Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A majority of runners applauded the durable and comfortable construction of the Wave Creation 17.
  • Based on the some reviews, the 17th version of the Wave Creation offers plenty of cushioning.
  • It features the Mizuno’s U4ic technology for durability and superior ride, according to a few testers.
  • It uses the X10 carbon rubber for added durability in high wear areas.
  • The Mizuno Intercool midsole offers full-length ventilation for breathability and comfort.
  • Available in several color options.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A moderately high-priced shoe.
  • Some runners felt that this shoe is a bit heavy.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Creation 17 offers an impressive update as far as cushioning, durability and support are concerned. This road running shoe is reliable for high mileage runs and great for everyday running. A few negative comments geared towards the price and weight, but overall, the shoe is really a wise buy.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe

Expert Reviews

89 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 | Spokey8 | | Level 1 expert

    I'd recommend them. I have no issues with them and [I] look forward to a lot of use.

  • 86 / 100 | Sport Seasons | | Level 1 expert

    After running in the Mizuno Wave Creation twice, I was sold.

  • First look | Road Runner Sports |

    You'll feel like you're riding a wave with how smooth your stride is.

  • First look | Road Runner Sports |

    The newly designed upper is so comfortable, it's gonna make you forget you're wearing a shoe, and its Wave construction is gonna add that extra pep in your step.

  • First look | Mizuno Brand |

    The Wave Creation 17 is for the runner seeking the benefits of a maximum cushioned shoe, but wanting a different running experience.

  • First look | Jadson

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  • The 17th version of the Wave Creation from Mizuno features a more contemporary design that’s sure to catch the attention of many. Reflectivity is heightened that it brings a slightly shinier look to the upper material. The color schemes that are available for this model are uniformly appealing to the eyes. This shoe is a visual treat.
  • The upper unit has a more open construction that greatly overwhelmed its predecessor. It highly maintains a breathable nature, keeping the inner environment well-ventilated for the foot to rest comfortably without encountering stifling heat.
  • The mid-sole unit work to provide reliable underfoot comfort and protection. It has components that deliver shock attenuation, support, responsive performance, and durability that can stand the test of time. Cushioning is a luxury that the runner The fabrics of the upper feature a technology that hugs the foot securely while also moving in tandem with it. They do not limit the natural movement of the foot, yet they protect it with a durable and robust quality. deserves with the Creation 17.
  • The outsole rubber delivers sure protection from wear and abrasion. It doesn’t peel off easily, so the sole unit remains strong and robust, even after multiple uses.

The Mizuno Wave Creation 17 is true to its size. It is available in sizes that conform to the regular measurements when it comes to length. The semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot, so runners can acclimate well to it when wearing it. It has a medium width when it comes to its heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections.


The X10™ is a carbon rubber material that runs through the heel and the toe of this running shoe. It is a highly durable compound that resists wear and abrasion as it protects the impact-areas of the sole unit. It also provides reliable traction for better surface control.

The SmoothRide™ Engineering is a design that promotes a rocking chair-like motion when traveling through the gait cycle. Flex Grooves and Flex Controllers work in tandem to provide flexibility during toe off, as well as a solid platform on which to perform the toe-off phase.


The U4ic is a proprietary mid-sole material that gives the runner responsible cushioning, shock attenuation, and durable protection against ground impact. It’s 30% lighter in weight than most mid-sole materials, but it is able to deliver solid and dependable service at all times. This midsole technology has been used in some Mizuno running shoes and in the latest Mizuno Wave Creation 20

The Mizuno Infinity Wave® is placed in the heel area. This cushioning technology actively redirects the impact forces when landing the foot on the ground. It centers the foot while also giving cushioning. It doesn’t have a substantial weight, but it also doesn’t easily break down, so its efficacy can be appreciated even after multiple uses.

The Mizuno Intercool is a mid-sole ventilation design that gets rid of heat and the buildup of humidity. It keeps the platform free from moisture or sweat.


The upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Creation 17 makes use of the AIRmesh, which is a breathable and comfortable material that covers the foot responsibly at all times. It has a more open construction, so air is constantly introduced into it in order to keep the foot cool and dry.

The Dynamotion Fit is an upper design that allows the fabrics and materials to move naturally with the foot as it twists, bends and turns. The material is able to stretch and contract in response to the natural movement of the foot. It also prevents blisters by staying in a consistent shape that conforms to the skin.

The fabric lining is soft, therefore making this shoe very comfortable, even when wearing it without socks. A plush tongue and collar secure the foot and keeping it locked in. They do not rub uncomfortably against the skin.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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