Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$160
Weight
M: 315g | W: 295g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 31mm | W: 31mm
Forefoot height
M: 19mm | W: 19mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • The testers of the Mizuno Wave Creation 18 celebrated that it was able to give an adequate fit.

  • A lot of runners felt that this shoe was very comfortable for their feet.

  • The breathability of the upper unit gained positive remarks from those who have tried it.

  • Reviewers generally thought that this running shoe was visually appealing.

  • A runner commented that the durability of this running shoe was dependable.

  • Some runners were able to wear this shoe for their everyday activities and they wrote that they didn’t feel any discrepancy throughout.

  • A tester stated that the Wave Creation 18 was versatile enough to function well on a variety of active pursuits, such as running, training and exercising.

  • Several purchasers commended the supportive mid-foot section of the platform, which cradled their arch well.

The bad

  • Some runners noted that this running shoe was heavy.

  • The underfoot cushioning felt stiff for a couple of reviewers, and they wrote that they experienced some discomfort because of it.

  • A number of testers wrote that it had an expensive price.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Creation 18 was able to produce sure performance and deliver quality service to neutral runners who needed a reliable running companion for their active lifestyles. Some of them even commended its versatility because they were able to use it for many kinds of activities on the roads. On the other hand, there were those who weren’t satisfied with it, particularly frowning upon its apparently unresponsive underfoot cushioning system.



World wide, Wave Creation 18 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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56 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 90
    Takbo.phLevel 1 expert
    by Takbo.ph
    Mizuno Wave Creation 18 is Mizuno’s premium cushioned shoe that is built for runners who will take them on a high mileage run. These are great shoes when you train for your marathons and ultramarathons. Its Infinity Wave in the heel and U4ic midsole will provide that smooth and incredible ride.
  • 50
    Michael Mason-D'CrozLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Mizuno Wave Creation 18 is a high mileage trainer that will take a pounding. However, it performs poorly on long runs.
  • 50
    Michael Mason-D'CrozLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Mizuno Wave Creation 18 is a high mileage trainer that will take a pounding. However, it performs poorly on long runs.
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Updates to Wave Creation 18

The 18th version of the Mizuno Wave Creation gives off a durable look that stems from its robust construction. Stitched-on sections look secure and long-lasting; its fabrics don’t tear apart easily; and its ergonomic design keeps it from causing any discomfort to the wearer. High quality materials are used here, so it’s sure to last a long time.

The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a double-layer mesh material that’s meant to heighten its durable nature. An open construction makes sure to allow environmental air to enter the foot-chamber in order to keep the runner well-ventilated. Stitched-on overlays provide structure and an aesthetic flair to the façade. A stretchable material in the forefoot and collar makes the cover system more adherent to the natural movements of the foot.

The Mizuno Wave Creation 18’s mid-sole unit uses proprietary technologies and systems that work together in order to absorb impact shock, cushion the foot, and keep the performance as natural & easy as possible. The platform is even made to assume a rocking-chair-like form during the heel-to-toe motions to help achieve a more natural stride.

Covering the heel and forefoot sections of the external sole unit is a high quality rubber compound that’s sure to protect the rest of the mid-sole from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It is also able to deliver sure surface traction. Flex grooves in the forefoot area permit natural biomechanics when tackling the toe-off phase.

Wave Creation 18 size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Creation 18 uses standard measurements in its sizing scheme. Men and women are able to get the correct fit when they try out this model. The available width is medium for both genders. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural shape of the human foot.

Outsole

The X10 is a durable carbon rubber material that’s placed in the heel and forefoot sections of the outsole. It is able to resist abrasion and wear. It also delivers surface traction, which is important when running on the asphalt.

Flex grooves in the forefoot section of the Creation 18 ensure that the toe-off is given a boost in performance. The platform becomes flexible. They’re helpful because the joints of the toes bend during that phase of the gait cycle.

Midsole

An elastic material shaped like a figure-eight adds additional cushioning during the heel striking phase. Called the Infinity Wave, it returns energy to the foot of the wearer when they land their feet on the ground as a means to prepare them for an energized toe-off.

The U4ic is a lightweight mid-sole material that is able to absorb shock, deliver a smooth ride, and maintain the robust structure of the platform.

The Smooth Ride design of the Creation 18 uses a network of grooves that assist the foot in achieving a smoother transition through the gait cycle. A rocking chair shape and motion is mimicked by the platform as the runner lands the heel on the ground, transitions to the mid-foot, and gears toward the toe-off.

Torsional rigidity between the rear of the foot and the front is given by the Extended Wave Plate.

The Mizuno Wave Creation 18’s Intercool Ventilation System permits air into the platform in order to prevent that stifling feeling when wearing the shoe for a long time. It keeps the underfoot cool and dry at all times.

Antimicrobial and anti-moisture support are afforded by the Ortholite Sock Liner, which also adds a bit more cushioning immediately to the underfoot.

Upper

The Double Layer Open Mesh makes up most of the cover system of the Mizuno Wave Creation 18. It is breathable, so it allows air to circulate in and through the foot-chamber.

The medial and lateral sides of the upper benefit from synthetic overlays. They provide structure to the shoe, while also giving it an appealing look. They even help in providing a snug and secure fit.

The Dynamotion Fit features a stretchy material in the collar and forefoot. The material causes the upper to follow the movements of the foot without sacrificing durability. Essentially, it doesn’t make the coverage feel stiff or restrictive.


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