Pick up the pace with this fast-forward shoe. Fans of its predecessor will recognize the familiar heel-cushion design, with its embedded thermoplastic, impact-dispersing "waves." But now there are three waves rather than two, and they're angled farther forward. The effect: It improves heel-to-toe transition, propelling you into the next stride for a faster gait. It also minimizes the need for excess cushioning material, extending the life of the midsole. 10.4 oz; www.mizunousa.comBonus: We packed on the miles and the Wave Creation showed no sign of wearing down.Bummer: Bigger runners could use a little more cush.