Update: Wave Creation 18
Arch support
Daily running
M: 343g | W: 289g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 25mm | W: 25mm
Forefoot height
M: 13mm | W: 13mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


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 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.

World wide, Wave Creation 17 is in the bottom 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Mizuno, is the 8th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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88 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 89
    GregLevel 1 expert
    by Spokey8
    I'd recommend them. I have no issues with them and [I] look forward to a lot of use.
  • 86
    StephanieLevel 1 expert
    by Sport Seasons
    After running in the Mizuno Wave Creation twice, I was sold.
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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Continuing the use of the Infinity Wave for plenty of cushion, along with a fast and efficient heel-to-toe transition, this premium trainer is built for long-distance training on the roads.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    It's made with breathable mesh and synthetic upper materials, and comes with a lace-up closure for a secure fit.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    The newest version of the Creation utilizes the previous generation's cushioned platform, while receiving some notable changes in the upper.
  • Sean 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.
  • Zach Gray Mizuno Brand
    The Wave Creation 17 is for the runner seeking the benefits of a maximum cushioned shoe, but wanting a different running experience.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These high-mileage trainers are built for the neutral to underpronator who requires enhanced cushioning.
  • Rachel Road Runner Sports
    You'll feel like you're riding a wave with how smooth your stride is.
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Updates to Wave Creation 17

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.

Wave Creation 17 size and fit

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.

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.


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