Update: Mizuno Wave Creation 20
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Use: Jogging
Weight: Men: 12oz | Women: 9.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: Mizuno
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $160
Colorways: Blue, Grey, Purple
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61 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 77 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    Internal seams irritate when worn barefoot.

  • 40 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

    Rather than trying to cram as many new wave cushioning contours as possible into the heel section of the Creation, Mizuno may serve themselves best by returning to what has worked for them in the past; combining wave technology with responsive EVA foam that gives the shoe a softer feel.

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  • Mizuno made some significant changes in the midsole of the Creation 16. In this edition, the Infinity Wave Plate stretches from the heel to the midfoot, which creates a firmer ride. On top of this thermoplastic plate is the also firm U4ic midsole. Hence, the ride is noticeably firmer in this shoe than in the previous models.
  • A new two-piece upper is also utilized for better breathability. This upper also creates a snug midfoot and helps secure the foot every step of the way. The upper also sports new synthetic overlays for enhanced durability and lockdown feel. In this version, the Mizuno logo takes a huge part of the network of overlays.
  • The new insole is very plush right out of the box. Mizuno uses this to help compensate for the firmer ride of the Wave Creation 16.

The fit is tight in the heel and midfoot before it widens in the forefoot. Mizuno retains the fit of the previous version of this shoe. Runners with medium to slightly wide feet can get the most out of the fit and feel of this shoe. Sizing is where it differs as it is slightly larger compared to the previous model.

The outsole features X-10 carbon rubber in the heel and forefoot for improved grip. Mizuno uses a fairly prominent rubber pattern for enhanced traction. There is also that trademark exposed space in the midfoot where the Wave Plate can be found. This outsole configuration is also very similar to the new Creation 20 road running shoe.

The iconic thermoplastic plate called the Infinity Wave continues to be the main midsole technology in the shoe. It runs from the heel to the midfoot. This time around, a new foam in the U4iC, sits on top of the Infinity Wave. The combination of both technologies gives the Creation 16 a firmer ride. Because of this firm midsole, it also delivers a smooth transition as the heel does not compress as much.

A two-layered mesh for breathability and synthetic overlays occupy a good part of the upper. The tongue and the collar have decent cushioning, while a patch of reflective material can be found in the heel. Mizuno uses a plush insole for added cushioning and fit.