Shoe Of The Week: Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2

Mizuno's Wave Sayonara 2 is ideal for tempo runs, progression runs and races from 5K to the marathon.

Slight tweaks to the original Wave Sayonara have resulted in a better-fitting and more agile shoe.

It’s hard to make a good shoe better a year after it was released, but Mizuno has refined the updated Sayonara to make it slightly lighter, more comfortable and better-fitting. The Wave Sayonara 2 (which hit stores on July 5) is all about running fast with the confidence of quality cushioning and protection under your feet. Designed as a lightweight speed-oriented trainer, the Sayonara 2 has been updated with a more breathable and flexible upper and midfoot wrapping interface that provides a more secure, locked-down fit. Like the previous Sayonara, it has a soft step-in feel and its very flexible, but the ride is comfortable, semi-firm and responsive, thanks to two thin layers of midsole foam and a subtle version of Mizuno’s “Wave” fulcrum-like insert that runs from the heel to the midfoot. Usually the aesthetics don’t have anything to do with performance of a shoe, but the stunning pattern of the upper of the Sayonara 2 (as with the first version) is made from a lightweight rubber material that adds a tiny bit of structure to the flexible mesh fabric. It’s a medium-volume shoe with a somewhat traditional heel-toe offset (10mm), but the improved fit results in greater agility, quickness, versatility and control—no matter if you’re running an easy 10-miler, doing a fartlek workout or racing a half marathon. Runners with stronger feet, ankles and lower legs will appreciate the versatility and agility of this shoe most, but almost all runners will appreciate its light-and-quick feeling.

Price: $119
Weights: 8.0 oz. (men’s size 9.0), 6.6 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 10mm

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