Mizuno Wave Sayonara

Traditionally, Mizuno has taken a methodical approach to performance, both in concept and practice. With the new Wave Sayonara, Mizuno ushers in some new key design performance shoe features. The midsole uses a newly developed foam called U4ic (say euphoric), that’s similar to its AP+ foam, but with improved resilience and durability. The geometry lowers the foot for better biomechanical efficiency, and the ride is better cushioned than one usually expects from such a light training shoe. The upper has stitching only where the upper joins together at the side of the saddle by the instep and on the medial logo stripe. The rest of the upper is supported by fused overlays over closed mesh. The shoe is very flexible, moves well with the foot, and the smooth interior breathes well, making this a very comfortable shoe. The outersole features X-10 carbon rubber in the heel, blown rubber on the lateral forefoot, and polyester-backed TPU on the medial forefoot, which provide good traction and durability. The ride, fit, and performance of the Wave Sayonara earned our Best Shoe award for the Performance category.

Testers: “Fit great, comfortable, and the cushioning is much better than expected. They are fast, but tough enough for long runs. Light enough to even race in. I didn’t expect them to be so versatile.”

MizunoWaveSayonara e1708905677300

New Shoe
Price: $120

Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild overpronation
Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 6–11
Weight: Men 9.7 oz. (size 11); Women 7.9 oz. (size 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted