Mizuno Wave Creation 13 Review

The Mizuno Wave Creation 13 is a premium neutral shoe that incorporates all of the top end technologies that Mizuno has to offer. Building on the success of its predecessor as a trainer that offers plush cushioning, responsive motion and a snug supportive fit, the Mizuno Wave creation is making real waves amongst the running community and is picking up some great reviews for its sheer comfort and performance for those runners with a tendency to heel strike. Stick around for this Wave Creation 13 review as we delve into the world of running shoe mechanics and take a look at some of the features that make it such a popular model.

Midsole

The first thing that you notice when you first set eyes on the Creation is the distinctive wave pattern that runs along the length of the shoe. This plastic insert is the foundation that the trainer is built around and provides the secret to its fluid performance.

As in nature, impact is dispersed through the surrounding environment through transverse and lateral shock waves. Mizuno decided to build on this idea and created something that they like to call “Wave Technology.” This cleverly designed plastic insert called a Wave Plate, acts as a kind of suspension and gradually brings you foot under control as you heel strike. Instead of absorbing the shock that results from heel striking, the Wave Plate uses some of this every to propel you forward in one smooth, fluid motion, ensuring a seamless and fast ride.

Outsole

Sticking with the theme of speed, the outsole of the shoe features two couplings called Flex Controllers. Instead of following natural running philosophy and making the shoe uncontrolled as possible, Mizuno have taken the Wave concept to a new level and made sure that none of speed that the shoe can generate is lost at any point in the gait cycle. The Flex controllers add an extra snap to your gait as you move to toe-off and ensure that as much energy as possible is translated into forward motion

Decoupling the midsole and the outsole on the heel and mid-foot area of the trainer has meant a weight saving that means this shoe is kept in line with the competition. If weight saving is your end goal then this probably isn’t the shoe for you but if you are after something that gives you a plush, cushioned and supported neutral ride then this should be high on your list.

Upper

Comfort is something that is important to ever runner and Mizuno have made some key additions to the Wave Creation 13 to ensure that they are highly suited to those with a tendency to heel strike. A complete redesign of the heel collar and Achilles bracket gives added support but with more freedom for heel flex. Lightweight and breathable mesh is a must in any trainer and the Creation has it in abundance, ensuring that your foot is kept climate controlled without sacrificing on fit.

No Mizuno Wave Creation 13 review would be complete without some serious opinion and so here as some passing thoughts from my brief encounter with the shoe. Mizuno have made some welcome improvements to their Creation line in the form of some weight savings as well as a redesign of the wave technology and heel support. If you have a tendency to heel strike then these trainers should be high on your shopping list as the wave technology acts to control your gait and protect you from impact whilst offering a very smooth transition from heel to toe. If you prefer something more natural then these are not the shoes for you as although some weight savings have been made with the 13, this is not a model that caters for those after a lightweight and flexible construct or a minimalist sole. This is a model that easily competes with Asics’ Nimbus 14 model, but whereas Asics have focused on cushioning, Mizuno have focused on speed and control as a way of minimizing your risk of injury and maintaining a smooth ride through the gait cycle.

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