These are the bounciest shoes I’ve tested in a long time. I was landing right on the thickest part of the foamy, bouncy goodness. I felt really smooth as I bounced along my 5-mile progression run. The miles gradually got faster and I didn’t really feel like I was putting too much effort in, until the end. I was able to finish faster than I had anticipated.
As I mentioned, most of the midsole cushioning is concentrated under the midfoot because of the shoe’s shape. The “foamy, bouncy goodness” I described is actually three layers of midsole material. First, closest to the ground, is a layer of Mizuno Energy Lite foam. It’s a lighter version of their Enerzy foam, an EVA-based compound used in their daily trainers like the bestselling Wave Rider.
On top of the Enerzy Lite foam is a carbon-infused nylon plate. As I mentioned earlier, Mizuno has been putting plates in their shoes since before it was cool, and this plate is a snappier version of their proprietary Wave Plate thanks to the addition of carbon-fiber material.
The plate is topped off with a layer of Enerzy Lite Plus foam, which Mizuno claims offers 15 percent more energy return than the Enerzy Lite on the bottom layer.
These three layers combine to create a springy, energetic ride that will have you bouncing off the pavement–as long as you’re not a heel striker.