Mizuno has another hit on its hands with the light, everyday Maverick. Its a little more basic than the awesome £70 Wave Rider
, but its nevertheless built for smoothness, stability and performance. The key to its success apart from a super fit and a good feel for the ground is a new variation on the rippled plastic Wave plate that sits sandwiched into the midsole of Mizunos shoes for cushioning and stability. The Mavericks Wave is rubberised on the lateral (outer) side for a soft heel-strike, and plastic on the medial (inner) side for stability and because the two sides are interwoven, the running motion stays smooth and natural.
While some weartesters liked the Maverick for speedwork and even racing, most runners will simply find it a perky, effortless shoe for all but perhaps the longest training runs. One weartester who runs in the Asics 2000 series and the Saucony GRID Omni
wrote, Even if I werent testing the Maverick, I would still reach for them before the others. You dont need much more recommendation than that.
The Maverick isnt a miracle shoe it has a basic, sub-£70 feel but weartesters had nothing but praise for it. Its about as light as an everyday shoe can get without sacrificing cushioning and stability.
Try it if you liked Adidas Supernova (£70)
; Nike Air Span Triax (£65)
; Asics DS Trainer (£80)