The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.
I would like to introduce the Mizuno Wave Sayonara!
This is Mizuno’s lightest training shoe yet, weighing in at 7.1 oz (women’s) and 8.1 oz (men’s). The Sayonara will step up as Mizuno’s new lightweight performance shoe, with a 10mm offset.
How did Mizuno make this shoe so light? To begin, there is almost no stitching on the upper part of the shoe. Instead, it is replaced with mesh, providing breathability, which helps keep the foot cool. In addition, Mizuno also added a sockliner inside the shoe, which is anti-microbial and moisture wicking. This makes for a comfortable ride with or without socks.
Mizuno replaced their midsole material with new 30% lighter U4ic (pronounced euphoric) foam that still provides the same cushion and support as their previous material.
What about the rest of the shoe?
The sole of the Sayonara has great traction and grip thanks to a rubber pattern in the forefoot area.
And finally, as a part of their Wave Technology, Mizuno built in a wave plate at the heel (the purple exposed plate in the picture above), which helps provide a softer impact.
They aren’t kidding about the Sayonara being lightweight! These sneaks made me feel fast. They are flexible and have a low-to-the-ground feel, yet enough cushioning to keep my feet happy.
I also really enjoyed the breathability of the upper. One thing I did note about the upper though, was that the toebox/forefoot area felt smaller than I prefer. I had to really loosen the laces in order to make my foot feel comfortable. More specifically, the upper area and laces put quite a bit of pressure on my forefoot and metatarsals. I suppose by lacing them differently, I could have relieved some of the forefoot pressure I was feeling.
What do you think of the Electric/Silver/Purple color combination? For me, I really liked them. I’m into any shoe with bright colors. If you’re not into the pink/purple color combination of the Wave Sayonaras pictured, you’ll be glad to know, Mizuno also offers a version of this shoe for women in white. Men’s color options include a blue/yellow and also a white option.
The Mizuno Wave Sayonara is a great option for many. The smooth, comfortable ride and a fast transition make this shoe a great option for speed work or everyday training. Runners can now say hello to more energized Mezamashii running.
The Mizuno Wave Sayonara retails for $119.99 and will be available starting July 5, 2013.
Watch the video below to learn more about the meaning of Mizuno’s Mezamashii Running: