When I saw a campaign through Fitfluential for a new shoe Mizuno was releasing, I was excited. I quickly applied for it. I was beyond ecstatic when I found out I had gotten chosen to review the not-even-released Wave Sayonara. (Officially released this past week on July 5th).
My love affair with Mizuno started last year when I was chosen for the Mezamashii project. I was skeptical at the time, but tried out the Wave Rider 15s and loved them. I had previously been in a zero drop shoe, so it was a bit of an adjustment, but I adjusted quickly and have bought the shoe consistently on my own since then.
Needless to say, trying a new, lighter shoe by Mizuno seemed like an amazing thing to me. The Wave Sayonara is 10mm drop (instead of normal 12mm), only 7.1 ounces (8.1 for men's) and is the "love child" of the Wave Precision and Wave Elixir.
Even better? It's the cutest shoe I've ever owned: ? Versatile and performance neutral with “as-needed” support elements
U4ic midsole delivers optimal shock attenuation, durability, and superior ride that is 30% lighter than AP+
U4ic is innovatively light and well cushioned
G3 Sole features lightweight, superior traction
Mizuno Wave Technology provides the perfect balance of lightweight cushioning and stability
Blown rubber sole for optimal flexibility
Okay, let's talk about that so it makes a little more sense. Basically, it's light and cushiony, while still being supportive.
These shoes make you fast: Exhibit A: I wore them when we won our relay.
No, but in all seriousness, they are perfect for speedwork. If you don't think you could wear them all the time (and that may be the case if you need something that truly is a full support shoe). They definitely provide enough support to do speedwork or if you wanted to treat them as a racing flat.
Personally, I plan to keep them as the number 1 shoes in my rotation as of right now. I've done short runs, longer runs (while okay, I haven't done anything over 6.5 miles recently, but I'll find out this weekend during my 15k), faster, and slower runs. I haven't had issues at all. They have felt light but the soles really do make my feet feel cushioned without that heavy feeling.
see those little black dots on the bottom? They really help with traction.
I should know, we played tennis the other day and it started raining. They helped me from slipping on the slick pavement: