Mizuno Wave Creation 19 Reviewed

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The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 belongs to the Wave Creation series of running shoes and has 18 previous versions, as the name suggests. It is a road running shoe intended for long runs with high-quality materials, such as the high-density carbon rubber outsole, the Infinity Wave technology or the Smooth Ride gender-specific flex grooves.

The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is a lightweight, breathable, neutral running shoe, that provides a high level of cushioning and support to the wearer, as well as excellent traction and responsiveness. It comes in a variety of color schemes and can be worn casually as well as for working out and running. They are a very durable pair of running shoes and if you’re willing to pay a little extra, you will end up with top quality running shoes that will last you.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable and well cushioned
  • Breathable upper
  • Excellent traction
  • Intended for long runs
  • Great arch support
  • Stable road running shoe
  • Gender specific design
Cons
  • Some experienced blisters
  • Narrow toe box
  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t fit true to size
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Positive
  • These shoes are well worth the money. They Hold up great for a heavy runner.
  • Been a huge fan of Mizuno’s for a while, great shoe for long wear.
  • Great shoe for an extra push.
  • Extremely comfortable, also my favorite. I have 4 pairs. I’d recommend to anyone with flat feet and wear orthotics.
  • Long time fan of this great shoe. I love their styles and colors too.
  • Never had any issues with these shoes, I love them.
  • I hope they never stop making these shoes, I love them. Worth every cent!
  • Very forgiving on my bad knees, I was able to wear them straight out the box.
  • Very comfortable shoe, perfect for running. So well cushioned.
  • Love the conservative style. Great laces that don’t untangle which helps a lot during runs.
  • I have tried other brands and none feel like these. Great fit, I can run forever with these on.
  • Great running shoe for those who need maximum cushion and whose feet supinate.
  • I sized up a half size with these shoes and they provide great comfort during my runs.
  • I use to have terrible plantar fasciitis but I believe this shoe has healed me. Great supportive athletic shoe and very comfortable.
  • This is my go to athletic shoe for years, I’ve tried others but always come back to the Mizuno wave’s
  • These shoes are amazing, I did size up in these which helped give my feet room. I definitely would recommend.
  • I’m so glad I ordered these, great support for the overall foot. My foot doesn’t shift in these shoes, I scored big with these.
  • Been wearing these for years, I recommend going a half size up and you’ll love these.
  • Great shoe, provided tons of comfort without having to break in. Totally would recommend.
  • Love this shoe, straight out of the box was comfortable. Great quality, overall a good buy.
Negative
  • Some customers needed to size up a half size.
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Outsole

Outsole

Since the new Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is a cushioning running shoe, intended for running longer distances, the outsole is made of X10 high-density carbon rubber, a highly durable rubber material that will stand the test of time with minimum wear and tear. This type of rubber is also quite flexible and provides excellent traction for the runner throughout the gait cycle. Many customers praised the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 for its outstanding performance on longer runs.
Midsole

Midsole

Just from one glance at the new Mizuno Wave Creation 19, you can tell there is a lot going on when it comes to the midsole. It is made of a combination of EVA foam and Infinity Wave technology, which consists of elastic thermoplastic. This thermoplastic material is cleverly positioned into the midsole, stretching from the midfoot area to the heel region of the shoe. This combination of the EVA foam and Infinity Wave technology are responsible for the highly cushioned, springy ride this running shoe delivers. Many customers reported that this shoe was excellent in returning the energy to them, propelling them forward easily. On top of all that, the construction of the midsole is highly durable and offers excellent protection for the runner.
A step up from the U4ic, the U4icX is much lighter and stretches from the forefoot to the heel of the shoe, enhancing its flexibility and adding to the cushioned feeling this shoe provides. When talking about flexibility, Mizuno paid special attention to the specific needs both men and women have when it comes to running shoes. This is where the Smooth Ride comes in, a gender-specific sequence of flex grooves, which help in making the heel to toe transition as smooth as possible. Mizuno did not stop there and also included a more roomy base for the men’s version of the shoe, while women can enjoy the added flexibility with more flex grooves in their version.
Upper

Upper

The upper on the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is a mixture of a breathable mesh material and synthetic overlays located in the midfoot and heel portion of the shoe. The mesh allows the air to circulate freely inside the shoe and helps with temperature regulation so your feet won’t get too hot. While the mesh material of the upper provides breathability, the synthetic overlays play the role of support, keeping the feet secure in their position. Mizuno’s Dynamotion Fit enhances the shoe’s durability, making for a long lasting running shoe that will look brand new even after some heavy mileage.

Another important feature of this shoe is the removable Premium Anatomical sockliner, which further ensures that your feet will stay dry and cool with its moisture absorbing qualities and enhanced cushioning.

The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 uses a standard lacing system, which paired with the structured synthetic overlays helps by locking the feet down for a secure and snug fit. The collar and tongue of the Creation 19 are plush and comfortable, while providing the user with stability around the ankles. The inside lining of the shoe is made out of a soft material as well, contributing to the overall comfortable feeling.
Weight

Weight

The Wave Creation 19 lands on the heavier side of the scale for a neutral running shoe, with its 12.7 ounces. However, with the level of stability and cushioning this shoe comes with, customers were not put off by it, though they said it takes some time to get used to, especially if you’re used to the minimalistic feel some other brands have. The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 does take away from the swiftness of movement, but delivers when it comes to stability and cushioning. The inclusion of the U4icX in the midsole helped reduce the overall weight of the shoe and improve its performance.
Breathability

Breathability

With the synthetic overlays kept to a minimum, the mesh material of the upper offers excellent breathability throughout the shoe. In addition, the removable Premium Anatomical sockliner helps absorb the excess moisture, keeping the feet dry and cool even on longer runs.
Comfort

Comfort

The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 boasts major improvements from the previous models when it comes to comfort. Since this running shoe is designed to withstand long runs, it has to be comfortable for the wearer. Mizuno made sure of that by using soft, yet sturdy materials in the Creation 19. The midsole foam is softer than its predecessor’s but still supportive enough to give a smooth and cushioned ride. The upper’s soft mesh material is super breathable and helps keep the temperature inside the shoe optimal to prevent sweating. The removable Premium Anatomical sockliner has a dual function: enhanced cushioning and moisture absorbing, making this shoe extremely comfortable. The extra padding on the collar and tongue coupled with the soft lining inside the shoe are also there with the purpose of cushioning. However, some customers found that the plush interior caused painful blisters on the top of their feet, where the tongue hits. It is also advised to size up with this shoe, since the padding makes the inside of the shoe quite narrow.
Style

Style

When it comes to the design of the Mizuno Wave Creation 19, purpose and performance are a priority over looks. However, this is not an unattractive pair of running shoes by any means, it just might not be ideal as an everyday shoe. The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 comes in a wide variety of color schemes for both men and women to choose from.
Durability

Durability

Every element that went into creating the new Mizuno Wave Creation 19 was carefully chosen to enhance the durability of this long distance running shoe. Starting from the highly durable carbon rubber outsole, through the cushioning yet supportive midsole and all the way to the breathable mesh upper, that thanks to the synthetic overlays, helps keep the feet secure, al these elements contribute to the shoe’s longevity. Customers were pleasantly surprised by how well the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 held up, even after some heavy mileage. You can expect at least 300-400 miles in this running shoe.
Protection

Protection

Thanks to its highly cushioned and sturdy construction, the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is excellent at keeping your feet secure and protected while on the road. The elastic thermoplastic material that is implemented into the midsole, stretches from the midfoot to the heel of the shoe, returning energy to the wearer from every step and giving a bouncy feel. The upper is made of a breathable mesh material, now with fewer overlays than the previous models, that keeps your feet dry while still providing sufficient support for those longer runs. The extra padding in the tongue and collar of the shoe help keep the ankles in place to prevent injuries, while a removable Premium Anatomical sockliner adds additional cushioning and arch support for the wearer.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Infinity Wave technology, that the Mizuno Creation series is famous for, provides excellent responsiveness. Coupled with the new U4icX in the midsole, not only is this shoe highly responsive, but it is quite flexible as well, making for a smooth transition throughout your gait cycle.
Support

Support

The highly cushioned midsole of the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 and the elastic thermoplastic material found in the heel to midfoot region provide top notch support for the wearer, without taking away from the springy feeling this shoe delivers. The removable Premium Anatomical sockliner is not there only for added cushioning, it is also great for arch support. The upper’s construction is very breathable and thanks to the synthetic overlays, lacing system and padded tongue and collar, helps keep the feet locked into a secure position.
Terrain

Terrain

The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is essentially a road running shoe. However, customers reported that they held up pretty well on light trails as well. Some, on the other hand, used them in the gym, just working out or on treadmills, and were satisfied with the shoe’s performance. Others said that they were also a great everyday shoe.
Price

Price

The price tag on the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is somewhat of a thorn in the eye for some customers. Namely, those who experienced blisters and irritation in this shoe, reported regretting the splurge. However, die-hard Mizuno fans really appreciated all that this premium running shoe has to offer. For first time users, it might be a period of getting used to the shoe, but once you do, it is smooth sailing.
Traction

Traction

Thanks to the carbon rubber outsole, the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 has excellent traction without the need for additional rubber lugs on the outsole. It is great for long runs on smooth surfaces but some reported it held up on lighter trails as well as wet surfaces.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Despite the amount of cushioning this shoe packs, the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is also quite flexible. The Creation 19 incorporated flex grooves into its sole unit for enhanced flexibility and thanks to Mizuno’s Gender Engineering, they are specific to both genders’ needs and the women’s version features more flex grooves than the men’s.
Stability

Stability

Since the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is a neutral road running shoe, it will not offer sufficient stability for people with overpronation issues. However, underpronators will find this shoe stable enough for their needs. The Creation 19’s main stability element can be found in its midsole and it is the U4icX strobel board, that stretches along the whole length of the shoe. In addition to this, there is an elastic thermoplastic piece that goes from the heel to the midfoot region and offers additional support to the arch of the foot. The upper also boasts some stability features, mainly the synthetic overlays in combination with the lacing system and the padded collar/tongue give ample support to the ankles.
Drop

Drop

The new Mizuno Wave Creation 19 with its 12 mm drop has a higher drop than most other running shoes in this category. The majority of customers were satisfied with the higher drop, saying the heel to toe transition felt very smooth and comfortable. Those who are used to running shoes with a lower drop, the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 felt a little strange on the first couple of uses until they got used to it. However, you have to have in mind that the higher drop can induce some knee injury if you are not careful.
Key Features

Key Features

* Three-panel mesh upper with synthetic overlays for enhanced breathability
* X10 high density carbon rubber outsole
* Infinity Wave Technology
* U4icX stretching along the whole length of the shoe
* Smooth Ride-gender specific flex grooves for added flexibility
* Higher price tag
* Padded collar and tongue
* Traditional lacing system
* Removable Premium Anatomical sockliner for added support
* 12mm drop
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

To bring this review to an end, the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 packs some serious heat. It is a neutral road running shoe, well suited for long distance runs. Because the outsole is made of a very durable carbon rubber material, this shoe is bound to last you for a long time. In addition, Mizuno included the Infinity Wave Geometry and gender-specific flex grooves for added support and flexibility. The upper doesn’t lack in support either, thanks to its construction of mesh and synthetic overlays. It is highly breathable as well and has a removable Premium Anatomical sockliner to absorb any excess moisture and help keep the feet dry and cool through those long runs. It also features extra padding on the collar and tongue of the shoe, which play a role in keeping the ankles in place and preventing injuries. However, some customers have complained that this extra padding caused blisters and irritation, so that is something to keep in mind. Some also complained about the toe box being too narrow. All things considering, most customers were happy with their purchase and found that the shoes were worth the money, since they last a very long time.