Who should buy the Wave Creation 18

The Mizuno Wave Creation 18 produces high-level performance to neutral runners with active lifestyles. This shoe is recommended for you if:

  • You want a road running shoe that is able to support your moderate to high arch.
  • You prefer a cushioned running shoe that is equipped for long-distance runs.

Mizuno Wave Creation 18 creation 18 print

Updates to the Mizuno Wave Creation 18

  • Stitched upper construction with an ergonomic design for durability and comfort
  • Shock-absorbent midsole encourages natural movements 
  • High-quality rubber in the outsole for maximum protection and surface traction

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Flexibility and traction from the X10

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. This outsole material has been used in other Mizuno shoes and in the latest Mizuno Creation 20

Mizuno Wave Creation 18 x10 outsole heel

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.

Mizuno Wave Creation 18 flex grooves

A midsole packed with benefits

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.

Mizuno Wave Creation 18 infinity wave

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

Mizuno Wave Creation 18 u4ic

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 midfoot, and gears toward the toe-off.

Mizuno Wave Creation 18 SmoothRide

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.

Durable coverage of the Wave Creation 18

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.

Mizuno Wave Creation 18 double layer mesh

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.

Mizuno Wave Creation 18 overlays

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.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 315g / Women 295g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Mizuno Wave Creation 21
Forefoot height: 19mm
Heel height: 31mm

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