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8 reasons to buy

  • The soft and supple upper together with the very soft lining of the interior encases the runner’s foot in comfort in the Sayonara 2.
  • Some runners mentioned that the durability is more than decent for a shoe that can handle speed training or high-mileage runs.
  • The price is great for a race day shoe / daily trainer.
  • It is even lighter than the already light previous model.
  • A handful observed that the flexibility is evident despite the Wave Plate and firm midsole foam.
  • The grip is superb due to the race specific lugs.
  • Several reviews mentioned the adequate room in the toe box for the toes to splay.
  • The ride is quite responsive as noted by quite a number of runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few mentioned that the ride borders on being hard.
  • Others noted that it is not as well ventilated as the original Sayonara.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara fits the bill for those who are looking for a lightweight shoe that can handle time sessions as well as mileage runs. There is sufficient arch support, a firm but responsive ride, and very low to the ground feel despite the 24mm stack height and 10mm heel offset.


Update: Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.4oz | Women: 7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Brand: Mizuno
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Pink, Purple, White, Yellow
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A top rated Road running shoe
It has never been more popular than this April
Better rated than the previous version Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3

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86 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    This shoe remains one of my favorites from Mizuno and a top pick all around.

  • 94 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    This shoe is all about running fast with the confidence of quality cushioning and protection under your feet.

  • 86 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    Although many people will find the updates to this shoe are minimal, I think they’re significant.

  • 85 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    An agile ride for tempo runs or race morning.

  • 84 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    Sometimes, a quick track session will fully coax out a shoe’s character, and within a very short span of time. Especially when the shoe in question is designed for fast paced running – like the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2, which straddles middle ground between a full blown distance racing flat and neutral trainer.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    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.

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  • The updates in the 2nd instalment of the Sayonara are limited in the upper section. Mizuno uses a softer and more relaxed mesh to accommodate runners who love to do long-distance running. It also results in better toe box volume. Mid-run swelling during marathons should be easily accommodated in this version.
  • This time around, Mizuno uses mainly PU overlays. The ultra light overlays provide a more forgiving fit that just serves the right support.
  • The insole is topped with a very soft fabric for a luxurious feel and compensate for the firmer cushioning. Mizuno removes the stitched overlays in the heel and replaced it with a patch that is covered with reflective material.

The modifications in the upper result to a slight difference in upper fit relative to the original Sayonara. In the Sayonara 2, the fit is more forgiving without giving away midfoot hold. The heel and midfoot have solid, but comfortable snugness with a roomy forefoot. Most runners with average to slightly wider feet can really maximize the fit of this shoe. Shoe sizing runs is standard in this shoe.

The outsole is the classic horseshoe shaped heel that is covered with very durable X10 rubber, which is also present in the Sayonara 4. Further towards the midfoot is a softer blown rubber for traction. The most prominent part of the outsole is a system of race-specific lugs that delivers excellent grip, particularly during tempo runs.

The midsole is a combination of Mizuno’s patented Wave Plate and their own U4iC midsole. In the Sayonara series, the Wave Plate is placed between the compression-molded U4iC. This creates that firm ride and consistent cushioning. A smooth transition is another result of this set up.

A soft and one-piece mesh covers almost the entire shoe. It is very breathable and plush. Mizuno used PU overlays that are found almost all over the shoe, except in the heel. Because these are very light, the number of overlays still result to a tad more relaxed upper with still plenty of midfoot lock down. The firmness of the ride is a bit counterbalanced by the very plush removable insole and strobe last.


Jens Jakob Andersen

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