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Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$160
Weight
Men: 12oz
Women: 9.6oz
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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 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The comfort is plush in the Creation 16, according to most runners.
  • Several runners loved its smooth transitions.
  • Some reviews loved the luxurious feel of the insole.
  • The two-piece mesh offers excellent breathability and structure.
  • A handful of users marvelled at the durability of the outsole.
  • A small number of runners mentioned that it runs lighter than its weight.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The 16th version of the Mizuno Creation is expensive.
  • It is too stiff for many.
  • A few noted that it has a noisy sound when used.
  • Traction dips a bit when used in wet conditions, noted quite a number of users.
  • Runs a bit larger.

Bottom line

Already on its 16th iteration, Mizuno maintained the well-cushioned nature of the Wave Creation, albeit a bit firm in this version. Runners who are looking for an extremely durable trainer with good arch support and smooth transitions will find a very good option in this shoe.


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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 290 ratings

5 star
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4 star
16%
3 star
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2 star
4%
1 star
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Expert Reviews

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61 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 77 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Internal seams irritate when worn barefoot.

  • 40 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Thomas Caughlan • 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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Updates to Mizuno Wave Creation 16

  • 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.

Mizuno Wave Creation 16 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.