Mizuno Wave Creation £90

Weight 358g
Evaluation Over three years, Mizuno has evolved the Wave Creation into the most luxurious cushioning shoe on the market. Stripped of its key stability features, it now sits in its own niche aside from the more control-oriented premium models such as the Asics Gel Kayano and Nike Air Kantara.
The latest Creation has a new Composite Wave design. As in the Wave Rider, space is created in the rearfoot of the midsole between the two Wave plates, but the Composite design has a softer upper plate which allows the foot to sink more. And it works. Weartesters loved the improved rearfoot cushioning and the smoother ride. The forefoot cushioning has also been boosted with a bigger VS1 pad.
The Wave Creation is no longer suitable for even mild overpronators, though. Its plastic Wave plate no longer extends upward to support the midfoot; and it’s no longer designed in an x-shape in the rearfoot to create a ‘sweet spot’ for cushioning and stability. Instead, it uses parallel waves, again like the Wave Rider.
In short The Wave Rider is one of the best cushioning shoes on the market. The Creation is its plusher upgrade. Need we say more?
Try it if you liked Mizuno Wave Creation (£85) and Wave Rider (£70); Adidas Equipment Exigence (£85, discontinued); Nike Air Exeter (£80)