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.