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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$110
Weight
Men: 8.4oz
Women: 7oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Some runners were impressed by the light construction of the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3.
  • It has the X10 technology that promotes added durability.
  • It features the Mizuno SmoothRide Engineering technology for a smooth heel to toe transition.
  • The shoe feels light and fast, as noted in some reviews.
  • A few number of users mentioned that the shoe is responsive enough for their preferences.
  • The Sayonara 3 is available in several color options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several users were not impressed by the 3rd version of the Wave Sayonara because the midsole felt too soft.
  • Many felt that the Wave Sayonara 3 is too stiff.
  • Not as comfortable as the previous model, said some reviews.

Bottom line

Runners looking for a fast running shoe will never get disappointed with the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3. It is designed to give runners a combination of fast, responsive and light ride. It is not just a go-to running shoe, but also a superior trainer with decent arch support and racing partner.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 270 ratings

5 star
59%
4 star
25%
3 star
8%
2 star
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1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

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89 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Get Out There Gear • Colin • Level 1 expert

    In practice, the shoe holds up. Mile after mile, the sturdy construction will stand up to whatever you can throw at it.

  • 94 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Holabird Sports • Level 3 expert

    One of the hottest new shoes this summer is sure to be the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3. The Sayonara 3 sees the upper totally redone: the mesh makes it even more breathable and light. Your foot feels locked down, yet comfortable.

  • 78 / 100 by Mizuno USA • Elise Yanover • Level 1 expert

    Still gave me the ground feel and responsiveness I am accustomed to but it also had just an extra hint of protection for the ball of my foot.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3

  • The Sayonara 3 had a gone a major update on its outsole. It was totally updated by using new technologies to improve the cushioning, traction and responsiveness of the shoe.
  • The 3rd version of the Mizuno Wave Sayonara is approximately 23 grams heavier than the older version. This is due to the new technologies used in the shoe’s outsole unit.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3 size and fit

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3 is available in standard size, unlike the previous version which is available in 1/2 size larger than the normal running shoe size. The forefoot, midfoot and heel area are of standard measurements as well, comfortably accommodating those runners with medium foot.


Outsole

The outsole uses the Mizuno’s X10 technology, a durable carbon rubber that gives added durability for longevity in high impact areas and reliable traction at the heel strike.

Found in the outsole of the shoe is a blown rubber that is very flexible. It increases the shoe’s responsiveness and cushioning. This element is a great help for those forefoot strikers and runners with inflexible feet.


Midsole

The Sayonara 3 uses the notable Mizuno U4ic technology. It provides high comfort and responsive ride while maintaining a lightweight construction.

Mizuno’s SmoothRide technology was also used in the shoe’s midsole for a smoother ride. The smooth and the rocking-chair-like transition are due to the AP+ midsole element, Flex Controllers and Flex Grooves in the forefoot that composed the technology.


Upper

The AIRmesh technology and the open mesh of the brand were used in the upper of the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3, making the shoe extremely breathable and comfortable. It keeps the foot cool and dry.

It also features the OrthoLite Sockliner for a much healthier foot environment. It has an anti-microbial attributes and keeps the foot moisture-free.

The upper also utilizes the Dynamotion Fit technology. It is a flexible material that provides an optimal fit. With this, runners can experience a sock-like fit and a comfortable ride.