Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Mizuno Wave Sayonara, $120

weights: 7.9 oz. (men’s); 6.3 oz. (women’s)

heights: 24mm (heel), 14mm (forefoot)

Fit: The new Sayonara offers a comfortable, glove-like fit from heel to toe. It’s reliably snug in the heel and midfoot, and close-fitting but adaptable in the forefoot.

Feel: This shoe exudes up-tempo performance and versatility. With a lightweight, low-to-the-ground design and extreme flexibility, it just feels fast, not to mention semi-firm and very agile too. Said one tester: “Nothing gets in the way of your stride.”

Ride: Fast and firm. Picking up where Mizuno’s successful Precision shoe left off, the Sayonara offers an awe-inspiring combination of speed, comfort and protection. It has just enough foam to feel like a cushioned shoe, but just enough structure to offer guidance on longer runs.

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