Mizuno Wave Creation 19

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A high mileage daily trainer for the neutral to underpronator, the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is the latest installment in a well-respected and clearly long-running line of shoes.  With some welcomed upgrades in the sole unit,  the 19th iteration of this shoe provides a comfortable, lighter weight, and responsive ride. The incorporation of improved Infinity Wave geometry and the addition of U4icX forefoot of the midsole work together to create a more cushioned and efficient ride. Among the changes are also the integration of extra cushioning and a foot-hugging sockliner. With considerable positive feedback, it seems most are quite pleased with the new model and more than a few are loyal consumers of the Wave Creation line. But, as with any shoe, there are some naysayers. These, many of which are also long-time customers, had really hoped to love the new incarnation but were turned off by the revisions on the fit. Citing blisters and discomfort, they are still firm believers in Mizuno and hope for the next version to revert back to the shoes they had grown to love.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Well-cushioned
  • Designed for neutral to underpronators
  • Intended as a daily high mileage trainer
  • Road shoe with impressive traction
  • Visually intriguiung Infininty Wave in the midsole
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Stable with good arch support
  • Removable molded insole
  • Durable outsole rubber
  • Gender engineering system making for a more customized fit
  • Higher heel drop that can reduce pain from some common conditions
Cons
  • A handful of reviewers suffered blisters
  • Inaccurate sizing
  • Narrow fit, especially in the toe box
  • Not as breathable as previous versions
  • On the higher end of the price range
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Positive
  • These are just a great shoe and design. They have a sound to them when walking but nothing too bad. They have a great absorbance and reaction to them as well.
  • These push back like they are lifting you up with each step. They have superb comfort and work great as a runner or everyday shoe.
  • This shoe fits just to size. It is really comfortable and stable.
  • I have bought around 15 pair of Mizuno and never been disappointed. They have great colors and design. They fit perfect every time to size. They are top in comfort and support me while I stand all day at work with no fatigue or pain.
  • These always fit perfect with no break in time. They have great consistent stability and never gave me any issues after my 50 kilo weight gain.
  • These are very comfortable, light and offer substantial cushioning for all the running I do. I am really enjoying these shoes.
  • I'm well over 200 lbs and these really take in all the shock and respond well to the pavement. They ride well and have good comfort and cushion.
  • These are my third pai and I have been over a thousand miles in them all. These are worth all the dimes I spent on them and they are better than the other models of Mizuno. I
  • They keep their form and are very durable under a lot of tough conditions. They are more than worth the price. These keep my legs and feet happy after a 10k easy peezy. I run about 4 times a week and these never have any issues.
  • I am so ecstatic I found a shoe with such good cushioning and support. And they fit well right out of the box with no pain.
  • I wear an 8 and had to half size up. I do have to get different soles for my arches. I have had to do that with every shoe that I wear, so no strikes against this shoe. This is a all over great and comfortable shoe.
  • The base is stiff yet the shoe is really comfortable; it adds to the support I believe. They help protect my knees. They are ugly but that don’t do anything for my knees anyway.
  • I usually run around 5 miles and these are great. They have tons of cushioning and they are super DUPER comfortable. I tried other models and they all hurt my feet. These give me nothing but pleasure.
  • The best on the market if you like to run. I have had 8 pairs of these and hey always do me right. They are comfortable and supportive and fit like they are supposed too. They have really helped protect my knees when I am doing my crossfit every day. They really have no break in time either.
  • I have not been able to find a shoe like this. They are the best in arch support and for that I always get them.
  • I ordered a half size bigger after reading the reviews and it worked out great. I definitely recommend this shoe on its comfort and stability.
  • I use these shoes all the time everyday and for my running activities. They breath well and I love them.
  • These are always consistent in comfort, design and fit. I have been buying htee for a couple years now and they keep bringing the good! My favorite by Mizuno for sure.
  • These work great for my neutral strike. The are so darn comfy and stable, perfect or running.
  • These have some of the best support in a runner I have ever had. The comfort is also there and they fit as expected.
  • I like that they have a good amount of arch support. They feel good on my feet and have tons of cushion and support.
  • This is a great shoe. I did have to return for a larger size; guess I should have read the reviews. They are so worth the return though. Super comfortable and a great run every time.
Negative
  • The brand is great. This shoe however is not durable at all. They cost way too much to not even last a year. I have put 12 miles on these and they are shredding in the toes. All of my Mizunos do this. This is a defect and should be checked.
  • I have only had these a few months and the padding is caving in. The shoe is now loose. The sole has also gotten weaker. I am not impressed and really disappointed I spent that much money.
  • These lasted not even 4 months. The heel has started to fall apart and in the process has taken the skin of my heel with it. I can't get ot the house without pain. Poor shoe!
  • The toes started blistering after the first use. They are not that breathable and I think the seat is what creates the friction I loved the 16 and 18. I’ll be checking reviews from now on as they warned of this.
  • Shin splint station here folks. These sucked. Worst pair of Mizunos ever. They should stick to making sports accessories, not shoes.
  • So, after 3 months, these are not usable. The sole completely separated from the shoe. They were comfortable though.
  • I loved the 18 because it had a wide toe and never hurt my feet. The 19 does all that and gives me blisters.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is built from the ground up to rack up some high mileage. Comprised of X10 high density rubber, the outsole provides enhanced traction, especially at the heel and forefoot.

Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole features different densities of EVA foam technology. It incorporates a softer, more cushioned heel and a new U4icX (pronounced euphoricX) bottom that runs the full length of the shoe for improved flexibility and a smoother, more comfortable ride. And with Mizuno's gender engineering, men can find a wider base in the sole and women will benefit from added flex grooves.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The breathable mesh of the upper helps encourages air movement around the foot keeping it cool and dry. Helping to support the foot are the color-coordinated seamless synthetic overlays covering the medial and lateral sides of the upper's fabric. In addition, the Dynamotion technology provides enhanced durability as it reduces distortion from the foot leading to a better fitting shoe. The improved removable sockliner is moisture wicking and does its part to add to the security of fit... and most reviewers feel it is exceptionally comfortable.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Weighing in at 12.7 oz, the Wave Creation 19 is not considered a heavyweight shoe especially for the stability and cushion it provides. Though some reviewers claim it feels heavier than earlier models, it is similar in essence. (The 18 was 12.4 oz and thought to be too heavy by some.) It is not bulky or overwhelming for as feature rich as it is but a few felt the updated 19 not to be lightweight enough for an effective and swift leg turnover but were pleased with the incorporated plushness and hold of the shoe and felt the tradeoff was worthwhile. To keep the shoe from being too heavy, the midsole introduced a unique compound in the 19 and upgraded from the U4ic (to U4icX) midsole rubber to raise the comfort level with less of a drag on the weight for an overall better performance.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Designed with a breathable mesh upper and not weighed down with too many synthetic overlays, this shoe aims to provide a well-ventilated experience for the daily high mileage runner. While most felt it was acceptable, there were some that felt it did not live up to this, claiming that their feet felt warm and with only casual wear or after a short run.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Considered to be quite comfortable by most, this shoe borders on plush to many of its wearers. Stepping up from previous incarnations of the Wave Creation Line, the improved quality and amount of cushioning is quite a change. With a removable insole for your preference, softer midsole foam, and soft upper fabric, the Wave Creation 19 sports a soft and stable ride that many find to be a large improvement. Some found the newer fit to be more snug and narrow and developed blisters rendering the shoes unwearable until they heal. Overall though, if the proper fit was found (and most advise sizing up at least a half size), the security of fit and the underfoot cushioning seem to be a big hit among Wave Creation regulars and those just trying the line for the first time.
Style
Style

Style

Coming across as plain to some and not as attractive as the previous version, reviews are split on the overall appearance of the Mizuno Wave Creation 19. Like the style or not, these daily trainers are available in a range of color combinations. Men can choose from Griffin/True Red/Black and Directoire Blue/Silver/Blueprint while women can elect from Castlerock/Pink Glo/Black and High-rise/Blue Atoll/Castlerock.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Sporting an infinity wave midsole, the Mizuno Wave Creation 19, comprised of a durable rubber compound, is built from the bottom up to stand up to daily high mileage runs. Most were impressed by the durability of the shoe, between the sole unit and the fabric and overlays in the upper, and found it suitable for daily long-distance running without undue wear and tear.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Softer than previous installments of the Wave Creation series, the 19 provides a durable protective underlayer. The Infinity Wave in the sole unit infuses elastic thermal plastic plate in the heel to instill added comfort and improve energy return on heel strike. Its updated figure-eight shaped geometry offers additional protection while the uppers almost seamless overlays create an additional barrier from external debris. Joining the fabric of the upper in protecting the foot from lateral movement is the anatomic sockliner as well.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Infinity Wave Geometry in the sole that is a trademark feature of the Mizuno Wave Creation series aims to deliver remarkable responsiveness. Paired with the more flexible U4icX full-length layer in the midsole, this creates a good base for a smooth transition and responsive ride.
Support
Support

Support

Most wearers found the Wave Creation 19 to be amply supportive. The underfoot cushion provides a solid base. The upper's Dynamotion Fit that consists of 3 panels with seamless overlays creates a more supportive environment for feet. In addition the anatomically molded sockliner and well-liked arch support also please many runners.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Mizuno Wave Creation line was invented for road runners and the 19th incarnation of this shoe is no exception. While some choose to wear them outdoors on paved surfaces and on cinder and gravel path too, some take to the treadmill for their run. Some find them suitable for aerobics classes and weight training and also many reviewers felt the shoe was comfortable enough, with its maximum cushioning, that they wear them for casual everyday wear.
Price
Price

Price

Price is a sticking point for a few reviewers. As a premium running shoe, it fetches a premium price. It is considered in keeping with other comparable options but some, especially those citing issues with fit and blisters, found the cost harder to swallow and ended up being disappointed. Overall, while some wearers did comment on how big they opened their wallets, most were pleased with the overall shoe. Many dedicated Mizuno Wave Creation loyalists seemed to feel that this shoe was worth every penny. Usually, the asking price for shoes drops after introduction but, as this shoe remains on the market, it seems its cost has fluctuated - ranging from a definite must - buy bargain to a marked up commodity.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The X10 rubber compound in the outsole offers superior traction. Not sacrificing responsivity or flexibility, it is considered durable and grippy. While the shoe features no lugs, its underfoot traction is found to be appropriately sticky for road and paved or smooth surfaces. Most found it holds up well and provides a confident ride in wet conditions as well.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 is a maximum cushioning shoe. With 19mm of stackheight in the forefoot and 21mm in the heel, and one would think this does not lend itself to much in the way of flexibility. Mizunoe tried to adjust for this by incorporating flex grooves in the sole. With Mizuno's unique gender engineering, women benefit from additional flex grooves.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Wave Creation 19 is a shoe intended for the neutral to underpronator. While not an all-out stability shoe, it offers a comfortable smooth ride for those with typical motion and those with slight tendencies toward supination. Though it is not lightweight, as a highly cushioned shoe, many find it to be effective for a healthy, efficient stride. The inclusion of a specially designed U4icX strobel board in the sole unit, the wider outsole, and the thermoplastic piece strategically placed at the midfoot offer added support and stability that seems to please most wearers.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Offering maximal cushioning, the Mizuno Wave Creation 19 offers a substantial stack-height. Measuring 31 mm in the heel and 19mm in the forefoot, the calculated drop is 12 mm. This is on the higher end but many find this heel-to-toe drop to be ultimately very comfortable. A higher drop lends itself to inclination to heel striking that can induce knee injury but a drop of this size is sometimes recommended for those that suffer from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or posterior tibial tendonitis.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- 19th installment in the Wave Creation series
- Well-cushioned
- Most found it to be comfortable
- Higher heel drop of 12 mm
- Unique Infinity Wave technology is visible in the sole unit
- Superior traction
- Secure and stable ride
- Unique gender engineering system for a more customized fit
- Higher end of the pricing range
- Inaccurate sizing running smaller
- Some reported blisters and discomfort
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Mizuno Wave Creation series seems to have a dedicated fan base. Many of its loyal customers swear by it and have enjoyed most of its incarnations. While there are a few reviewers that suffered blisters in the newest model, citing excess cushioning (that, incidentally, many complained was missing from previous versions) by and large, most were singing its praises. While some balked at the asking price, it is considered comparable to other neutral daily road runners. With impressive grip and a durable sole, this shoe seems like it could be a long term investment. Full of comfort and offering a lighter weight, stable, and confident ride, this high mileage trainer pleases most. Aside from sizing issues and the consumers that found it to run a little more narrow, it can be your go-to running footwear. If you can find it, and it fits well and feels secure, try it.