Lightweight Stability: The Mizuno Wave Elixir 8
For everyday training, I love this shoe. It has just the right amount of support and cushioning. The changes between the Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 & the Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 are minimal. They refined the upper for a better fit and lost some of the overlays, which also helps the fit.
Honestly, Mizuno did a great job with the Elixir 7. They were smart to leave all the good elements—lightweight & responsive—and just focus on improving the fit. The consensus seems to be a great amount of support in a lightweight shoe.
The biggest change is the look. These shoes feel a bit 1980s but that is the trend. What do you think?
Take a look at the Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 for men and the Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 for women.
Check out the Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 in Competitor magazine.
Best Value: Karhu Flow3 Trainer
This shoe is high-performance, minimalist shoe.
Lightweight and flexible yet still durable. This shoe is comfortable. It feels like a slipper.
The Karhu is known for its fulcrum. This is a wedge of dense foam in the midfoot, meant to help your midfoot strike by encouraging the transition to the toe-off. It pushes your foot forward and is smooth. This is good for minimalist runners or for those who want to try minimal running.
Take a look at the bright colors of the Karhu Flow 3 Trainer for men.
Now, here's the Karhu Flow 3 Trainer for women in more subtle colors.
Karhu Flow3 Trainer in Competitor magazine.