I felt the 10.5s fit better…after about 5 miles, I realized that was a mistake, but I couldn’t return them).
I ran my fastest mile ever at about 6’50” the first time I ran with them. Then, on a 9-miler, I had to cut across a busy street really quickly about 3 miles into the run. I had been doing maybe 8’15” pacing so far with the Cursoriseseseses (not sure what the plural is, but it probably isn’t that – maybe Cursorii like Toyota Prii) proving good traction, flexibility, fit and cushioning without being obvious or obtrusive in any way. When I called on my legs to sprint across the street (probably a 50 yard sprint – nothing major), the shoes felt like something different than they had been. They gripped even better without being overly grippy (I can’t describe too well – they just give immense confidence without feeling too tacky), lightened up, flexed more, and the cushioning just seemed to know what I needed of it. They also disappeared even more on my feet at the same time. Yes, they’re magic, if that’s what you were wondering.
The funny thing about them is how they feel when standing or walking. That is to say, not great. The sole is fine, and the shoe is light and airy, but there is a feeling of some sort of constricting seam or band over my forefoot (a little behind the toes, yet forward of where the laces end and the material changes, which is where I would expect to feel it). I was concerned about this for my first run, but as soon as I took off, they felt 100% invisible. I’ve heard people talk about shoes disappearing under foot, but figured that was a BS marketing line or something. I now know what that feels like.
I have three pairs of Gazelles that are almost unusable after 40 miles due to the upper stretching out too much, so I’m not at all unhappy with how the Cursoris is holding up. I’m sure I’ll be able to get somewhere between 150 and 200 miles on them. For the $60ish I paid for them on close out, I’d say that’s a damn good value.
To buy or not to buy?
OK, not really enough said. I really do love running in these shoes. I’m side-lined with tendonitis in my left big toe right now (not from these – it started before I bought them, and is possible because I was trying to forefoot strike in my Saucony Kinvara’s, which just aren’t flexible enough for my stride), so I’m really antsy to get back out on them.
I am bummed that I didn’t order 2 pairs when I got them as they’re now out of my size in the orange and black ones, and I don’t like the green and blue, and don’t want to pay full price for the white and black (which look really sharp). If I am going to still run the half marathon I have planned for October, I’ll need a new pair. I’ll probably go for the white and black to give me a little amping up for the race. Maybe some good coupons will come out by early October or maybe Mizuno or Running Warehouse will just the coolest companies and throw me a pair out of the goodness of their hearts. Yeah, probably the former, though they’re both cool companies.
The Cursoris is literally the best shoe I’ve ever run in. Find something that you truly enjoying running in. It’s out there. The Cursoris may just be that shoe for you, too. It will help you enlighten.your.body.