Mizuno Wave Sayonara Review

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.

Thanks to my big-girl job at the running store, I’ve become a big-time shoe geek.  During my shifts on the floor, I’m encouraged to wear the sneakers we sell so I can speak knowledgeably about important characteristics, defining differences, and general fit, feel, and function.  So when I found out I had the opportunity to review the Mizuno Wave Sayonara (it hits stores today, July 5!) I was pumped!


For my fellow shoe/Mizuno geeks, the Sayonara fuses elements from both the Elixir and Precision, resulting in a neutral, super-light sneaker that’s designed for performance and road racing. (The Sayonara weighs less than both the Elixir and Precision; the women’s version is 7.1 oz, and the men’s model is 8.1 oz.  I tested the men’s shoe because my feet are huge.)


Let me #shoegeek out for a second and talk about the Sayonara’s structure.  Following the brand’s signature design, it holds the ankle/heel area tightly, begins to widen out toward the mid-foot, and offers plenty of wiggle room in the toe box.  Think of it like a pyramid.  This fit works for me because I like a sneaker that straps me in, but doesn’t suffocate my foot.


Ignore the mud–the finish area of my local 5-K ended in a swamp-like area.

And now a quick ode to heel technology:  I love a shoe with a foam heel.  Not only does it weigh less than gel, but to me, it seems springy and more responsive.  All Mizunos have foam heels, and the Sayonara is no exception.  Plus, the shoe has a 10mm heel-to-toe drop, so it contains less cushioning than traditional, 12mm drop sneakers.  This reduction in padding makes for a light, springy ride that’s closer to the ground.  During my first test run, in which I ran off the bike, my legs obviously weren’t 100 percent fresh, and the Sayonara, specifically its heel, worked to propel me forward.


Since this initial run, I’ve rocked these shoes for more bricks and tempo runs, including yesterday’s 4th of July 5-K.


Mizuno describes the Sayonara as a light, everyday training shoe, and I definitely agree.  It’s a perfect sneaker for short, quick runs—think tempo, speedwork, and intervals.  Even though I love these structured workouts, I also enjoyed wearing the Sayonaras during my five-, six-, and seven-miler training runs:  along the West Side Highway, through Central Park, and (for the next few days) in my tiny hometown in Upstate New York.  Having the opportunity to decompress, zone out, and push your body to give 100 percent of what it can are my Mezamashii running moments.

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Full disclosure:  Through FitFluential, I received a pair of Mizuno Wave Sayonara sneakers to review.  This post is compensated, and as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

14 responses to “Mizuno Wave Sayonara Review

  1. oh man I am still beyond jealous of all these bloggers that got to review them, don’t even get me started. for this mizuno lover I would love to get my hands on these. sadly our store isn’t selling them, only our parent stores that are a bit bigger.

    • carriestevens

      Oh no! That’s so sad. 🙁 We’re getting them, but not until later this month. Did I tell you we swapped out the Levitas for the Cursoris? 🙂

  2. Oh, wow! These look so fancy. I’m glad you’re enjoying them, Carrie 😀

  3. Really curious to try these out at some point! I love my Saucony Kinvaras for short runs and wonder how these would compare.

    • carriestevens

      It’s definitely the same type of shoe–a lighter, traditional sneaker that works for short, speedy runs. It does fit differently, of course, so it’s all about personal preference. 🙂

  4. I got my first Mizuno’s earlier this year and totally love them! I’ve always been an Asics girl, but I think I’m now a Mizuno girl! Love the new top banner too! 🙂

  5. Ooh these are super cute in Blue (Only saw pink ones in recent reviews) and love the new banner pics 🙂

  6. Great recap!
    I had to run through a big puddle in mine and tip-toed so I wouldn’t get them wet/dirty 🙂

    I like to think that having size 11 feet is proportional…being tall, we’d fall over if we had small feet 🙂

  7. I love that you got the blue color! 🙂

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