Who should buy the Wave Creation 20

The Wave Creation 20 from Mizuno is a responsive, well-cushioned running shoe that is made to go the distance. This shoe is ideal for you if:

  • You want a road shoe that is built for neutral pronators or supinators
  • You are looking for a cushioned running shoe that can support moderate to high arches

Mizuno Wave Creation 20 socklienr

Updates to the Mizuno Wave Creation 20

  • While the primary cushioning foam is comprised of the U4ic foam, the back part is fitted with an Infinity Wave Plate and a Pebax® plate, giving copious amounts of in-shoe steadiness and shock-attenuation.
  • The upper unit of this neutral running shoe is made up of a breathable mesh and multiple layers of stitched overlays.
  • Thin prints and stretchy fabric reinforce some sections, giving a snug yet form-welcoming coverage.

Mizuno Wave Creation 20 wave creation

The X10's high abrasion resistance

The outsole unit of the Mizuno Wave Creation 20 is made out of X10, a rubber compound that is touted to be highly resistant to abrasion. This layer generously covers the contact points, ensuring that the midsole is preserved. It is also responsible for doling out grip over the surfaces.

Mizuno Wave Creation 20 x10

Flex grooves in the forefoot area allow the sole unit to bend in conjunction with the foot as it moves through the gait cycle. The toe-off phase dramatically benefits from this configuration as it is the part that involves the most joint bending.

Mizuno Wave Creation 20 flex grooves

Smooth and soft platform from U4ic

U4ic is a full-length foam that serves as the primary underfoot support unit of the Mizuno Wave Creation 20. It is also the one that’s tasked with embodying a soft and smooth underfoot experience for the wearer.

Mizuno Wave Creation 20 midsole

The Infinity Wave Plate is a two-layer thermoplastic add-on that takes the shape of the mathematical infinity symbol. The purpose of these add-ons is to bolster the heel support system while also attenuating impact shock and preventing underfoot wobbling.

Mizuno Wave Creation 20 infinity

The Pebax® Plate is another curved layer placed in the heel section. It reinforces the Wave unit and the foam above it, adding more oomph to the entire package.

The Mizuno Intercool is a midsole ventilation system that allows air to flow through the foot-chamber from below. It’s a helpful feature that maintains a cool and dry environment.

Seamless and breathable coverage

Breathable mesh is used for the upper unit of the Mizuno Wave Creation 20. This textile has seamless construction and a form-accommodating design that welcomes the natural shape of the foot. Its set of ventilation pores accommodate airflow.

Mizuno Wave Creation 20 mesh

Stitched-on overlays pockmark the sides and the heel of this shoe. The purpose of these extra layers is to help in providing a snug and secure fit. They also heighten the visual aspect through angular designs.

Mizuno Wave Creation 20 overlays

The DynamotionFit technology involves thin, printed overlays and stretchy mesh. These elements are found near the forefoot and the instep, and they’re meant to provide targeted support that focuses on permitting the bending and swelling capacity of the foot. Though these natural phenomena occur as the person runs, the snugness of the coverage isn’t diminished because of the presence of the DynamotionFit.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 397g / Women 312g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Mizuno Wave Creation 21
Collection: Mizuno Wave, Mizuno Wave Creation
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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